Welcome to In the Rearview, where we bring you a digest of the week’s car news.
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This week, we start with BMW, who has decided that keys are totally out, and phone apps are totally in, as it has announced it may one day do away with key fobs entirely, and switch access solely to a smartphone app.
After that, riders of the Dodge Demon Hype Train can rejoice, as the brand has announced the Demon is officially in production, though deliveries won’t begin for a bit, yet.
Speaking of Dodge, though, the brand has issued a recall for about 1,200 Hellcats, because the engine might decide that driving is boring, disconnect an oil line, and spray it up on the windshield and the engine, simultaneously blinding the driver and setting the car on fire. So, that’s a pretty good reason for a recall, I’d say.
Moving to one of Dodge’s siblings, Chrysler, the somewhat malnourished child of the Fiat-Chrysler family, may soon be getting some new toys in the form of some new SUVs, and maybe a rebadged Fiat sedan to replace the now-discontinued 200 sedan.
Speaking of New Cars: The new Chevy Bolt has been named an IIHS Top Safety Pick
But all is not sunshine and rainbows at Chrysler, as FCA has also stomped on rumors that it may soon release a Chrysler 300 Hellcat.
And in other troubling news, a large portion of Chevy’s Equinox production halted this past week as Unifor workers at GM’s CAMI Assembly Plant in Ontario went on strike in an attempt to secure additional job security.
Then, we switch gears to look at Mitsubishi, which has shown teaser images of a new electric SUV concept car called the e-EVOLUTION for the Tokyo Motor Show. That’s pretty cool, although does remind me of the fact that Mitsubishi already has an electrified SUV, the Outlander Plug-in Hybrid, which it still doesn’t offer in the US, as well as the fact that Mitsubishi likes re-using names of discontinued vehicles.
Finally, it seems the fight between environmental groups and the Trump administration is getting ready for a new bout, as three major groups are suing the government over the NHTSA’s delay in increasing “gas-guzzler” fines.