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Lexus Celebrates Anniversary with Mini Concept

by zAutos.com on March 4, 2015

To mark the 25th anniversary of their LS400 sedan, Lexus asked the company’s design studio to create an “ultra-compact” concept. The 2+2 vehicle made its world debut yesterday at the 2015 Geneva Motorshow.

The LF-SA is a “true city car” according to Lexus. The two-door vehicle mimics the exterior design of the LF-NX concept that debuted in 2013. In fact, you could say the LF-SA is just a mini LF-NX. Both concepts have a fluid, yet angular set of → Read More

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Toyota Venza Put Out to Pasture

by zAutos.com on March 4, 2015

Toyota Motor Corp. has decided to end production of the Venza crossover after just eight years of sales. Production for exports will end in 2017.

The Venza was first introduced as a concept vehicle at the 2005 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Slotted between the RAV4 and Highlander, Toyota marketed the vehicle as a half-wagon/half-minivan hybrid. Its main competitors were meant to be the Honda Crosstour and Subaru Outback, but a high price tag pitted it against the → Read More

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Takata Links Faulty Airbags to Humidity

by zAutos.com on March 3, 2015

Japanese airbag supplier Takata announced recent test results that attribute age and high humidity as the root cause of recent inflator issues. Takata met with an independent OEM consortium of engineers this week to discuss the results of their own testing and research by the Faunhofer Institute.

While a “definitive conclusion” has yet to be reached, Takata Chairman and CEO Shigehisa Takada believes they are close to finding an answer. “The work so far has supported our initial analysis that age and long-term exposure over a period of many years → Read More

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Hyundai Recalls Old Elantra Models

by zAutos.com on March 3, 2015

Hyundai North America is recalling 205,000 2008-2010 Elantra models for a possible power steering failure. The auto maker said the power steering electric control unit (ECU) may sense a discrepancy in the steering input, which could cause the steering power assist to be disabled.

According to the timeline submitted to NHTSA, Hyundai knew of the power steering failure since 2010. Engineers determined that the torque sensor in the ECU could be wrongly calibrated during vehicle startup, resulting in the entire system defaulting to manual steering mode. Hyundai saw an increase of warranty claims in → Read More

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Evoque Takes Its Top Off

by zAutos.com on March 2, 2015

Jaguar Land Rover today confirmed the production of the Range Rover Evoque Convertible at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. The convertible Evoque is slated to go on sale in 2016.

The premium SUV convertible was first introduced as a concept at the 2012 Geneva auto show. Jaguar Land Rover based their concept off of the three-door Evoque coupe and kept much of the design and weigh distribution intact.

The Evoque convertible → Read More

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