RB MotorBlog Watch | July 22, 2013 : Audi, Hyundai, Honda, Lexus, GM

MotorBlog Watch

Mazda Sees No Need for European Plant Even Though Sales Are on the Rise
Mazda says it doesn’t need to build cars in Europe, despite the fact that its sales in the region are rising. (CARSCOOPS)+++

Hyundai expressing interest in adding a third crossover to their lineup
Crossover SUVs are part of the big buzz these days in the mass automobile market, which has many of the players in the industry scrambling about trying to figure ways to become more competitive in the growing crossover SUV segments. That said, word via Edmunds.com is that Hyundai is considering a third crossover, which may join the South Korean automaker’s already existing participants, the Santa Fe and the Tuscon.(EGMCARTECH)+++ 

Details emerge on all-new 2015 Honda Fit Hybrid
The Honda Fit has always been a very innovative small car (the way the seats can be folded origami-like to maximize storage is very cool), and the all-new 2015 hybrid version of the Fit seems to continue that tradition (TREEHUGGER)+++

GM Delays Launch Of Next-Gen Cruze By One Year 
The next generation Chevrolet Cruze was due for launch in late 2014 but has now been delayed by one year despite the changes in the model’s engineering and the company’s approach to make the Cruze a more competitive vehicle in the USA. (MOTORBEAM)+++

Lexus RC 350 coupe to debut in Tokyo
Lexus will add another coupe to its stable, supplementing its IS C retractable hardtop with a pure coupe called the RC 350 that will be unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show in November. (AUTONEWS)+++

Honda Expands Fit Recall; Honda, Yamaha, G.M. Announce Recalls
Following tests by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Honda is recalling about 48,000 additional 2012-13 Fit models because the electronic stability control system may not stop a skid as quickly as it should, according to a report posted recently on the agency’s Web site. (NYT)+++

Airplane Winglets Will Save United $200 Million per Year in Fuel Costs Increasing the fuel efficiency of a commercial jet doesn’t have to mean reworking the entire fuel system. Airlines like United have been installing simple winglets onto their existing fleet, which helps to manage air flow and make for an easier ride. The wing extensions can help the airline save up to $200 million in fuel costs each year, making for a simple and effective way to cut down on fuel. (INHABITAT)+++

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