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Week in Review: Zombies, Alfas, and Spy Shots

As summer kicks into full swing, some automakers stray from delivering hard news in favor of some truly awesome fan service. This week kicked off with pricing for the all-new 2015 Alfa Romeo, which is finally coming to our shores. Tuesday, we caught some spy shots of a Mustang prototype, while on Wednesdsay, the battle between Google and Apple heated up. Thursday showed us that General Motors isn't the only automaker that needs to be concerned about ignition switch recalls. And on Friday, Hyundai announced that The Walking Dead Special Edition Tucson is finally in dealerships across the country. Read on to catch up on the top stories this week.

Monday, June 16

It's officially official. Alfa Romeo's return to the U.S. is finally happening. This week kicked off with the pricing announcement for the 4C sports coupe, and it looks like our previous estimates were pretty close. While the first 500 cars will be priced at $68,400 as they will be considered Launch Models, the standard 4C will come in at $53,900 when it comes to dealers this fall. The Launch Edition, like the name suggests, will be a special edition that includes a carbon fiber rear spoiler and unique interior accents. The 4C is made from a composite body shell, thinner glass, and an all-aluminum engine that helps keep the sports coupe lighter than the competition and gives it a 0 to 60 time in the mid-4 second range. We can't wait to get behind the wheel.

Tuesday, June 17

Our week wouldn't be complete without some spy shots of a much-anticipated follow-up to the recently-launched 2015 Ford Mustang. We caught the all-new 2016 Ford Mustang SVT Prototype testing around the Dearborn campus decked out in full camo, and while we've caught this beast out testing before, this is the first time we've snagged some shots of the full, production-bodied prototype. So just what are the differences between the abovementioned models? When compared to the all-new 2015 Ford Mustang, the SVT Prototype adds a larger hood bump, hood vent, wide rocker panels, and a vent just behind the wheels. We expect power to come from a 5.8-liter V-8 engine with a six-speed manual transmission, but other engine options may find their way under the hood.

Wednesday, June 18

In the continuing battle to be the best technology company, Google has announced that it will create an in-car operating system to battle Apple's CarPlay. The Google Auto Link will be one of the first offerings from the Open Automotive Alliance that includes Google, General Motors, Audi AG, Honda Motor Co., Hyundai Motor Group, and NVIDIA Corp. The actual system will make an official debut later this month in San Francisco, but it's still up in the air which vehicle will feature the technology first. While some Google technology has already been featured in vehicles from the Alliance, the new in-car operating system will help the tech company branch out into a new business venture, and not just stick with the same computers, tablets, and smartphones.

Thursday, June 19

It looks like General Motors isn't the only automaker suffering from a damaging mass recall. When GM announced another batch of cars that they're recalling for ignition switch issues, two investigations into Chrysler Group were opened. The affected vehicles include Chrysler, Jeep, and Dodge vehicles, with the actual number totaling almost 1 million vehicles. Customers have lodged over 32 complaints that the driver's leg or knee will hit the key fob and cause the engine to shut off. Chrysler has previously issued a recall concerning ignition switches, but only one model year was affected. However, of that initial recall, over 20 consumers are still complaining about the issue, claiming that the recall remedy didn't fix the problem. Right now, there are no deaths or injuries associated with the investigations, but there has been one accident reported.

Friday, June 20

Fans of "The Walking Dead" can finally have a piece of the franchise. Hyundai has released the special edition Tucson that features special graphics and other components that showcase the show. While we saw the production version back in November at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show, we're glad to see not much has changed. The exterior features an Ash Black paint scheme with red accent graphics, while the interior will have a black leather interior, exclusive badging, cargo mats, and a zombie survival kit. It's refreshing when automakers break from their serious shells and have fun and really engage their customers. The fact that Hyundai has created this special edition is pretty cool. We hope that the automaker continues with this and creates the other two Zombie Survival Machines.
 
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