|add to favorites||Ford, Chrysler Shorten Summer Breaks at Some Plant||$ 50,000.00|
|Ford, Chrysler Shorten Summer Breaks at Some Plants
Since the dark days of 2008 and 2009, it seems nothing can stop Detroit over the last two years, with record-setting sales now a common theme month to month and year over year. The Detroit Three have traditionally closed for two weeks in July as part of the summer holiday for factory workers, but Automotive News reports some plants are shortening that holiday to just one week on high demand for certain models.Chrysler's Jefferson North plant, which builds the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango SUVs, will work straight through July, with no planned shutdown. Ford will shorten plant closures from two weeks to one at its Chicago, Kansas City, and two Louisville, Kentucky, plants. Those plants build the Ford Explorer, F-150, F-Series Super Duty, Escape, and Lincoln MKC models. General Motors has not officially confirmed any plans to keep plants open during the traditional July shutdown but has not yet reported plans for its Arlington, Texas, and Flint, Michigan, plants. Those plants build the new K2XX fullsize SUVs, including the Chevrolet Tahoe, GMC Yukon, Cadillac Escalade, Chevrolet Silverado, and GMC Sierra. Ford's Dearborn Truck plant will have an extended shutdown in September to re-tool for the aluminum-bodied 2015 F-150. The Kansas City plant will also be retooled later to build the new truck.
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|Millionaire in Finland Fined $59,000 for Speeding
No one likes getting a speeding ticket, but can you imagine if a ticket set you back nearly $60,000? That was the case for one man in Finland.
Finnish businessman Reima Kuisla was pulled over in early March for driving 64 mph in a 50 mph zone, which commanded a speeding fine of 54,024 euros (roughly $59,000 at today¡¯s exchange rates). You see, fines work a bit differently in Finland. The Scandinavian country calculates speeding infractions, which are seen as more serious offenses, based on income. To arrive at an appropriate fine, authorities take half of a driver¡¯s daily net income and multiply it by the number of days it is deemed they should lose, based on the severity of the infraction. The authorities consider how many children the offender has and how much it would cost to cover basic living expenses for them and subtract that from the number. The powers that be determined Kuisla should lose eight days of pay for going 14 mph over the speed limit, and given that he made more than $7 million in 2013, his fine was not insignificant.The size of the ticket has drawn attention to Finland¡¯s fine system, with some saying the practice is actually a form of taxation. But apparently the notion that rich people should pay more because they can goes back a long way in Scandinavia.
¡°It¡¯s an old system,¡± chief superintendent of the Finnish National Police Board Pasi Kemppainen told The New York Times. ¡°It may lead to high fines, but only for people who can afford it.¡±The ¡°day fine¡± system traces its roots back to the 1920s, when penalties based on income helped keep prison populations in check. The system even predates Finland¡¯s speed limits, which came in the 1970s. What¡¯s interesting about the Finnish justice system is that it treats speeding violations as crimes, which is part of the reason the punishment can be so severe. A commission is expected to review Finland¡¯s ticketing practices next year, and could decide to move speeding tickets out of the criminal justice system entirely. The New York Times says that if Kuisla were going 3 kmh (just under 2 mph) slower, the fine would¡¯ve been about $110.
What do you think of the method Finland uses to issue tickets? Is it a great way to deter repeat offenders who would otherwise be able to afford the fines or an unfair taxing of the rich? Tell us in the comments below.
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|Chevrolet Planning Crossover Between Equinox, Traverse for 2017
If there¡¯s one type of vehicle it seems like customers can¡¯t get enough of, it¡¯s the now-ubiquitous crossover. The segment has become such a big seller that Chevrolet is reportedly planning on introducing a fourth model into its lineup in between the compact/midsize Equinox and the fullsize Traverse, according to Automotive News. A few related developments are enabling this move. The next-generation Equinox, also due for 2017, will become slightly smaller and closer in size to the Ford Escape and Honda CR-V, which splits the size difference between the Ford Escape and Edge two-row midsizer.The new model will be more of a direct competitor to models such as the Ford Edge and the Nissan Murano and will reportedly based on a shortened chassis of the next-generation Traverse chassis. This platform will also underpin the forthcoming Cadillac SRX replacement, the XT5. While the Traverse and its platform-mates, the Buick Enclave and GMC Acadia, all have three rows of seats, it¡¯s unclear whether the new in-between model will offer a three-row option. The Edge and Murano are both strictly two-row, five-seaters. This ¡°tweener¡± segment has been a mixed bag for automakers, with some brands seeing great success and others falling far short of expectations. The Ford Edge and Nissan Murano have both been relatively successful for their respective brands, but the Toyota Venza and Honda Crosstour were both eventually discontinued due to poor sales.
