Auto New for Nov. 18 – Job Cuts at VW – A bigger Subaru is Coming

  Volkswagen has announced it will cut up to 30,000 jobs, most of them in Germany, to achieve savings of about $3.9 billion. Top labor officials approved the idea with the assurance there will be no further job cuts until the year 2025. VW also said it would create 9,000 jobs as it ramps up its electric car lineup. VW said there would be job cuts here in North America but did not announce how many. VW shares moved higher in Germany on the news as the automaker regroups in light of the diesel emissions scandal.

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 Subaru is thinking big, revealing a 3-row SUV concept adding the real thing will appear here in 2018. The VIZIV-7 Concept will fill a missing element in Subaru’s lineup. “We know customers in this segment want a full-sized vehicle and the next 3-row from Subaru will be the biggest Subaru vehicle ever,” said Takeshi Tachimori, corporate executive vice president. At 204.7 inches long the new offering would be 17 inches longer than any existing Suby, or 3 inches longer than a Chevrolet Tahoe. It will ride on a 117 inch wheelbase, longer than the Toyota Highlander or Ford Explorer, which officials view as the new model’s competition. The Detroit News said that a production version of the VIZIV-7 will appear next year.

 Tesla shareholders have approved the car maker’s acquisition of Solar City. Tesla hopes to close the deal in the near future, it already having been approved by the solar panel company’s shareholders.

 The Chevrolet Bolt has been named Green Car Journal’s car of the year. It cited the Bolt’s claimed 238 mile driving range, “stylish design, pleasing dynamics, and welcome suite of advanced and connected technologies.”

 Do you take your dog or cat with you on trips? If they are named “Bella” or “Max” they have the most popular pet names according to the new study from Nationwide Insurance.

 Volvo is promising that you will never have to stop at a gas station, go to a car wash or even take your car in for a service ever again, with the launch of a range of concierge services. It will roll-out a pilot program in San Francisco, targeting Volvo owners of the XC90 SUV and S90 luxury sedan. Research by Volvo has shown that more than 70 per cent of customers want fueling services at their fingertips, while 56 per cent want their car picked up for routine maintenance. Owners can use an app to identify concierge services available in the immediate vicinity and order them via their smartphone. Requests are sent to an authorized Volvo service provider, who will refuel the vehicle, perform scheduled maintenance, or whatever additional service the owner has requested. Owners will still have to pay the bill.

 

 

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