TTAC News Roundup: Merry Boozy Christmas; Subaru Can't Make 'em Fast Enough; Nevada's Playing With House Money

Aaron Cole
by Aaron Cole

You’ve made some bad decisions at the holiday office Christmas party. We’ve all done it. Don’t compound it by using a (probably inaccurate) free breathalyzer that you picked up at a Honda dealer instead of a cab ride.

That, and Subaru is turning production up to “11,” Hyundai was hit hard in China and Nevada’s rolling the dice on electric cars … after the break.

UK Honda dealers handing out breathalyzers for Christmas

Dealers in the UK are handing out free breathalyzers to prevent people from driving drunk after Christmas parties, according to AutoExpress.

According to a study conducted by the company that makes the breathalyzers (sounds legit, right?), one-third of drivers in Britain admit to getting behind the wheel early in the morning after a hard night of drinking.

About 40 percent of surveyed respondents say they’d probably drive in the morning after a long night of drinking and 26 percent said they’d even drive before 10 a.m.

Most retail breathalyzers aren’t anywhere near accurate, but that’s better than offering free or reduced-rate cab rides, right? Oh, wait.

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Subaru is selling every car they have, so why don’t they have more cars?

Subaru will sell 600,000 cars in North America this year, Fuji Heavy Industries President Yasuyuki Yoshinaga told Automotive News. Fuji Heavy Industries is the parent company of Subaru.

That’s five years ahead of schedule and way ahead of production capacity. The company’s lone plant outside of Japan is located in Lafayette, Indiana, and the company has already spent millions to add capacity.

Still, the company’s chief said that it would revise its sales target and increase production at the plant — by kicking Camry out and making Impreza stateside — from 200,000 cars to nearly 400,000 by the end of next year.

Supply, meet demand.

Hyundai may miss global sales target for first time since 2008

Slowing growth in China has hit Hyundai particularly hard, Bloomberg reported ( via Automotive News), which means the company may miss its sales target for the first time in nearly a decade.

Unfavorable exchange rates to Brazil and Russia have also put a dent in the automaker’s coffers. Both of those countries’ currencies have tanked against the South Korean won, according to the report.

Sales in America have been one of the automaker’s bright spots: sales in the U.S. rose by more than 5 percent so far this year.

Carl Icahn outbid Bridgestone for Pep Boys

Pep Boys on Monday notified the Japanese tire giant that an offer by billionaire investor Carl Icahn to buy the auto parts store was a better deal, and gave Bridgestone until Wednesday to top it , Reuters reported.

Icahn topped Bridgestone earlier this month after Bridgestone offered to buy the 800 Pep Boys stores to merge with its 2,200 stores — which include Tires Plus, Firestone Complete Auto Care and Wheel Works — to create the world’s largest automotive parts chain.

Bridgestone’s offer of $15.50 per share (about $835 million) fell short of Icahn’s $16.50 per share (about $900 million), Pep Boys concluded. Icahn recently purchased Auto Plus, a competitor to Pep Boys, which Icahn said would be a good match to merge.

Nevada offers $335M to Faraday Future to help fund plant

Nevada lawmakers approved a $335 million tax incentive package to electric car startup Faraday Future to entice the company to build its cars in that state, AutoGuide reported.

The tax package includes $215 million in tax credits and $120 million in infrastructure improvements for the car factory’s potential site in North Las Vegas, according to the story.

The state is already home to Tesla’s massive “Gigafactory” battery plant, which lawmakers scripted a $1.3 billion incentive bill for already, and doesn’t care much for visitors.

Faraday Future said they’d like to break ground on a factory by January. Their cars will maybe come some time after that. Maybe.

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  • Gottacook Gottacook on Dec 21, 2015

    It could be argued that Subaru of America's success is a direct result of their being on the brink of withdrawing from the U.S. market around 1994-95. SoA was attempting to appeal to a huge swath of the market, from Justy to SVX (each available with either FWD or AWD), but its "What to Drive" ad campaign didn't work. All the decisions made as a result - getting rid of everything but the Legacy and the Impreza, offering AWD cars only (with the Outback package for the Legacy wagon leading the way), and designing a boxier alternate body for the Impreza wagon (i.e., the Forester) - form the basis of SoA's current success.

  • Zip89123 Zip89123 on Dec 21, 2015

    NV is still trying to figure out how to supply water to the area. The taxpayers got screwed again by governor Sandoval.

  • Art Vandelay Pour one out for the Motors Liquidation Corporation
  • Bill Wade Norm, while true I'll leave you with this. My 2023 RAM is running Android 8 released in 2017.My wife's navigation on her GM truck is a 2021 release, I believe the latest. Android Auto seems to update very week or two. Now, which would you rather have? Anybody with a car a couple of years old NEVER sees any updates. Heck, if your TV is a few years old it's dead on updates. At least cell phones are rapidly updated. If your old phone won't update, buy another $200 phone. If your GM vehicle doesn't update do what, buy another $50,000 GM vehicle?
  • Lou_BC Once again, Mustang is the last pony car standing. Camaro RIP, Challenger RIP.
  • FreedMike Next up should DEFINITELY be the Cadillac Eldorado. On the subject of Caddies, I saw a Lyriq in person for the first time a couple of days ago, and I'm changing my tune on its' styling. In person, it works quite well, and the interior is very nicely executed.
  • Probert Sorry to disappoint: any list. of articles with a 1 second google search. It's a tough world out there - but you can do it!!!!!!