A top United Auto Workers official has told the Detroit Free Press that Ford will bring back the Bronco and it will be made in Michigan. There have been long standing rumors that Ford will also bring back the smaller sized Ranger pickup. Both would be manufactured in a plant that now produces small cars, with that production being shifted to Mexico in 2018. Officials have indicated that could result in more jobs being added, not subtracted, at the Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne. Thus far, there has been no confirmation of all this from Ford.
Volvo will introduce car-to-car communications in its top- of-the-line model in Europe before the end of the year, according to Automotive News. It quotes Senior Vice President for R&D Peter Mertens. With the cloud based system, drivers will be able to receive information about travel problems ahead including sick roads, accidents and other matters.
Mazda has started production of the MX-5 Miata RF retractable hardtop at its plant in Hiroshima, Japan. Production began with models bound for North American and European markets where the model will be launched in early 2017. The RF will carry a starting price of $31,555.
A vehicle that Toyota doesn’t make any more tops a new study of retained value among 2013 models, conducted by the National Automobile Dealers Association. It is the Toyota FJ off roader. David Paris, senior automotive analyst at NADA Used Car Guide said, “The FJ Cruiser has a cult-like following in the used market.” Other models that excelled in retained value were the Land Rover Range Rover, Subaru XV Crosstrek, Mustang, and Porsche 911.
Bentleys may never run out of gas again. Filld and Bentley are working together to give Bentley automobiles the ability to automatically order gas whenever the tank is low. Filld and Bentley are currently testing the service using select Bentley cars throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and will soon expand the offering. Filld is a company that allows its customers to get gas delivered directly to their cars. Orders are easily placed through a mobile app available on Android and iOS.
The 2017 Dodge Charger has earned a five-star overall safety rating from the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. That is the highest single rating in NHTSA’s vehicle-evaluation program.
The city of Sterling Heights, Michigan, really wants Fiat Chrysler to hang around for a while. The city council has granted the automaker a $23.3 million, 12 year property tax abatement, according to the Detroit News. In return, FCA will invest about $1.5 billion into the plant for production of the next generation Ram pickup and perhaps other vehicles. The abatement passed on a unanimous vote.