Auto News for June 1

Automakers report on May sales throughout the day, so check back for an update a bit later.

Pope's Fiat

Want to own a Fiat 500L that was used by Pope Francis during his September 2015 trip to New York City? Auctions America will offer it at an event in Santa Monica, California on June 25-26. Proceeds will benefit the Archdiocese of New York and in turn, various Catholic charities. Bids are estimated at $75,000 to $100,000.

Porsche navi

Owners of older Porsches can now get a navi system. The Porsche Classic Radio Navigation system combines a style reminiscent of the original equipment radios with modern digital technology. It fits perfectly into the DIN-1 slot used for decades in Porsches and is operated by two knobs, six discreetly integrated buttons and a touch sensitive 3.5 inch display. An option is satellite radio. Porsche said it is suitable for generations between the first 911 from the 1960s to the last air-cooled 911 (993 series, MY1998), as well as the 912, 914, 924, 928, 944, and 968 models.

Hyundai announced it will offer, in 2018, an electric vehicle with a range of about 200 miles per charge. That is more than the roughly 119 miles claimed by Hyundai’s IONIQ sedan that will arrived in showrooms later this year.

Strong sales of trucks, SUV’s and Crossovers are helping to drive the nations’ economy. The Bureau of Economic Analysis said they were the main reason consumer spending rose a strong 1.0% last month, the biggest gain since August of 2009. The bureau said cheap gas, low interest rates and the start of the summer driving season were the main reasons sales were so robust.

An interesting take on Volkswagen’s first quarter results. The New York Times said Audi and Porsche contributed nearly two-thirds of the company’s profit, not the namesake VW brand. Those two brands were not as closely tied to the emission’s scandal that has rocked the house at Wolfsburg. Overall, VW posted a profit in the first three months of the year. It is continuing diesel settlement talks with U.S. officials and is facing a judge imposed deadline of June 21.

Toyota’s plant in Princeton, Indiana is celebrating 20 years of building vehicles, starting out with just the Tundra truck. It now produces the Sienna minivan, Sequoia SUV, and the Highlander. Over two decades the plant has turned out 4.45 million vehicles.

 

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