Auto News for Feb. 20 – Shakeup at Ford – New Santa Fe

 Ford has ousted its executive vice president and president, North America, Raj Nair, who is “departing from Ford effective immediately.”

 The automaker said Nair’s behavior was inconsistent with its code of conduct.

 “Ford is deeply committed to providing and nurturing a safe and respectful culture and we expect our leaders to fully uphold these values,” said President and CEO Jim Hackett.

 He had served as president of Ford North America since June of 2017.

 Hyundai has revealed a new Santa Fe at its headquarters in Seoul.  

 It is not clear which engines will make their way to our shores, but probably not the newly offered diesel and it is not clear what size the U.S. model will be. We may learn more when the new model makes its debut at the Geneva show in March. We do have two pictures to display this morning.

 Used car prices on average fell 0.6 percent in January according to J.D. Power. The slight dip was driven by the premium vehicle segment, which is said is typical for this time of year.

 One thing the upcoming Rolls-Royce Cullinan SUV will offer is a “Viewing Suite.”

 It is automatically deployed at the touch of a button. “Two rear-facing, beautifully contemporary, finest leather chairs and a cocktail table gracefully emerge from within the rear compartment of Cullinan.”

 So the owner can take in the scenery, view a sports event or “even watch their children take part in their school sports day.”

The idea, if they go off road, is to bring “beautiful furniture to the most remote places.”




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