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Corvette’s Valet Mode is Illegal in 13 States

by zAutos.com on September 30, 2014

GM’s 2015 Corvette has a handy little feature that can lock down your vehicle in certain situations, such as dropping your car off with a valet. Extremely useful, but also illegal–at least in 13 states.

GM’s Valet Mode allows drivers to lock the glove compartment, disable radio and infotainment system, and record HD video. The system stores “in-car audio, and vehicle data – including → Read More

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One-of-a-Kind Dodge Hellcat Raises $1.65M for Charity

by zAutos.com on September 29, 2014

A one-of-a-kind 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat was auctioned off at the Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas Show for a whopping $825,000. The Engelstad Family Foundation of Las Vegas has matched the auction price, bringing the total amount raised to $1.65 million. Dodge said all of the money will go to the Opportunity Village, a not-for-profit organization that serves people with significant intellectual disabilities in the Las Vegas area.

“We’re honored that Dodge chose our 2014 Las Vegas auction to sell Hellcat VIN0001 to support Opportunity Village. Not only → Read More

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Ford Recalls 850,000 Vehicles for Airbag/Restraint Issues

by zAutos.com on September 29, 2014

Ford Motor Co. is recalling 850,050 2013-2014 Ford C-MAX, Fusion, Escape and Lincoln MKC vehicles for issues with the restraint control module.

In the subject vehicles, the restraint module may short circuit, affecting the airbags, pretensioners, and side curtains. The short circuit could also affect stability control on the vehicles. Ford models involved in the recall include the: → Read More

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Isuzu and GM to Develop Midsize Pickup

by zAutos.com on September 28, 2014

Isuzu Motors Limited and General Motors signed a formal agreement last week to jointly develop a next-gen midsize pickup. Isuzu said the pickup is expected to be sold in “several major markets around the world”, though it will not be sold in the U.S. or Canada.

Both companies will manufacture their own vehicles, however, the press release noted that the collaboration would “leverage synergies and commonize components to enable further reductions in cost”.

The move to produce a midsize truck is → Read More

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GM Compensation Fund Makes First Offer to Families

by zAutos.com on September 27, 2014

The GM Ignition Compensation Fund program has made its first cash offer to 15 victims who were killed or seriously injured in GM vehicles with a faulty ignition switch. The program will pay at least $1 million for a death claim or more if they had dependants.

Robert Hillard, a lawyer for one of the families, told Reuters that they have accepted the offer from the program. Hillard further explained that the compensation program had extended offers to the families of Amy Rademaker and Natasha Weigel, two teenage girls who were killed in a 2006 crash involving a 2005 Chevy Cobalt; however, → Read More

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