FRONT RUNNERS IN CAR NEWS THIS PAST WEEK
U.S. Drivers May not be as Safe as They Have Been Told
While VW’s diesel emission cheat has been at the forefront of most auto industry news, another news story surfaced on Sep 23, 2015 and it involves U.S. drivers’ safety.
A report about U.S. driving safety reveals that American vehicles’ front-side collision safety is less safe than European cars. The U.S. auto industry is being accused of burying this report.
Paul Gallagher of Independent elaborates on the story. .
“The motor industry has been accused of withholding a report that reveals US cars are substantially less safe than European vehicles – for fear that the findings would hamper the drive to harmonise safety standards as part of the controversial Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) deal.”
When the researchers found out the safety issues for U.S vehicles, the results were never submitted or “publicly announced”, reports Gallagher.
Are you Ready for the ‘iCar’?
Just like Google, Apple is sinking its teeth into the automotive industry. Announced this week, the Apple Car is expected to makes its debut by 2019.
Will Oremus of Slate explains, “The company has internally designated the car as a “committed project” and will soon have 1,800 employees working on it.”
What does this mean for Google and its self-driving car? While Apple is hiring self-driving techies, Oremus states that it is unlikely for the first Apple Car to also be self-driving.
As for Tesla, Apple’s electric vehicle directly competes with them. For this reason, Tesla CEO, Elon Musk, “held discussion(s)” with Apple in 2014, Oremus explains. Regardless of this conversation, Tesla is really putting the gas on their electric vehicle production with their Model X and Model 3.
Tesla Model X’s Big Launch
Speaking of Tesla, they have finally announced when they will be hosting the launch event for their luxury SUV, the Tesla Model X.
The event will be on Sep 29, 2015.
If you haven’t received your invite, then you’re out of luck as all the invitations have been sent out. Maybe next time, right!
The Model X has been highly anticipated since its first showing over three years ago, says Katie Fehrenbacher, of Entrepreneur on Sep 21, 2015. She explains that Tesla’s self-imposed deadline to have the Model X to its customers was supposed to be by the end of the third quarter, but has been delayed for months. It is now expected to be available as of the end of the fourth quarter.
The big launch party will take place at their factory in Freemont, California.
Three Reasons Why you Might Want to Buy a Nissan Altima
A writer for Mashable informed his readers on Sep 24, 2015 that Nissan has unveiled its new 2016 Altima.
Nick Jaynes, explains that the new 2016 Nissan Altima will be safer, sportier, and more efficient. These three factors could help set the Altima apart from its competition.
This revised version is said to be more in line with Nissan’s new stylized look. As Jaynes explains, the car manufacturer has improved the aerodynamics of the car, giving it a higher drag coefficient.
Nissan also added the SR model for drivers who are looking for a performance vehicle.
Android, meet Chevy
Here is another car news headliner by Nick Jaynes of Mashable from Sep 24, 2015.
GM has announced that Android Auto is expected to hit the roads with their Chevys as of 2016.
New 2016 Chevys will be equipped with the 7-inch MyLink technology, enabling drivers to use Android Auto as soon as they get their new vehicles. However, as Jaynes explains; for the Chevy models that are equipped with the 8-inch MyLink system, drivers will have to wait until March 2016 before they can use Android Auto.
AppleCar Play will also be available to use as of 2016.
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