Volkswagen, still bogged down in litigation over its diesels, has released teaser photos of an all-electric car that it will debut at the upcoming Paris Auto Show. Reports out of Europe indicate the Golf sized electric will have a range of 260 to 300 miles on a full charge. The big show opens to the press on Sept. 29 & 30.
Tesla, as you know, likes to sell its cars directly to the public without an established dealer network. That flies in the face of a law in Michigan that requires vehicles be sold through a dealer. And thus, the state has turned down Tesla’s application to sell its all-electric offerings in the motor state. The automaker may appeal the decision to the courts.
Fiat Chrysler is recalling about 2 million vehicles to fix a flaw that might keep airbags from deploying in an accident. FCA acted after three drivers were killed and five others were hurt in accidents. Involved in the recall are 2010-14 Jeep Patriot and Compass, 2010-14 Dodge Avenger, 2010-12 Dodge Caliber, 2010 Chrysler Sebring and the 2011-14 Chrysler 200. This recall is not related to the much larger Takata airbag issue.
If you are driving a 2016 Hyundai Tucson with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic tranny, your vehicle has been named in a recall if it was manufactured between May 20, 2015 and May 31, 2016. Hyundai said the vehicle may not accelerate from a stop due to a software malfunction. Check with your dealer for further information. All that is required, apparently, is a reprogramming of a transmission computer in about 41,000 Tucsons.
Mitsubishi Motors announced the end of a national auction of the very last Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution Final Edition produced in North America with the winning bid of $76,400. The proceeds from the auction will benefit Feeding America Riverside/San Bernardino and Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County, California. The Final Edition model features a 5-speed transmission paired with a turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder 2.0L engine. That makes the Final Edition the most powerful mass-produced Evolution ever built with 303 horsepower.