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Subaru Recalls Impreza WRX Models for Fuel Leaks

Regional recall covers cold weather states, and 6,000 cars.

by on Dec.15, 2009

Subaru of America is recalling 2002-2003 Impreza WRX sedan and wagon models originally sold in or currently registered in 16 cold weather states.

Subaru says the problem involves seepage of fuel around connections between a metal line and a rubber hose located beneath the intake manifold in the engine compartment. This seepage occurs during cold starts, typically under extremely cold temperatures. Customers complain of a fuel odor.

No fires, crashes, injuries or deaths attributed to this defect have been reported. Based on its investigations, Subaru has concluded that the affected vehicles do not contain a safety related defect.

An engineering analysis by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration remains open.



Vehicles originally sold in or currently registered in the states of South Dakota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Minnesota, Idaho, Iowa, Montana, Colorado, Wisconsin, New York, Wyoming, Michigan, Alaska, New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine are affected.


Renault Debuts Twingo Gordini R.S.

French for pocket rocket is, well, “pocket rocket.” Whatever will L'Académie française pense?

by on Nov.25, 2009

The Gordini has the cues, but will it have the cache'?

The Gordini has some of the requisite styling cues, but will it have the cache'?

Reviving a long neglected name of decades ago, Renault becomes the latest automaker to attempt to cash in on a retro trend with the return of a Gordini model today.

Twingo Gordini R.S. premiered at the L’Atelier Renault on the Champs-Elysées as part of the showroom’s Christmas in Blue exhibition.

This latest addition to the Twingo city car lineup goes on sale in Europe next March, with prices announced in February.

The diminutive A-car uses the same performance and equipment package as the Renault Sport version of the Twingo. This includes a “Sport” chassis with 17-inch wheels; 1.6-liter, 133 horsepower gasoline engine with specially tuned exhaust; front seats with extra lateral support, and blue and black quilted Gordini-badged leather upholstery.

It's been a long, long time.

It's been a long, long time.

Twingo Gordini R.S. has a Malte Blue lacquered metallic finish, and two white racing stripes, as the original Gordini racing cars had. The front and rear bumpers have gloss black details, while the foglamp surrounds, exterior mirror housings and lip spoiler are all in a contrasting white finish.

Gordini Series badging either side refers back to the heyday of the Gordini Cup when the qualifying heats of the different races were known as séries.

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The garb is an update from the from the past when Gordini models used French blue, white stripes and four round headlights as cues, which all contributed to the identity of a series of rally cars over a 20-year period.