Auto News for March 17 – Hit The Brakes!

  Virtually every car sold here will have automatic emergency braking systems installed by September of 2022, under the terms of an agreement to be announced later today. The U.S. National Highway Safety Administration reached agreement with 99 percent of light vehicle makers. It is expected the technology will reduce rear end collisions and pedestrian accidents. Basically, the system will apply the brakes to avoid an accident if the driver does not, of if he/she does not apply enough pressure to avoid an unpleasant ending. Various safety organizations and Consumer Reports have been pressing for the braking systems to become standard equipment.

 Audi and Mini top the J.D. Power ratings when it comes to how satisfied customers are with their dealer’s service department. The study finds that 70 percent of all service customers are willing to wait between one and two hours to have their vehicle serviced. Service satisfaction improved markedly when a service advisor greets customers within two minutes of their arrival.

 Following Audi in the luxury brands category was Lexus, Cadillac, Mercedes-Benz and Jaguar.

 In the mass market brands, Mini was followed by Buick GMC, Chevrolet and Hyundai.

 Yet overall satisfaction with dealer maintenance dropped for the first time in six years because customers feel dealers do not give the same level of attention to recall work as they do for routine maintenance.


 Toyota will change some names when the Scion brand is absorbed into the parent company. The FR-S sports car will become the Toyota 86 with some mild styling changes while the Corolla iM and the Yaris iA will join the Toyota lineup. The 86 is pictured.

Nissan. New York. 2016.

Nissan. New York. 2016.

 And with the New York Auto Show opening to the press next Wednesday, we had to come up with some sort of teaser picture this morning. Nissan has released one of what is expected to be a refreshed version of the hot GT-R that will be unveiled in Gotham City. Nissan gave no further information about the car.  



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