Auto News: NHTSA Chrysler Probe, Self-Driving Semi, ’61 Ferrari

2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee NHTSA park position


The NHTSA is reopening an investigation into a Chrysler recall to find out if the fix did the trick. It involves nearly 900,000 2011-2014 Jeep and Durango SUVs, 600,00 in the U.S., that were recalled last year due to a fire risk.

The problem involved wiring in the visors that could short-circuit and cause a fire. The problem now is that agency’s continued to receive reports of fires, eight to be exact, despite repairs, “with some occupants complaining of smoke sometimes followed by flames erupting in the headliner.” There are no reports of crashes or injuries related to those complaints.

The NHTSA initially started looking at the issue in 2013. Fiat Chrysler has been looking into it since 2011.


If you happen to be driving down the highway in Nevada, you could just see the world’s first self-driving semi on the road. Mercedes-Benz is now testing its autonomous Freightliner Inspiration on Nevada’s public roads. It’s a tech’d up version of its 18-wheeler, equipped with a Highway Pilot system. There will still be a driver at the wheel to take over in city and suburban situations, but the truck is capable of driving itself on the highway.

“Our Freightliner Inspiration Truck is the world’s first autonomous commercial vehicle to be licensed for road use. Our achievement here underlines yet again our role as a technological pioneer and demonstrates our consistent dedication to develop the technology for autonomous long-distance driving to series production standard. I am proud of this extra-ordinary achievement by the Daimler Trucks team,” said Dr. Wolfgang Bernhard, Daimler AG board member.

The state of Nevada licensed two Freightliner Inspiration Trucks for regular operation on public roads.


If you have, oh say, around $14 million dollars, then we may just have the car for you. A rare 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider is heading to auction later this month at RM Sotheby’s Villa Erba sale in Italy.

The Scaglietti designed numbers-matching convertible, with a 2.9-liter V12 engine, is only one of 16 with open headlights. It’s also fully restored and certified by Ferrari Classiche, so you can see why it’s expected to set an auction record.

The last 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider sold, one found unrestored in a barn with the Baillon collection, sold for $18.5 million.

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