Auto News for July 20

BMW

BMW announced it will unveil two world premier concept cars during Monterey Car Week on August 13. The concepts will also be displayed at the Pebble Beach Concours d’elegance later that week. And for now, that is about all we know other than that drawing of a steering wheel.

Acura said it will display historic racing vehicles during the Monterey week, August 10-16, along with the next generation NSX.

Crossovers are all the rage, so Automotive News reports that Chevy will add a new one to its lineup in the years ahead. It would be bigger than the Equinox and smaller than the Traverse and require Chevy to rework some of its models to fit it in. We probably will not see the unnamed new model until the second half of 2017, Automotive News said.

For those who feel their Tesla Model S is a bit on the slow side, the company will offer them, for $5,000, an upgrade to what it calls the “Insane Mode.” It will propel the S from 0-60 in just 2.8 seconds, Tesla claims. The modification will also be offered to new buyers for $10,000.

A new town will be unveiled in Michigan today designed to be a test site for autonomous cars. The Detroit News said the 32 acre site in Ann Arbor will feature just about everything one would expect in a town including traffic signals, simulated buildings, and obstacles such as construction zones. Mcity, as it is called, is the work of the University of Michigan and partners and will be run by a public/private partnership. Several major automakers will test their autonomous cars and related software at the site.

A total of 249,670 theft reports of Pontiac Trans Ams were filed between 1981 and 2004 according to the National Insurance Crime Bureau. The most thefts occurred in 1986 with 26,881 reported thefts and the fewest thefts took place in 2014 with 445.

 

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