MCG Executive Briefing for March 27, 2017

This 1930 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 GS Spider will be among the star attractions at the exclusive RM Sotheby’s Villa Erba sale in Lake Como, Italy on May 27. Get all the latest auto industry news in the Executive Briefing.  



Today’s headlines:

+   Fiat Chrysler Automobiles announced it will outsource work now performed by the company’s Windsor, Ontario vehicle transport division, affecting nearly 300 jobs. More at the Detroit Free Press. 

+   The European Investment Bank has asked French investigators to determine if $863 million in EU-backed loans to Renault could have been used to develop test-cheating diesel engines. More at Reuters. 

+   SAF-Holland SA, a trailer, truck and bus supplier based in Luxembourg, will close its Holland, Michigan manufacturing plant and terminate all 97 employees. More at Crain’s Detroit Business. 

+   General Motors’ Buick division will soon launch its first extended-range electric vehicle in China as part of a push to introduce plug-in hybrids and EVs there. More at The Detroit News. 

+   Two-time USAC Silver Crown champion Dave Steele, whose career included several starts in Indy cars and NASCAR, was killed in a sprint car crash at Desoto Speedway in Florida. More at the Sporting News. 

+   Uber has parked its test fleet of self-driving cars in Arizona while the company investigates a crash that left one of the vehicles turned on its side. More at CNBC.

+   GM has filed a patent application for an active aerodynamics system that incorporates an adjustable spoiler, front splitter, underbody diffuser, and ride height. More at Motor Trend. 

+   The exclusive RM Sotheby’s Villa Erba sale in Lake Como, Italy will be limited to just 50 cars, including a 1930 Alfa Romeo 6C and a 1935 Bugatti Type 57 Atalante Prototype. More at Classic

+   The state of Tennessee erroneously billed a deceased 17 year-old girl nearly $3,000 to replace a poorly designed guardrail that contributed to her death in a car crash. More at USA Today. 

+   Noted collector and television personality Wayne Carini has been named Honorary Chairman and Keynote Speaker for the Hemmings Motor News Concours d’Elegance on Sept 15-17. More at Hemmings Daily.

+   McLaren’s Eric Boullier and Honda’s Yusuke Hasegawa have declined to answer rumors that a switch from Honda to Mercedes power for the McLaren Formula 1 team could be imminent. More at Racer. 

Review the previous Executive Briefing from March 24 here.

Photo by Tim Scott courtesy of RM Sotheby’s. 

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One thought on “MCG Executive Briefing for March 27, 2017

  1. It’ll be interesting to see how hybrids and EVs do in the China market. The Chinese govt is behind the big push, apparently.

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