Ford Recalls Vehicles with EcoBoost

Ford Recalls Vehicles with EcoBoost







Ford Motor Co. is recalling 77,502 model year 2013-15 Ford Taurus, Ford Flex, Lincoln MKS and Lincoln MKT vehicles equipped with 3.5L GTDI EcoBoost engines and 2013-15 Ford Taurus Police Interceptor vehicles. 

A component within the fuel pump electric module may overheat causing a loss of electrical power to the fuel pump.

A loss of power to the fuel pump will cause the engine to stall or prevent the vehicle from starting, increasing the risk of a crash.

Ford will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the fuel PEM part number and replace the fuel PEM, as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin Sept. 12. 


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Mazda Recalls Cars for Air Bag Issues

Mazda Recalls Cars for Air Bag Issues



Mazda North American Operations is recalling 41,918 model year 2009-10 Mazda6 vehicles manufactured Feb. 4, 2008 to Dec. 3, 2009. 

The protective coating may not have been properly applied to the air bag control unit and, as a result, moisture may damage the unit causing it to malfunction.

Failure of the ACU would illuminate the air bag warning light and prevent the air bags from deploying in the event of a crash, increasing the risk of injury.

Mazda dealers will replace the ACU, free of charge. Parts, however, are not currently available. Mazda will send interim notifications to owners beginning Oct. 3 and will mail a second notice when remedy parts are available. 

Mazda's number for this recall is 9816H.
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Volvo looking forward to debut in Formula E

Volvo looking forward to debut in Formula E


Volvo has recently expressed its desire to participate in the FIA Formula E Championship with its Polestar performance division. For now, the plans are still in the initial stages and it will be hard to determine as to where this will lead to. The companies are evaluating the possibilities and potentials before deciding on introducing future products. 

Till today, Volvo has been known for its hybrid technology cars in the international market and they are yet to begin working on fully-electric vehicles. Once introduced, Volvo intends on selling about one million fully-electric units by 2025. This will also help the automaker emerge as a strong contender against popular names like Renault, Peugeot-Citroen, Audi, Jaguar, and Mahindra on the grid in future seasons. 

The company will begin with producing about two hybrid versions of every model and have an all-electric vehicle in the next three year period. It is to be seen if Polestar will be participating in the third season in Hong Kong, in October, this year. Volvo’s only association with the motorsport has been the World Touring Car Championship, where it is racing the S60 Polestar.  Additional details in this regard will be known in the coming months.
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Hyundai's all-new 2018 hydrogen-powered CUV comes into focus

Hyundai's all-new 2018 hydrogen-powered CUV comes into focus




It's no secret that Hyundai has plans for hydrogen-powered vehicles beyond the currently available Tucson Fuel Cell. Ever since the debut of the Intrado concept at the Geneva Motor Show in early 2014, Hyundai has been dropping hints about what the new big-ish H2 vehicle will offer.


We say "big-ish" because Hyundai Motor Group's director of eco-vehicle development, Ahn Byung-ki, told Automotive News that the next-gen hydrogen powertrain will find a home in a "totally new" model that will be "somewhere between a CUV and SUV." So, whatever fancy new automotive segment that phrase happens to define – MUV, for middleweight utility vehicle? – is what Hyundai's new hydrogen offering will be.



Under the hood, the upcoming vehicle will use a fuel cell that doesn't need as much platinum and will have a bigger battery and a smaller motor. We had originally heard that this new hydrogen CUV/SUV would arrive in 2020, but Ahn said that the 2018 Winter Olympics, which will be held in Pyeongchang, South Korea will be "a big event. That's always a good opportunity for PR."



With the Intrado concept, Hyundai said it was, "far more than a styling exercise." We've since heard that Hyundai believes that a CUV/SUV model offers the best option for customers buying a fuel cell vehicle. Earlier this year, Hyundai's head of the company's fuel cell research, Sae-Hoon Kim, said that, "all customer feedback says range and boot space are the priorities." The Intrado concept had a supposed range of around 375 miles. What that would translate to outside of the fictional auto show universe is unknown, but it sounds like Hyundai is ready to make all of this more real.
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VW and U.S. dealers reach compensation pact

