MCG Executive Briefing for January 16, 2017

This 1964 Aston Martin DB5 with rare factory A/C is expected to bring $1.0 million to $1.2 million at the Gooding & Company Scottsdale sale on January 20-21. Get all the latest auto industry news in the Executive Briefing. 



Today’s headlines:

+   Sources say the reborn Ford Bronco due in 2020 will be engineered in Australia, will include four-cylinder EcoBoost and V6 versions, and will probably have four doors. More at Autoblog.

+   As expected, Takata has agreed to plead guilty and pay $1 billion in criminal penalties resulting from the company’s airbag scandal, while three executives have also been charged. More at The Detroit News. 

+   A judicial investigation into diesel emissions testing in France could widen beyond Renault after tests showed other carmakers had exceeded permitted levels. More at Automotive News Europe. 

+   In Tulsa, 22 year-old Christopher Bell won the historic Chili Bowl Nationals midget race, driving a Toyota-powered Bullet chassis for Keith Kunz Motorsport. More at Racer.  

+   Vacuum cleaner maker Dyson has hired former Tesla communications chief Ricardo Reyes, reigniting speculation that the British company could enter the electric car market. More at CNBC. 

+   British motor racing legend Stirling Moss, 87, is reportedly in stable condition after he was admitted to a Singapore hospital with a serious chest infection. More at BBC Sport. 

+   The Holden division of General Motors will close the doors of its Elizabeth manufacturing plant on October 20, 2017, ending its 69-year run as an Australian car maker. More at Australian Motor. 

+   The Gooding & Company Scottsdale auction later this week will feature 12 cars expected to bring more than $1 million each, including a Ferrari 500 Superfast and an Aston Martin DB5. More at Sports Car Digest. 

+   French driver Stephane Peterhansel bested Peugeot teammate Sebastian Loeb to score a record-extending seventh victory in the Dakar Rally. More at the UK Daily Mail.

+   Derrick Warwick of the British Racing Drivers” Club says the Silvertone racing circuit is in talks with the British government to secure funding to retain the British Grand Prix. More at Yahoo! Sport. 

Review the previous Executive Briefing from January 13 here.

Photo by Brian Henniker courtesy of Gooding & Company. 

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