Auto News for April 7

2016 Dodge Dart Limited

 About 1,300 workers at the Fiat Chrysler plant in Sterling Heights, Michigan will be laid off in July due to slow sales of the Chrysler 200 sedan. The company has said it will discontinue that model, along with the similar Dodge Dart, but has not disclosed when that will occur. There is speculation that other auto makers may make related moves due to slowing demand for cars as consumers continue to scoop up crossovers and SUV’s.

 Yet Ford will invest $1.6 billion to construct a new plant in Mexico’s San Luis Potosi State to produce more small cars. The new plant will create 2,800 additional jobs by the year 2020. Specific models being produced at the new plant will be announced later.

 If you face twice daily stop and go traffic, and that covers just about everyone, Ford will offer some help in the 2017 Fusion. Called “Stop-And-Go” it will automatically accelerate and brake the car for the driver while maintaining a safe distance from the vehicle ahead. The new system works in conjunction with the vehicle’s Adaptive Cruise Control. Ford said the system was tested in rush hour traffic in Chicago and Los Angeles.

 You would like to work on your car but don’t have a garage or the necessary tools. The Detroit News reports several firms have opened up rental service bays around the city just for the do-it-yourself mechanic. Twenty-five bucks an hour for a stall with a lift, and a bit extra for any tools you may need. Seems like a good idea from here.

 Some people who financed their new car with Honda are finding that a double payment was withdrawn from their checking accounts this month. The company, Honda Financial Services, said it has identified the accounts impacted by the “payment processing error” and have taken corrective action to refund these customers.” Consumers should start receiving those refunds today, HFS said.



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