Auto News for Oct. 14

M2

There are some cars that right from the get go you know are going to be tremendous fun to drive. One of them will hit showrooms in the spring of 2016. BMW has unveiled the M2 with a 365 horsepower six at 6,500 rpm and a red line of 7,000. Peak torque is 343 lb-ft between 1,400 and 5,560 rpm according to its maker. BMW claims a 0-60 run of 4.2 seconds for the twin turbo with the M Double Clutch automatic or 4.4 seconds with the six speed manual with automatic rev matching. Top speed is 155 mph. Provision is made for those who want to do some controlled drifting on the track. Prices will be revealed closer to introduction. The car should go a long way toward addressing those who felt the 2 was too luxury oriented.

Toyota wants to cut carbon emissions to nearly zero by the 2050. To that end, the company wants to sell 30,000 of its fuel cell vehicles by the end of this decade. That would be a huge increase in sales of the Mirai fuel cell car that thus far has posted sales of only 350, yet only recently hit dealers here in the U.S. The announcement appears to nearly doom the internal combustion engine at Toyota in the future. Officials said global warming and environmental restrictions make the switch to alternative power systems a necessity.

Less than three weeks ago, VW named Winfried Vahland to head up its North American operations. This morning it was announced that he is leaving the company over differences over how the North American operation would be organized. VW insists that Vahland’s departure had nothing to do with the diesel engine scandal. Vahland had headed up VW’s Skoda division for more than 25 years. VW has not named a successor.

 

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