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BMW Recalls 232000 Cars In China; Checking Others – TIME

Thursday, April 03, 2014

(BERLIN) — German automaker BMW says it is recalling 232,000 vehicles in China after identifying a problem with a bolt used in the engine, and says it is now checking whether the same defect can also be found in other countries. BMW said in a statement Thursday that in “very rare cases” one of four bolts holding on the cover to the engine’s variable camshaft timing system breaks, which then…

Chrysler Recalls Over 850000 SUVs – New York Times

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

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BMW Recalls Cars in China – Wall Street Journal

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

SHANGHAI—German car maker BMW AG is recalling more than 232,000 vehicles in China because of a defective engine-control component, China’s quality watchdog said on Wednesday. The affected vehicles include 138,534 imported cars and 93,564 vehicles BMW made in China with its partner Brilliance China Automotive Holdings Ltd., the General…

Chrysler Recalls 867795 SUVs Worldwide for Brake System – Bloomberg

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Chrysler Group LLC is recalling 867,795 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango sport-utility vehicles to install a shield to protect brake boosters from water corrosion. Vehicles from model years 2011 through 2014 will be inspected and the boosters replaced where necessary, the Auburn Hills, Michigan-based carmaker said in a statement. The Fiat SpA (F) division started an investigation following customer complaints about excessive brake-pedal firmness. Fiat stock fell for the…

‘GMA’ Investigates: Are Used Car Dealers Selling Cars With Open Recalls? – ABC News (blog)

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

By ABC News ABC News’ Gerry Wagschal reports: You might think when you buy a car from a used car lot that you are hearing everything you need to know about that car. Think again. Carfax, a popular vehicle history reporting service, tells GMA that more than 3 million used cars from multiple manufacturers are being sold right now, even though they have open recalls. Do You Need Help From…

Here Are the Safest Cars You Can Buy for Your Young Driver – TIME

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Jeff Kowalsky—Bloomberg/Getty Images One of the sad realities of the GM Cobalt ignition/airbag defect saga is that most of the victims were relatively young. That makes sense in that younger people, or their parents, are more likely to buy smaller, more affordable cars. GM developed the Cobalt, priced around $14,000 for the 2005 model, specifically to counter its weakness in small cars. The first victim was reportedly 16-year old Amber…

Chrysler recalling 870000 SUVs for brake defect – USA TODAY

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

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New GM recall affects 1.3 million cars – CNNMoney

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

The 2004 Chevrolet Malibu is included in a new recall from GM that affects 1.3 million cars in the U.S. due to power steering issues. General Motors issued a new recall Monday affecting 1.3 million vehicles in the U.S. for a sudden loss of power steering. The recall comes one day before CEO Mary Barra will testify before Congress about how the company handled a different recall of 2.2 million…

What Downsizing Trend? BMW X7 Proves That Big Is Still In – Forbes

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Suddenly BMW is upsizing. Over the last few years, the German automaker has put a lot of effort into hyping its tiny i3 electric car, which arrives in U.S. dealerships this spring. It also has downsized and turbocharged engines across its lineup. Not even high-performance models like the M3 sedan and M4 coupe were spared, a controversial move that we wrote about here. But now BMW has announced what will…

US requires new cars to have backup cameras – CNNMoney

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Rear facing cameras give drivers a view that could prevent accidents. Automakers will be required to install backup cameras in most new vehicles by May 2018, a federal agency announced Monday. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration finalized a long-awaited rule requiring all new cars, SUVs, and minivans, as well as some new small trucks and buses to carry rear visibility technology. Automakers haven’t been previously required to include these…

GM recalls 1.3 million cars for steering defect – CBS News

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

DETROIT – General Motors (GM) is recalling 1.3 million vehicles in the U.S. because the electronic power-steering assist can suddenly stop working. Included in the recall are the Chevrolet Malibu, Malibu Maxx, Chevrolet HHR, Saturn Aura, Saturn Ion and Pontiac G6. Model years vary, but all of the vehicles are from the 2010 model year or earlier. Saturday GM expands recall to 2.6 million cars General Motors is expanding its…

