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Toyota Supra Prototype Spied in Germany, Michigan to No Longer Require Humans in Driverless Cars, and Ford Expanding Door Latch Recall – This Week in Automotive News

Darrek Olson
2018/19 Toyota Supra

Toyota Supra Spied in Germany this Week

Supra fans, the 2018-2019 Toyota Supra was spied in Germany this week. Photos became available online shortly after the prototype was spotted. A joint venture between Toyota and BMW, the highly anticipated sportscar/grand tourer is based on the Toyota FT-1 concept that floored the automobile community with its design and promise in 2014. The joint venture will also produce a successor to Z4. Car and Driver estimates a pricetag of around $40,000, with cars arriving as 2019 models.

Looking for your own elusive Supra? Check out listings on Carsforsale.com.

Michigan State Senate Moves to No Longer Require Humans in Autonomous Test Vehicles

Under legislation passed unanimously by the Michigan Senate, Michigan would no longer require self-driving cars to have a person inside the vehicle while testing on public roads. The bill moves to end a requirement to have a researcher present inside an autonomous test vehicle, but would require the researcher to take control remotely, if necessary. Similar provisions would allow public operation of driverless vehicles, as well as encourage commercial “platooning” of trucks, which theoretically improves traffic safety by using smart technology to create zero reaction time of vehicles driving clusters. The provisions would also create a testing facility at the site of the defunct General Motors plant, once used to build WWII bombers. The bills are on track for final approval by year’s end, and most likely won’t face a veto by Governor Rick Snyder, who supports the bills.

Ford Expanding Door Latch Recall to Another 1.5 Million Vehicles

Ford announced this week that it is expanding the door latch safety recall, bringing the total number of vehicles to 2,383,292.  The defect can cause a “door-will-not-close” condition, increasing risk of injury.

Affected vehicles include:

  • 2013- 2015 Ford C-MAX
  • 2013-2015 Ford Escape
  • 2012-15 Ford Focus
  • 2015 Ford Mustang
  • 2015 Lincoln MKC
  • 2014-16 Ford Transit Connect

Dealers will replace affected side door latches at no cost to the customer.

You can find out if your vehicle is affected here.

2016 Ford Focus

For more details on the recall, check out the Ford Press Release.

Did we miss any big automotive news this week? Let us know in the comments!

Darrek Olson
Darrek Olson

Darrek is an enthusiast driver who values the journey more than the destination. A self-proclaimed Miata fanboy, his obscure knowledge of cars sometimes prevents him from remembering what he had for breakfast.

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