Monday morning car news roundup, October 20, 2014

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  • Embattled GM Chief Counsel Millikin Retires Early – thedetroitbureau.com: Embattled General Motors General Counsel Michael Millikin will retire early, a move that comes shortly after the maker was hit with a $10 billion class action lawsuit alleging it long concealed a series of safety problems. Whether he was a man of “impeccable integrity” or “gross incompetence” is a matter of debate.
  • Wheelies: The Holy Porsche Party Edition – NY Times: Pope Francis allows the Porsche Travel Club to host a private event in the Sistine Chapel; LeBron James becomes a spokesman for the Kia K900 flagship sedan.
  • BRAZIL: Incentives for hybrids do not include plug-ins – Just-auto: Long awaited, the expected fiscal incentive for production and sale of hybrid cars here in Brazil has finally reached draft stage. Yet there was a bit of a surprise: plug-in hybrids and pure EVs are not included.
  • Honda May Have Underreported Injuries, Deaths to NHTSA – thedetroitbureau.com: With pressure mounting from external sources, Honda announced it hired an outside firm to determine if it has underreported fatality and injury claims to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The Center for Auto Safety brought to light two instances in which the maker failed to report an injury and a death, according to TheDetroitBureau.com.
  • Audi unleashes racing version of the new TT – Autocar: New Audi Sport TT Cup, based on the third-generation TT road car, will compete in a one-make series in 2015The new third-generation Audi TT has been transformed into a racing car for a new one-make series for 2015.The Audi Sport TT Cup will run on the undercard of the German DTM touring car championship. The series is angled at beginners, club-level competitors and celebrity drivers. The racing version of the new Audi TT uses the road car’s lightweight steel and aluminium body and weighs 1125kg in total.…
  • All-wheel-drive Jaguar F-type spied – Autocar: What is believed to be a definitive four-wheel-drive variant of the British manufacturer’s coupé is caught on camera leaving the factory. An all-wheel-drive Jaguar F-type has been spied leaving the British manufacturer’s Castle Bromwich production plant. Although this coupé being hauled away from the Midlands factory on the back of a double trailer is partially disguised, Autocar understands that it is a F-type S AWD equipped with the 3.0-litre supercharged V6 engine. The badges on the rear of the…
  • GM Hit with 2nd $10 Bil Lawsuit – thedetroitbureau.com: General Motors has been hit with another lawsuit seeking as much as $10 billion in compensation for owners who have allegedly seen the value of their vehicles fall due to the maker’s ongoing recall crisis. More from TheDetroitBureau.com.