Auto News for June 9

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2017 Acura NSX Supercar to Make its North American Racing Debut at 2016 Broadmoor Pikes Peak Int'l. Hill Climb

Acura said its NSX supercar will make its North American racing debut at the 100th anniversary of the Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb on June 26. An all-electric NSX will compete in another class. “Pikes Peak is like no other race in the world and offers a unique opportunity to showcase the power and performance of our products,” said Jon Ikeda, vice president and general manager of the Acura Division.

The Los Angeles Police Department has acquired 100 BMW i-3 electrics with price being the reason the department selected Bimmer over Tesla. The i-3’s will not be used for high speed chases or emergency situations. Instead, the fleet will be used in community outreach and for other police business.

Demand has been slow for compact cars, so Ford announced it will close a plant that produces the Focus and C-Max for an additional five weeks. Ford said it matches production capacity with demand adding the small car segment is down about 10 percent this year. In line with that, Ford will reduce the length of its summer shutdown at five plants that crank out the hot selling SUV’s and crossovers. Fiat Chrysler said five of its plants here in the U.S. and Mexico will not have any summer shutdown, according to the Detroit News.

Uncle Sam’s Transportation Department will issue new regulations in July governing self-driving vehicles because the technology is growing faster than regulators can keep up with, said Mark Rosekind, head of the National Highway Safety Administration. Manufacturers are concerned that some 15 states are moving ahead with regs in this area that often conflict with each other. They would prefer federal guidelines that presumably apply nationwide. NHTSA has said some significant hurdles remain before cars without steering wheels and gas pedals can be sold, but there are fewer restrictions on cars with human controls, according to Automotive News.

The global autonomous cars market is expected to reach 138,089 units by 2024, according to a new study by Grand View Research, Inc. The growing acceptance of semi-autonomous technologies, such as Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), automatic parking, and forward collision avoidance, is anticipated to pave the way for the adoption of driverless automobiles over the next seven years. An upsurge in the demand for increased comfort and convenience, particularly in countries with an aging population, is expected to propel driverless vehicle demand over the forecast period.




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