Auto News for May 16 – An Extraordinary Beetle


2016 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ

2016 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ

 GM has told dealers not to sell some of its much in demand large crossover vehicles until they get a new window sticker. It seems the fuel economy printed on the price sticker overstated the MPG by one or two miles per gallon. Affected at the Chevrolet Traverse, GMC Acadia and the Buick Enclave.

 When it comes to relations with their top suppliers, Toyota and Honda continue to lead the pack but saw their ratings decline in the past year. An industry study of the top six auto makers said only General Motors show significant improvement in past year moving into fourth place. Ford improved by six points but still lags behind the leaders, the report said. Overall, the rankings went like this: Toyota was first, followed by Honda, Ford, GM, Nissan, and Fiat Chrysler. “At a time of record profits when the automakers should be investing in building more collaborative relations with their suppliers, the major indicators of this year’s study suggest this isn’t happening,” said John Henke, president of Planning Perspectives, the firm that authored the study.


 A 42 year old Volkswagen Beetle, with almost no mileage on it, has been discovered in “time warp” condition. It was discovered in Italy and was owned by an older gentlemen who used it only to drive to church on Sunday. He apparently never owned a car before the 1974 Beetle and did not particularly want this one. But as he became increasingly frail, he was forced to fire up the Beetle to make it to services. The car was used less and less as his church-going became more infrequent, up until the last outing in 1978, when the car was retired to a barn where it has remained for almost four decades. This little Beetle has recently been rediscovered, has been lightly recommissioned and will now be offered at auction in Britain. For sale for only the second time in its life, it will head to auction with an estimate of €35,000 to €40,000 or up to $45,316.

 Nick Whale, managing director of Silverstone Auctions commented, “The VW Beetle is one of the most successful and loved cars worldwide, and we’re no strangers to them at Silverstone Auctions, but this one is a very special example and something we rarely see. With such an incredibly low mileage it is in virtually new condition, 42 years after it was first bought.” Finished in blue with a black leather interior and all its original features, this left-hand drive, manual example still holds the original oil in the engine and is shod with its first set of tires. The original books and invoice, along with its unwrapped tool kit, are also supplied with the car.



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