Auto News for Dec. 20 – GM layoffs & New Honda Van Coming

 GM will lay off 1,192 workers when it eliminates a second shift at its Detroit Hamtramck plant in Michigan due to an oversupply of slow selling automobiles. Word of the layoffs came in a filing with the state, according to the Detroit News. They will begin in early March. GM inventory is said to be at an eight year high.


 The 2018 Honda Odyssey minivan will make its global debut at the Detroit Auto Show next month. The 5th generation has been “completely redesigned” and will feature new powertrain technology, sophisticated styling and showcase a new suite of innovative features, Honda said. It released a sketch of the new van.

2017 Honda Clarity Fuel Cell

 Customer deliveries of Honda’s third-generation fuel cell vehicle, the Clarity, are underway at six Honda dealerships across Southern California. Customers leasing the new Clarity will receive up to $15,000 worth of hydrogen fuel.  


 BMW has announced the first M performance version of the 5-series sedan. The M550i xDrive will be the top of the line performance vehicle in the M class lineup. It will sport a twin turbo charged 4.4-liter V8 with 456 horsepower at 5,500 rpm and peak torque of 480 lb-ft from 1,800 rpm. BMW is quoting a 0-60 “in under 4 seconds.” It will be available at U.S. dealers in spring 2017 with pricing announced closer to market launch.




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