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Mitsubishi Ready to Implement Three-Year Comeback Plan

Japanese maker looks to grow portfolio.

by on Oct.18, 2017

Mitsubishi is going to need more vehicles like Eclipse Cross concept to become reality in order to meet its three-year goals.

The resurrection of Mitsubishi Motors Corp. begins with a plan that calls for a 30% increase in sales during the next three years, coming in three major markets: China, the U.S. and Japan, its home market.

The recovery in Japan may be most difficult since the company was rocked by a mileage cheating scandal that ultimately led to the takeover by Nissan Motor Co. The new plan is the result of that new partnership.

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Getting to those markers will be tough, but an improved product portfolio will help and the company’s put in place some ambitious investment plans for its research and development as well as capital spending. (more…)

Bigger is Better with Hydrogen Power, GM Concludes

Automaker’s fuel-cell efforts will target big SUVs, pickups, commercial and military vehicles.

by on Oct.18, 2017

SURUS was designed to form a foundation for a family of commercial vehicle solutions that leverages a single propulsion system integrated into a common chassis.

It’s been four decades since General Motors rolled out its first fuel-cell vehicle, a large van offering the room needed to haul around all the powertrain hardware and tanks full of hydrogen.

These days, all that technology has been downsized to the point where it can fit inside a compact car and leave plenty of room for passengers and cargo. But while some competitors – including Toyota, Hyundai and Honda – are focused on bringing to market small, hydrogen-powered passenger cars, GM is, in a sense, going back to its roots.

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The automaker is betting that it makes more sense to electrify small vehicles, like its Chevrolet Bolt EV and the roughly 20 other BEVs it plans to bring to market by 2023. When it comes to hydrogen, the head of its fuel-cell program sees the biggest opportunity for vehicles like large SUVs, full-size pickups and commercial and military vehicles. (more…)

Ford Recalling 1.3M F-Series Trucks

Action is the second recall in less than a week for the automaker.

by on Oct.18, 2017

Ford is recalling 1.3 million F-Series trucks due to a problem with door latches.

Ford is recalling 1.3 million F-Series trucks in North America to resolve a door-latch problem. The recall involves about 1.1 million pickups in the U.S., 222,408 in Canada and 21,090 in Mexico.

The Dearborn, Michigan-based automaker is recalling certain 2015-17 Ford F-150 pickups and 2017 Super Duty trucks due to frozen door latches or damaged actuation cables that may prevent a door from opening or closing.

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“In affected vehicles, a frozen door latch or a bent or kinked actuation cable may result in a door that will not open or will not close condition,” according to the maker. (more…)

Toyota Fine-Comfort Ride Concept Could Deliver 620 Miles on a Tank of Hydrogen

Barely longer than Prius, fuel-cell vehicle boasts Mercedes S-Class-sized interior.

by on Oct.18, 2017

Toyota's Fine-Comfort Ride concept coming to the Tokyo Motor Show demonstrates the maker hasn't given up on fuel cells.

Though Toyota appears to be shifting some of its considerable resources into the development of battery-electric vehicles, the automaker isn’t walking away from its commitment to hydrogen power – as it plans to demonstrate at the upcoming Tokyo Motor Show with the debut of the Fine-Comfort Ride concept vehicle.

The prototype is barely a foot longer than the familiar Toyota Prius but because of the distinctive powertrain, the layout offers about as much interior space as a Mercedes-Benz S-Class. Meanwhile, with an estimate range of 1,000 kilometers, or 620 miles between fill-ups, the Fine-Comfort Ride would deliver about twice the range of Toyota’s current production hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle, the Mirai.

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Toyota is billing the Tokyo Motor Show concept vehicle as “a new form of premium saloon,” and says it wants passenger to feel like they are “being wrapped in comfort,” rather than simply go along for a ride. (more…)

Chevy Unveils Two Special Edition Colorados to Mark Truck Centennial

GM kicks off truck part at State Fair of Texas.

by on Oct.18, 2017

Chevrolet is marking 100 years of truck production with two new Colorado ZR2 special editions: Dusk and Midnight.

As Chevrolet celebrates a century of building trucks during the 2018 Model Year, it is expanding its midsize truck line-up with two new editions for the Colorado as it readies for the annual SEMA show in Las Vegas.

The 2018 Colorado ZR2 Midnight Edition features an all-black exterior finish, black Chevy bowtie emblems and 17-inch five-spoke black accessory wheels, including the spare. The ZR2 Midnight also features a black sport bar with off-road LED lighting and ZR2 logos on the sport-bar sail panels.

