That’s right, it’s November.
October 2013 is gone, and you won’t ever get it back, but that doesn’t mean we can’t take the time to review the top stories from the last week of the month.
This week’s Automotive Week in Review is full of adventure, including a crime-fighting NBA star and an exciting new commercial from Jeep.
Find out how GM is saving on energy, and how Ram is helping you wash off after a day of work or play.
This Week’s Top Stories:
Toyota Settles Major Lawsuit: Last week we told you about Toyota losing a lawsuit related to an 2007 unintended acceleration case that resulted in the death of an Oklahoma woman. After a jury awarded $3 million, it was announced that Toyota had reached a settlement with the family of the victim. This is the first case that Toyota has lost related to the much-publicized unintended acceleration.
General Motors Finishing Major Solar Project: General Motors issued a press release announcing they would complete a major solar panel project at their Toledo assembly plant by the end of November. The 1.8 megawatt project will provide the power equivalent of 200 American homes.
Fleet Impala is Staying Put…For Now: When Chevrolet released the completely updated 2014 Impala, there was speculation that the previous model would remain for fleet sales. Now GM says it will continue to offer the older model Impala for fleet sales until 2016. The previous model of is popular among rental operators and government and corporate fleet buyers.
EcoBoost Drags Down Ford Quality Ratings: Consumer Reports had Ford at #26 out of 28 brands in Predicted Reliability Rankings, due in large part to the poor performance and unreliability of the EcoBoost engines. Overall, 30 0f the 31 Ford vehicles in the survey failed to reach “above average” ratings.
Jeep Releases New Commercial for 2014 Cherokee: The first commercial for the all-new 2014 Jeep Cherokee has been released. Called “Built Free”, the 60 second spot features the Bob Dylan song Motherless Children, and speaks to adventure seekers looking to recapture the fun and free spirit of childhood.
Blake Griffin is Back in Action for Kia: Long-tome Kia spokesman and NBA superstar Blake Griffin is back in action with a series of Kia Optima commercials. This time, Griffin has a sidekick, as comedian Jack McBrayer helps him save the world “one Kia Optima at a time”.
Another Fire for Tesla Model S Occurs in Mexico: According to a Mexican newspaper, a Tesla Model S was speeding when the driver lost control and hit a large tree, resulting in a fire in the car’s front end. This is the second reported Model S fire in about a month, raising questions of the vehicle’s safety. Tesla CEO Elon Musk, however, says the rate of fires in a Tesla is lower than the national average.
Suiting Up for SEMA: Automakers across the country are getting ready for the 2013 Specialty Equipment Market Association Show, the largest convention of aftermarket equipment and parts. Automakers are plan to show new and concept products, including an attached showerhead for a Ram truck.
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