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|Hot Rod’s Mike Finnegan Hunts for Race Car at SEMA 2014 (W/Video)
We¡¯ve all heard of the SEMA Show that goes on in Las Vegas every year, but for the guys at Motor Trend and Hot Rod, there¡¯s much more to it than just checking out the latest products in the aftermarket world. To show you, we filmed five hosts from our Motor Trend YouTube channel at the show, each looking for a car to race at the end of the week, when our SEMA YouTube coverage culminates with all five hitting the streets for a drag race grudge match.
In the first episode of SEMA Week, Mike Finnegan searches for a hot rod that can beat whatever his colleagues show up with. But before he hits the show floor at SEMA, Finnegan heads to the track at Pahrump, Nevada, to test three variants of the Chevrolet Camaro, the SS, Ultimate Track SS, and Ultimate Street SS. With these models, Chevy is showing that owners can use official GM accessories rather than aftermarket parts to get the most out of their Camaro. After the quick drives, he asks Mark Dickens from Chevrolet if he can steal one of these models for the grudge match, but is shot down.Finnegan is on a mission to find someone willing to lend him their pride and joy for the grudge match, and after striking out with Chevy, he moves on to other options on the floor at SEMA. After asking a handful of owners, only one agrees to hand over the keys. Just what vehicle will Finnegan pilot in the race against his MT co-hosts? Check out the video below to see for yourself.
|add to favorites||Toyota Highlander SE Supplants Sport Trim for 2010||$ 50,000.00|
|Toyota Highlander SE Supplants Sport Trim for 2010
A special edition Toyota Highlander has joined the midsize crossover¡¯s lineup, replacing the Sport model. The 2010 Highlander SE comes with a wide array of standard features, positioning the mid-level SE between the entry-spec Base and topline Limited models. The newest Highlander will be equipped with the 3.5-liter V-6, a five-speed automatic transmission, and a choice of front- or four-wheel drive. Features include leather-trimmed seats, tri-zone automatic front and rear air conditioning, 17-inch alloy wheels, and more. 2010 Toyota HighlanderThe front-drive Highlander SE starts at $33,280, while the four-wheel-drive-equipped model will be priced from $34,730. All pricing includes delivery, processing, and handling fees. The DPH fee for vehicles distributed by Southeast Toyota (SET) and Gulf States Toyota (GST) may vary.
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|General Motors Scores Highly in Vincentric Fleet Awards
The GMC Sierra and Chevrolet Silverado HDs, and the GMC Savana and Chevrolet Express both scored highly in Vincentric's fleet vehicle rankings, taking multiple category awards. Ford followed with three best-in-class picks, including the Transit Connect and E-150, and surprisingly, Mercedes-Benz took three, all variants of the Sprinter full-size van. Vincentric is a private data compilation company based in Michigan that analyzes cost of ownership information for fleet and consumer vehicles. 2013 Chevrolet Express Pasenger VanThe Toyota Tacoma base regular-cab 2WD truck was awarded the Best Fleet Value among compact pickups. The Ford F-150 XL Regular Cab 2WD took the award for best half-ton, and both the 2500 and 3500 HD regular-cab, long-bed 2WD versions of the GMC Sierra and Chevrolet Silverado took the award in the three-quarter and one-ton categories. 2013 Toyota Tacoma Rear The Ford Transit Connect took the best value title in the Mini Cargo Van category, with the E-150 taking the half-ton passenger van award. The Mercedes-Benz Sprinter swept the full-size van segment in the three-quarter-ton full-size passenger van, cargo van, and 1-ton cargo van categories. The Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana took the award in the one-ton passenger van, and half-ton cargo van categories. 2013 GMC Savana Passenger Van Toyota dominated the crossover and SUV category, taking four out of the 12 spots, including mid-level compact crossover with the RAV4 2WD, and the compact and midsize SUV cateogires with the FJ Cruiser and 4Runner 2WD models. 2012 Toyota 4Runner SR5 Front Three QuartersWinners are selected on the basis of 20 lifecycle cost scenarios, and cost factors such as depreciation, fees and taxes, financing, fuel, insurance, maintenance, opportunity cost and repairs.
