Auto News for June 20 – Gas – Cheap-Good Yes?

This past week more than half of gas stations nationwide were selling petrol for less than the national average of $2.29, according to the AAA. At 56 percent of stations, consumers could fill up for less than $2.24 as prices dropped in all but four states. Prices in South Carolina have fallen below $2 a gallon the auto club said, while California is close to dropping below $3 a gallon. While demand hit new heights over the Memorial Day weekend, it has dropped in the first half of June. Increased production could lead to even lower prices for the rest of this month, the auto club concluded.

Mercedes-Benz Concept A Sedan, 2017
Automotive News reports Mercedes will offer a more affordable “A” class sedan here in the U.S. Dealers got a chance to see the new model at a recent gathering in Florida, but there has been nothing officially released by M-B. But an “A” class concept was teased at the recent auto show in Shanghai. That vehicle was, give or take an inch or two, the size to the CLA sedan that is now on the market.
At the show, Mercedes said this marks a whole new design.

“Our Concept “A” Sedan shows that the time of creases is over”, said Gorden Wagener, Chief Design Officer Daimler AG. “With its perfect proportions and a sensual treatment of surfaces with reduced lines, it is the next milestone of Sensual Purity and has the potential to introduce a new design era.”

The front end is marked by Power Domes and the “deep Panamericana grille tilted toward the front,” MB said of the concept.

Thus far, there is no indication when the new A Class will appear here, and certainly it will not carry forth all of the styling touches of the concept. But MB is hoping that a lower price will attract younger buyers to the brand who will stick around when it comes to trade up time.

A 500-page report has concluded that Tesla was not at fault in a fatal 2016 crash of a Model S with a semi. The National Transportation Safety Board said the car was being operated in autopilot mode, and the driver, who was killed in the accident, was advised several times by the cars’ systems to take control of the vehicle prior to the collision. NTSB said the operator kept his hands off the wheel “for the vast majority of the trip.”

And various reports say Tesla is close to a deal that would allow the company to manufacture cars in China.

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