GM said it is the first automaker in the U.S. with online access to a national inventory of former company owned, off-lease, and daily rental vehicles for sale. The inventory comes to about 40,000 vehicles, all with fewer than 37,000 miles, and they come with an extended factory bumper-to-bumper warranty. See:
Chevy has introduced a refreshed Trax that will go on sale this fall as a 2017 model with a new front end style, infotainment system and new safety systems. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatability will be offered and the center instrument panel has been redesigned with a 7” screen. As for safety, Side Blind Zone Alert, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Forward Collision Alert, and Lane Departure Warning will be available on certain models. The Trax does sales battle in the hot small crossover market with the Subaru XV Crosstrek, Jeep Renegade, and Buick Encore with which it shares its underpinnings.
Nissan has to love the U.S. Thanks to strong sales here and a weak yen at home, the automaker has raised its full-year profit forecast. First quarter operating profit rose a hefty 58 percent.
The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration has concluded that the computer inside the Google self-driving car can be considered the driver of the vehicle. That is being hailed this morning as a boost to the development of self-driving cars. Individual state laws still apply when Google’s cars are tested on public highways. California for instance, requires a human be ready to take over if the self-drive system fails. Other experts note that there are still many issues to be solved before self-drive cars can safely take you to work, including how they perform on snow covered roads.