2. Hamilton in, Schumacher out at Mercedes F1. Hamilton has left McLaren for the Mercedes-Benz factory team in a three-year deal that could be worth as much as $100 million.
3. TrueCar is forecasting a 10.5-percent increase in sales for September to 1,163,000 units, which translates to a Seasonally Adjusted Annualized Rate (SAAR) of 14.6 million new car sales for the year, up from 13.1 million last September and 14.5 million in August 2012.
4. Long-time iconic motorsports journalist and racing commentator, Chris Economaki, died late on Thursday evening at the age of 91. In my opinion, Chris the greatest motorsports journalist of all time. He will be missed.
5. Raechel and Jacqueline Houck were sisters who died in 2004 in a rented Chrysler PT Cruiser that had been previously recalled for problems with the steering column. Bowing to pressure from consumer groups and the girls’ family, major car rental companies have agreed not to rent or sell recalled vehicles.
6. Sad news for VW van fans. VW board member Ulrich Hackenberg has gone on record saying that the Bulli concept van, as shown at the last Geneva Motor Show, is not currently planned for production.
7. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Honda is recalling over 625,762 Accord and Acura TL models. The Accord models in question were all built for the 2003 to 2007 model years and are all equipped with V6 engines, while the affected Acura TL sedans are from the 2007 and 2008 model years.
8. Ford executives tell Bloomberg that dealers for brands across the EU are buying their own cars, boosting new-car sales figures by as much as 30 percent.
9. 2013 Jaguar F-Type prices have been announced at between $69,000 and $92,000 with a range of engines that include a 3-liter supercharged V6 all the way up to a 5-liter supercharged V8.
10. In 2004, Volkswagen took umbrage with Suzuki being granted permission to use the nameplate “SWIFT GTi” VW sued. Now, VW has finally dropped its claim against Suzuki. That was special.