More and more the Consumer Electronics Show is becoming an auto show. In 2016 we saw the Chevy Bolt, which is an important vehicle for General Motors that promises 200 miles of range on electricity. The Bolt is expected to be on roads later this year. We also saw the Faraday Future concept. But really,
[00:00:30] autonomous cars and connectivity were the big themes for the show this year. For more let's go to our Editor-in-Chief Michael Austin.
[00:01:00] [Michael Austin Interview]
Now in industry news this week the US Justice Department announced its filling of a civil suit against Volkswagen for the automaker's violation of the Clean Air Act. VW could be forced to pay as much as $18 Billion in fines when all is said and done.
In other industry news, GM chief Mary Barra can add chairman of the board to her business card. GM cited unprecedented industry change, and the company's best interest,
[00:01:30] as the reasons for naming Barra to the chairmanship. Now historically GM has actually often combined these roles, dating back to the time of Alfred P. Sloan.
The 2016 North American International Auto Show is set to kick off next week here in Detroit. Now it's shaping up to be a big show. Right now the them is daily drivers, (with some luxury mixed in there). We're gonna expect to see the Ford Fusion, Lincoln Continental, GMC Acadia, Chevy Cruze hatchback, and Honda Ridgeline
[00:02:00] pickup. Now we're also expecting a lot of surprises in the luxury and the performance sectors.
Those are the highlights from the week that was. Be sure to come back this Saturday for my full recap and plenty of live coverage from the 2016 North American International Auto Show. For Autoblog, I'm Greg Migliore.
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