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FCA Recalling 300K Ram Pickups for Gas Tank Problem

Automaker's second Ram pickup recall in last month.

by on Mar.16, 2018

FCA is recalling 300,000 Ram pickups due to a problem with the gas tank.

Fiat Chrysler issued another gas tank-related recall, ordering more than 300,000 Ram pickup trucks to head to dealers because the fuel tanks can sag.

The action affects Ram 1500 pickups from 2009–12, mainly in cold-weather U.S. states and Canada where salt is used to clear snow from roads. In the U.S. the trucks are in 20 states and Washington, D.C.

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An investigation found a bracket can corrode, allowing the tanks sag, the company noted. The remaining structure will stop the tanks from falling. Fiat Chrysler says it’s not aware of any crashes, fires, leaks or injuries due to the problem. (more…)

GM Investing $100M in Tooling for Cruise AV, Autonomous Roof Racks

by on Mar.15, 2018

The Cruise AV will be built at the Orion Township, Michigan plant were GM builds the Chevy Bolt EV.

General Motors continues to put its money where its mouth is when it comes to autonomous vehicles, this time to the tune of $100 million.

The company is investing that cash in two Michigan facilities that will build its Cruise AV driverless car as well as the roof modules that contain all of the equipment needed to make the vehicle drive on its own, such as radar, LiDAR, cameras, etc.

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The new Cruise autonomous vehicles will be built at GM’s Orion Township assembly plant, north of Detroit. This makes sense as another self-driving vehicle produced by GM, the Bolt EV, is also built at the plant. (more…)

Waymo Lets Folks Peer Behind the Autonomous Curtain

CEO Krafcik promotes self-driving cars with videos at SXSW.

by on Mar.15, 2018

These girls commemorated their ride in Waymo's autonomous minivan with a selfie.

Surveys are showing that a majority of Americans are uncomfortable with the idea of riding in an autonomous, or self-driving vehicle.

In fact, the most recent AAA study shows that 63% of Americans are reticent to get into an autonomous car. That number is down from 78% from the previous year.

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Although the numbers of nays are shrinking, its apparent that it’s going to require some heavy marketing on the part of automakers that are heavily investing in self-driving technology development, and Waymo CEO John Krafcik is helping to lead the charge. (more…)

Ford Recalling More Than 1.3M Vehicles

Automaker takes action on steering wheel problem.

by on Mar.14, 2018

Ford is recalling 1.3 million 2014–18 model year Ford Fusions and Lincoln MKZs for a problem with the steering wheel.

Ford Motor Co. is recalling approximately 1.3 million Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ sedans due to a problem with the steering wheel detaching from the steering column.

The automaker says the affected vehicles are from the 2014–18 model years. The cars have a steering wheel bolt that could potentially loosen over time, causing steering wheel to detach from the steering column.

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Ford said it is aware of two accidents with one injury that was allegedly related to the steering wheel bolt problem. (more…)

Ford, Honda and Audi Take Multiple Awards for Best Family Vehicles

U.S. News & World Report offers up best of crop.

by on Mar.13, 2018

The 2018 Ford Expedition was one of two Ford models to win awards in this year's US News & World Report's best cars for families.

Families across America are getting their tax refunds and going on vacation, upgrading their flat screen or perhaps, just perhaps, using that return to upgrade their vehicles.

When it comes to what type of vehicle is best for your family, the choices are endless, but there are a few places where you can get some information on the vehicle that may be best for you and your brood, including the new 2018 Best Cars for Families list from U.S. News & World Report.

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The magazine annually puts more than 100 vehicles — this year 127 models — through their paces to provide winners in 11 categories along with some feedback about why they were picked. These vehicles generally have a wealth of features that make cars appealing for families. (more…)

Hyundai Recalls 155K Sonatas for Airbag Issue

No deaths have occurred as a result of issue.

by on Mar.09, 2018

Hyundai is recalling 155,000 2011 model-year Sonata for an airbag problem.

