Auto News for Feb. 15
Young millennials engaged in at least one risky behavior behind the wheel in the past 30 days, earning the top spot of worst behaved drivers, according to Triple A’s Foundation for Traffic Safety.
That risky behavior included texting while driving, red light running and speeding. However, 75.2 percent of drivers aged 40 to 59 did the same thing. These findings come as U.S. traffic deaths rose to 35,092 in 2015, an increase of more than 7 percent, and the largest single-year increase in five decades.
European government leaders are vowing to protect jobs as labor union leaders express concern over the possible sale of GM’s European operations to PSA Group of France. GM’s CEO Mary Barra met today with managers at Opel’s headquarters in Germany. Opel has 34,500 workers nearly half of them in Germany, the Detroit News said.
Hyundai announced its Ioniq all electric sedan will carry a starting price of $29,500. A more upscale Limited edition will begin at $32,500. The electric will have a driving range of an estimated 124 miles. Also offered are a Hybrid and a Plug-In Hybrid. Both will be powered by a 1.6-liter Atkinson-cycle four with an estimated 104 horsepower. An electric motor positioned under the rear seat will add another 43 horsepower to the mix. The Blue model Hybrid has an EPA estimated 58 mpg rating. Prices will range from $22,200 to $27,500 to start. All three are just now starting to arrive on dealer lots.
A Honda dealer in Kansas is going all out to let customers and the public know that the owner of that franchise is not, in any way, related to the KKK leader who recently died. They have the same name – Frank Ancona. Automotive News said the business has received irate phone calls from people who didn’t realize there could be two Frank Anconas. The business has added disclaimers to its advertising and web site.
The Honda CR-V has been named the best two row SUV’s for families and the Toyota Highlander the best three row model by Kelley Blue Book. The Toyota Sienna was named best minivan for a family. Normally, KBB would be naming the best sedans for the family, but “Looking at sales trends, soccer field parking lots and school drop-off lines, it’s clear that families have moved on from the family sedan, and now the modern family car is an SUV,” said Jack R. Nerad, executive editorial director
Ford will build a $200 million wind tunnel testing facility in Allen Park, Michigan, southwest of Detroit. It will take about two years to build the facility with ground breaking scheduled for this year. Designs will be subject to winds of up to 200 mph.