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Saturn Ion May Possess Steering-Related Safety Issue

On: Mon, Dec 20, 2010 at 11:54AM | By: Sherry Christiansen


Saturn Ion May Possess Steering-Related Safety Issue test 1-1

Some Saturn Ion owners and operators may be having problems with their vehicles' power steering performance. The problem could stem from a lack of power fluid in the reservoir, a bad fuse, or some faulty wiring. Ion owners may have to take their cars into a General Motors service shop so they can switch out any faulty parts that may be present.

The Ions involved in the safety recall are model years 2004 to 2007. There are approximately 385,000 of these cars in circulation that could potentially have the steering defect. There have been well over 600 complaints made to U.S. auto-safety regulators by Ion drivers who indicated that they experienced a sudden loss of power steering.


BMW Vision EfficientDynamics To Cost $230K When It Debuts In 2013

On: Mon, Dec 20, 2010 at 11:49AM | By: Chris Weiss


BMW Vision EfficientDynamics To Cost $230K When It Debuts In 2013 test 1-1

In the market for a high-performance German-built hybrid supercar? Of course, we all are. Well, it's looking like your most affordable option at the moment will be the Vision EfficientDynamics from BMW. New reports indicate that the car will be priced from £150,000 ($234K) when it hits the market in 2013. Not exactly cheap, but lower than the expected $250,000 price tag of the Mercedes SLS E-Cell and way cheaper than the rumored $600,000 price of the Porsche 918 Spyder Hybrid.


Lotus May Build Its Own V8 Engine For The Esprit

On: Sun, Dec 19, 2010 at 10:57AM | By: Chris Weiss


Lotus May Build Its Own V8 Engine For The Esprit test 1-1

When the all-new Lotus Esprit concept debuted at the 2010 Paris Motor Show, it carried a Toyota/Lexus engine. Sure, it did use some pressure charging to up the output on the 5.0-liter V8 from the Lexus IS-F, giving it a supercar-esque 620 horses, making a clear designation from anything in Lexus' line. But to diehards that wasn't enough. After the Esprit's lengthy absence, they want a Lotus-engineered mill for the next-generation Esprit. And Lotus is considering obliging them with an in-house V8 engine.


GM Recalls 111,000 Equinox, Terrain, and SRX Models for Faulty Seatbelt Anchor

On: Sun, Dec 19, 2010 at 10:54AM | By: Sherry Christiansen


GM Recalls 111,000 Equinox, Terrain, and SRX Models for Faulty Seatbelt Anchor  test 1-1

Car owners may experience a love/hate relationship with their cars. When they’re running smooth and getting the owner where they need to go, it’s all good. But for every break down, flat tire, or dead battery the hate rises. Most passenger vehicles have an average of between 15,000 and 20,000 separate parts. The chance that at some point in the life of the car some area of the automobile will have a defective part is extremely high. That is why it should come as no surprise when automakers announce recalls for defects. The good news is that If a recall occurs, it means the problem has been identified and, most importantly, can be fixed.


 

Honda To Recall 1.35 Million Fit Models

On: Sun, Dec 19, 2010 at 10:48AM | By: Sherry Christiansen


Honda To Recall 1.35 Million Fit Models test 1-1

A recent Honda hatchback recall involves at least 1.35 million Honda Fit cars world-wide.

The reason for the Honda Fit recall is a faulty headlight switch that could possibly result in failure of low beam headlamps. In certain models the wiring harness for the headlight control switch can become worn out over repeated use. Honda has recalled the vehicles in order to correct the wiring defect.


First Chevy Volt Sale Nets $225K For Charity

On: Sun, Dec 19, 2010 at 10:43AM | By: Chris Weiss


First Chevy Volt Sale Nets $225K For Charity  test 1-1

Well, it looks like the Chevy Volt has one-upped the Nissan Leaf yet again. The Nissan Leaf was having a pretty good week, what with beating the Volt to the market and completing its first official sale last weekend. It was a big news story earlier this week that the Nissan Leaf was officially on the market. Meanwhile, Chevy barely managed to get Volts on the road to dealerships days later.

But Chevy has turned it around. What Nissan's story lacked was a feel good charity angle. Sure, it beat the Volt to the market, but its car just went to Joe Family Man, a Silicon Valley entrepreneur who wanted an electric car with room for two children. Actually, public perception might even be that a Silicon Valley entrepreneur is more of an elite, as opposed to an average Joe. A front-line, tech-savvy guy buying the world's first mass-produced electric car, yes, but not necessarily the guy that most Americans can relate to.

What the public can always relate to: kids, good deeds and charity. And that's the image that Chevy created for its first Volt sale.


Chrysler Recalls 367,000 Caravans for Problems with Airbag Deployment

On: Fri, Dec 17, 2010 at 4:42PM | By: Sherry Christiansen


Chrysler Recalls 367,000 Caravans for Problems with Airbag Deployment test 1-1

As with all the other moving parts built into any vehicle, sometimes the airbag deployment system can malfunction. That’s what is happening with Dodge Grand Caravan minivans. Chrysler has recalled around 367,000 mini vans to fix the accidently deployment issue.

Chrysler recently announced a recall for the 2010-11 Dodge Ram 2500 or 3500 models with diesel engines for a defective power steering reservoir cap. Now Chrysler is recalling over 367,000 2008 model year Chrysler Town & Country and Dodge Grand Caravans for a potential probelm with its airbags.


New Details On The Alfa Romeo 169

On: Fri, Dec 17, 2010 at 2:33PM | By: Chris Weiss


2004 Alfa Romeo 166 test 2

The Alfa Romeo 169 is one of the next cars in the Italian marquee's pipline, set to replace the 166, which went out of production earlier this decade. Some new details have emerged on the car, giving us an idea of what Alfa's upcoming flagship sedan might look like.


GM, Ford, and Chrysler Pay Over $300 Million for Retirees

On: Fri, Dec 17, 2010 at 2:10PM | By: Sherry Christiansen


GM, Ford, and Chrysler Pay Over $300 Million for Retirees  test 1-1

General Motor has spent over $200 million this week paying out inflation bonuses to the company’s more than 250,000 retirees. The United Auto Workers (UAW) retirees will get up to $700 each; an additional 72,000 surviving spouses can receive up to $455.


Jaguar To Join The Crossover Fad

On: Thu, Dec 16, 2010 at 12:08PM | By: Chris Weiss


Jaguar To Join The Crossover Fad test 1-1

It looks like one more premium Euro company will join the likes of competitors such as Porsche in pushing to expand their line-up with a small SUV. A high-ranking Jaguar official told the press last week that Jaguar is considering building a crossover model. Also in the pipeline is an XF wagon.


GM Offers Buyout To Skilled Trade Workers

On: Thu, Dec 16, 2010 at 12:06PM | By: Sherry Christiansen


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The United Auto Workers Union (UAW) and General Motors officials announced on December 13th  that the company will be offering a onetime $60,000 payment to entice skilled trade workers into retirement, or to encourage workers to leave the company. The offer is being made to workers presently employed at one of the 13 plants where GM plans to trim its workforce.

The buyout will be on the table until it expires on March 1st, 2011. This announcement comes just days after GM CEO Dan Akerson made it clear that he wants to boost certain key executive salaries to keep them from taking better paying positions with competitors.