Fiat Chrysler Can Make 6 Mln Cars a Year, CEO Says – ABC News

Monday, March 31, 2014

Fiat and Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne said Monday that the automakers will have the capacity to produce 6 million cars a year once they combine their forces. Marchionne aims to complete the legal merger of Fiat and Chrysler by the end of 2014 to create Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, the world’s seventh-largest automaker, and will outline a new multi-year business plan in Detroit in May. “With the initiatives we will announce…

NHTSA to require backup cameras on all vehicles – USA TODAY

Monday, March 31, 2014

The 2013 Nissan Sentra has a rear view camera.(Photo: Evan Sears, Cars.com) The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issued a proposed regulation Monday requiring all light vehicles– including cars, SUVs, trucks and vans — to have “rear-view visibility systems,” in effect, requiring backup cameras. The rule applies to all vehicles with a gross weight rating up to 10,000 pounds — from the smallest subcompact to commercial vans. It begins phasing…

BMW announces expanded US plant to build X7, plug-in hybrid X5 – Los Angeles Times

Monday, March 31, 2014

BMW has announced it will lumber into the full-size SUV game in the coming years with the introduction of an all-new model, to be called the X7. In an announcement on Friday at its Spartanburg, S.C., plant, the German automaker said the three-row SUV would be produced at that facility for export around the globe. “With the BMW X7, we are developing another, larger X model, which we will produce…

All New Cars Must Have Rear-View Cameras By 2018 – TIME

Monday, March 31, 2014

The rear-view camera on the trunklid of the 2012 BMW 650i Coupe. Mark Elias—Bloomberg via Getty Images A government regulation says all new vehicles under 10,000 pounds must have rear-view cameras, which could save as many as 69 lives a year The Department of Transportation announced new regulations Monday requiring all new vehicles to include rear-view cameras. Under the new regulation, rear-view cameras must be built into all new vehicles…

This BMW CS Vintage Concept marries classic Bimmer styling with modern day … – Digital Trends

Monday, March 31, 2014

Usually, vintage cars are retrofitted with new, modern underpinnings. Sometimes, though, designers like to bring back the old with something new. Enter the CS Vintage, which mirrors the timeless looks of the 1960s BMW E9 coupe and 2000 CS, giving it the utter simplicity found in prior generations. The CS Vintage even manages to keep things realistic, something hard to do with a rendering. The concept in undeniably BMW looking…

BMW to Expand in SC by 50%, Add 800 Jobs – WLTX.com

Saturday, March 29, 2014

File photo(Photo: Harold Cunningham Getty Images) GREER — BMW made an expected — but still stunning — announcement that it will expand its only U.S. manufacturing plant with a $1 billion investment to increase capacity 50 percent, add 800 jobs and produce a new, larger SUV for the company’s world markets. The Greer assembly plant “was built to enhance and expand the BMW lineup, underscoring the BMW Group commitment to…

BMW To Spend $1B To Expand Output At South Carolina Factory By 50% – Forbes

Saturday, March 29, 2014

BMW said Friday it would spend $1 billion to boost production at its South Carolina assembly plant by 50 percent in the next two years, one more sign that the United States has become a competitive site for manufacturing and an attractive staging ground for exports. It will be the fifth expansion of the Spartanburg, S.C., plant since BMW first started producing cars in the United States 20 years ago….

GM adds 970700 newer cars to switch recall – USA TODAY

Saturday, March 29, 2014

A 2008 Cobalt Sport, one of the newer-model added to the ignition switch recall.(Photo: Chevrolet) General Motors late Friday expanded its ignition switch recall to cover 824,000 newer models of the same cars in the U.S., and 970,700 worldwide. GM says it now will replace the ignition switch in all model years of its Chevrolet Cobalt, HHR, Pontiac G5, Solstice and Saturn Ion and Sky. Until now the recall covered…

BMW to Expand South Carolina Factory – New York Times

Saturday, March 29, 2014

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