Volkswagen is out this morning with a sketch of the Arteon, an upper midsize sedan that will make its debut at the Geneva Auto show in March. The fastback will apparently replace the CC in the VW lineup. There was no mention of price, specifications, or engine types. Look for production of the four door fastback to begin next summer with its arrival here in the states in 2018.
Ford will reveal a new Fiesta tomorrow at an event in Cologne, Germany. Few details were released other than officials saying it will be sporty to drive with “an unmatched personality true to the spirit of the iconic small car that has delighted generations …”
I don’t know how many people give a new car as a holiday gift, but if they also believe it should be wrapped in a festive bow, there is a company that does that. The Car Bow Store in Warminster, Pa., says it has sold over 25,000 bows per year. All are made here in the U.S.
One of the comforts most Americans take for granted while driving was displayed for the first time this month in 1939 at the 40th Chicago Auto Show. The Packard Motor Car Company unveiled the first U.S. car with air-conditioning. The cooling and heating equipment in the Packard was located behind the rear seat in the trunk. Treated air reached the passenger compartment through ducts mounted between the seats and the rear window. Air-conditioning did not become a widely available, affordable option until well after World War II.