Auto News for June 19

 

HONG KONG (June 19, 2015) - Infiniti will unveil its first-ever compact car at the International Motor Show in Frankfurt in September this year (September 17 to 27). Two years after the Infiniti Q30 Concept debuted at the 2013 Frankfurt show, the production version of this segment-spanning compact car will be revealed at the show this year.

 

Infiniti has released a teaser photo of its first compact car, the Q30, which will be unveiled at the Frankfurt auto show in September. The company said the apparent hatchback is in the final stages of testing and will go on sale in Europe towards the end of the year with other markets to follow.

In Japan, Toyota’s first senior woman executive has been arrested on suspicion of importing oxycodone, a violation of strict laws that country has regarding drugs. Authorities found it in a package that Julie Hamp airmailed to herself as part of relocation from the U.S. Toyota’s President Akio Toyoda said she had no intention of breaking the law adding the company is cooperating with police and that it  should have done more to help Hamp’s relocation efforts.

General Motors announced that Fitch has raised the credit ratings of both GM and GM Financial to investment grade. This means that GM is now investment grade with all major rating agencies. CEO Mary Barra said the company is focused on achieving even stronger performance in the years to come.

pebble beach Ferrari

An historic Ferrari will return to Pebble Beach in August to compete in the Concours d’Elegance. The 1949 166 Mille Miglia competed in the Pebble Beach Road races in 1951, the first Ferrari ever to race in California and triumphed over all of the competition. Hopes for a second victory the following year were dashed when driver Jim Kimberly lost control of the car on the 20th lap flipping over a hay bale and landing upside down. The crowd gasped but Kimberly emerged from the wreck unscathed, and like a scene from a movie, his date for the weekend, actress Ginger Rodgers, raced to his side, leaned over and kissed him on the cheek. In August, a closed portion of the old road race course will be reopened and many racing greats will be invited to relive history. That is Kimberly’s Ferrari on the poster.

The California Department of Motor Vehicles has reversed its policy and said it will release accident reports about crashes involving self-driving cars. “The robot cars are being tested on public roads and people have a right to know as much as possible about what goes wrong,” said John Simpson, Consumer Watchdog’s Privacy Project director. Six accidents have been reported since last September.

 

 

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