Auto News for March 30

  All of the Tesla Model S sedans built before April of 2016 are being recalled to replace possibly corroded bolts that hold the power steering motor in place. That would be a total of 123,000 sedans worldwide. The company said no accidents of injuries have been reported.

 As you may know, Renault and Nissan are engaged and now they are discussing finally walking down the aisle and getting married. Various report say the two automakers are discussing the idea of a merger to replace their ongoing collaboration in many areas. Bloomberg was the first to disclose the ongoing talks. The French government would have to approve the merger since it has a 15 percent stake in Renault.

 Laws requiring all impaired-driving offenders to install alcohol interlocks reduce the number of impaired drivers in fatal crashes by 16 percent, a new study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety shows. If all states without such laws adopted them, more than 500 additional lives could be saved each year, the insurance group said.  

 Alcohol interlocks tied to in-vehicle breath-testing units require a blood alcohol concentration below a certain level, typically somewhere between 0.02 and 0.04 percent, before the vehicle can be started.

 A new National Safety Council report centers on how much work state legislatures have done to cut on down on distracted driving. Four states – Florida, Arizona, Montana and Missouri – lack a law in two key areas, and 16 states have addressed only one of the two – a ban on texting as well as smartphone use by teens and novice drivers.

 Since the report was completed last year, New Mexico, Texas and Iowa have joined 27 other states and D.C. in passing legislation in both areas, said the council. It believes a full ban on electronic device use behind the wheel is the best way to keep drivers safe, a move that no state has adopted thus far.

 More than 200 very rare collector cars are expected at this year’s “Motorsports Gathering,” part of Monterey Car Week in California. This year’s event will be highlighted by two new classes praising German innovation: “70 Years of the Iconic Porsche 356” and “The Alois Ruf Reunion.” The 356 display will include marque’s first production sports car, while the ultra-rare Ruf class will showcase an exclusive collection from the legendary performance car manufacturer and tuner. Wikipedia said Ruf is historically known for its record breaking 211 mph CTR, and is the largest, most renowned company to make Porsche performance enhancements.

 The high society event begins August 24 at the Quail Lodge & Golf Club in Monterey.

 And just because we could, I have included two more pictures of what I think is the most striking car unveiled at the New York Auto Show, the Genesis Essentia all-electric.

 Motor Trend quotes the global head of Genesis as saying he is pushing parent company Hyundai to approve the concept for production.

 Go for it!





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