Auto News for Oct. 13

Now there could be a movie about the Volkswagen diesel mess. The Detroit Free Press reports Paramount and Leonardo DiCaprio’s production company have optioned the movie rights to a book about the scandal that is said to be in the works.

Standard and Poor’s has downgraded Volkswagen’s long term rating and said further downgrading might be in the cards in the future. S&P cited what it called management and governance deficiencies regarding the diesel engine pollution scandal.

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Toyota claims its revamped Prius will have the highest fuel economy of any vehicle without a plug. It cited re-engineering of its 1.8-liter engine while hybrid components have been made smaller and lighter including the electric motor, transaxle, power control unit and hybrid battery. Toyota claims a 10 percent improvement in EPA estimated MPG on core models, with an Eco model that will achieve an even greater improvement. That would increase MPG to 55 here in the states where the new model will go on sale early in 2016. Toyota is also promising improved ride and handling in the new model.

United Auto Workers Union members will vote on that new tentative labor accord with Fiat Chrysler on Oct. 20 and 21. That condenses the two week voting period for the first proposed contract that members rejected.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Oct. 13, 2015) – The all-new 2016 Nissan TITAN XD full-size pickup has been named “Truck of Texas” by the Texas Auto Writers Association (TAWA) in its annual 2015 Texas Truck Rodeo, which puts the industry’s best truck, SUVs and CUVs through a grueling two-day evaluation at the historic Knibbe Ranch in Spring Branch, Texas.

Texas auto writers have named the 2016 Nissan Titan XD the Truck of Texas, a first for Nissan. The Cummins 5.0-liter Turbo Diesel in that truck received the Best Powertrain Award. The Ford Explorer was crowned Sport Utility of the year and the Volvo VC90 was named CUV of Texas.

 

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