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|Explore the 2017 Volvo S90’s Design Language in New Videos
Volvo has recently released two videos that give a detailed look at their new flagship sedan, the 2017 S90. Like its three-row sibling, the XC90, the S90 features a restrained but tasteful design inside and out that makes the car look elegant. Minimalism remains a constant theme in both videos as the camera highlights every angle of the S90¡¯s exterior and the simple but attractive interior design.Titled ¡°The Beauty of Simplicity: Exploring the Design Language of the New Volvo S90,¡± the first video explores the S90¡¯s exterior appearance and Volvo¡¯s new design direction. Up front, the Thor¡¯s hammer LED lighting gives the S90 a strong presence and an identity that sets itself apart as a member of the new generation of Volvos. The video also looks at the S90¡¯s side profile to highlight the restrained exterior design and its swoopy coupe-like roofline. Shots of the car¡¯s rear, on the other hand, clearly show the influence of the Volvo Concept Coupe, which was shown at the 2013 Frankfurt auto show. Other details highlighted by the exterior video overview include the revised iron mark logo and the new grille that first appeared in production form on the 2016 XC90.Moving on to the S90¡¯s cabin, the second video, called ¡°Dreams Become Real: Inside the New Volvo S90,¡± continues with the theme of minimalism and shows the elegant cabin design. Highlights include the redesigned seats that were first seen on the 2016 XC90 and the large 9-inch tablet-style touchscreen that dominates as the centerpiece of the dashboard. Additionally, the video also takes a closer look at the Nordic wood used throughout the S90¡¯s cabin, metal trim pieces, seat stitching, the speakers for the Bowers & Wilkins premium audio system, and the mini touchscreen for rear passengers¡¯ climate controls.Look for the 2017 Volvo S90 to greet the public at the 2016 Detroit auto show. Expect powertrain choices in the U.S. to include the 316-hp supercharged and turbocharged T6 2.0-liter I-4 and the 400-hp T8 plug-in hybrid with both paired exclusively to an eight-speed automatic.
Check out both videos below.
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|Jaguar Land Rover Invests Additional $679 Million In Engine Plant
When India¡¯s Tata Motors purchased Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) in 2008, the luxury brands were on shaky ground after their divestment from Ford Motor Company and facing increasingly stiff competition from Asia and Europe. Today, Jaguar and Land Rover are hot-selling and sought-after brands the world over. Especially Land Rover, with hit after hit including the all-new Range Rover, Range Rover Sport, Range Rover Evoque, and Land Rover Discovery Sport, soon to be complemented by a larger Discovery 5 replacing the boxy LR4. To help meet the demand for these models, the company is investing an additional ?450 million (equivalent to $679 million U.S. dollars) in its engine manufacturing center in Wolverhampton, England, northwest of Birmingham. Already more than a million square feet, the plant will roughly double in size, as will the workforce from 700 currently to 1,400. Jaguar Xe Ingenium Engine 2The plant builds JLR¡¯s Ingenium modular I-4 engine. Currently, the diesel version of the engine is being built in the plant, which will soon be joined by a GDI turbo version to replace the current Ford EcoBoost-based 2.0L turbocharged I-4 in the Evoque and Discovery Sport. The diesel engine is an option in the Discovery Sport, will be offered in the Jaguar F-Pace crossover and in the upcoming Jaguar XE and new XF sedans. The plant has already produced more than 50,000 engines.
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|Boosting Around Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in a Ford Focus ST
With the 2013 Best Driver¡¯s Car week in the bag, we¡¯d like to share some parting information on the Ford Focus ST.
The Focus ST probably has a higher chance than many other BDC contenders of making it to a track day in the real world ¡ª the lower cost of acquisition, relative ease in reaching the handling limits, and presumed less expensive wear-replacement and modification parts help its case. Come to think of it, it¡¯s hard to imagine some of the other BDC contenders ever setting their rubber feet on a road course.
But let¡¯s say you just bought yourself a brand-spankin¡¯ new Focus ST. Congratulations! Unlike the vast majority of the new-car buying masses, you¡¯re committed to flogging your new ride around Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca and know professional racing driver Randy Pobst flew around the course in 1:49.30. Wouldn¡¯t you want to know how he did his flying lap, and with how much turbo boost? A daft question¡of course you would!
Presented in raw, unsmoothed splendor, Pobst¡¯s banger of a lap is represented here in vehicle speed, engine speed, and turbo boost traces. If you¡¯ve made it this far into the post, you¡¯re most likely the type of reader who knows Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca¡¯s track layout, driving line, and nuances by heart. Take a close look at the Focus ST¡¯s single-lap performance, free of commentary.
