Auto News for April 20 – Atlas, Tiguan & Long Warranties

 

 VW said the Atlas SUV and the revamped 2018 Tiguan will carry the best transferable bumper-to-bumper warranty among SUV’s in America, six years or 72,000 miles whichever occurs first. That coverage will be transferrable beyond the first owner.

 The Atlas will start at $30,500 for the four cylinder turbocharged 2.0-liter four. Opt for the 3.6-liter six and the base price increases to $31,900. Check back on Saturday when there will be more on VW’s first three row SUV including some first drive impressions.

 With the exception of Gen Y1, all other generational groups are becoming more skeptical of self-driving technology, which poses a new challenge to car manufacturers and technology developers, according to a new J.D. Power study.

“In most cases, as technology concepts get closer to becoming reality, consumer curiosity and acceptance increase,” said Kristin Kolodge, executive director of driver interaction and HMI research at J.D. Power. “With autonomous vehicles, we see a pattern where trust drives interest in the technology and right now, the level of trust is declining.”

 A total of 40 percent of Boomers do not see any benefits to self-driving vehicles. Yet virtually all age groups embrace technologies that assume some control of vehicle operating functions. Examples include allowing devices to take control of infotainment systems and driving and parking technologies.

 Gen Z, (I guess the ones that take a lot of naps), has the highest interest in all alternative mobility types, including 50% indicating they are definitely/probably interested in mobility sharing/co-ownership.

 Power predicts that older drivers will eventually come around on the issue of full self-driving cars as the technology evolves.

 GM has halted production in Venezuela after the government took control of a plant that employs about 2,700 workers. GM is vowing to fight the takeover in the courts. The country has been suffering food shortages and high inflation that have sparked demonstrations.

 

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