Auto News for April 18

  Toyota will halt production at all of its major assembly plants in Japan following two major earthquakes. It is expected that as many as 50,000 vehicles will be delayed due to the shutdown. The quakes also resulted in a parts shortage. Honda has suspended work at its motorcycle plant for the week. Nissan said it will resume production at plants north of the epicenter of the quakes.

 Ford has reiterated that it has no interest in merging with Fiat Chrysler, according to the Detroit News. Ford had been one of the firms that FCA said was a potential partner.

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 The second annual Cars at the Capital event is underway on the Washington Mall featuring President Taft’s 1901 White steam powered car and President Reagan’s favorite California ranch vehicle, a 1962 Willys Jeep CJ-6. The open top steam car is the only one of four vehicles left that permanently moved the White House out of the horse and buggy era.  Photos from the Historic Vehicle Association.

 Not all maps are located on the center of your dashboard these days. Rand McNally has released its classic 11 x 15 oversized map book. It also released updates to its Road Atlas iOS app. All of the print atlases will feature a different National Park on the cover in celebration of the 100th birthday of the National Park Service.

 Question of the Day: How did civilization advance without at least 15 buttons on the steering wheel?

 The 2017 Subaru WRX will carrying an MSRP of $26,695, or about a $100 increase. The WRX STI will start at $35,195 with Limited models maintaining prices from 2016.





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