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The ZR2 Dusk Edition offers the same content as the ZR2 Midnight, but can be purchased in all other ZR2 exterior finishes, with black accents throughout. (more…)

NAFTA Talks Bog Down as Sides Take Recess

Canadians suggest U.S. demands undoing 23 years of progress.

by on Oct.18, 2017

Mexican Secretary of the Economy Ildefonso Guajardo said that each country in the NAFTA talks has its "limits" and warned against rash decisions.

Top trade officials from the U.S., Canada and Mexico squabbled openly as they wrapped up the most recent round of negotiations aimed at changing the North American Free Trade Agreement, which has become a key prop for auto production in the U.S.

Representatives were openly critical of each other’s positions, acknowledging in a joint statement that “new proposals had created significant conceptual gaps” between them.

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Talks are expected to resume in Mexico Nov. 17, but are not expected to be completed until sometime next year, which means they would bump into the Mexican presidential campaign. Observers have warned pushing the talks into the next year could lead to serious political problems, particularly in Mexico. (more…)

GM, Cruise Get First Crack at NYC Autonomous Testing

They are the first to conduct Level 4 testing.

by on Oct.17, 2017

Cruise Automation introduced its third-gen automated vehicle. In addition to testing in San Francisco, they will also be part of the new New York City fleet.

General Motors and Cruise Automation continue their push for a leadership position in autonomous vehicle development, securing approval from the State of New York to begin Level 4 testing in the Empire State.

GM, which paid $1 billion for San Francisco-based Cruise in late 2016, will use a fleet of autonomous Chevy Bolts to conduct the real-world testing in Manhattan — the first company to gain approval to do so.

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“Autonomous vehicles have the potential to save time and save lives, and we are proud to be working with GM and Cruise on the future of this exciting new technology,” said New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.  (more…)

Average Price for Gasoline Continues Sliding

Inventories building so prices likely to keep falling.

by on Oct.17, 2017

Gas prices are falling as inventories continue to build after the hurricanes. (Photo credit: Brendan Strong)

The price of gasoline continued to drop in states east of the Mississippi River, with the exception of a handful around the Great Lakes, paying as much as eight cents less at the start of this week, according to AAA.

While gas prices are more expensive than a year ago, the past five weeks of sustained weekly declines indicate that demand may be leveling out as travel declines after a busy summer alongside refineries and pipelines returning to pre-hurricane operations, AAA reported.

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“Gas stations are steadily dropping pump prices for the majority of motorists, especially regional markets in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, South and Southeast,” said Jeanette Casselano, AAA spokesperson. “Drivers will see stabilized or decreasing prices at the pump throughout this month due to high refinery production rates and seasonal demand.” (more…)

Ford Addressing Exhaust Fume Concerns with 1.4 million Explorer SUVs

Detroit maker offering free inspections, repairs; recall could be in offing.

by on Oct.17, 2017

Ford is addressing concerns about exhaust fumes entering the cabins of 1.4 million Explorers.

Facing concerns about possible exhaust fume leaks in more than 1 million of its midsize Explorer SUVs, Ford is telling owners it will inspect the vehicles and, if necessary, make free repairs.

The Explorer came under scrutiny when reports began to surface that some versions of the popular SUV, modified for use by police, may have been experiencing exhaust fume leaks, including deadly carbon monoxide, into the passenger compartment. That briefly led some police departments to pull their Explorers out of use until repairs could be made.

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But despite the automaker’s insistence that civilian versions of the SUV “are safe,” there has been growing concern that the issue is more widespread than initially thought. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration currently has an open investigation underway. (more…)

Daimler Recalling 1M Vehicles Worldwide

Action taken to fix airbags that deploy for no reason.

by on Oct.17, 2017

The 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class is part of Daimler's recall of 1 million vehicles to fix an airbag problem.

Daimler AG is recalling more than 1 million Mercedes-Benz vehicles around the world to resolve a problem causing airbags to unexpectedly and unnecessarily deploy in the affected cars and sport-utility vehicles.

The company said 400,000 vehicles in Great Britain and “a few hundred thousand” in Germany were impacted as well, but it doesn’t have a complete total yet.

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The recall affects 495,000 vehicles in the U.S. and 76,000 in Canada, according to officials. No deaths or severe injuries, just “a handful of instances” of “minor abrasions or bruising” have been reported resulting from the unintentional deployments. (more…)

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