Auto News for Dec. 7
The manager of the World Series Champion Chicago Cubs was asked yesterday what he has been doing in the off season. Joe Maddon told ESPN that he stayed away from the talk show circuit, and bought a car – a Challenger Hellcat with 707 horsepower, adding, “I love driving cars.”
Fiat Chrysler announced the Challenger GT will be available with all-wheel drive joining the Charger in that category. The Challenger will offer a 3.6-liter, 305 horsepower V6 as the standard engine with 268 lb-ft of torque at 4,800 rpm tied to an 8-speed automatic. MSRP of $33,395 with production scheduled to begin in January. Visible performance information, such as reaction times, 0-60 times, G-force indicator and lap times, can be monitored, and even mirrored, in the 7-inch thin-film transistor cluster display.
Tesla is recalling three models of charging adapters after two of them overheated. They are the NEMA models 14-30, 20-30, and 6-50. Tesla said the overheated adapters did not cause any property damage or injuries and the auto maker said they were used by “relatively few” customers. Some reports said 7,000 are being recalled.
Mexico now imports more goods to the U.S. than Canada, according to the Commerce Department, mainly due to cars and trucks. In the first ten months of the year, Canada exported a total of $230 billion worth of goods, while Mexico exported $245 billion.
Volkswagen has been hit with a record fine in South Korea – $32 million for false advertising regarding vehicle emissions, according to Automotive News. The government will also file criminal complaints against five former and current executives of the auto maker.
Pixar will offer a sneak peak of its upcoming summer film “Cars 3” at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit on Jan. 8th. It will also create a special “Cars 3”-themed display on the show floor.
Tests are being conducted in Sweden on a new way to charge up electric buses. A bus parks over a charging device located under the road surface at a bus stop and charging occurs automatically. The design of the inductive technology has been adapted so as not to disturb existing urban environments and is essentially invisible. Seven minutes of wireless charging is enough to cover the entire 6 mile route, which the bus will operate in Södertälje. Backers want to find out how the system holds up during a Swedish winter.