Auto News for July 14

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GM gave the Silverado a face lift for 2016 with what it calls a new front end design with “bold horizontal elements, sculpted hoods and dramatic lighting …” Chevy claims sales are up 32 percent for the nation’s second best-selling vehicle. For 2016, more models will offer the 8-speed automatic transmission, updated Chevy MyLink with support for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, and additional safety technologies. More details will be available this fall closer to the public debut.

As you know, SUV sales are hot these days, so it is no surprise that GM will announce an expansion of its SUV factory in Arlington, Texas to the tune of more than $1-billion. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports the expansion could add up to 500 jobs. Good timing in that yesterday GM opened important talks with the United Auto Workers on a new national agreement. The current four year deal expires on Sept. 14.

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A couple of stories out of Europe this morning, where Ford reported a 16 percent sales increase in June, thanks in part to the mid-size Mondeo, known as the Fusion on these shores. Like the U.S., Sport Utility Vehicles were also big. The European Mondeo is pictured with a model that is not sold here.

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And Volvo has acquired Polestar Performance AB, the company that takes their cars and turns them in to high performance runners. No financial details were announced. For example, the Volvo S60 and V60 Polestar  features a 350 hp T6 engine, making the 0-100 km/h sprint in just 4.9 seconds, and an extensively developed chassis. The car carries Polestar’s continuing engineering philosophy to deliver an engaging, precise and confident driving experience in all weather, handy in Sweden! The S60 is pictured.

Fiat Chrysler will announce second quarter financial results on July 30.

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Hagerty Classic Cars magazine took over a Chicago area drive-in to celebrate its 6th annual Collector Car Appreciation day. It was a success, to say the least, with more than 500 cars filling up the drive-in with some people driving nearly 200 miles to attend. “We find ourselves staring at so many small screens nowadays – our computers, iPhones – we wanted to create a fun, family-friendly event that encouraged families to not only enjoy their collector cars but also spend time together,” said McKell Hagerty, executive publisher of the magazine. The feature of the evening? “Minions.”

 

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