Auto News for Aug. 31 – Want to buy an elephant?

General Motors and the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) will reveal a Chevrolet Colorado-based fuel cell electric vehicle on October 3 at the fall meeting of the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) in Washington, D.C. The collaboration enables TARDEC to access consumer-driven automotive technology for use in military applications while providing GM with feedback on non-standard fuel cell-technology applications.

Hard to believe that August is almost over!

GM and the Army will reveal a Chevrolet Colorado based fuel cell electric vehicle in October. The vehicle is being developed with the Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center. The Army was drawn in by the quiet operation of fuel cell vehicles, along with their low end torque. “We expect the vehicle to be quiet in operation and ready to provide electricity generation for needs away from the vehicle. With fuel cell technology advancing, it’s an ideal time to investigate its viability in extreme military-use conditions,” said TARDEC Director Paul Rogers.

There is a heightened public awareness of automotive recalls, but recall repairs remain comparatively low. In an effort to increase recall completions, Mazda has launched a Recall Information Center that you can find at:

It will help customers easily confirm if their vehicle is affected by a recall, and provide a convenient way to schedule an appointment for recall repairs.

mechanical elephant

A life-size mechanical elephant that once called Detroit home and made an appearance at the 1980 Republican Convention, may steal the spotlight at Auctions America’s Auburn Fall weekend, August 31 – September 4. A Labor Day weekend tradition spanning 45+ years, the annual event in Indiana coincides with the world-famous Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival, an event that attracts thousands of enthusiasts. Okay, the link to the auto world is thin, but how many times do you get a chance to bid on a life-size mechanical elephant? Wendell the elephant is set to make a big splash at this weekend’s sale where he is expected to fetch more than $250,000. The word is the cost of operation is just peanuts.






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