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Fiat Releases New Model for European Market

by zAutos.com on May 25, 2015

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles may have trouble launching vehicles in the U.S., but that doesn’t stop them from debuting new models in markets overseas. Fiat announced they would introduce a new compact sedan family dubbed the Aegea for the European market.

Aegea is just a project name, but Fiat said it holds massive significance. The auto maker revealed the model is a tribute to Turkey and represents a bridge between East and West–the Aegean Sea lies between Turkey and Greece.

The new model will come in three → Read More

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NHTSA Continues Oversight of GM

by zAutos.com on May 25, 2015

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) will extend federal oversight of General Motors’ decision-making in safety-related issues for an additional year, the agency announced last Thursday. U.S. regulators hit GM with the Consent Order last year as punishment for hesitating to recall more than 2.6 million vehicles for a defective ignition switch. The faulty part has been linked to at least 104 deaths and 200 injuries.

According to the extension letter, GM will meet with NHTSA on a monthly basis to go over any potential safety defects or impending recalls on vehicles throughout their lineup. “GM learned a hard lesson → Read More

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918 Spyder Recalled

by zAutos.com on May 24, 2015

Porsche announced a voluntary recall on Friday that will take its most expensive vehicle off the road in markets worldwide. Approximately 223 plug-in 918 Spyder models have been found to have a carbon fiber component that could potentially cut the electric wiring harness for the radiator fan.

The luxury auto maker discovered the issue following a “detailed examination of inquiries”, Porsche said in a statement. Corrective measures in manufacturing have already been put in place, they noted.

This isn’t the first recall for the $845,000 model. In fact, → Read More

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Mazda Says Bye-Bye to Zoom-Zoom

by zAutos.com on May 22, 2015

Mazda North America Operations has decided on “Driving Matters” as its latest slogan after the Game Changers ad campaign failed to impress the masses. The independent auto maker’s creative agency said they wanted to highlight the everyday feeling of a vehicle instead of the ‘fantasy’ of a new vehicle.

“When we go into a focus group, we do a first opening statement. ‘When I say Mazda, what do you think of?’” Russell Wager, vice president of U.S. marketing at Mazda, told AutoNews. “Nine times out of 10 they say ‘Zoom Zoom,’” he added. “Then I’ll ask them to explain to me what ‘Zoom Zoom’ means, and I’ll get 6 or 7 different answers. That’s what Driving Matters is supposed to address. It’s supposed to solidify → Read More

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Renegade Rebels Against FCA

by zAutos.com on May 21, 2015

Fiat Chrysler is withholding the all-new Jeep Renegade from dealers because the subcompact crossover is riddled with software issues. CEO Sergio Marchionne said the issues are similar to the ones seen in the Jeep Cherokee back in 2013, which was linked to the auto maker’s all-new nine-speed transmission.

The launch of the Jeep Cherokee was delayed for months after the company discovered a software issue that affected the transmission calibration. Critics reported inconsistent handling in different driving modes, an issue that engineers pinned to the software rather than a hardware defect. The Jeep Renegade has the same nine-speed transmission → Read More

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