Car devices

GM recalls another 1.5 million vehicles – CNNMoney

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

  Still smarting from controversy involving a faulty ignition switch, General Motors announced three new recalls involving another 1.5 million vehicles. The biggest of Monday’s recalls affects 1.2 million of its popular crossover SUV models that need to have the wiring for their seat-mounted side airbags fixed. The models involved are the 2008-13 Buick Enclave and the GMC Acadia, along with the 2009-13 Chevrolet Traverse and the 2008-2010 Saturn Outlook….

GM recalls 1.5 million additional cars, will take $300-million charge – Los Angeles Times

Monday, March 17, 2014

The recalls include nearly 1.2-million 2008-13 Buick Enclave and GMC Acadia sport-utility vehicles, 2009-13 Chevrolet Traverse SUVs and 2008-10 Saturn Outlook SUVs for an air bag problem. Additionally the automaker recalled 303,000 Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana vans from the 2009-14 model years and 63,900 Cadillac XTS sedans from the 2013 and 2014 model years. The recalls come as GM faces numerous probes and intense criticism for not moving…

Nissan Sees Electric-Car Sales Boom – TIME

Monday, March 17, 2014

The Leaf, Nissan Motor Co.’s zero-emission electric car, unveiled during a news conference at the company’s headquarters in Yokohama, Japan, Dec. 3, 2010 Itsuo Inouye—AP The Japanese car manufacturer — which has sold more than 100,000 units of its electric Leaf since its 2010 launch — said it may be able to sell more gas-free vehicles than it initially projected, as more and more countries embrace fossil-fuel alternatives The market…

Volkswagen Achieving Ambitious Sales Goals At Expense Of Profitability – Forbes

Monday, March 17, 2014

Volkswagen investors must be wondering what is the point of a company which wants to be the biggest auto manufacturer in the world, but every time it sells an extra car it makes less money. At a recent press conference in Berlin, CEO Martin Winterkorn said VW sales will hit 10 million this year, four years earlier than originally planned. The ambition also entails overtaking Toyota of Japan as world…

BMW i3 Range Extender goes extra mile for electric cars –

Monday, March 17, 2014

With that knowledge in mind, it is hardly surprising that BMW expects this initially to be the best selling version of the i3. Once drivers become more accustomed to plugging their car in to recharge it at any opportunity, either at home or at one of the few fast charge posts (more of which later), they expect the cheaper all-electric model to increase in popularity. That is cheaper only in…

BMW i3 will come with unusual ‘OwnersChoice’ non-lease option – Autoblog (blog)

Monday, March 17, 2014

BMW GROUP FINANCIAL SERVICES OFFERS ‘OWNERSCHOICE WITH FLEX’ FINANCING PRODUCT WITH PURCHASE OF NEW i3 — PROVIDES END-OF-TERM OPTIONS SIMILAR TO LEASING, YET BENEFITS OF OWNERSHIP WOODCLIFF LAKE, NJ – February 25, 2014 – With the launch of the BMW i3, the brand’s first premium electric vehicle, BMW Group Financial Services becomes one of the first in the industry to create a financial solution to ownership that provides eligible customers…

Owners of recalled GM cars feel angry, vindicated – Reuters

Monday, March 17, 2014

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – As details emerge about how General Motors Co dealt with faulty ignition switches in some of its models, car owners are increasingly angry after learning that the automaker knowingly allowed them to drive defective vehicles. Saturn Ion owner Nancy Bowman of Washington, Michigan, said she is outraged that GM allowed her to drive a “death trap.” She said her car had so many ignition problems she was…