Auto Notes - November 2015
LA show. The Los Angeles Auto Show, founded in 1907 and one of the top three auto shows in the nation, takes place Nov. 20-29, at the Los Angeles Convention Center. It will feature more than 25 world debuts and more than 20 North American vehicle introductions as of press time. One of the latter will be the all-new Jaguar F-Pace compact luxury SUV that had its world debut at the recent Frankfurt International Motor Show.
“2015 is the 80th anniversary of Jaguar Cars, and it has been a monumental year of transformation for the brand,” said Kevin Stride, Jaguar Land Rover vehicle line director. “First with the introduction of the innovative Jaguar XE, then the all-new XF, and now the F-PACE, our first compact luxury SUV.”
During the LA show’s trade and press days, Nov. 17-19, the Connected Car Expo (CCE) takes place and the Green Car of the Year award is presented. The CCE displays and discusses the best innovations and technologies available on today’s vehicles with more than 25 world leaders from technology firms and automakers addressing attendees.
YouTube Honda. In late September, Honda unveiled its all-new 10th generation 2016 Civic Sedan, now on sale in the U.S. Honda calls the new Civic a “dynamically styled sedan with a more athletic stance and sportier driving position.”
The 2016 Civic Sedan is intended “to recapture the sporty character of Civic while creating the world’s best compact car,” Honda officials said.
For the first time, the 10th generation Civic will feature two all-new 16-valve engines, including the first-ever application of Honda turbo engine technology with a 1.5-L direct-injected and turbocharged inline four cylinder. The other powerpack is a 2.0-L DOHC i-VTEC four-cylinder engine.
A variety of tech features will be also be available, including for the first time in a Honda the Adaptive Cruise Control with low-speed follow.
New Camaro. The 2016 Chevrolet Camaro, with pricing starting at $26,695, will be offered in coupe and convertible body styles and a more simplified model lineup with just two models (LT and SS) and four trim levels (1LT, 2LT, 1SS and 2SS). “The all-new Camaro builds on what made Camaro the segment leader for five years,” said Todd Christensen, Camaro marketing manager. “It will reset the bar in the segment with even greater levels of performance and new technologies.”
Standard on the 2016 models include a long list of comfort and tech features, from Chevrolet MyLink with Apple CarPlay to rear-vision camera, a remote vehicle start system to driver and front passenger knee air bags.
Depending upon the model and trim level, Camaro features can include High-Intensity Discharge (HID) headlamps; LED tail lights; 20-inch tires; Bremco brakes with four-piston calipers; cooling systems for the differential, transmission, and engine oil; Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 3 run-flat tires; a blade style rear spoiler and more.
Camaro engines for 2016 include a 2.0-L turbo, a 3.6-L V-6, and a powerful 6.2-L V-8. A new accessories visualizer allows customers to view the many personalization features, including interior and exterior colors, wheels, stripes, plus a variety of accessory options.
Big buy. Henniges Automotive, headquartered in Auburn Hills, Mich., with operations in eight countries, was recently purchased by AVIC Automotive Systems of China. The sale of Henniges, which provides vehicle sealing and anti-vibration solutions for the global automotive industry, represents the single largest overseas acquisition by a Chinese automotive supplier in history.
“This deal was extremely complex and required six regulatory and U.S. government trade approvals, including HSR, CFIUS, NDHR, MOFCOM, and anti-trust filings in China and Mexico,” said Michael P. McGee, CEO of Miller Canfield, the Detroit-based international law firm which represented AVIC, a state-owned auto parts and aviation parts manufacturer. AVIC ranks 178th in the global Fortune 500 list of companies.
Diesel changes. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced revised national air ambient air quality standards for ground level ozone on Oct. 1.
“This announcement by EPA sets the bar higher for cleaner air,” said Allen Schaeffer, executive director of the non-profit Diesel Technology Forum. “Expanding use of new clean diesel engines is a major factor in reducing ozone precursors like nitrogen oxides (NOx). Today, heavy-duty commercial vehicles manufactured beginning in model year 2010 have reduced emissions of NOx by 98 percent compared to a similar truck built in 1988.”
The Forum said that in 2015, diesel fuel powers 95 percent of all heavy-duty commercial vehicles, and research by the Fuels Institute indicates that a diesel engine will power 95-97 percent of all commercial vehicles by 2023.