Auto News for June 29

If you own a VW diesel you really should take a look at this story on the proposed court settlement and how it will affect your vehicle.

If the link does not work, go to the Detroit News website and check the Auto News section.

VW is far from out of the woods on all this despite the proposed $15 billion dollar settlement. There are environmental and potential criminal matters that have to be settled here in the U.S. as well as similar cases in Europe involving 8.5 million vehicles there. For more on this, I invite your attention to:

Toyota today announced that it is conducting a safety recall of approximately 482,000 Model Year 2010 – 2012 Prius; 2010 and 2012 Prius Plug-In Hybrids and 2011 and 2012 Lexus CT 200h vehicles. The involved vehicles are equipped with curtain shield air bags in the driver and passenger side roof rails that have air bag inflators composed of two chambers welded together.  Some inflators could have a small crack in the weld area joining the chambers, which could grow over time, and lead to the separation of the inflator chambers.  This has been observed when the vehicle is parked and unoccupied for a period of time.  If an inflator separates, the CSA could partially inflate, and, in limited circumstances, one or both sections of the inflator could enter the interior of the vehicle.  If an occupant is present in the vehicle, there is an increased risk of injury. All known owners of the involved vehicles will be notified by first class mail. This recall is not related to the Takata air bag issue.

Lotus Elite

The very first production Lotus Elite, a pre-production prototype manufactured in 1959, will be auctioned off in Great Britain on July 30th. Hidden away in storage for many years, the car with a strong racing history has just emerged from a top quality, exacting restoration. It is said to be a “thrill to drive, in pristine condition and ready to race.” has released its annual “American-Made Index” ranking the most American cars and for the second year in a row and sixth time overall, the Toyota Camry came out on top. It considers how many domestic parts are included in a car, where the final assembly point is, and overall vehicle sales. Finishing second this year was the Honda Accord, followed by the Toyota Sienna, Honda Odyssey, and the Honda Pilot. The Chevy Traverse, GMC Acadia, and the Buick Enclave followed.


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