Auto News for Aug. 7 – ATTN: Left Lane Hogs!

 Nevada has passed a law that makes it illegal to hog the left lane on the Interstate if you are driving below the speed limit. Left lane hogs face a fine of $50 for a first offense, double that if you are caught a second time, and $250 for a third offense. Backers of the new law said left lane hogging is one of the top reasons for road rage.

 Volkswagen’s new Atlas midsize SUV has earned a Top Safety Pick award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. That means it passed crash tests for small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraints. It must have an available front crash prevention option to earn the rating. IIHS said the Atlas missed the Top Safety Pick Plus award “because its available headlights are rated marginal and poor.”

 Hyundai’s Elantra GT will carry a starting price of $19,350 for the base model and $23,250 for the GT Sport with a six speed manual transmission. The 2017 GT started at $18,880. A hatchback joins the lineup for ’18.

It's amazing when nothing holds you back

 Nissan said its upcoming redesign of the Leaf electric will have a longer range per charge thanks to a more aerodynamic design. A new feature will “significantly stabilize” the car when hit by strong crosswinds. As for the new design, Nissan said it was “Inspired by airplane wings…” They also released a teaser photo that doesn’t tell us much.

 Jeremy Clarkson, one of three former hosts on the TV show “Top Gear,” has been admitted to a hospital in Spain for treatment for pneumonia, according to CNN. Clarkson was on a family vacation when stricken. Now the host of Amazon’s “The Grand Tour,” Clarkson told the world of his illness in a posting on Instagram. There was no mention of his condition but Clarkson said he plans to return to his new show next week.




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