Auto News for Dec. 8 – Chevrolet Bolts Up California


2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV

 It made Car and Driver’s Top Ten list and was Car of the Year at Motor Trend. Now the Chevrolet Bolt all-electric car is being shipped to dealers in California. The first sales there and in Oregon are expected by the end of the year. The Bolt has a range of 238 miles and a starting price of under $30,000 with tax credits factored in.

 You have read of various states and countries bringing legal action against Volkswagen over diesel emissions that exceeded regulations. Now, the Detroit News reports, the European Union is starting legal action against four countries for NOT bringing legal action against VW, The named countries are Luxembourg, Spain, German and Britain.

 A total of forty cars and trucks will make their world debut at the North American International Auto Show in January. That should continue to put the show in the international spotlight with some 5,000 reporters expected to brave the Michigan winter to witness the unveilings. The covers come off January 8th, the first of three press days. And, of course, there will be the naming of the car, truck and SUV of the year.

 Fiat Chrysler will not display any new cars or trucks at the Detroit show, instead revealing its new stuff at the Consumer Electronics show in Las Vegas Jan. 3. A company spokesman told the Detroit Free Press that product cycles do not always coincide with show dates.


 Honeywell believes sales of turbocharged vehicles will increase by 35 percent by 2021 due to the “need for cleaner, more efficient transportation” paring a turbo with electrification.

 EX-Bugatti designer Alexander Selipanov has been named to the newly created role of Chief Designer at Genesis. During the past two and a half years, he was responsible for the exterior design of the Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo show car.

 Honda said its redesigned Ridgeline is the first and only pickup to earn the Top Safety Pick Plus rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Automotive News said more vehicles would have received the highest rating but they failed to meet new headlight criteria.







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