VW and U.S. dealers reach compensation pact



Volkswagen has reached an "agreement in principle" to compensate its 650 U.S. retailers for damages sustained by their businesses in the wake of the automaker’s diesel emissions scandal.
The deal would be worth more than $1.2 billion, Reuters reported, citing two sources briefed on the matter. 
Under the terms of the preliminary pact, dealers will receive a cash payout from a settlement fund within 18 months, according to a statement from Hagens Berman, a law firm representing VW dealers involved in litigation overseen by U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer in San Francisco. In addition, VW has agreed to repurchase “unfixable, used” diesel vehicles from dealer inventory under the same terms as buyback offers for consumers, Hagens Berman said.
Dealer payouts will be determined by a formula that is being finalized and will be announced in the coming weeks, according to the law firm. A particular dealer’s payout will vary based on the size of the dealership and its market, “among other factors.”
A VW spokeswoman confirmed those aspects of the deal, but declined to elaborate further, citing an agreement to maintain confidentiality amid negotiations to finalize the pact.
The deal is subject to court approval by Breyer and many details are still being negotiated, VW and Hagens Berman said. A final settlement proposal must be submitted for court approval by Sept. 30.
In a statement, VW North America CEO Hinrich Woebcken called the preliminary agreement a “very important step in our commitment to making things right for all our stakeholders in the United States.”
“This agreement, when finalized, will strengthen the foundation for our future together and further emphasize our commitment both to our partners and the U.S. market,” Woebcken said.
Dealers 'blindsided'
VW dealers were “blindsided” by the emissions scandal, Steve Berman, managing partner at Hagens Berman, said in a statement.
Many VW dealers have called for compensation as the value of their VW franchises has plummeted along with sales and showroom traffic since the company admitted last September to rigging some 11 million diesel vehicles worldwide with illegal software to fool emissions tests, including more than 500,000 in the U.S.
During a court hearing in San Francisco today, Berman said, “we’re pleased that the settlement will address the financial harm that they’ve incurred.”
Berman represents VW dealer Ed Napleton, who sued the factory last April in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. The suit was later transferred to the VW litigation overseen by Judge Breyer in San Francisco.
Meanwhile, a group of six dealers have been pressing the factory for a compensation deal for months. The Dealer Investment Committee formed in late March, on the sidelines of the National Automobile Dealers Association convention in Las Vegas. At the time, some retailers were considering lawsuits against VW for damages, according to lawyers, and at least one potential class action was drafted and waiting to be filed. For some dealers determined to keep relations amicable, the formation of the committee represented a way to pursue financial relief without a court fight.
But nearly six weeks passed without any clear signs of progress, prompting frustration and disappointment among some dealers. Volkswagen agreed to begin talks in May.
'Team effort'
Alan Brown, chairman of VW’s dealer council and one of the Dealer Investment Committee members, praised the “amazing team effort” of VW, attorneys and dealers that produced the preliminary pact.
“It’s been a lot of hours and lot of work and I believe that the dealers are going to be really pleased with the package that’s coming their way,” Brown toldAutomotive News. “I feel very confident that this will satisfy every dealer, and I believe every dealer will accept it.”
Under proposed deal, VW will agree to treat its dealers as a class of plaintiffs in order to facilitate the settlement. In its statement, VW said the deal intends to resolve “alleged past, current and future claims of losses in franchise value.”
Last month, Breyer approved a separate $15 billion VW settlement with consumers and government agencies under which Volkswagen will pay cash compensation to owners of its 2.0-liter diesel vehicles, buy back vehicles equipped with illegal software and fund environmental programs.
Breyer, meanwhile, ordered Volkswagen and federal regulators to start settlement talks to resolve the fate of 85,000 3.0-liter diesel vehicles that could include a buy-back offer for those Porsche, Audi and Volkswagen vehicles.
Buying the expensive larger cars and SUVs sold since 2009 could cost VW billions of dollars.
Breyer set a Nov. 3 hearing for an update on the status of the talks and emphasized the urgency of resolving the issue. He said he wanted to ensure "a strong sense of reality" in finding a solution.
VW must submit by late October its specific plans to fix the 3.0-liter vehicles, which it said include a mix of software upgrades and emissions equipment modifications.

