Auto News for Nov. 8
A site that once produced bombers for U.S. forces in WWII will soon become a testing site for driverless cars, according to the Detroit News. The 335-acre Willow Run Facility in Ypsilanti Township, Michigan has been purchased by the developers of the proposed American Center for Mobility. Construction should begin later this year with completion in late 2017. You might remember Willow Run as a powertrain plant for General Motors.
VW may have reached an agreement regarding some of its diesels, but its legal troubles are far from over. The state of Illinois is suing VW over the environmental impact of the cheating scandal. The state is seeking a penalty of up to $50,000 for each violation of regulations plus $10,000 for each day of each violation, according to the Chicago Tribune. Earlier, the state reached a settlement with VW regarding consumer protection laws.
Ferrari is a small manufacturer of cars, something to keep in mind as you read the following. Small enough that an increase of 29 high performance cars to customers in the third quarter is a big deal. There was a 15 percent increase in sales of the 12 cylinder models led by the F12tdk, first deliveries of the GTC4Lusso, and the newly launched LaFerrari Aperta. Shipment of the 8 cylinder models were in line with the prior year. Net revenues were up 8.3 percent in Q3. Now tell the truth, you would love to have one in your garage!
In Scotland, the very fine Volvo V90 has been named “Car of the Year.”
Land Rover technology is going sailing. It is preparing to unveil Britain’s latest America’s Cup racing boat, which uses industry-first computer driven aerodynamic testing by Land Rover to exploit and explore new areas of performance to make the boat faster through water and the air. The America’s Cup race boat, currently known by the code name R1, will be launched in early 2017 in Bermuda, the host of the 35th America’s Cup in May and June 2017.