Welcome to our weekly round-up of the biggest breaking stories on Driving.ca from this past week. Get caught up and ready to get on with the weekend, because it’s hard keeping pace in a digital traffic jam.
Here’s what you missed while you were away.
Who’s the real d*** here? Honda owners get fined by prudish HOA for leaving this shape in the snow
Homeowner’s associations (HOAs) can be a real pain in the basement suite, if you know what we mean. A Tennessee couple learned this firsthand when their condo’s HOA slapped them with a $100 fine for an (ahem) unique shape their Honda left in their snowy parking lot.
Apparently some neighbours complained when they saw the bare patch that only kind of resembles a certain part of the male anatomy, prompting the association to issue the fine along with an email that read “Your car, specifically the Honda, left this offensive image on the ground after you left, I believe you will see why we have had complaints about it.” Relax, guys, it’s just snow. It will melt. The photo on the other hand, that will live on in infamy. Bravo.
FCA invests big in SUVs and trucks with announcement of 2021 Grand Wagoneer launch
In what is huge news for Michigan, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles announced it’s planning to inject US$4.5 billion into the redevelopment of a bygone Jeep product, the Grand Wagoneer, as well as into increased production of Ram trucks. The brand hopes the investment will allow it to take hold of a portion of the popular full-size SUV segment currently dominated by GM and Ford. The move is expected to create some 6,500 jobs in Michigan, even as the company cuts some 1,371 employees from the Jeep Cherokee production plant in Rockford, Illinois.
Subaru bites the bullet, recalls 2.26 million vehicles
Attention Forester and Impreza owners! Subaru has issued a massive recall on both vehicles, citing potential issues with brake lights or ignitions, which have been shown to fail after being exposed to certain cleaning products. Apparently, products containing silicone-gas may leave a residue that coats switches under the dash and messes with the two important functions. It’s the largest recall in the brand’s history, estimated to cost the company US$90 million. On the bright side, nobody has been reported as injured as a result.
It’s finally here: the US$35,000 Tesla Model 3
When Tesla first announced the coming of the Model 3, it pitched a trim with a price of US$35,000 (CDN$47,600). But when it came to market, the actual cost of ownership of the base model was considerably higher. Now, finally, the brand has managed to lower the price of a new 350-km-range Model 3s down to its promised point.
CEO and founder Elon Musk claims that selling the Model 3 from that low(er) price off the bat would’ve caused Tesla to “die,” and that now the brand’s in a position to keep its promise…thanks to the fact it’s cutting out its factory stores and selling cars only online from here on in. What, you’ve never made a $47,600 purchase via your phone, before?
This 8-km 1987 Buick GNX just sold for $200k
This nearly mint 1987 Buick GNX is sending ripples through the Internet after selling for a whopping US$200,000 on BringATrailer. That’s quite the sum for a car that, in similar GN trim, usually goes for between US$10,000 and US$35,000 (both of those examples also from the popular auction site).
But this GNX is special, beyond the 300-horsepower 3.8-litre turbocharged V6, as it has driven just eight miles! How did the original purchaser even get it home? Well, turns out he didn’t bring it “home,” but rather to a climate-controlled showroom where it sat for 17 years with plastic seat covers, protective dash cover and floor mats still in place. It’s pretty safe to say that this is one investment that paid off.