Auto News for May 17 –

 With a brand new cast, Top Gear will appear back on the tele on May 29. If you would like a sneak peek:

 More than 65 classic vehicles from Chrysler’s past will be part of a rotating exhibit when the Walter P. Chrysler Museum in Auburn Hills, Michigan regularly opens its doors to the public for the first time since 2012. The Detroit News reports Fiat Chrysler is opening the museum two weekends a month starting on June 4-5. Featured will be Jeeps from World War II and muscle cars from the 1960’s and 1970’s. In more recent years, the museum was open only for special events. You may not be able to attend but I will bet you can remember some classic Chryslers you would like to see again.

 When you are trying to increase production, you hire an expert. At least that what Tesla believes. It has hired Audi’s 22 year manufacturing guru Peter Hochholdinger to beef up its output and meet Elon Musk’s forecast of churning out 500,000 Tesla’s a year by 2018. It wants to get the lower priced Model 3 into the hands of waiting customers sometime next year.


 How about going 5,000 miles from North Carolina to the Pacific just on off road trails, in this case the Trans-America trail? It uses dirt, gravel, forest and farm roads with numerous sections of mud, sand, snow and rocks. To benefit wounded veterans and their families, a team has just completed the trail and claim to be the first to navigate it in a Jeep. The 2015 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Hard Rock Edition will be auctioned off with all proceeds going to support the Special Operations Warrior Foundation and Fisher House, who assists wounded vets and their families.

 Chinese automaker GAC Group will have a display at the Detroit auto show in 2017, its first appearance in two years. GAC has said it hopes to offer its cars for sale here in the U.S. in the near future.

 A German newspaper said BMW and Toyota have picked Magna Steyr to build their upcoming sports car at its plant in Graz, Austria in 2018. There has been no confirmation from the automakers. Automotive News Europe picked up the story and said the plant would produce 60,000 cars a year. Many auto experts are predicting we will see more joint production in the years ahead as automakers try to cut the cost of bringing new products to market.




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