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Honda Drops Takata for Accord Airbag

by zAutos.com on January 25, 2015

Honda Motor Co. is using a Takata competitor for the airbags in the next generation Accord sedan. This decision is the first action made by Honda to distance themselves from the troubled supplier.

Two sources close to the decision told Reuters that Toyoda Gosei will supply driver’s side, knee and curtain airbags for the North American version of the Accord, which is slated to launch in 2017. Takata and Honda Spokeswoman Akemi Ando did not have an immediate comment, as reported by AutoNews.

Since 2008, Honda has recalled → Read More

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Chevy Brings Spark EV to Maryland

by zAutos.com on January 24, 2015

Drivers in Maryland will have a new green car to look forward to in the spring. General Motors announced they will being selling the Chevrolet Spark EV in the East Coast state, making it the third market for the mini vehicle.

The four-passenger EV has been fairly successful for GM; they managed to sell 1,145 units last year, an 87 percent increase from 2013. Steve Majoros, Chevrolet’s director of car marketing revealed the decision to bring the model to Maryland was based on the state’s “strong commuter market and good charging → Read More

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Cadillac Wants Boutiques over More Dealerships

by zAutos.com on January 23, 2015

Cadillac will have 700 of their dealerships convert into boutiques as a way to “elevate within the premium automotive sector”. Cadillac President Johan de Nysschen outlined the dealer upgrade yesterday at the Washington, D.C. Auto Show.

de Nysschen said the switch to smaller boutiques will drive home the company’s philosophy of a great customer experience. “A strong, financially healthy dealer organization is an essential element of Cadillac’s expansion plans,” de Nysschen said. “The stronger our dealers are, the better our service quality will be. Cadillac is on a journey back to the pinnacle of → Read More

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Two-Tone tC Can’t Spice Up Scion

by zAutos.com on January 22, 2015

Scion has been struggling to remain fresh in the current auto market. The xD is fading, the iQ is gone and the tC is stale. Scion’s old trick of a pre-packaged ‘limited edition’ series quickly lost its power, yet they are still trying to shove the idea down the market’s throat.

In 2004, Scion began to release limited edition series’ of their models to create market buzz. The models were made in small quantities–usually 1,500-2,500–featured in colors like Wasabi Green, Maziora Torched Penny, Voodoo Blue, Yuzu Yellow and Spectra Blue Mica. → Read More

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2016 Honda Pilot to Make Global Debut in Feb.

by zAutos.com on January 21, 2015

One of Honda’s most popular mid-size SUVs is ready for a makeover. Honda said the new 2016 Pilot will “raise the stakes in the three-row SUV segment” with new technology, safety features and utility.

This will be the second major redesign for the Pilot since its launch in 2002. Drivers in North America seem to love the model, which provides room for eight passengers in a relatively compact frame. The second-generation Pilot rocked a bloated body and critics were quick to dub it a fridge. Along with troubling looks, the Pilot has suffered with airbag and automatic transmission issues, sparking a number of recalls over the years. Despite all of this → Read More

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