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Daily Car News Bulletin for July 1, 2016

by Car Appraiser on July 1, 2016

Daily Car News Bulletin for July 1, 2016


  • Tesla Model S Crash


NHTSA investigates fatal crash of 2015 Tesla Model S in Autopilot mode. NHTSA spokesman said the agency’s preliminary evaluation would examine the design and performance of the Model S’ automated driving system and whether a defects exists. A police report says that the Model S went under the trailer of a truck that turned left in front of the car. The roof of the Model S was torn off, and the car kept going turning off the road until finally hitting utility pole about 100 feet away.

  • Volkswagen Wants to Repair All Defective Vehicles


Volkswagen’s lawyer said during a court hearing  that the German automaker believes it can fix 85,000 polluting 3.0-liter Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche diesel cars and SUVs, a plan that could help the company avoid a very expensive buyback. Earlier this week, Volkswagen agreed to pay up to $10.033 billion to buy back 475,000 vehicles that emit up to 40 times the allowed level of pollution. Volkswagen also agreed to spend $4.7 billion on zero-emission vehicle efforts and diesel offset programs.

  • Elio Motors


Elio Motors today provided a look at its first test of three-wheeled vehicle before the planned 2017 launch. After testing Elio announced starting price at $6,800 and max speed up to 84 mpg, in 2017. Elio, which initially planned to begin production in 2014, plans annual production volume at least 250,000 units in 2017.

  • June U.S. Sales

AutomakerJune 2016June 2015% change6 months
6 months
% change
  BMW of N.A.–%–%
    Alfa Romeo362544.0%309320–3.4%
  FCA US197,073185,0356.5%1,152,2591,082,1436.5%
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles**198,014186,0096.5%1,157,4581,087,4476.4%
  Ford Motor Co.239,096224,6816.4%1,345,1701,288,3194.4%
  General Motors255,210259,353–1.6%1,438,9151,505,545–4.4%
  Honda Motor Co.138,715134,3973.2%792,355753,0015.2%
    Land Rover–%–%
  Jaguar Land Rover N.A.–%–%
  Mazda N.A.26,18827,223–3.8%145,354158,995–8.6%
    Smart USA–%–%
  Mercedes-Benz USA–%–%
  Mitsubishi Motors N.A.–%–%
  Nissan North America140,553124,22813.1%798,114736,4838.4%
  Subaru of America46,59844,3355.1%279,458272,4182.6%
  Tesla Motors*2,2502,1007.1%13,22512,6005.0%
  Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A.198,257209,912–5.6%1,197,8001,231,440–2.7%
  Volvo Car USA–%–%
  VW Group of America18,67518,5690.6%98,07895,3682.8%


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