What’s News: Another Ford recall

Ford Motor Co. issued several recalls Wednesday, including one covering more than 1.2 million Ford Explorer SUVs that could be at risk of losing steering control.

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What’s News: 2020 Benz GLB 7-seat compact SUV–on sale by 2019 end

2020 Mercedes Benz GLB, which was officially unveiled at the Shanghai International Auto Show, is set for launch by the end of this year. It is a 7 seater crossover which offers seating capacity for upto 7 persons

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2020 Mercedes Benz GLB receives a boxy profile and a rugged stance. It is seen with an upright front end and sits on 18” alloy wheels. It gets muscular shoulders, a short front and overhang. It also receives unique door arrangement. The doors reach over the side bar and open wider than conventional doors. This new design prevents dirt from accumulating in door openings. There is also a protective cladding fitted to the underbody at the front and rear of the GLB.
Wheelbase is shorter by 1.7” as compared to that seen on the GLCbut it is longer by 5.1” as compared to that seen on the GLA. This results in a more spacious cabin and third row seating. The second row seats are in a 40:20:40 split folding style offering easier access to the rear seats. The 2020 Mercedes Benz GLB also gets a five seater format with around 20 cubic feet of cargo area while if second row seats are folded, this increases to 62 cubic feet of extra cargo area.

What’s News: Tesla Truck under $49k, Elon says…

Elon Musk made interesting new comments about the upcoming Tesla Pickup truck, including a first hint at the starting price, which he aims to keep under $50,000, and some of the functionality.

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“We don’t want it to be really expensive. I think it got to start at less than $50,000 – it’s got to be like $49,000 starting price max. Ideally less. It just can’t be unaffordable. It’s got to be something that’s affordable. There will be versions of the truck that will be more expensive, but you’ve got to be able to get a really great truck for $49,000 or less.”

What’s News: sporty caddy’s?

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DETROIT, Mich.—On Thursday night, Cadillac took the wraps off a pair of new sporty sedans, revamping its V-Series performance lineup. One of the sedans, the CT5-V, is a souped-up variant of the new midsized four-door that launched at this year’s New York auto show. The second is the CT4-V, a sporty version of the yet-to-be-seen entry-level CT4. But if you were expecting fire-spitting monsters barely suited for the street, you’ll need to reset your expectations; these two new machines are more jalapeño than Habanero.

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What’s News: wrongly parked rideshare gets fenced in

Here’s a crazy story about a man putting his foot down over people parking on his property…

Seattle man builds fence around illegally parked car-share vehicle on property; demands payment

Seattle property owner upset about a car-share vehicle parked illegally in the parking lot of his duplex has erected a barricade around it and is demanding compensation from the owner.

Dan Smith said the car2go Mercedes-Benz has been parked in his lot since May 17, KIRO-TV reported. He said he gave Share Now, the company that operates car2go, two hours to collect the vehicle. After no response, he built a makeshift fence around it.

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What’s News: GM car sharing pulls out of some markets

Maven, the car-sharing service owned by General Motors, is ending operations in several major North American cities. According to The Wall Street Journal, the mobility brand will wind down service in eight of the 17 cities in which it operates, including Boston, Chicago, and New York City. Maven will continue to operate in Detroit, Los Angeles, Washington, DC, and Toronto.

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“We’re shifting Maven’s offerings to concentrate on markets in which we have the strongest current demand and growth potential,” a spokesperson said in a statement.

What’s News: Tesla AV system active during crash!

A Tesla Model 3 had Autopilot active in the seconds before it crashed into a semi truck in March, killing the driver, the National Transportation Safety Board reported on Thursday.

Jeremy Banner was driving his Model 3 on a divided four-lane highway in Palm Beach County, Florida. As the car approached a driveway, a semi-truck pulled out in front of the car, making a left-hand turn from the driveway to the opposite travel lanes.

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The Tesla was moving at 68mph (110km/h) and slid under the truck’s trailer. The trailer sheared off the top of the car, killing Banner. The vehicle continued down the road for another 1,600 feet (500m) before coming to a rest in the median.

“Preliminary data show that Tesla’s Autopilot system… was active at the time of the crash,” the NTSB reports. “The driver engaged the Autopilot about 10 seconds before the collision. From less than 8 seconds before the crash to the time of impact, the vehicle did not detect the driver’s hands on the steering wheel.”

The NTSB says that preliminary data suggests that neither the driver nor the Autopilot system made evasive maneuvers…

What’s News: Ford stays course w/ hybrid, not going full EV

Ford got into the hybrid game relatively early with the 2005 Escape, the first hybrid SUV. The automaker believes other automakers are underestimating hybrids today as they rush to all-electric vehicles, Ford vice president of powertrain engineering Dave Filipe said.
All-electric vehicles are much more expensive than hybrids, and require charging infrastructure that’s not available everywhere. Ford believes those factors will keep hybrids in the picture for many years to come, even as EVs become increasingly common.

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Hybrids play a key role in Ford’s touted $11-billion investment plan to reduce its vehicles’ fuel consumption and emissions.

It’s also likely that EVs aren’t seen as practical for police vehicles which is a market Ford would like to continue to court.

What’s News: bigger is safer

A new study suggests bigger is better when it comes to car safety.

Online automotive marketplace and research outfit iseecars.com took fatal accident reports from NHTSA covering 2013 to 2017 models and combined them with information from its used car sales database to come up with a ranked list of vehicles with the most occupant fatalities per billion miles driven.

At the top is the Mitsubishi Mirage at 10.8, followed by the Chevrolet Corvette (9.8), Honda Fit (7.7), Kia Forte (7.4) and Chevrolet Spark (7.2), with the average for all vehicles at 2.6. A total of 14 models had fatality rates that were double the average or more, using the iseecars.com methodology, and all of them are either small cars or sports cars.

The subcompact Mirage is one of the most inexpensive vehicles on sale today, with a starting price of $14,945. It was rated Poor on the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s driver’s side small overlap crash test in 2014, but that was improved to Marginal in 2017 with engineering updates aimed at addressing the deficiency.

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