Updates in the Automotive Industry (May 2018)
Because the auto industry is always changing, car enthusiasts everywhere can count on seeing several exciting updates and shifts throughout any given week. If you missed last month’s news, here are four highlights you may want to know about:
Fiat Chrysler Plans to Ditch Diesel
Diesel may be dying, according to updates from 2/26 to 3/5. According to AutoWeek, the company, which is comprised of brands such as Jeep, Fiat, Maserati, Dodge and Chrysler, plan to phase out diesel engines in its European passenger car offerings. For all you truck drivers out there, don’t worry—your vehicles aren’t slated to be impacted. The process should take no more than four years.
Hyundai Soups Up the Santa Fe
Hyundai is traditionally known to be a modest family SUV used for commuting and running errands. It is not a company to focus on power and flashy features. The manufacturer’s newest Santa Fe is slated to come with bigger wheels, a louder engine and more bells and whistles. Learn more here.
Trump Threatens Taxes
It looks as if President Trump wants to make more money off auto imports. In an announcement made on Twitter, the President claimed that if the EU wanted to increase its tariffs on U.S. companies, he could respond in kind with car import taxes. He has already done so in recent months, but what could ensue is a massive tariff war.
Autonomous Vehicle Testing Underway
Cars that can drive themselves have long been in the works, but SF Motors has taken the first steps toward making automated driving a reality. Currently, the Chinese startup is testing its automated technology on California and Michigan roads.