Airbag recalls are still dominating headlines in 2018 as Hyundai announced it is recalling nearly 155,000 Sonata midsize cars in the U.S. because the airbags may not inflate in a crash.

The action covers cars from the 2011 model year. The problem is unrelated to the ongoing issue with Takata airbags.

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South Korean automaker Hyundai claims a short circuit in the airbag control computer can stop the seat belts from tightening before a crash as well as prevent the airbags from deploying. (more…)

Subaru Viziv Tourer Concept: An Outback Wagon Replacement?

Maker offers hints to future design with concepts.

by on Mar.08, 2018

Subaru executives are excited about the new Viziv Tourer Concept shown at the Geneva Motor Show.

Subaru continued its themed concept cars with the Viziv Tourer concept at this year’s Geneva Motor Show. The first Viziv concept debuted in 2013 and since then each model has taken on a different them.

This year’s Tourer concept gave Subaru the opportunity to unite symmetrical all-wheel-drive powered by a boxer engine with performance, practicality and functionality to entice people to enjoy traveling by car again.

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In anticipation of widespread future deployment of automated driving technologies, advanced driver-assist functions combining the next-generation EyeSight system with other devices have been installed in the car to reduce driver fatigue on long journeys and enable active enjoyment of driving with peace of mind. (more…)

Kia Bolsters Line-up With New Ceed and Rio GT

Rio gets GT tag for first time ever.

by on Mar.06, 2018

The new Kia Ceed not only gets a variety of engine, suspension and technology updates, it's name also gets an update.

Kia introduced the world to its new Ceed and Rio GT models at the Geneva Motor Show. The new versions received a variety of changes and additions, including the Ceed, which actually got a new name.

The Ceed was originally named cee’d when the Slovakian-built car hit the market more than a decade ago. However, the model’s name is actually Ceed, which is short for Community of Europe, with European Design.

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Really more of a statement of how aligned the vehicle is in the countries where its available than anything, but the new model – and its Sportswagon variant – are in its third generation now, having sold 1.28 million units since its introduction. (more…)

VW Confirms New I.D. Vizzion Concept Will Reach Showrooms “By 2022 at the Latest”

Electric sedan will eventually add full autonomy.

by on Mar.05, 2018

The Vizzion Concept is set to become the fourth model in the new Volkswagen I.D. sub-brand.

Volkswagen has rolled out the fourth in a series of concept vehicles meant to preview the all-electric I.D. family it will launch by the end of this decade and, as with earlier models like the Crozz and Buzz, you can expect to see the big I.D. Vizzion sedan roll into showrooms “by 2022 at the latest,” the automaker said, at the big sedan’s official Geneva Motor Show debut.

Something of a battery-electric replacement for the VW brand’s old flagship, the Phaeton, the I.D. Vizzion concept offers a range of cutting-edge technologies, as well as an interior that can be transformed into a mobile living room when operating in fully autonomous mode.

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“The I.D. VIZZION shows what our brand is capable of in terms of technology, design and quality,” said VW brand boss Herbert Diess, during a showcase of new products by the various marques operated by the parent Volkswagen Group. “ It is the most personal, most emotional and most individual Volkswagen of all times. And it also shows that, even in the electric, self-driving future, we will be using desirable, expressive and individual automobiles – and not just uniform tin boxes.”


Expert Calls for More Action to Head Off Climate Change

"I am more worried than I was a decade ago."

by on Mar.02, 2018

Lord Nicholas Stern, who wrote a report on the negative impact climate change has on the economy, says he's more concerned than ever.

The ultimate impact of climate change to the global economy has increased during the last decade, but technological advances in sectors such as the auto industry offer some hope for the future.

Lord Nicolas Stern told a conference on “Coping with Change: Global Warming and Decarbonization” sponsored by Venice International University and Alcantara, a supplier of high-tech fabric used in luxury automobiles that time to address the impact of climate change is growing short.

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“I am more worried than I was a decade ago,” said Stern, a professor of economics and government and chair of the Grantham Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at the London School of Economics. (more…)