Auto News for April 12


Based on the F-150 XLT with chrome package and available in either Oxford White or Blue Flame, F-150 MVP edition includes special MVP badging, unique polished stainless rocker panels and a spray-in bedliner. Ford worked with former Kansas City Royals star Bret Saberhagen, from the 1985 team roster, and Salvador Pérez, from the 2015 Kansas City lineup, to promote the F-150 MVP edition.

 The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety crash tested some full size pickups and only the Ford F-150 was rated as a Top Safety Pick. It was a turnaround for the aluminum bodied truck that did not fare so well in earlier tests, before Ford made some structural changes. They allowed the F-150 to do better in the small overlap crash test, where the front end hits a pole or other obstacle at 40 mph. The Chevy, Ram, GMC, and Toyota trucks came in with lower overall scores.

 GM has decided not to build a smaller Cadillac at the Orion Assembly plant north of Detroit, according to the Wall St. Journal. Instead the assembly will be moved to a more efficient plant in Kansas to cut costs. The Orion plant is scheduled to produce the electric Chevy Bolt but of late has been operating below capacity.

 Tesla is recalling 2,700 of its new Model X SUV’s to repair a problem with the reclining third row seats. Tesla said they may slip unexpectedly and is asking owners to temporarily not allow anyone to sit in the third row. Deliveries of the Model X started last September after several delays.

 On April 23rd, Toyota will gathering more than 200 Prius and hybrid vehicles to break the Guinness World Record for the most hybrids in a parade. It is part of Earth Week observances in the San Francisco Bay area.

 In an attempt to stimulate sagging sales, Fiat Chrysler is cutting the price of its Dodge Dart and reducing the model lineup to three. The Dart Turbo gets the largest price reduction of $1,600, with the SXT Sport getting a $1,400 price cut. The third model, the Dart GT Sport, will sell for $1,100 less. Officials have indicated that at some point, the Dart and the Chrysler 200 will be phased out.

 A new survey concludes that people who live with dogs are significantly more likely to own a Hyundai, a Volvo, or a Lincoln. Those who own a bunch of cats are most likely to drive a Subaru. Acura owners are much more likely to have a Poodle than any other breed. Ford owners are passionate about Rottweilers while Yorkshire Terrier owners like their Hondas. Harvard Applied Mathematics students talked with more than 3,000 pet owners to come up with the answers. I would have bet that cat owners were partial to Jaguars.








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