“What do I gotta do to get you to drive out of here in a brand-new 2016 Chevrolet Malibu today?”
That, Ford and Google are moving to the country, Hyundai halts in China and Volvo’s wagon spied in some guy’s garage … after the break!
Chevrolet needs to move these sedans, folks
Automotive News reported that under a new deal between Chevrolet and its dealers, selling more Cruze, Malibu and Silverado models would net higher bonuses from the manufacturer.
The proposed contract would also include a minor penalty for dealers that sell cars with unfinished open recall repair work.
But basically, just get out of the way of all these Equinoxes that are coming in.
Ford, Google deal includes North Carolina robot car ranch
According to The Detroit Bureau (via Yahoo Autos), the pending partnership between Ford and Google could include a 1,000-acre proving ground in North Carolina where robot cars can run free — the way God intended them to be.
The campus in North Carolina would be roughly 10 times larger than the University of Michigan facility that Ford uses, and could be used for testing and research for the companies, who are allegedly beginning a joint venture to build cars.
The report also details some in-car technology that the partnership could provide, such as geo-targeted advertisements and ad serving (OnStar does that) for drivers.
China weighs heavy on Hyundai, Kia
So far, 2016 hasn’t been a banner year for the Chinese economy (and ours) but the Wall Street Journal reports that Hyundai and Kia are bracing for another difficult year after the automaker missed its annual target for 2015.
On Monday, the South Korean automaker predicted a meager 1.6-percent increase in 2016, well below the double-digit gains posted only five years ago.
The automaker reported that the slowdown in China, flip-flopping currency values and increased competition was affecting its bottom line.
Volvo V90 breaks cover a little early
The wagon will make its bow at the Geneva Auto Show this March, but the better news is that it’ll definitely make its way to the States.
Gas is cheap, getting cheaper
According to AAA, gas was cheaper in 2015 than it had been since 2009, and will continue its slide for 2016.
The organization said that, on average, gas was cheaper by about $1 in 2015 than it was the previous year, and most gas stations in the U.S. are hovering around $2 per gallon for the cheap stuff.
AAA estimates that the average price per gallon for 2016 will be between $2.25 and $2.40, lower than the 2015 average of $2.40.