Hammering down for a record $15.62 million, this highly original 1995 McLaren F1 was the top seller of the Bonhams Quail Lodge Auction at Monterey Classic Car Week. Get all the latest automotive news in the Executive Briefing.
+ General Motors announced a $603 million expansion of its plant in Joinville, Brazil, and another $380 million investment in its factory on the outskirts of São Paulo. More at Reuters.
+ In Detroit, former Volkswagen executive James Liang was sentenced to 40 months in prison and a $200,000 fine for his role in the company’s diesel emissions cheating conspiracy. More at The Detroit News.
+ Fiat Chrysler Automobiles plans to transform Jeep into a global mega-brand with a boost in sales volume of 30 percent to around two million vehicles per year. More at Automobile.
+ Four-time Formula 1 Drivers’ Champion Sebastian Vettel has signed on for three more years at Ferrari for an undisclosed amount, calling the decision “a no-brainer.” More at BBC Sport.
+ Next month in Japan, Toyota is expected to unveil a new “Sports Car” series offering performance and trim packages for the Camry, Corolla, and 86 models. More at Motor Trend.
+ Daimler AG, the parent company of Mercedes-Benz, is studying a revised corporate holding structure hat would split the automaker into three separate entities. More at Automotive News Europe.
+ German prosecutors probing the Dieselgate scandal discovered that Audi apparently built thousands of cars for export to Asia with the same Vehicle Identification Number (VIN). More at Carscoops.
+ The Bonhams Quail Lodge 2017 Auction at Monterey Classic Car Week generated more than $56.4 million in total sales at an 80 percent sell-through rate. More at Sports Car Digest.
+ To celebrate the brand’s 115th anniversary, Cadillac has introduced a special version of the CTS-V called the Glacier Metallic Edition with unique paint and a list price of $104,000. More at Autoblog.
+ Reigning Indy 500 winner Takuma Sato is expected to leave Andretti Autosport at the end of the season to rejoin Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, where he drove in 2012. More at Racer.
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