Or perhaps you¡¯ve no clue what you¡¯re looking at? The first step is to use the vehicle speed trace to plot the car¡¯s position. This negates the need to look at a track map. The initial peak is found on the front straightaway before the graph¡¯s curve plunges as Randy brakes into Turn 2. The Focus ST accelerates and decelerates through Turns 3 and 4 before hitting its second-highest recorded speed approaching Turn 5. About 40 mph of speed is lost making it through Turn 5. Randy rockets through Turn 6 and charges up the hill. There¡¯s heavy braking for the Corkscrew, and then it¡¯s a matter of keeping momentum through the peaks and valleys symbolizing Turns 9 and 10. Turn 11 is the final big dip in the trace as Randy makes the tight left-hander back onto the front straight.
What¡¯s of even greater interest to telemetry geeks is integrating the mph plot with the rpm and boost psi data. You can make out where the gear changes are, what gear the Focus ST is in, where Pobst may have been feathering the throttle, and when the 252-hp 2.0-liter EcoBoost I-4 is expected to be making full power. As anticipated, the BorgWarner turbo is topping out around 21 psi in its overboost mode in the meat of the powerband. As Randy gets closer to his shift points, the engine trades the turbo¡¯s temporary extra pressure for more engine speed. In fact, the engine output was certified at 19.5 psi but the turbo can boost up to 21 depending on, per Ford, ¡°overboost demand, fuel quality, and atmospheric conditions.¡± If we may be so bold to offer a hypothesis, it¡¯s that tracking the car on a 58-degree F day yields plenty of overboost. (And our local 91-octane gas appears to hold up well.)We could spend days staring at the hundreds of squiggly, multihued data lines generated by each car that gets flung around Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, which is precisely what we¡¯re going to do now.
Be sure to check out the 2013 Motor Trend Best Driver¡¯s Car story again and relive the YouTube magic. Watch the Ford Focus ST Hot Lap here:
|add to favorites||Ford Offers Stealth Light Bar for Police Intercept||$ 50,000.00|
|Ford Offers Stealth Light Bar for Police Interceptor Utility
A new stealth light bar is now available for the Ford Explorer-based Police Interceptor Utility. With no need for a roof-mounted light bar, the new option will make a Ford Police Interceptor Utility harder to recognize.
¡°Today, agencies typically use aftermarket interior visor light bars that are somewhat bulky and can obstruct the field of vision ¨C especially for taller officers,¡± said Stephen Tyler, Ford police marketing manager, in a release. ¡°This extremely low-profile unit is fully integrated where the headliner and top of the windshield meet, for tremendously improved driver visibility versus aftermarket alternatives.¡±The new factory-installed stealth light bar option is integrated into the top of the windshield and is said to be less intrusive than bulky visor-mounted light bars currently available. It also eliminates the dark shade band at the top of the windshield, which is said to improve officer visibility.
The light bar can be programmed to alternate red and blue, red/red or blue/blue. Additionally, the light bar features bright-white lights, which can be used for ¡°take down¡± and ¡°scene¡± functions. The lighting is adjustable from 20 percent to full intensity and also boasts an auto-dimming feature.
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|Nissan’s U.S. Plants to Nearly Double Export Markets by 2015
The strength of the Japanese yen, in addition to volatility of other global currencies, has led Nissan to shift much of its production to North America. As a result, non-U.S.-spec Nissans are produced at U.S. plants and shipped to other markets around the world. Now, Nissan projects it will nearly double the number of export markets its U.S. plants can serve by 2015.
This month, Nissan shipped 900 right-hand drive Pathfinders to Australia and New Zealand, marking the first time in the Smyrna, Tenn. plant¡¯s history that it has produced vehicles for export to those markets, and the first time Nissan has exported right-hand-drive models from the U.S. The Smyrna plant can now assemble vehicles for 61 markets, and in 2014, Nissan¡¯s Canton Miss. plant will be able to export Murano crossovers to as many as 119 markets.Also happening next year, Nissan says its production capacity will top 2 million units annually in the Americas, thanks to expansions at its U.S. plants and new facilities in Mexico and Brazil. Currently, Nissan¡¯s U.S. plants make up half of that capacity, at 1 million units annually. The automaker has invested more than $5 billion in new plants and increased capacity, and says it¡¯s adding more than 10,000 jobs across North, South, and Central America. A new $1.5 billion manufacturing complex in Resende, Brazil will be able to produce 200,000 vehicles built on the ¡°V¡± platform, the same structure that underpins the Nissan Versa and Versa Note.
