Auto News for Dec. 16

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Toyota expects to sell about the same number of vehicles globally next year that it sold in 2015, but that is still a whopping 10.114 million, enough to maintain its status as the world’s top-selling automaker. Experts are forecasting that industry sales will hit a bit of a plateau in the U.S. and Japan in 2016.

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Infiniti’s Q50 will get three new turbocharged engines for 2016 including a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 with 400 horsepower. A 300 horsepower version will be available in late spring while the third engine is a 208 horsepower 2.0-liter turbo inline four. Further, Infiniti said the 2017 Q60 sport coupe will make its debut at the Detroit show.

California has granted Ford permission to begin testing fully autonomous cars on its highways next year. Ford has more than 100 researchers, engineers and scientists working on the project at its Research and Innovation Center in Palo Alto. The test vehicle will be a Fusion Hybrid such as the one in the picture.

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You certainly have heard of Gorilla Glue, but how about Gorilla Glass? It is a new light weight, thin hybrid glass laminate that will debut on the Ford GT. It is said to be 30 percent lighter than regular auto glass yet stronger. The automaker fired an ice ball at it at 55 mph and it did not shatter as conventional glass did. It might also discourage auto thieves.

Stepped up recall procedures and heightened cyber security issues will be among the subjects discussed at a closed door meeting of automakers and representatives from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration today in Chicago. Reuters said the agency is seeking voluntary compliance from the automakers for the new rules and wants to announce them at the Detroit auto show next month.

That same agency has given Honda’s CR-V its top safety rating of 5-stars. The crossover was also recently awarded the top safety rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

 

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