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Chrysler Group LLC Adopts New Name

by on December 18, 2014

Chrysler Group LLC announced on Tuesday that it had changed its company name to FCA US LLC. The new name is a mirror of its global parent company, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. (FCA), which was officially adopted in October.

The automaker said the new name would “not affect the company’s headquarters location in Auburn Hills, Michigan, its holdings, management team, board or brands,” meaning the Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, RAM, Fiat and Alfa Romeo badges will be untouched.

FCA also announced that ​​Fiat Group → Read More


Honda Airbag Recall Called in China

by on December 17, 2014

Honda Motor Co. has recalled nearly 569,000 vehicles in China to investigate them for potentially defective Takata airbags. GAC-Honda said 527,136 Accords; 26,128 Elysia minivans; and 16,505 Fit Saloon cars will be affected by the announcements.

These recalls brings the total number of vehicles recalled by Honda up to 13 million, the most of any manufacturer involved in the Takata recalls; a total of 20 million vehicles have been recalled for defective Takata airbags since 2008.

Five fatalities have been linked → Read More


Takata Airbag Testing Initiative Led by Toyota

by on December 16, 2014

Earlier this month, Toyota called for an industry-wide initiative to test Takata airbags. The Japanese company is seeking support of an independent third-party to conduct tests and share the data collected to all participating parties. The independent testing will allow auto manufacturers to use the same data, which would make it easier to implement a repair solution that was effective across all affected models.

To date, the actual cause of the airbags rupturing is not entirely known. Takata believes the airbag inflators can rapidly degenerate → Read More


Volvo to Sells Cars Online

by on December 15, 2014

Volvo Cars today announced a new marketing strategy that will breathe life into the brand and allow it to reach more customers around the world. Two major declarations include the fusion of e-commerce with existing dealerships and the limit on their auto show appearances.

Volvo said they will only attend three international auto shows, one each in Europe, the U.S., and Asia. “Motor shows are a rather traditional affair in which brands crowd out each other at set times in the battle for → Read More


2014’s 10 Best Engines

by on December 15, 2014

This year’s Ward’s 10 Best Engines list is a pinch more diverse than usual, featuring a nice range of luxury and truck engines to diesel and hydrogen-powered fuel cells. Even more surprising is that the list features four returning winners: the Chevrolet V-8, Ford 3-cyl., Ram diesel and VW 4-cyl.

To be eligible, a new or significantly improved engine or propulsion system must be on sale in a production vehicle (with a price cap of $60,000) during the first quarter of 2014. WardsAuto editors pit last year’s winners against this year’s up-and-coming engines to determine the final list.

Here are this year’s winners: → Read More