I hope everyone enjoyed the extensive coverage of the Detroit Auto Show. There certainly were some hot wheels. Look for my picks this weekend.
Volkswagen is said to be near agreement to pay a $4.3 billion fine in an effort to settle charges stemming from its diesel emissions scandal. The Detroit News said this would be the largest penalty ever against an automaker in this country. Interested parties and VW diesel owners should click on this:
Volks may have its diesel problems, but it delivered 10.3 million vehicles last year, a gain of 3.8 percent over 2015. Brand wise, it may end up as the world’s top seller.
Ford said the company is moving beyond selling cars and trucks to investing heavily in mobility services like ride-sharing, and partnering with cities to solve congestion problems. That from a guy who ought to know, Bill Ford, its executive chairman. He told Automotive News in Detroit the company could make profit margins of up to 20 percent on new services, more than double what it makes selling new vehicles. Ford is working on a fully autonomous vehicle that could hit the road in 2021.
Cars.com’s Best of 2017 is the Chrysler Pacifica that it called a “must have for families who are looking for a perfect blend of conform, room and convenience.”
Best Pickup Truck: 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor
Eco- Friendly Car of the Year: 2017 Toyota Prius
Family Car of the Year: 2017 Nissan Rogue
Luxury Car of the Year: 2017 BMW 7 Series
Play Car of the Year: 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata
All good choices, Cars.com, especially that Play Car!
Honda announced a new dedicated hybrid model that will be made in America and launch nationwide in 2018. The dedicated hybrid vehicle will utilize Honda’s innovative two-motor hybrid system, which is currently deployed in the 49 mpg Accord Hybrid. Honda set a global target for two-thirds of all sales to come from electrified models by 2030. Additional details on the new hybrid will become known closer to its release date.
Rolls-Royce has announced its second highest ever annual sales result in the marque’s 113-year history, up 6% on its 2015 results. A total of 4,011 cars were delivered to customers in more than 50 countries, affirming the brand’s strength and resilience in a year of challenging market conditions for luxury goods worldwide.