NADA Headlines - 07/12/2017 (Plain Text Version)
The race to field the first autonomous car will be a Darwinian exercise, with more than 50 major competitors reduced to a handful of winners over the next decade, according to a new study by consultant AlixPartners LLP.
The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Tuesday that new testing is prompting Takata Corp. to declare 2.7 million air bag inflators defective in Ford Motor Co., Nissan Motor Co. and Mazda Motor Corp. vehicles.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt said the agency must ensure Volkswagen AG's excess diesel emissions is not repeated, and will treat improper behavior by automakers "very aggressively." Since Volkswagen admitted in September 2015 to illegally using software to evade emissions regulations, the EPA has been investigating diesel issues in a number of other automakers including Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV and Daimler AG.
Last year automakers set the all-time record for new car sales in the U.S. market. But based on historical trends, those sales should have been a lot higher. Thanks to stagnant incomes and alternative transportation choices, a smaller percentage of people are buying new cars. We may never see sales go above the levels they hit in 2016.
The retooled A8 will become Audi's first production vehicle capable of Level 3 autonomous driving, the company said at the sedan's launch on Tuesday. Audi becomes the first car company to claim to offer Level 3 capability on a production vehicle, which allows hands-off capability but requires the driver to take back control at any time. "This will completely change our mobility," Audi sales boss Dietmar Voggenreiter said at the A8's unveiling.
NADA Show 2018 (formerly the NADA Convention & Expo) returns to Las Vegas for four days running from Thursday, March 22, to Sunday, March 25.