Auto News for Sept. 23

In the political world it comes down to “what did he know and when did he know it.” That is what the Volkswagen board of directors has to figure out when considering the future of CEO Martin Winterkorn. He met today with a delegation of board members ahead of a full board meeting on Friday. Auto analysts overseas say Winterkorn had to know about the emissions devices that produced one kind of result in formal testing, and another when the diesel powered car was driven on the highway. Eleven million cars worldwide are involved in what some are calling “Diesel Gate”. Automotive News said Friday’s meeting was previously scheduled to consider extending Winterkorn’s contract with VW. Stay tuned.

2017 Buick LaCrosse will feature many Avenir-inspired design cues and introduce the new face of Buick.  LaCrosse will make its global debut in November at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

The 2016 models are rolling out and now, just nine months into 2015, we can start looking forward to the 2017 models. Buick has released a teaser photo of the 2017 LaCrosse that it says gets it styling from the Avenir concept. The design was inspired, Buick said, by the 1954 Wildcat II concept and will be the face of all new models by 2018. The LaCrosse will ride on an all-new chassis with a five link rear suspension. It will have its coming out party at the Los Angeles Auto Show later this year.

I know a thing or three about motorcades in Washington, D.C. having been a part of more than a few. But this one was REALLY different. Imagine a traffic clogging motorcade of more than 20 huge black SUV’s with a tiny Fiat 500L in the middle. That is what Pope Francis rode in from Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland to the Vatican’s diplomatic mission in Washington.

2015 marks the 90th anniversary of Chrysler. It was founded back in 1925 by Walter P. Chrysler when he realized his dream of creating his own company. Some of the memorable nameplates were the Airflow, Imperial, New Yorker and 300. The company’s first offering sold for just $1,565 without a 7” full color computer screen!



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