Karma Opens New Technical Center in Michigan – This Week in Automotive News

Karma Recruits Automotive Engineers to its New Technical Center in Michigan

Karma Automotive opened a new technical center in Troy, Michigan in order to tap into local automotive engineering talent. Maker of the Revero, a new luxury hybrid, Karma aims to expand from 36 employees to 150 within three years at the location. Production of the Revero will continue in Moreno Valley, California while Karma headquarters transitions to Irvine.

The plug-in Revero gets the equivalent of 403 horsepower, with a top speed of 125 mph and 0-60 mph time of 5.4 seconds. It is the first US automobile to combine gas, electric, and solar power. You can expect to see the sedan on the road in early 2017.

2017 Karma Revero

The FTC Approves Changes to the Buyers Guide Under Used Car Rule

This week the Federal Trade Commission approved final changes to the Buyers Guide, mandated under the FTC Used Car Rule. The guide provides important information to help consumers make informed buying decisions at the car lot. It has been in place since 1985.

The guide now directs consumers to the FTC Used Cars webpage for information on how to obtain a vehicle history report. It also directs consumers to review recall information on the NHTSA website, safercar.gov. Air bags and catalytic converters have been added to the list of major defects that could occur, and warranty information now includes whether the vehicle is covered by a third-party warranty, and/or covered by an unexpired manufacturer’s warranty, and if a service contract is available.

The changes go into effect January 2017. However, dealers have until January 2018 to fully comply with the new changes and allow for current stock of Buyers Guides to be used. Check out the full guidelines here.

If you’re looking for a new ride, get your free vehicle history report at VehicleHistoryReport.com.

Volkswagen Updates The Golf

At some point, anyone who has seen Star Wars has tried using the force to manipulate their surroundings. Volkswagen, already a friend of the force, is bringing you that power. Alongside new engines and design, the Golf Variant features Gesture Control. Recently introduced in luxury makes like BMW, Gesture Control technology allows you to command the infotainment system with a swipe of the hand. Need to change the radio station or find The Imperial March in your playlist? No problem. Simply make a swipe gesture to scroll through the menu and select. Imagine the look on any Star Wars fan’s face when you take them along for the test drive and change the radio station using your Jedi powers…er… Gesture Control technology.

2017 Volkswagen Golf Variant Interior

Check out the full press release for more details on 2017 Volkswagen Golf.