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Auto News For Friday, April 29, 2016 – Is The Google Car A Chrysler Pacifica?

2017 Chrysler Pacifica

Here are the six must-read, must-watch auto news stories and videos for Friday, April 29, 2016.

It’s likely not the partnership you expected, but the Wall Street Journal is reporting Google/Fiat Chrysler cooperation which could result in an autonomous Chrysler Pacifica minivan. – Windsor Star

Ford’s quarterly financials revealed record net income of $2.5 billion in early 2016 thanks to recovery in some markets and continued F-Series pickup truck success in North America. Bloomberg also, strangely, credits the Ford Flex.

The Focus Electric isn’t going to cut it. But Ford will build a direct rival for the Chevrolet Volt. – Automotive News

If you, like TTAC’s managing editor, recently took possession of a three-cylinder Ford Fiesta EcoBoost SFE, you may be wondering if the surprisingly growly, quick, and fun Fiesta triple can be even quicker and more fun. Have you driven a Mountune lately? – AutoExpress

Could the Volkswagen Auto Group be forced into such financial pressure that brands need to be sold off to rival automakers? There are a number to choose from, but Bentley, Bugatti, and Lamborghini would be the most likely to depart first. – Reuters

While we wait for the return of Top Gear and the launch of the old Top Gear hosts’ new show on Amazon, Top Gear continues to exist in different forms. And this week, the crew performed an oddball drag race between an Ariel Atom, Smart Fortwo, and Volkswagen California van.