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|Report: Instructor Dies in Richard Petty Experience Lamborghini Crash
A 36-year-old driving instructor at the Richard Petty Driving Experience in Orlando, Florida, was killed Sunday in an accident at the Walt Disney World Speedway. According to reports, driving instructor Gary Terry was riding with a 24-year-old participant when their Lamborghini Gallardo crashed on the track.
The Florida Highway Patrol said that the driver, ¡°failed to maneuver the vehicle through the course,¡± according to reports. The right side of the Lamborghini Gallardo hit a crash barrier at high speeds. The driver was transported to hospital with ¡°minor injuries.¡±In a statement issued to the media, Petty Holdings said, ¡°Yesterday we lost a longtime, valued team member of the Exotic Driving Experience family. Senior operations manager and professional driving instructor, Gary Terry, was fatally injured in an on-track incident at the Walt Disney World Speedway. Our thoughts and prayers are with Gary¡¯s family and friends. He will be sorely missed.¡±The driving experience allows customers to drive a Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4 from $339, and the Lamborghini Gallado LP570-4 Superleggera (pictured) from $389. Other cars available for drivers to rent at Walt Disney World Speedway include a Ferrari 430 Scuderia and 458 Italia, an Audi R8, a Nissan GT-R, and a 997-generation Porsche 911.
The 1-mile Walt Disney World Speedway was built in 1995 to host IndyCar races, although IndyCar hasn¡¯t raced at the track in several years. According to Florida media, the track, which is adjacent to Walt Disney World, was already slated to close this summer.
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|VW Slapped With 1,400 Investor Lawsuits in Germany
Volkswagen has agreed to compensate many of its customers for selling them unclean diesel vehicles, but now the automaker may also have to pay investors. The automaker faces 1,400 lawsuits from investors in Germany who say they lost money from the scandal.
Investors argue that VW failed to tell them it was facing costly legal action from U.S. authorities over emissions cheating, reports Bloomberg. Presumably, this would have given them the chance to sell their shares before they dropped. Meanwhile, VW dismisses the claims, saying it followed all the rules in disclosing the scandal.This week marks the 1-year anniversary of the start of Volkswagen¡¯s nightmare. Right after the cheating issue became public, VW¡¯s shares in Germany plummeted, and they are currently down 11 percent for the year. Apparently, investors have been coming in droves to sue VW in Braunschweig, Germany, as many feared they must take action within a year of the scandal breaking. Bloomberg reports the U.S. government is one of the investors suing, in this case for around 30 million euros.
In total, the lawsuits amount to around $9.2 billion, a sum that makes a big dent in an already large scandal that has decimated a third of the company¡¯s market value. VW has allotted more than $18 billion to deal with the global consequences of its emissions scandal.The lawsuits could take years to resolve, and new cases could trickle in until the end of 2018, which lawyers say is the deadline for most plaintiffs to file complaints. In the meantime, VW will have a chance to respond to the claims.
|add to favorites||Nissan X-Trail 20GT with new 2.0L clean diesel deb||$ 50,000.00|
|Nissan X-Trail 20GT with new 2.0L clean diesel debuts in Japan
While we're not likely to see the Nissan X-Trail 20 GT in the U.S. (the vehicle is closely related to the Rogue), it's a good bet that we'll see Nissan's new 2.0L MR9 clean diesel engine that powers it at some point in a future Nissan offering. Nissan says the engine essentially matches the power of a comparable 3.5L V-6 gas engine while achieving some 30% better fuel economy than a 2.5L gas engine . nissan Xtrail Diesel front ViewNissan claims the 2.0L diesel, which is rated at approximately 171 hp and 266 lb-ft at 2000 rpm in U.S. power numbers, meets Japan's strict diesel restrictions going into effect for new model vehicles Oct. 2009 and for existing and imported models Sept. 2010. The M9R engine achieves its emissions reductions thanks to its use of a common rail system, diesel particulate filter (DPF) and lean NOx trap catalysts. The DPF filters 99% of soot expelled by the engine, Nissan says. Noise and vibration are also supposedly kept in check so that you'll hardly be able to hear the difference between a diesel- and gas-powered X-Trail. The X-Trail 20GT will get Nissan's Scratch Guard paint, which self-repairs minor scratches in the paint's surface layer, as well as a five-speed manual transmission and a 4WD system. In the Japanese market, the X-Trail 20GT goes on sale in September for the equivalent of just under $28,000 U.S. dollars.
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|Volkswagen Group to Pay $1.2 Billion for 3.0L TDI Settlement
The Volkswagen Group has agreed to pay $1.2 billion to fix or buy back approximately 78,000 vehicles equipped with 3.0-liter TDI turbodiesel engines affected by the automaker¡¯s emissions scandal. Additionally, owners of those vehicles will receive up to $16,000 in compensation.