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Ontario launches pilot program for three-wheeled 'legal rockets'

Ontario launches pilot program for three-wheeled 'legal rockets'















The landscape of vehicles in Canada just got a little more interesting; with one less wheel, but perfectly legal.
Ontario recently changed its legislation, launching a 10-year pilot program that allows three-wheeled vehicles onto its roads.
You could hear trike riders in Quebec, B.C., Manitoba and the Yukon rejoice; Ontario’s move brings it into line with similar legislation in those provinces.
The three-wheeled vehicles are different than three-wheeled motorcycles. They have steering wheels and controls like a car as well as passenger sit-in seats and drivers only need a “G” licence to drive one.
For the uninformed, the choices are interesting. There is a 2.4-litre 173-horsepower Polaris Slingshot for $26,000 that goes from zero-to-100 km/h in less than five seconds. Bombardier sells the made-in-Canada Can-Am Spyder, sought after by long-distance touring riders. Or there’s something more extreme such as the $57,000 T-Rex. This one is made in Quebec and is characterized as a “legal rocket” by the company’s owner at Campagna Motors. The company has a new deal this year with BMW to buy 1.6-litre six-cylinder engines and transmissions for the T-Rex GT model. The T-Rex weighs less than 500 kilograms.
Ontario residents certainly have interesting choices for the road, at least in summer.
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The best car to buy in 2016

The best car to buy in 2016
Now that we've told you of the vehicles that just missed the final round of competition, it's time to show you the ones that will contend for The Car Connection's Best Car To Buy 2016 award. 
We start by looking only at vehicles new or significantly updated each year, which narrows the field to the vehicles you should consider, or reconsider, against established benchmarks.
Then we limit base prices to $50,000 or less--to our editors, value is a big virtue. Then we eliminate vehicles unavailable for road tests by our editors prior to December 1, 2015, and unavailable for purchase by April 30, 2016--a rule which eliminates vehicles like the new Buick Cascada, Chevy Spark, Chevy Cruze, and Tesla Model X from the running.
Finally, we cut our list to vehicles that score 8.0 or more on the TCC Rating, and eliminate vehicles that will not outpoint our top-rated vehicles, should pending safety scores raise their overall TCC Rating. We consider safety an essential piece of the Best Car To Buy puzzle, and no car wins the award if it scores less than an NHTSA five-star overall rating, or an IIHS Top Safety Pick.
The vehicles that remain are our nominees. Some facts about this year's crop:
  • 13 vehicles are nominated for this year's award
  • 3 brands placed two vehicles on the list--Chevrolet, Honda, and Kia
  • 5 luxury brands are represented on this year's list--Land Rover, Lexus, Lincoln, Mercedes-Benz, Volvo
  • 2 sports cars made the list of nominees
  • 4 sedans made the list of nominees
  • 7 crossover SUVs made up the bulk of this year's list of nominees
  • Vehicles range from 155 horsepower to 455 horsepower
We'll be naming our winner on January 4, 2016. On the same day, we'll also name the winners of the Motor Authority and Green Car Reports Best Car To Buy awards--as well as the winners of our Driver's Choice awards.
It's a big day--and it starts with these new vehicles.
The 2016 Chevy Camaro finally shuffles off its muscle-car coil--and earns true sports-car credentials.
The 2016 Chevrolet Malibu lineup skips performance models, plush luxury appointments, and all-wheel drive; yet the driving experience, comfortable cabin, and frugal numbers may convince you to trade in that Camry, Accord, or Fusion.
The 2016 Honda Civic drops almost all the economy-car pretense; in Touring trim, it could easily wear a premium label.
The 2016 Honda Pilot has axed its hard edges: it's once again a smooth, capable family wagon, one that raises the bar for refinement.
The 2016 Kia Optima is better than its game-changing predecessor in nearly every way—except it’s a little less distinct.
The 2016 Kia Sorento grows a little bit larger, and grows up a lot.
The 2016 Discovery Sport takes most of Land Rover’s rugged, go-anywhere ability set and makes it part of an attractive, well-designed crossover wagon that suburban families are going to be happy with every single day of the year.
The new 2016 Lexus RX is edgier and more focused than before—more of a style-conscious statement of indulgence—when your luxury car also has to be a very practical everyday driver.
The 2016 Lincoln MKX goes after the same comfort-oriented, design-savvy luxury crowd as before, but with more performance and pizzaz, it has a much better chance of reaching them.
The 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata shouldn’t disappoint driving purists, yet it’s been reformulated for a new generation to enjoy.
As a tangential—and far more sophisticated—replacement for the GLK, the savvy 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC is a far better match for American wants and needs.
The 2016 Nissan Maxima locks in an arresting shape and charming front-drive road manners, in its quest to distance itself from the Altima.
The 2016 Volvo XC90 is a capable and comfortable luxury utility vehicle that whispers its virtues rather than shouting them--and reinvents Volvo as a purveyor of quietly sophisticated design, comfort, and efficiency.
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