Auto News for Aug. 14

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The new Mazda MX-5 Miata may get some competition from Honda. reports Honda is considering bringing one of its smallest cars to the United States, the S660. It is a two seat convertible that is smaller than the Fit. Edmunds quotes a top Honda official as saying the company wants to add some “spice” to its lineup here. While the car uses a 63 horsepower turbo three in Japan, where it was recently introduced, the engine of choice here in the U.S. would be a 1.0-liter three cylinder with 125 horsepower mounted amid ship. First, Honda has to figure out what the tiny sports car would bring to its lineup, and if it would be commercially viable. Let’s keep our smallest toes crossed.


BMW will has revealed the high performance M4 GTS concept at the Pebble Beach Concours in California that it claims is at home on both road and track. While performance and power data will be released later, we do know a couple things about the concept. It uses a water injection system that cools the combustion chamber and allows a higher boost pressure and earlier injection timing for increased torque and output. I could give you a more detailed technical explanation, but you may not have had your second cup of coffee this morning, and therefore might nod off. The bottom line is enhanced “stability and durability” of the turbocharged six cylinder engine. And the taillights use OLED, or Organic Light-emitting Diodes, a new type of light source that provides “full-surface and homogenous illumination.” The concept in the picture is painted in a “Frozen Dark Grey” metallic with “Acid Orange” accent on the front splitter and 9.5 J x 19 inch wheels up front with 10.5 J x 20 to the rear also in “Acid Orange” accent. That, in a nutshell, is about all we know at this point, with BMW promising more info down the road. The final product will be sold here in the states.

About 86 percent of workers commute to work by car and three out of four drove alone in recent years, according to a report from the Census Bureau. There was a four percent decline in the number of urban workers in the 25-29 age group who commuted by car between 2006 and 2013. That group also showed the highest increase in public transportation commuting. The rate of carpooling has declined during each decade since 1980.

If you own a 2010 Chevy Cobalt it might be one of the 59,474 that are being recalled to fix an air bag problem. Officials said a driver’s side air bag may not activate in a crash because of a wiring defect. If your car is included, look for a notice from GM in the mail.



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