According to the company, it will fix model year 2013-2016 vehicles with ¡°Generation 2¡± 3.0-liter TDI engines. Approximately 58,000 vehicles fall under this category and include the Volkswagen Touareg, Audi Q7, A6, A7, A8, Q5, and Porsche Cayenne. VW says it will buy back, offer a trade-in credit, or end leases for 2009-2012 Volkswagen Touareg and Audi Q7 SUVs with ¡°Generation 1¡± TDI engines, though it says a fix may still be possible for these vehicles.
Automotive News reports that Volkswagen will pay $7,000 to $16,000 to anyone who chooses to get their vehicles fixed. The automaker will pay an additional $500 if the repair affects performance. Meanwhile, those who opt for the?buyback option will get $7,500 in addition to the value of their vehicle.The deal is still pending approval from regulators and a U.S. court. Volkswagen hasn¡¯t revealed details of the possible fix, but Automotive News reports that the settlement could balloon to at least $4 billion if the proposed repair is rejected. Final approval should come by May 2017.
¡°We will continue to work to earn back the trust of all our stakeholders and thank our customers and dealers for their continued patience as this process moves forward,¡± said Hinrich J. Woebcken, CEO of Volkswagen Group of America, in a statement.
Volkswagen will also spend an additional $225 million on environmental programs aimed at offsetting excess emissions emitted by the 3.0-liter TDI engines. The automaker will pay another $25 million to California to expand electric vehicle infrastructure in that state.Volkswagen¡¯s 3.0-liter TDI settlement mimics the larger one reached for its 2.0-liter TDI vehicles. That settlement involved approximately 475,000 vehicles at a cost of at least $14.7 billion.
Additionally, Automotive News reports that parts supplier Bosch has agreed to $327.5 million to owners affected by both the 2.0-liter and 3.0-liter TDI engine scandal. Owners sued Bosch claiming the company helped Volkswagen develop the cheat devices involved in the scandal. Bosch points out it¡¯s not admitting guilt, but instead is settling the case.
|add to favorites||Moparized Fiat 500L Offers Bold Body Sticker Kits||$ 50,000.00|
|Moparized Fiat 500L Offers Bold Body Sticker Kits in Europe
A pair of bold body sticker kits are among the more than 140 options Mopar is offering on the 2014 Fiat 500L in Europe. If driving a yellow Fiat 500L with a white roof wasn¡¯t eye-catching enough, the available body sticker kits help assure that no two Moparized 500Ls are ever mistaken for one another. Fiat recently displayed the first Mopar-modified 500L, a Trekking model, in Milan.
Like Mini, Fiat offers a number of accessories to help owners personalize their vehicles. Now with Mopar¡¯s help, European 500L owners have new customization options, from a special trim piece on the hood and alloy wheels painted in a ¡°brunex grey¡± finish. Get a better idea of what accessories are offered in the video below; we expect some of the options to be available in the U.S.In Europe, Fiat is also offering on the 500L a controversial device that tracks driving style data for the owner¡¯s insurance company. We¡¯ve started to see insurance companies in the U.S. make available similar technology.
As for the body sticker kits, four will be available on the 500L. The bold upgrade reminds us of Ford¡¯s extensive graphic options in the U.S. Vinyl wraps can be applied to everything from new Fiestas to new Mustangs. Mini offers a number of vinyl-based upgrades, from a Heliport roof graphic to stripes and even a racing number on the driver¡¯s side door.One area we¡¯d like to see Mopar address on the Fiat 500L is power. In a First Drive review, we said the throttle response was ¡°a tad sluggish.¡± In the U.S., the 500L is powered by a 160-hp turbocharged 1.4-liter I-4 with 184 lb-ft of torque.
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|BMW M Laptimer App Now Features GoPro Camera Integration
The BMW M Laptimer app will now be able to control a GoPro camera on iOS devices, the automaker announced. Using the car¡¯s iDrive controller, the new feature will start and stop the recording of the connected GoPro camera when the driver starts and stops the BMW M Laptimer. Previously, BMW offered integrated GoPro controls through the infotainment system.
Additionally, a low-resolution version of the GoPro video will automatically be saved on the iOS device for playback next to the map view on the BMW M Laptimer app. The new features will be available this summer.
