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TRUMP CAN NEVER DRIVE
US President-elect Donald Trump has quite a collection of vehicles which he can now never drive. US presidents and former presidents are not allowed to drive on public roads, instead they’re dependent on the Secret Service to cart them around. Same goes for vice presidents, though current Vice President Joe Biden managed to get behind the wheel of his beloved 1967 Corvette for an upcoming episode of "Jay Leno’s Garage" by driving on secured government roads.
So what won’t the next US president be driving? The list includes his 2003 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren, a 1956 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud (one of his first cars) a 2011 Chevy Camaro Indy 500 replica Pace Car and a 24-carat Gold Orange County Chopper, according to Gearheads.com.
EURO CAR OF THE YEAR IS FIRST ALL-NEW HOLDEN
The all-new Holden Astra which is effectively a rebadged version of the European Car of the Year Opel Astra will be launched in early in 2017. The new model will introduce a European touch to Holden with premium interior appointments, alongside performance which complements its dynamic aesthetics.
Managing Director of Holden New Zealand, Kristian Aquilina says the new model illustrates Holden’s commitment to source the very best products from the GM portfolio and introduce them into our market.
RENAULT OPEL AND FIAT FACE EMISSIONS CHARGES
Volkswagen isn't the only car company with emissions egg on its face.Renault now faces a criminal investigation over its diesel emissions. The French government said that the country’s consumer fraud watchdog had sent prosecutors the findings of its independent inquiry into possible emissions test manipulation by other makers.
A consumer report is said to be looking at car makers selling models in France after Renault, Opel and Fiat told investigators it was working within the emissions’ legislation which allows for some gases to be higher than necessary to pass the test if there is a possibility of engine damage.
TRUMP WON'T LIKE THIS ONE BIT!
While there is no talk of taking an axe to the Big Three's Mexican small car plants, it appears that GM is axing 2,000 jobs in the Mid West states. Falling demand for small cars has led to the cut-back in Ohio and Michigan as US buyers turn to crossovers and pickups as some analysts suggested the company had the wrong mix of models to meet changing demands.
MG JUMPS INTO HOT CROSSOVER SEGMENT
The compact crossover segment is the hottest in the world. And it’s about to get more crowded as an old nameplate is being revived to join the segment. Chinese carmaker SAIC, which bought the British MG brand in 2007 just released this sketch of a vehicle codenamed ZS. It’s a good looking vehicle that was designed in both England and China. It will go on sale as an MG in China next year where it will go head to head with vehicles like the Nissan Juke, Honda HR-V, Skoda Yeti and GM Trax
source: data archive