Auto News for Nov. 9

Motor Trend has announced finalists for its Car of the Year award. They are:

Audi TT BMW 7 Series Chevrolet Camaro Honda Civic Mazda MX-5 Miata Mercedes AMG GT S Toyota Mirai

Truck of the Year finalists:

Chevrolet Colorado Chevrolet Silverado GMC Canyon GMC Sierra Nissan Titan XD Toyota Tacoma

As for the Sport Utility of the Year:

Honda Pilot Lincoln MKX Mercedes-Benz GLE/GLE Coupe Nissan Murano Volvo XC90

I would cast ballots for the Mazda MX-5 Miata, Toyota Tacoma, and the Volvo VC90. Motor Trend will announce the winners on the 16th.

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The idea did not work too well for Nissan, but now Land Rover is going to give it a try – marketing a sport utility as a convertible. In this case it is the Evoque. Land Rover calls it the “world’s first luxury compact SUV convertible.” The fabric roof stows in 18 seconds and can be raised in 21 seconds at speeds up to 30 mph. Two aluminum roll over bars are hidden in the rear bodywork and can be deployed in 90 milliseconds if they are needed. Power will come from a four cylinder gas engine, or a diesel but I would doubt the latter will make it to the U.S. The Evoque will go on sale next spring.

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If I told you that Ben Collins has named the Mustang the “ultimate stunt car”, that may not mean much. If I told you Collins was once the “Stig” on “Top Gear” that might bring it into focus. No, Mustang but whatever. Collins noted that the Mustang “has starred in many a classic car chase during the past 50 years, and is still the stunt driver’s weapon of choice to leave the bad guys standing in a cloud of tire smoke.”

The United Auto Workers Union has reached a tentative contract deal with Ford. The rank and file now must vote on it.

At General Motors, production line workers approved a tentative contract, while almost 60 percent of skilled trade workers said no. Both must approve the deal for it to take effect, and union officials will meet skilled trade reps this week for further talks.

 

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