This week’s review centers around the Los Angeles Auto Show, which is displaying debuts from automakers across the globe, including two segment-shakers from Chevy and Kia.
Find out why the NHTSA is investigating the Tesla Model S, and why Nissan’s CEO wants his successor to be a Japanese native.
Los Angeles Auto Show Begins: The LA Auto Show began this week with over 20 production and concept debuts from many automakers including Ford, Nissan, Subaru, Chevrolet, Kia, and Jaguar. While public viewing begins on Friday, Nov. 22nd, members of the media were given special access to early unveilings.
Chevy Gets Back into Midsize Truck Segment: Chevy discontinued the Colorado midsize pickup in 2011, but it’s now unveiled the 2015 Chevy Colorado at the LA Auto Show. The Colorado is the only midsize truck currently offered by a domestic automaker.
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Kia Gets into Rear-wheel Luxury: Kia took the wraps off the Kia K900, a large, powerful, rear-wheel drive luxury sedan that is expected to lift the brand image of Kia and complete with other luxury sedans from Audi, Lexus, Mercedes-Benz, and BMW.
Chrysler Group Gets Nostalgic: The Chrysler Group is releasing three special-edition vehicle celebrating the history and heritage of two popular brands: Dodge and Jeep. A Dodge Challenger and Charger will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the brand while a Jeep Wrangler Willys Wheeler Edition will honor the first Jeep offered to the public.
Safety Probe to Begin for Tesla: Federal officials have announced that they will begin a formal investigation into the Tesla Model S, which has suffered from a string of highly-publicized fires. The NHTSA said it has opened a probe to examine the risks associated with strikes to the undercarriage.
Nissan CEO want Japanese Native for Successor: Carol Ghosn, a Brazilian-born French native told Automotive News that “it’s symbolic, and we have plenty of Japanese talent”. He added that he wants Nissan to be seen as a “Japanese company”.
Chrysler Valued at $10 Billion: Sources have told Bloomberg that the Chrysler Group is worth about $10 billion, according to the automaker’s advisors. The number comes as the company is preparing for an initial public offering, which could take place by next month.
Who’s the Most Annoying Driver?: Insure.com released the findings of study polling over 2,000 people. The goal: to determine “who’s the most annoying driver”. The study, to almost no one’s surprise, found that “my spouse” was the most common answer, by a whopping 36%.
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