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Honda’s Takata Problems Continue with Recall of 1.29M Vehicles

Automaker has now recalled 11.4 million vehicles with faulty Takata airbags.

by on Jan.11, 2017

The 2012 Honda Accord is just one of 1.29 million vehicles the automaker is recalling due to Takata airbags.

Honda announced it is recalling 1.29 million vehicles equipped with faulty Takata passenger front airbag inflators. The total includes 772,000 additional Honda and Acura vehicles not previously recalled.

As usual, the repairs will be made at no cost to the owner. Additionally, no new driver front airbag inflators in Honda or Acura automobiles will be subject to recall in this action, as all potentially affected driver inflators are already subject to prior recalls.

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However, some vehicles previously repaired under earlier driver front inflator recalls will now require replacement of those vehicles’ passenger front inflators under this new action. Notices for this action will be mailed out in late February. (more…)

QX50 Concept Takes Infiniti Style to Next Level

Crossover shows what's possible.

by on Jan.09, 2017

Infiniti takes the QX Inspiration one step closer to reality with the QX50 Concept in Detroit.

The Infiniti QX50 concept isn’t what one has come to expect from concept cars at the world’s auto shows. It doesn’t feature revolutionary materials or space-age polymers, it’s just an example of what happens the best of everything is applied to one vehicle.

In reality, the QX50 is simply the next step in bringing the 2016 Infiniti QX Inspiration concept to reality. It moves the Inspiration closer to what a real crossover may retain from the pie-in-the-sky ideas applied to its predecessors.

Concept Vehicle News!

“With the unveiling of the QX Sport Inspiration at the 2016 Beijing Auto Show, we showed the future of Infiniti QX models,” said Roland Krueger, Infiniti’s president. (more…)

Nissan Vmotion 2.0 Enhances Maker’s Intelligent Mobility Efforts

Maker moves toward zero deaths, emissions.

by on Jan.09, 2017

The Nissan Vmotion 2.0 is a new concept vehicle that signals the company's future sedan design direction and Intelligent Mobility technology.

Nissan put a new and stylish face on its concept of “Nissan Intelligent Mobility” today at the North American International Auto Show with introduction of its Vmotion 2.0 in Detroit.

The Japanese maker’s idea for intelligent mobility centers on zero emissions and zero fatalities. This concept uses the latest technology and design move toward those goals.

Auto Show News!

Vmotion 2.0 is the evolution of the “V-motion” front design signature seen on many of today’s Nissan vehicles, the maker said, including the Murano and Maxima. The new concept takes the design a step further by forming an “intelligent three-dimensional shape to create the volume and architecture of the vehicle.” (more…)

Ford Confirms Return of Bronco, Ranger

Ranger returns 2019, Bronco back in 2020.

by on Jan.09, 2017

Could this Ford Bronco concept shown a decade ago could serve as a template for a new SUV.

They’re baaaack!!!

After plenty of hints, rumors, innuendos and leaked production plans, Ford officials confirmed today in Detroit that its bringing back the Ford Bronco SUV and Ford Ranger truck. Both will be built at the Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, Michigan.

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“We’ve heard our customers loud and clear. They want a new generation of vehicles that are incredibly capable yet fun to drive,” said Joe Hinrichs, Ford’s president of The Americas. (more…)

Nissan Brings Over Qashqai; Renames It Rogue Sport

Japanese maker unveils new small ute.

by on Jan.09, 2017

The new Nissan Rogue Sport offers nimbler handling for young drivers.

Nissan’s push to be a Top Three automaker is getting a little more inertia with its newest introduction, the Rogue Sport, here at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

The new utility vehicle is a slightly smaller iteration of its Rogue SUV, which took over the top sales spot for Nissan in the U.S. in 2016 from the Altima sedan.

Auto Show News!

“The increasing shift from cars to trucks was our reason for bringing this car over,” said Michael Bunce, vice president, Product Planning, Nissan North America Inc. With that shift after long delaying bringing over a version of the Qashqai, “Rogue Sport now makes a lot of sense.” (more…)

Meet Volkswagen’s Other Important U.S. SUV: The Tiguan

German maker gives SUV a complete makeover.

by on Jan.08, 2017

The 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan is the makers second new sport-utility coming to the U.S. market this year.

