Auto News for Sept. 15

Fiat Chrysler has confirmed that its current contract with the United Auto Workers Union will be extended on an hour by hour basis as bargaining continues. The master contract was scheduled to expire at a minute to midnight Monday. Talks continued through the night. Contract extensions have also been announced covering Ford and GM. FCA Chief Executive Sergio Marchionne canceled his appearance at the Frankfurt show to monitor talks in Michigan.

Harald Kruger, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW, collapsed this morning during a news conference at the Frankfurt show. Two officials assisted him from the stage and the chairman was able to walk. A spokesman said doctors have ruled out anything serious and recommended Kruger rest at home following a hectic travel schedule.

Porsche electric

Porsche displayed its first all-electrically powered four seat concept called the Mission E. The four door car has a total power of over 600 horsepower, and a driving range of over 310 miles. With an 800 volt battery charging system, an 80 percent recharge can be achieved in 15 minutes at a “quick charge station,” Porsche said. Dual electric motors will produce a 0-62 mph run of less than 3.5 seconds. Tesla challenger? Sure!

The best name yet at the show was the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio. It carries a 2.9-liter V6 turbo rated at 510 horsepower with a top speed of 191 mph.


Jaguar showed off its first crossover, the F-PACE, with a limited production First Edition of just 2,000 vehicles globally. It sports a 3.0-liter V6 diesel with an eight speed automatic. Here in the states, customers will be able to choose either a 380 hp V6 or one rated at 340 hp with a 180 hp four also on the agenda.


You will be hearing about KOERU, the concept crossover that Mazda displayed in Frankfurt. The name literally means “exceed” or “go beyond” in Japanese and many believe it contains some hints as to what the next CX-9 might look like. Thus far, we know it seats five, contains a new generation of SKYACTIV technologies, and is “targeted at customers with a cutting-edge mindset.”

And once again, GM CEO Mary Barra said no to any deal with Fiat Chrysler.



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