Auto News for March 24 – What Brand Tires Do You Buy?

 Owners that need to replace their tires are likely to purchase the same brand that was originally fitted on their new vehicle, according to the J.D. Power study. Sixty-two percent purchased either Michelin (21%), Goodyear (12%), Continental (11%), Bridgestone (11%) or Pirelli (7%), while 38% purchased other brands.

 Toyota is using a billboard to advertise its Mirai fuel cell vehicle that backers say actually cleans the air around it. The billboard uses a titanium dioxide coated vinyl to purify the surrounding air. When oxygen reacts with the energized titanium dioxide catalyst, NOx is converted to nitrate and removed from the air. The light-activated, smog-reducing billboards continue to purify the air as long as light, humidity, airflow and the titanium dioxide coating is present. Thirty seven such billboards are in the Los Angeles and San Francisco areas.

 The limited edition Mirai combines hydrogen and oxygen to make electricity onboard, while emitting nothing but water vapor.  It has the highest EPA estimated driving range rating of any zero emission electric vehicle on the market, at 312 miles, and offers an EPA estimated 67 mpge city/highway/combined. Currently it is only offered in California.


  The first of what could be a new Buick has rolled off the assembly line in in Germany. The Opel Insignia, reports indicate, will replace the Buick Regal in hatchback and sports wagon form. Opel’s version is lighter by 400 pounds from the older model, and will feature all-wheel drive, and the expected safety features.


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