Much of the focus on Volkswagen’s attempt to comeback from its recent problems has been on how the new Atlas SUV will improve the maker’s weak line-up of SUVs. However, it took another big step in Detroit today as it rolled out its new Tiguan utility at the North American International Auto Show.

Engineered specifically to meet the needs of American customers, the all-new Tiguan builds on the current vehicle’s fun to drive character and adds a more sophisticated and spacious interior, flexible seating and high-tech infotainment and driver assistance features.

Global Auto News!

“The new Tiguan demonstrates how we plan to give American customers the usability and versatility they demand without sacrificing style or Volkswagen’s trademark driving dynamics,“ said Hinrich J. Woebcken, CEO of the North American Region, Volkswagen. (more…)

Mercedes Takes Wraps off New GLA Line-up

German maker's new compact utes come at right time.

by on Jan.08, 2017

The new Mercedes-Benz AMG GLA 45 is as fast as it looks, clocking 0-to-60 mph in just 4.3 seconds.

The small sport-utility market is red hot these days, especially the luxury segment, making the timing of Mercedes-Benz North American debut of its newly redesigned GLA line-up in Detroit just about perfect.

Introduced in 2013, the GLA group gets an exterior makeover that gives it better aerodynamics and a sportier look, executives noted. The series comes in three versions: GLA 250, GLA 250 4Matic and the GLA45.

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The GLA 250 is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine putting out 208 horsepower and 258 ft-lb of torque. However, the GLA 45 also gets a 2.0-liter inline four with a turbo, but it’s handcrafted by the folks at AMG. The result? 375 hp and 350 ft-lb of torque. (more…)

Bentley Unveils Fastest Bentley Ever

New Continental Supersports hits 209 mph.

by on Jan.08, 2017

The new Bentley Continental Supersports is now the fastest Bentley ever, topping out at 209 mph.

Bentley’s Continental is nearing the end of its current production run so apparently the folks over in Crewe, England, decided to send it out with a bang: the new Continental Supersports is the fastest Bentley ever.

Powered by a 6.0-liter 12-cylinder with twin turbochargers putting out 700 horsepower, the four seater hits a top speed of 209 mph, according to the maker. It handles the sprint from 0-to-60 mph in just 3.4 seconds.

Global Auto News!

“Only Bentley could create a car which blends immense performance and unrivaled luxury in this way,” Bentley CEO Wolfgang Durheimer said in a statement. (more…)

Kia Bringing Picanto to Geneva Motor Show

New A-segment offering jumping into crowded pool.

by on Jan.06, 2017

Kia's new replacement for the Rio, the Picanto, will make its debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March.

After an early tease of the Picanto – the replacement for the Rio – Kia decided to provide a little more insight about the new hatchback and where it can be seen this car show season — as well as new pictures.

Kia is unveiling its new Stinger sports car in Detroit and plans to follow that up with the Picano debut at the Geneva Motor Show. The released pics show the Picanto in GT-styling.

Auto Show News!

Created by Kia’s design centers in Namyang, Korea, and Frankfurt, Germany, the new Picanto brings youthful and energetic character to the A-segment, claims the automaker. However, city cars are hanging in there despite low gas prices. (more…)

Toyota Partners With Ford on Smart Link Consortium

Makers hope to develop new industry standard for in-car apps.

by on Jan.04, 2017

The new partnership between Ford and Toyota will help improve the user interface with in-car apps.

When Tesla made all of its patents available to its competitors to see – and use – in 2014, it pushed the “open source” movement to a new level in the automotive industry. Now others are following suit.

Ford open sourced “AppLink” a few years back hoping to push the industry in one direction for in-vehicle apps. Now it has a partner in Toyota and the pair are establishing the SmartDeviceLink (SDL) Consortium with other automakers and suppliers to manage open source software for smartphone app development for vehicles.

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“Encouraging innovation is at the center of Ford’s decision to create SmartDeviceLink, and this consortium is a major step toward that goal,” said Doug VanDagens, global director, Ford Connected Vehicle and Services, and a board member of the consortium. “Consumers will win with new, innovative app experiences from increased collaboration and developer engagement.” (more…)