Auto News for Nov. 30

“Car” magazine in London has confirmed that the new Bugatti “Hypercar” will be launched at the Geneva auto show next year and called the Chiron. It will replace the discontinued Veyron as the world’s fastest car with a reported 1,480 horsepower according to Georg Kacher, one of the world’s top auto writers. Top speed is expected to be in excess of 200 mph. The price tag is expected to be in the millions and Kacher said the company has already received more than 100 orders. Take it from me, if Kacher says it you can take it to the bank.

November auto sales figures will be released tomorrow with some forecasters predicting nice gains, and others less optimistic. Kelley Blue Book believes sales will be flat on a year-over-year basis given the fact that November had two fewer selling days compared to a year ago. Others believe Black Friday sales and increased incentive spending will be enough to move sales higher. But there is general agreement that total yearly sales should hit a record number.

Ralph Nader’s “Unsafe at Any Speed” hit book store shelves 50 years ago today. While many felt the book was the death knell for the Corvair, the GM compact with the controversial swing axle suspension design, occupied only one of the book’s eight chapters. It was largely critical of what the author said was automaker’s reluctance to advance auto safety. The 81-year-old Nader is now a political activist, author, lecturer and attorney.

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The first production Bentley Bentayga sport utility has rolled off the production line in Crewe U.K. with customer deliveries starting in January of next year. It carries a V12 twin turbo rated at 600 horsepower and 664 lb-ft of torque. Bentley claims it is the fastest sport utility with a top speed of 187 mph and a 0-60 time of 4.0 seconds. Price? Much less than the Bugatti mentioned above, but still expensive at about $229,100. Of course, there are options!

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