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Chevy Volt Experiencing Electric Mileage Drops In The Heat

On: Thu, Jul 19, 2012 at 11:28AM | By: Chris Weiss

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A few weeks ago, we reported that some Nissan Leaf owners have been experiencing battery capacity issues. Those owners were concentrated in hot states, supporting the fact that hot weather will be an obstacle for electric vehicle performance. Now that it's a scorching mid-July, Chevy Volt owners are reporting some problems with battery performance.

Infiniti's Flagship May Be Emerg-E...Or An SUV

On: Thu, Jul 19, 2012 at 10:03AM | By: Chris Weiss

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Things were going so well. The Infiniti Emerg-E was looking good to fill the role of Infiniti flagship, and if it didn't make it, it was looking like it would be an Essence-inspired sports car - even better! The latest report throws that little slice of Infiniti utopia into question. While the Emerg-E is still a possibility, the other possibilities aren't as attractive.

After what we assume was the same discussion with Nissan that brought news about the 370Z, Inside Line reports that Infiniti's flagship could be either the Emerg-E, a sedan or ... an SUV. Interestingly, the report doesn't mention the Essence-based sports car that Car & Driver talked about just two weeks ago.

Perfectly Plum Fit, Still Sitting Pretty

On: Wed, Jul 18, 2012 at 4:35PM | By: Chris Salamone

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Whenever subcompact car comparisons pop up, and the Fit is listed as an entry, the outcome can – more often than not – be predicted in favor of Honda’s most true-to-form econo hatchback. Even without a substantive update since the vehicle’s introduction in 2006, except minor aesthetic improvements in 2007, the Fit has continued to be a fan favorite amongst an increasingly popular segment.

So, you’d think that 2013 might be some kind of watershed or big update year for the Honda Fit, especially in light of recent subcompact makeovers coming from Hyundai, Chevrolet, Fiat, et al. Whether it’s because of last year’s series of catastrophes or the company’s continuing market success, Honda has chosen to stay the course and maintain the 2012 Fit, nearly in the vehicle’s present form.   

There is, however, one change worthy of note. Consumers will have a few color choices aside from the usual subcompact classics (blue, red, white, and black), including the new-for-2013 color Midnight Plum Pearl.

Ford Recalls F650 & F750 Trucks

On: Wed, Jul 18, 2012 at 9:56AM | By: Lou Ruggieri

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Ford has issued a recall of 783 of its 2012 F650 and F750 models. Although that number may sound low, keep in mind that the F650 and F750 trucks are purpose built work trucks that are not built in the same quantities as say, the F150 or Explorer, so the amount proportionally is enough to cause concern.

It seems that at the factory, these trucks may not have gotten the correct bonding material between the truck and the windshield. This lack of bonding can cause some severe consequences, like the windshield falling off of the truck. Considering the work that these trucks are usually employed for, that seems to be an even higher concern than one would normally assign for this type of problem.

Owners can contact Ford at 1-866-436-7332 to schedule a free fix of their windshield as soon as possible or wait to be contacted by Ford. Read on for the full report.


Ford Recalls 8,200 New Escapes

On: Tue, Jul 17, 2012 at 2:57PM | By: Lou Ruggieri

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Ford has just announced a recall of 8,266 Escape models for a very unusual reason. It seems the carpet in these cars may have been aligned wrong underneath the driver’s seat leading to the center console. This misalignment may reduce the distance between the floor and the pedals, which could cause the driver to catch the brake pedal while moving from the gas pedal.

This obviously could cause a host of problems for those on the road, most notably, a crash. Owners can contact Ford at 1-866-436-7332 to schedule a free fix of the carpet and console panel, or wait it out until Ford initiates their recall beginning July 23.  

Read on for the full report.

Lamborghini Opens A New Facility For Concepts And Special Editions

On: Tue, Jul 17, 2012 at 11:31AM | By: Chris Weiss

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If you're hoping that Lamborghini will continue to bring the wow factor to auto shows with stunning special edition models like the Sesto Elemento and Aventador J, it looks as though you'll get your wish. The Bull announced that it is opening an entire facility for developing and building prototypes, concept cars and special edition models.

