Auto News for May 6

 

2017 Honda Ridgeline Debuts at 2016 North American International Auto Show

  Honda has started production of the redesigned 2017 Ridgeline pickup at its plant in Lincoln, Alabama. It is expected to go on sale in the near future. Among other features, Honda said the truck will offer the only 4-foot-wide flat bed space in the midsize pickup segment and “the industry’s first Truck Bed Audio system” that could liven up tailgating parties.

 General Motors and Lyft will test a fleet of self-driving taxis within a year with customers being given the option of opting out of the driverless cabs. Many details of the alliance are still being worked out including what city will play host to the program. Chevy’s all-electric Bolt compact is expected to be a part of the fleet. GM, as announced earlier this year, will invest $500 million in Lyft, the nation’s second largest ride-sharing service, trailing only Uber.

 The World Car Awards will present a new award for 2017 – the “World Urban Car.” It said urban cars are the future “with more than 50 percent of the world’s population now living in towns and cities …”

MG GS

 Remember the MG? Nicely restored MG sports cars keep showing up on roads around our base whenever the sun comes out. Even though the brand disappeared from the U.S. market years ago, they still crank out compact cars from an assembly plant in Longbridge, Birmingham, England and are now owned by SAIC, a Chinese state-owned auto design and manufacturing company. The new GS model is pictured.

 

 

 

 

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