¡°The BMW M Laptimer and GoPro integrations have both proven to be incredibly popular with driving enthusiasts,¡± said Christian Schmid, senior development engineer at the BMW Group Technology Office USA, in a release. ¡°From the time that we launched the first in-car integration for a GoPro camera, bringing that integration together with the BMW M Laptimer seemed like the natural way to really enhance the track driving experience. This allows us to provide BMW drivers the ability to safely capture and share their track experience.¡±
Highlights of the app include a new GoPro tab in the M Laptimer app. The GoPro tab includes the name of the connected camera, a live preview image while stationary to adjust camera angle, and Wi-Fi signal strength and battery charge level. Through the tab, users also have the ability to turn the camera on and off to save battery. The GoPro menu entry in the app enables the low-res video on the phone to be played below the map view.
Additional GoPro controls include the ability to choose from six pre-set camera modes (Leisure Drive Facing Out, Night Driving, Sport Drive Facing Out, Drive Camera Facing In, Winding Road Time-lapse, and Straight Road Time-lapse). The camera can also be started and stopped independently of the M Laptimer app function. Hardware requirements include a vehicle with the BMW M Laptimer app, user¡¯s Wi-Fi-equipped GoPro camera (HERO3 and later) and an iPhone (4S or later) with the GoPro App installed. The iPhone must be connected via the USB port or BMW Accessory snap-in-adapter for iPhone.
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|10 Cool Facts About the Chinese-Market 2016 Ford Taurus
Take one look at the Chinese-market Ford Taurus, and you just might not recognize it from its predecessor. Here are 10 cool facts about the new 2016 Ford Taurus that debuts in Shanghai this week:
1) Although the Ford Taurus has been around in the U.S. since the 1986 model year, the new model is the first Taurus for China. The model shown in Shanghai is specific to the Chinese market, but considering we¡¯ve seen prototypes running around the streets of Detroit recently, we bet a similar car is heading our way, too.
2) The new Taurus has become more like the Fusion, not only in the grille and overall design but in structure. It no longer sits on the outdated D3 platform, instead adopting a lengthened version of the CD4 platform that underpins the Fusion and Edge.
3) Chrome is the new everything. Look for bright chrome elements inside the cabin, surrounding the supplemental LED driving lights, on a bar connecting the taillights, and on the integrated exhaust tips.4) The car features a 116.1-inch wheelbase, which is longer than our market¡¯s 2015 Taurus at 112.9 inches. This could mean increased legroom for rear passengers. Ford says length on the China¡¯s new Taurus is five meters, or 196.9 inches, which would make it shorter than the 2015 Taurus¡¯ 202.9 inches.
5) Unlike the current U.S. model, the Taurus in China will be positioned as a premium vehicle where the owner ¡°is often a passenger rather than a driver.¡±
6) Establishing its creds as a chauffeur vehicle, the Chinese-market Taurus receives plush leather power-reclining rear seats with optional adjustable lumbar support and a massage function. Seats are built in a 40/20/40 split folding configuration. The center cushion folds out to reveal AC, seat, and media controls. We don¡¯t expect all these features on a future U.S. version, however.
7) Look for a full panoramic sunroof. This unit features a front panel that slides back over the rear panel rather than underneath it, maximizing headroom. No word on whether this feature is coming to the U.S. or not, but it¡¯s possible.8) Twenty-five storage cubbies provide additional space for small trinkets. New cupholders are designed to hold ¡°different-sized tea bottles,¡± Ford says. How they came up with that incredibly specific idea, we don¡¯t know.
9) China receives a 2.7-liter twin-turbo Ecoboost V-6 engine. Our market is likely to continue with upgraded V-6 and EcoBoost four-cylinder options. We¡¯ll have to wait and see.
10) Ford claims the best-selling nameplate in China is the Focus, but we¡¯re curious to see how the Taurus stacks up when it goes on sale there, considering large sedans are a huge part of that market.
