Auto News for March 9

 The Honda Clarity lineup will expand with the introduction of an electric model and a plug-in hybrid to be introduced at the New York Auto Show in April. They will join the current hydrogen fuel cell model. The Clarity Electric, Honda said, will be the first affordable, midsize, five-passenger battery electric vehicle while the plug-in hybrid, will be the volume leader in the series, combining an all-electric driving range rating in excess of 40 miles with a hyper-efficient gasoline-hybrid extended range mode. Honda has announced its intention to make two-thirds of its global auto sales from electrified vehicles by 2030. 

 McLaren has introduced the second generation of its Super Series – the three seat 720S and it will be fast! Consider a twin turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 rated at a whopping 710 horsepower that takes it from a standing start to 60 in a pulse raising 2.8 seconds. It will also be a more fashionable McLaren with lots of consumer choices such as Bridge of Weir leather with lots of stitching inside with an abundance of Alcantara. The 720S is said to be lighter, faster and more dynamically capable then its 650S predecessor. Look for a starting price of $284,475 when the new model hits the market in May. Oh, top speed at the track is 212 mph.

 California has approved Uber’s request to test self- driving cars in the state, but it will not be allowed to pick up passengers and the cars must have a human on board to take control if necessary. Last December Uber and the state were at odds when the company used self-drivers on the streets of San Francisco without a permit.

 Nissan has introduced a King Cab version of its Titan and Titan XD full size pickups with seating for six. Commercial users can check a rear seat delete option. Nissan said the Titan lineup is now complete with three body configurations, three bed lengths and a range of grade levels and equipment packages.




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