Auto News for Feb. 16 – More Takata Recalls – This time GM

 About 200,000 Saab and Saturn cars are being recalled by General Motors as part of a much larger recall announced last month by government safety regulators. This is all a part of the Takata air bag inflators recall and involves Saab 9-3 models from 2003-11 and the 9-5 model from 2010 to 2011. The 2008-09 Saturn Astra is also named in this recall.

 Ford posted an 11.4 percent increase in European sales in January while GM was up 12.4 percent according stats released by the European Union and the European Free Trade Association countries. Overall sales from all manufacturers were up 6.3 percent. Volkswagen, thanks to Audi, saw sales increase one percent.

 It makes sense that Opel’s version of the Chevy Bolt electric car would be produced alongside the Bolt at the GM Orion facility near Detroit. That is what a German magazine is reporting according to Automotive News. There has been no comment as of this writing from GM or Opel.

 Daimler, the parent of Mercedes, has extended the contract of Dieter Zetsche for three years through late 2019. He will remain Chairman of the Board of Management and head of Mercedes-Benz cars. Under this reign, the chairman of the Supervisory Board said Mercedes has been “more successful than ever.”

 Ever hear of the “Intelligent Parking Chair?” Until this morning I had never heard of it either. Nissan said using intelligent park assist technology from its cars, this office chair can automatically move 360 degrees with a system that indicates its target position. Four cameras placed on the room’s ceiling generate a bird’s eye view to wirelessly transmit the chair’s position and its route to destination. Nissan claims this “innovation in office technology” will free businessmen “from the troublesome task of arranging chairs.”

 “Sorry I was late for the meeting boss. I got run over by a chair.” If you think I made all this up, check out:

https://youtu.be/O1D07dTILH0

 

  

 

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