Auto News for June 220

Porsche captured this year’s 24 hours of LeMans race in France, its 18th overall win at the historic competition. But Toyota should have been the winner according to observers, leading with just three minutes of racing to go when the lead car’s engine malfunctioned and a 50-second advantage over the Porsche quickly evaporated. Another Toyota came in second followed by an Audi.

Alan Mulally, the man who kept Ford out of bankruptcy during the Great Recession has been formally inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame along with Ralph Nadar. Mulally, the former Boeing executive, did everything he could to keep the brand out of bankruptcy and free of a government bailout during the Great Recession. He did so by mortgaging every asset the Blue Oval had including the logo itself. Nadar, of course, was the author of “Unsafe at Any Speed,” the book that took umbrage with the Chevy Corvair, and is credited with starting the consumer protection movement.

Eleven international teams driving 100 percent electric cars arrived in Lisbon, Portugal, with the goal of driving around the world in 80 days. (Older reader’s minds will start humming the movie theme at this juncture.) They hope to conclude the drive back in Europe by the 4th of September after crossing a couple of oceans.

HOnda Ridgeline

Honda’s redesigned 2017 Ridgeline pickup arrives on dealer lots tomorrow. The Pilot based truck will carry a starting price of $29,475 on up to $31,275 for the RT with all-wheel drive. Here’s a nifty feature – the first available Truck Bed Audio system with available 400 watt in-bed power outlet.

We are less satisfied these days with our auto insurance firm if it is one of the 17 largest, according to a new report from J.D Power. Overall satisfaction is down 7 percent due to the “perception”, Power said, that the big firms have raised rates. Satisfaction with smaller insurers rose one percent this time around.

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