Auto News for Oct. 13 – Toyota/Suzuki Marriage? New BMW 5 Series

  Toyota and Suzuki says they are considering some type of alliance. As the cost of developing new product continues to soar, especially in the areas of electric cars and self-driving vehicles, analyst believe that we will see more partnerships in the future. The two automakers would not discuss what type of alliance they are discussing, whether that might be business partnership or Toyota taking a stake in the smaller automaker. The New York Times reports that the agreement could open up some foreign markets to Toyota. They already share one thing – both are still run by their founding families.


 BMW has unveiled the 2017 5 Series with emphasis on tech such as Remote Control Parking and Advance Driver Assistance Systems that clear “the way towards semi-automated driving.” The 5 Series also lost up to 137 pounds thanks to increased use of magnesium, aluminum and high strength steel. A 3.0-liter inline six is the top engine with 335 horsepower, a 35 hp increase, and 332 lb-ft of torque. In the 540i sedan look for a 0-60 in 4.9 seconds, the maker said. Shave two-tenths off that if you opt for the 540i xDrive. All models will be available with all-wheel drive. Inside the infotainment screen grows to 10.3 inches with input coming from gesture controls, a rotary controller, or the touch screen. Prices were not announced, and BMW said you can look for the new model to arrive in the U.S. in February after a coming out party at the Detroit Auto Show in January.


 The 2017 Ford Super Duty has hauled home the coveted “Truck of Texas” award from auto writers in that state. More than 71 vehicles were evaluated in the annual event with the winner announced in a community called “Dripping Springs.” The Nissan Armada was named the SUV of Texas and the Volvo XC90 the crossover of Texas.

 Ground has been broken for a full automated parking garage in the Oakland neighborhood known as Hive. We are not sure if people move there from Dripping Springs.


 Sold out! Mazda has sold out of the 1,000-car allocation for the 2017 MX-5 Miata RF launch edition. That is the Miata with the folding hardtop. When ordering opened on October third, the cars sold out in just 13 hours. Deliveries to customers will being early next year.




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