Lamborghini's new prototype and concept center includes a mini assembly line designed to fine-tune building standards and catch problems before they hit the main production lines. The aim is to develop the best manufacturing processes and standards so that your $400,000 doesn't go to waste at the dealership. That assembly line will also be used to build low-volume special edition models like the Sesto Elemento.

Aston Martin Says SUV Is A Go

On: Tue, Jul 17, 2012 at 10:14AM | By: Chris Weiss

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Everyone from Maserati to Lamborghini to Bentley has an SUV or an SUV concept, so why not Aston Martin - especially since Aston already showed an SUV concept several years ago. While we've heard mixed reports as to that concept's fate, Aston says this week that it's been working on an SUV based on the 2009 Lagonda.

You can argue about the beauty of the Lamborghini Urus and Bentley EXP 9 F, but it's really hard to make a case for the Lagonda. It's just a horrible, boxy design that shows none of Aston Martin's prowess with curvy, fast-looking supercars. The only Aston Martin that it appears related to is the Toyota-iQ-based Cygnet, which is the last car in Aston's line that any future model should bear resemblance to.

Consumer Watchdog Sues Hyundai Over 40 MPG Claim

On: Mon, Jul 16, 2012 at 4:04PM | By: Chris Weiss

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A California non-profit consumer advocacy group is suing Hyundai based upon the "40 mpg" claim of the Elantra. The group says that the Korean automaker didn't comply with Federal Trade Commission regulations in advertising the number.

The Elantra may be good enough to boast Car of the Year honors, but apparently it's not good enough to stay out of the crosshairs of the legal system. Hyundai advertises a 40 mpg rating on the model. That rating is highway only - the city rating is a much more modest 29 mpg, and the combined rating sits at 33 mpg. Of course, advertising either of those figures would cut into the impressive 40 number.

Next Nissan Z To Get Lighter, Debut In 2014

On: Mon, Jul 16, 2012 at 2:08PM | By: Chris Weiss

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The trend with the Nissan Z has always been to go larger: larger engine, larger output and larger model number. Nissan is on the brink of reversing that trend with the next generation Z. It will cut weight, add a smaller engine and try to broaden the sport car's appeal.

According to a conversation between Inside Line and Nissan design chief Shiro Nakamura, a concept version of the next generation Z is under development. Nissan wants the next generation Z to enjoy more success than the current 370 Z has. In order to do so, Nissan will shave some of the 370 Z's 3,300 lbs. to make a lighter, presumably more fuel efficient sports car.

New Chevy Promotion Gives Money-Back Guarantee

On: Mon, Jul 16, 2012 at 10:10AM | By: Chris Weiss

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When it comes to many products - clothes, electronics, sports gear, etc. - you can typically return items that you don't like. While the nature of those returns varies wildly by product and retailer, it's always nice to know that you have a remedy should a purchase not work out the way you'd hoped. Unfortunately, when it comes to the most major purchases in life - homes and vehicles, for instance - you don't have any such leeway. We've all heard the line about a car losing half its value the minute you cruise off the lot, so a return is usually out of the question.

For a limited time, Chevy is extending an unusual opportunity. It's calling it the Chevy Confidence program, and participants will be able to buy, drive and return any new Chevy vehicle.

Volvo Recalls 1,400 New S80s

On: Fri, Jul 13, 2012 at 1:47PM | By: Lou Ruggieri

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Volvo has announced a recall of 1,469 S80 models made between 2011-2013. It seems that a factory error has caused a fault within the transmission of these cars. When coasting, the car is unable to downshift which could cause a multitude of problems from stalling to acceleration problems -- all of which could cause potentially dangerous road conditions for drivers and other motorists alike. Volvo has planned to begin its recall next week, but owners can call Volvo at 1-800-458-1552 to schedule a free fix.

Read on for the full report from Safercar.gov ...