Audi A6 Gets Upgrades

Audi’s new A6 will get a “mild-hybrid technology” upgrade–the upgrades will be significant compared to the old model and will be revealed in Geneva.

Audi said the A6 will be available with the same autonomous driving capability on the A8 sedan and A7 fastback. The sensors bring more active safety functions. No hands-free driving from Audi until legislation changes though.

One feature gets the new model to closer to self-driving, an auto park feature.  On the new A6 is the ability to command the car to self-park via a button on the myAudi smartphone app. The car will follow the command only after everyone has exited the vehicle.

The car will feature two 3.0-liter V-6 engines. These will come in either gasoline or diesel, both fitted with mild-hybrid technology that delivers electric power via a 48-volt belt-driven start-alternator. The lithium ion battery collects energy that would be wasted in braking and helps the car under acceleration which ultimately reduces fuel usage.

BMW to Build Electric Minis for China Market

BMW says it’s in considering electric models of its Mini cars for the China market. This would be the first time the vehicles have been made outside Europe. BMW it has signed a letter of intent with a Chinese manufacturer named Great Wall Motor.

China is the world’s largest market auto market; BMW was able  to account for 560,000 vehicles in that market last year. About 35,000 were Minis. BMW already works with the manufacturer named Brilliance from China.

The company says its main Mini plant in Oxford, England, will start producing the first battery electric models next year.

BMW said making Minis in China wouldn’t call into question its commitment to manufacturing in Britain. They noted they had made “significant investments”, insinuating that they wouldn’t abandon the UK market.

Hitler’s 770 K Grosser Benz to be Auctioned Early in 2018

Adolf Hitler’s 1939 Mercedes-Benz 770 K Grosser Offener Tourenwagen is going to auction in Scottsdale, Arizona next month.

The touring car is one of five surviving Offener Tourenwagens used by the Fuhrer and his staff. A 7.7-liter inline eight-cylinder engine powers the completely restored Mercedes. It is capable of speeds over 100 mph and features bucket proof glass and armor plating. According to Worldwide Auctioneers, the U.S. Army seized this vehicle in 1945 and it was later used by U.S. Military Police stationed in Le Havre, France. Eventually, it made its way to the United States was was donated to the Veterans of Foreign Wars, which used the car in parades.

The Third Reich motorcar has previously been on display at the Imperial Palace Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, prior to that it was featured at the Chicago Historical Antique Automobile Museum in Highland Park, Illinois. Worldwide says a total of 88 W150 Grosser Mercedes 770s were built until 1943 and Erich Kempka, Hitler’s chauffeur, ordered this 770K in 1938. The auctioneer also states that 10% of the sale price of the car will be donated and used to educate how and why the Holocaust happened and how to effectively prevent such similar atrocities in the future.

The auction will be held on January 17.