The hot rumor of the morning, well in fact the entire month, has Apple showing more than a candid interest in McLaren. Various reports say Apple either wants to take control of the British based supercar maker, or acquire a substantial interest in the firm. McLaren denies that such talks are underway but added that it has confidential conversations with a wide range of parties. One expert told the CBC that Apple is most likely interested in McLaren’s patents and its racing endeavor as it marches down the road toward producing its own car, in cahoots with a partner. Still other reports have Apple eyeing Tesla.
On the Autumnal Equinox General Motors unveiled the completely redesigned 2018 Chevrolet Equinox in Chicago, one of the crossover’s best markets. The 2018 loses about 400 pounds, 4 inches in overall length, and picks up 1.6 liter turbo diesel engine, the first turbo-diesel in North America. Other engines include a 1.5 liter turbo and a 2.0-liter turbo. The 1.5 is listed at 170 horsepower, while the 2.0 liter jumps that to 252 horsepower. Diesel fans get 136 horsepower with an estimated 236 lb-ft of torque. All three engines will come with a 9-speed automatic. Estimated gas mileage, all highway, is 28 mpg for the 2.0, 31 for the 1.6, and 40 mpg for the diesel. Inside, it features a “down-and-away” instrument panel for improved visibility and a new “kneeling” rear seat where the bottom cushions tilt forward thus creating a flat floor for loading. The new Equinox will appear in the spring of 2017.
Tesla is suing the state of Michigan over its rejection of a bid to sell its products directly to consumers, and not through a dealer network. Michigan residents who purchase a Tesla now must travel to Ohio to pick up their ride. Michigan has a law requiring vehicles be sold only by franchised dealers, something the company calls the “anti-Tesla” law. “This is not a legitimate government interest under the U.S. Constitution,” the company said.
Having reached a tentative settlement with GM, the Canadian auto workers union, Unifor, will now begin talks with Fiat Chrysler. It will continue to push for production of new products at Canadian plants.
Subaru announced that its 2017 Crosstrek will carry a starting price of $21,695, a gain of $100 over the 2016 model.
It is called “The Ultimate Guide To Taking A Motorcycle Across America,” by Time contributing writer Brian Roberts. The 3,000 mile journey in 14 days is detailed in a 5,000 word story you can read on the Huffington Post. Brian and his co-rider Tim Torres ended up stranded on a highway in Ohio, helped save a life in Chicago, got stopped by a motorcycle gang in Pennsylvania, wandered into an auditorium full of 700 college women in Illinois (long story), talked shop with BBQ pitmasters in St Louis, hiked to the tip of the Grand Canyon in Arizona and much more.