Auto News for Oct. 22

Consumer Reports has dropped its recommend rating for Tesla citing a number of problems reported by owners. In its annual reliability survey, CR said owners have reported problems with drivetrains, power equipment and charging equipment among other things. Now Elon Musk has Tweeted that “Consumer Reports reliability survey includes a lot of early production cars. Already addressed in new cars.” He noted that CR has reported that “97% of owners expect their next car to be a Tesla (the acid test.)”

Backers say more than 50 vehicles will make their debut during press days at the Los Angeles Auto Show starting November 17th. Among them will be a redesigned Buick LaCrosse, Range Rover Evoque convertible and the 2016 Nissan Sentra. Scion will introduce a concept car which shows the company’s design direction in the future


How many pizzas can a Chevy Spark hold? Eighty if it is a specially modified Spark developed by Domino’s and that includes a warming oven. Domino’s took out all of the seats, well with the exception of the driver’s, and will deliver 96 of the cars to franchises in more than two dozen markets.

Early returns indicate strong member support for the second proposed contract between the United Auto Workers and Fiat Chrysler. The Detroit News said more than 70 percent of union members supported the pact in some plants. It said support is so strong, it is mathematically impossible for the deal to fail.

There was one big hit on Wall Street yesterday – Ferrari. Its shares closed six percent over the initial asking price in its market debut. Fiat Chrysler sold a nine percent stake in the storied automaker to fund a long term growth plan.

Subaru is co-sponsoring a giant-screen, 3-D documentary that will celebrate the centennial of the National Park Service. The film will be released in IMAX and giant screen theatres worldwide in February of 2016.


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