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|70,000 'Letters for Lyrics' Collect So Far at Ram Dealers; Campaign Continues This Memorial Day Weekend
More than 70,000 people have shown their appreciation to U.S. soldiers stationed across the world by submitting letters at their local Ram Truck dealership or Zac Brown Band's recent concerts. However, for the Ram Truck Brand and Zac Brown Band that is simply not enough. The Ram Truck Brand and Zac Brown Band partnered for "Letters for Lyrics," a national letter-writing campaign aimed at U.S. soldiers deployed around the world. Together, they want to send 1 million letters of appreciation to U.S. soldiers and they will not stop until they reach that goal.In exchange for writing a letter to a U.S. soldier, participants receive a special compilation CD titled, "Breaking Southern Ground." This exclusive CD features three all-new songs from Zac Brown Band, as well as music from artists signed to Zac Brown's label, Southern Ground Artists - Sonia Leigh, Nic Cowan and Levi Lowrey. Letters For Lyrics Drop Box "The Ram Truck Brand has been moved by the kindness and gratitude that has been expressed so far to our men and women in the military," said Fred Diaz, President and CEO - Ram Truck Brand, Chrysler Group LLC. "As we head into Memorial Day - a holiday that remembers those who dedicated their lives for our freedom - I encourage everyone to take a few moments this week to visit their local Ram Truck dealership to write a letter of support to our military men and women who show commitment and valor to this great country." "We're so proud of the immediate response we've received for 'Letters for Lyrics' over the past two weeks. The support our fans have shown and the stories they've shared with us about how the campaign has moved them to show their appreciation is truly inspirational," said Zac Brown. "This Monday, as we observe Memorial Day, we'll show our respect for the U.S. men and women who have given their lives in the military service and send our thoughts to those out there protecting our country and way of life. We ask that everyone help us show your appreciation for their heroic efforts." Zach Brown Meeting A SoliderSoldiers' Angels, a nonprofit organization, will deliver the letters on behalf of the Ram Truck Brand and Zac Brown Band. Soldiers' Angels is a volunteer-led organization with over 225,000 members providing aid and comfort to the men and women of the U.S. Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, Coast Guard, along with veterans and their families."We are proud of the way America stands wingtip-to-wingtip in support of our American service members and encourage everyone to head to their local Dodge Ram Trucks dealership or Zac Brown concert and participate in one of the greatest collaborative troop support outreach projects in the history of the global war on terror," said Patti Patton-Bader, Soldiers' Angels Founder. 01 Ram Trucks Letters For Lyrics Headphones PosterAs part of the "Letters for Lyrics" campaign, RamTrucks.com also debuts the video installment of "For Those Who Serve," a documentary of Zac Brown Band's visit to U.S. soldiers stationed in the Persian Gulf. This exclusive behind-the-scenes video is directed by Darren Doane, the CMT-nominated director of Zac Brown Band's live "Pass the Jar" DVD (Southern Ground/Atlantic) and their music video for the No. 1 hit "Toes." Doane traveled with the band to the Persian Gulf to document the moving experience, capturing footage of the band performing for the troops and meeting with the men and women in uniform. Chapters from Doane's documentary will debut on RamTrucks.com throughout the campaign.Visit www.ramtrucks.com/en/letters_for_lyrics/ to learn more about this campaign and where you can drop off your letters. 02 Ram Trucks Letters For Lyrics Zach BrownClick here to watch the video and meet some of the men and women serving in our military today
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|2016 Volvo XC90 First Edition Models Sell Out in 47 Hours
When you¡¯re releasing a new product to the market, it¡¯s a great feeling when that product sells out in a flash. The First Edition of the all-new 2016 Volvo XC90 was an instant hit, and within the first 47 hours it was on sale, it managed to sell out of the 1927 individually numbered units. What¡¯s more, these vehicles were only for sale online.
At the online sale¡¯s peak, seven cars were sold in one minute. Volvo says most of the inventory was reserved within an hour of hitting the market. These First Edition cars not only mark the first time a vehicle was available exclusively on the automaker¡¯s website, but also celebrate the year Volvo was founded ¡ª 1927, which is the number of SUVs in the First Edition.The 2016 Volvo XC90 was completely redesigned for the new model year, after not seeing any significant changes since it first hit the market 12 years ago. These changes will help the automaker reclaim sales here in the ¡®States. With a redesigned front fascia, interior, and new body structure, the XC90 will no doubt turn heads.
Based off the brand¡¯s all-new Scalable Product Architecture, the 2016 XC90 is larger and lighter than the outgoing three-row luxury crossover. Loaded with new content inside and out, the all-new SUV will feature two Drive-E engine options, the T6 and T8. The base T6 produces 316 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque from a turbocharged and supercharged 2.0-liter I-4, while the T8 utilizes the same engine as the T6, but adds a 60-kW, 80-hp electric motor, enabling hybrid, gas, or pure electric power. Both options feature all-wheel drive.Before the release of the new model, Volvo hyped up the XC90 with teaser images and slowly released information, including specs on the two new engines and host of new and updated safety technology. Regarding the pace of XC90 sales, Alain Visser, Senior Vice President, Marketing, Sales and Customer Service of Volvo Car Group, said in a statement, ¡°We are very pleased, but not really surprised. The huge interest in the XC90 escalated to astronomical levels after the world premiere last week.¡±
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