Auto News for Sept. 5 – FCA’s Big Investment In Self-drive & An All-Electric MB SUV

  Fiat Chrysler has invested more than $30 million at its Chelsea Proving Grounds in Michigan to further development and testing of autonomous vehicle and advanced safety technologies. The all-new facility, which begins testing programs in September, features a dedicated autonomous highway-speed track, 35-acre safety-feature evaluation area and a high-tech command center.

 The facility will allow for testing of various levels of autonomy.

 Toyota is recalling thousands of Prius models because a worn engine wiring harness could heat up, cause an electrical short, and that could lead to a fire. Involved are 192,000 Prius from model years 2016-18. Owners can go to to see if their car is included in the recall.

 The wraps are off the first Mercedes-Benz fully electric SUV called the EQC that will go on sale in the middle of 2019 and show up on these shores in 2020.

 It features two electric motors at the front and rear axles with a combined output of 402 horsepower and 564 lb-ft of torque.

 Mercedes is claiming a range of about 279 miles and best case, a recharge from 10 percent to 80 percent can be achieved in about 40 minutes.

 Size wise, it is two inches longer, at 187.4 inches, than the current C-Class Mercedes.

 Finishing up our report on August auto sales, BMW, Subaru, Volvo, Kia, Jaguar Land Rover, Infiniti, Hyundai, Mitsubishi, and Audi reported improved sales. Mercedes, Porsche and Genesis reported lower sales for the month.







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