By Larry Nutson
Senior Editor and Bureau Chief
The Auto Channel
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Nutson’s Automotive News Blast – Week Feb 2-8, 2015
* In annoy of single-digit outward temperatures a automobile sales increases
were in double-digits. Jan saw a SAAR of 16.7 million. U.S.
light-vehicle sales rose 14 percent to 1.15 million. GM led a approach with
gains of 18 percent. Ford and Nissan were adult 15 percent. Fiat Chrysler rose
14 percent, Toyota adult 16 percent and Honda rose 12 percent. Hyundai and Kia
gained usually 1 percent. European code gains were led by Audi during 14 percent
to BMW during 4 percent. Subaru is still hot, adult 24 percent, and VW is still
* Interesting to note about a U.S. Jan sales is that 45.7 percent
were Asian brands, 45.4 percent were U.S. brands and 8.9 percent were
* The normal fuel economy of light vehicles purchased in a U.S.
improved final month for a initial time given August, augmenting 0.3 mpg,
according to a monthly news by a University of Michigan Transportation
Research Institute. The normal window-sticker value of new cars, SUVs,
vans and pickups sole in a U.S. in Jan was 25.4 mpg, adult from 25.1 in
* Not unexpectedly, gasoline prices are rising. The inhabitant normal is
up 11 cents in a week. Some tools of a nation have seen a 20 cent rise.
It’s time to change prolongation from winter mix fuel to a cleaner summer
blend. Gas prices tend to arise 30 to 50 cents a gallon between early
February and a center of spring, according to AAA. Expectations are that
summer prices will rise during $3 per gallon.
* Meanwhile descending prices for ethanol fuel has caused stress in the
Corn Belt. Ethanol producers aren’t creation any distinction and cutting
* Nissan teased us with a Super Bowl TV mark “With Dad.” Revealed was
a glance of a Le Mans challenger, a Nissan GT-R LM NISMO. Near a end
of a commercial, a shiny, new sedan comes into focus: a 2016 Nissan
Maxima. Subsequently, Nissan announced that a new Maxima would entrance at
the 2015 New York Auto Show.
* One of a cars garnering a many seductiveness during a new Detroit auto
show was a full-electric Chevy Bolt judgment with a 200 mile operation and
price around $30,000 (including a $7500 sovereign taxation credit). No one at
the uncover would endorse prolongation skeleton though conjecture abounded that it
was unfailing to be sole in a nearby future. Reuters reports this week
confirmation from a GM source confirming skeleton to have a automobile in
production by a finish of 2016.
* Latest news on a Takata airbag failure has Toyota and 9 other
automakers rising their possess examine into a means of inflator explosions.
These 10 automakers are employing an eccentric engineering organisation to try to
get to a bottom of a problem that Takata still has not solved. The
investigation will be headed by David Kelly, former executive of the
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
* Last week we saw Congress looking for “whistle blowers” to
address a ongoing dispute roiling between NHTSA and airbag builder Takata.
Well, this week one has stepped forward. Mark Lillie says he warned his
employer, Takata, that a airbag pattern could be disposed to catastrophic
failure. He left a association in 1999 observant “his depart was tied
to Takata’s negligence of his warnings,” according to reporting
in Automotive News.
* Just a few weeks after Ford announced a vital RD participation in Silicon
Valley to take advantage of a tech resources there we find that the
Dearborn-based automaker has determined a investigate partnership with two
European organizations to go after innovations in personal mobility and
autonomous vehicles. Ford CEO Mark Fields recently talked about focusing on
25 civic environments around a universe to allege “smart
* Jeep is recalling some-more than 228,000 SUVs worldwide to repair a software
problem that can means side atmosphere bags to increase for no reason. The recall
covers 2014 and 2015 Jeep Cherokees.
* Two models of a high-speed Quadski, that goes from ATV to Jet
Ski-like watercraft, have been recalled, since of handlebar problems.
About 320 vehicles, that cost about $42,000-$47,000, are affected.
* Three approved Chevrolet legends will take their place in the
Corvette Hall of Fame when it inducts Rick Hendrick, Herb Fishel and Russ
McLean as partial of a Class of 2015. The gymnasium is located during a National
Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky, a ancestral home of the
Corvette. All 3 inductees will be enshrined during a museum on Friday,
* The Motorsports Hall of Fame of America announced a 27th category of
inductees during Daytona International Speedway, a list of legends representing
a accumulation of racing disciplines. Ricky Carmichael, Walker Evans, Warren
Johnson, Tommy Kendall, Mark Martin, Duke Nalon, and Lloyd Ruby will be
inducted Thursday, Jun 18 during Detroit’s ancestral Fillmore Theater.
* It’s official, Mercedes-Benz USA will pierce a domicile from
Montvale, NJ to Sandy Springs, GA with a pierce commencement in Jun to
temporary digs. Announced during a press discussion this week during a Georgia
state capital, a new domicile building is underway though will not be
ready until early 2017. The HQ will have about 950 people doing brand
marketing, placement and patron relations.