Auto News for Dec. 29 – Freep’s Choices

 The Chevrolet Bolt has been named Car of the Year by the Detroit Free Press. The Ford F-series Super Duty was named Truck of the Year, while the Chrysler Pacifica captured the Utility Vehicle of the Year award. Auto critic Mark Phelan hit it right on the nose when he said any of these vehicles would have seemed like something out of science fiction a few years ago, but today embody the best the auto industry has to offer.

 The Bolt also made Car & Driver’s Top Ten list for the year, and was named Motor Trend’s Car of the Year.

 Please check back Saturday for my “Of the Year Announcements” in a whole new format!

 Motor Trend has directed me to 20 minutes of pure listening pleasure on YouTube. There you can listen to the “Best Supercar Sounds of the Year.” They will remove the dust from your speakers in seconds!

 C&D has an outstanding article on its web site on future technology that can produce some amazing results. Like a truly active suspension that will follow the contours of the road and minimize disruptions to the interior. There are already some prototypes. See:


 Volvo will be the first automaker to offer Skype for Business, Microsoft’s collaborative productivity app. It will appear in Volvo’s 90 Series cars. Skype for Business is used by millions of people at work around the globe. People will be able to view their upcoming meetings and participant details, and join business meetings with one click via the large center display. “With the dawn of autonomous cars we see a future where flexible in-car productivity tools will enable people to reduce time spent in the office. This is just the beginning of a completely new way of looking at how we spend time in the car,” said Anders Tylman-Mikiewicz, of Volvo Car Group.

 At the Consumer Electronics Show next week, Fiat Chrysler will offer a hands-on demonstration of its fourth-generation Uconnect system, and Uconnect Theater rear seat entertainment system in the Pacifica van.



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