New colors and a new standard package for the 2017 Ford Shelby GT350, plus what’s going with the BMW’s M5 stick shift and what Chrysler is doing with its owner’s manual in this week’s Auto News in :60!
2017 FORD SHELBY GT350
The Ford Shelby GT350 is getting a new standard track package for 2017. Plus, three new color options.
The biggest change is that the popular Track Package now comes standard. It includes an aluminum tower-to-tower brace, high-downforce decklid spoiler, transmission and differential coolers, and MagneRide damping.
Owners can also choose from two new packages .The Electronics Package adds the SYNC 3, voice-activated navigation, and nine-speaker audio system. A Convenience Package adds leather-trimmed power sport seats. The nine-speaker audio system is also offered with the R-Electronics Package.
As far as colors go, there are two new blue hues and a red metallic. Meanwhile, Deep Impact Blue and Competition Orange are both on their way out.
This 2017 Shelby GT350 Mustang hits the road in June.
BMW TO DITCH MANUAL TRANSMISSION ON M5, M6
This story has gotten some bad press for BMW from angry drivers who don’t want to give up the stick shift.
The automaker says it will ditch the manual transmission on the 2017 M5, M6. So if you want to order one, you need to do so by fall when the current model ends production. After that, you won’t be able to get one.
You can still get a stick shift with the smaller end of the M-Series lineup. BMW says there is still a demand for a manual of those models, but with the M6 demand is “zero.”
CHRYSLER ADDS 2017 PACIFICA OWNER’S MANUAL TO UCONNECT
According to Automotive News, Fiat Chrysler is the latest automaker to integrate the owner’s manual into an onboard computer system, Uconnect. You’ll see it with the new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica, along with the Dodge Charger and Challenger and Chrysler 300.
Of course, digital manuals aren’t new – they’ve been online for awhile now. (For a list of click here.) However, integrating all that vehicle info into the car’s brains itself through its infotainment system is new frontier.
Other automaker’s are building special iPhone and Android owner’s manual apps as well. For instance, Audi introduced an augmented owner’s manual app on the 2015 Audi A3.
The digital age isn’t just what’s driving the change. It’s also about cutting weight wherever carmakers can and paper adds up. In fact, some automakers, like Toyota, require you to buy an actual paper copy if you simply must have it all in print.
Wherever you get your owner’s manual info, it’s important to get it somewhere. Owner manuals provide valuable information about how your car operates from bumper to bumper.