Welcome back and I hope everyone had an outstanding holiday! Here is what’s happening in the auto world this morning:
I was surprised at the number of people who run red lights. American Traffic Solutions wants drivers to see this year’s compilation of the worst red-light running crash videos and realize they are too dangerous to ignore.
“Seeing is believing, and ATS urges drivers to watch this public service video and recognize the danger red-light running presents,” said Liz Caracciolo, ATS Safety General Manager. “Every day, in the United States, drivers running red lights cause an average of two fatalities and more than 340 injuries. When drivers ignore a red light, they put themselves and innocent pedestrians, motorcyclists, bicyclists, other drivers and passengers at great risk.”
The video, compiled from ATS red-light safety cameras in operation in communities throughout the country, is available for viewing here: https://www.atsol.com/2016-worst-red-light-runners/
An updated study from Kelley Blue Book concludes that December will be the hottest month for vehicle sales this year. But they will fall 2 percent behind the record sales rung up one year earlier. For 2017, KBB believe sales will fall 1 to 3 percent from this year. “Substantial incentive hikes this year haven’t resulted in retail growth, while inventories continue to grow,” said Analyst Tim Fleming. He believes manufacturers will cut production in the New Year to better match slowing consumer demand and alleviate the need for elevated incentives.
Thanks to the Accord, Civic, CR-V and Odyssey, Honda maintains it will have the number one and two best selling cars of the year. Also the number one SUV and minivan. The Civic will post its all-time best sales performance in its 44 year history, Honda said, and the CR-V will post a seventh year for sales gains and “cement its position as America’s best-selling SUV …” Interesting then that Honda is now selling a redesigned CR-V and will unveil a redesigned Odyssey at the upcoming Detroit show. The 2017 CR-V is pictured.
Tesla and Panasonic have announced they will manufacture solar cells and modules at a factory in Buffalo, New York. But they will wait until the snow melts with production not commencing until summer of next year.
Hertz has signed a deal to become the exclusive car rental provider of Cathay Pacific airlines.