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Saturday 10 December 2016
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Auto News: Ford GT, Toyota Scraps Scion, 1st Acura NSX

Auto News: Ford GT, Toyota Scraps Scion, 1st Acura NSX

2017 FORD GT APPLICATIONS

If you want a 2017 Ford GT, prepare for some tough competition.

Ford GT applications go live online this month. And it’s not as simple as filling out a form. Ford plans to be quite selective in its vigorous screening process.  After all, there will only be 250 of the 2017’s go to around when they hit the road later this year. And not all of those are bound for the U.S.


Ford execs say the online applications, which will go live sometime in February, will favor, or in other words reward, longtime Ford customers and especially former GT owners.  Ford also wants to make sure buyers don’t sell the cars immediately for a profit. So there will be some legal paperwork to sign to that effect.

The GT will go for somewhere around $400,000.

TOYOTA SCRAPS SCION BRAND

Adios, Scion.

Toyota is giving the struggling brand the boot in August after a 13-year-run.  The most recent addition to its line-up is the C-HR concept. It will get the Toyota name when it hits the market in 2017. Both the iA sedan and iM 5-door hatchback will also be rebadged as Toyotas for the 2017 model year. As will the FR-S sports car.

The automaker says Scion was a “laboratory” to explore new products and attract younger customers. Toyota says now it’s time to transition back to the parent company brand.

Toyota says Scion sold more than a million cars during its run, and 50 percent of those were to buyers under the age of 35.

RICK HENDRICK BUYS FIRST 2017 ACURA NSX

A record-setting $1.2 million. That’s how much first 2017 Acura NSX hybrid sportster sold for the recent Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction. It’s a record auction price for a vehicle with a designated VIN 001 number.

The winner bidder was famed automobile collector and NASCAR team owner Rick Hendrick. He didn’t buy a car he could drive home right away, but the right to custom order the first production model of the new NSX which arrives this spring.

Proceeds from the sale benefit the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation, based in North Carolina, and Camp Southern Ground in Georgia, the passion project of Grammy Award-winning music artist Zac Brown.

Photo Credit: Ford