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Mazda Expands Airbag Recall

by on July 27, 2014

Mazda Motor Corp. announced that they are expanding upon a recall that involves Takata airbags. The Japanese supplier said the airbag inflator could rupture, which can fling metal shrapnel into the cabin.

In documents filed with NHTSA, Mazda said they are adding about 18,000 Mazda6 and RX-8 vehicles from model years 2003-2004 to a recall announced last month. The original announcement called back nearly 160,000 vehicles worldwide for → Read More


AAA Research Validates Start-Stop Technology

by on July 26, 2014

Lighter frames, streamlined designs, and turbocharged engines have all been utilized by auto companies to offer higher mpg to vehicle owners–some with more success than others. Automatic start-stop technology is the latest effort by manufacturers to boost fuel efficiency in their vehicles, and new research from AAA found that vehicles that utilized the green tech delivered a significant boost in fuel economy.

Automatic start-stop systems work by turning off an engine when the vehicle is at a complete stop. As the driver releases the brake or clutch, the engine starts back up again. While the engine is stopped, the vehicle and all other systems run off of battery power. The result is a → Read More


Nissan Adds LA to Free Charging Program

by on July 25, 2014

Nissan announced yesterday that they are adding the city of Los Angeles to its “No Charge to Charge” initiative. The special program will offer two years of free public charging with the purchase or lease of a new Nissan LEAF.

“Los Angeles has long been one of the world’s top markets for electric car sales,” said Brendan Jones, director, Nissan Electric Vehicle Sales and Infrastructure, in a company statement. “Adding free access to public fast charging in the LA market gives us a competitive edge over other vehicles, regardless of their → Read More


GM Adds Cadillac Models to Stop Delivery List

by on July 24, 2014

General Motors is recalling more than half a million Cadillac CTS and SRX vehicles for ignition switch issues. The safety defect is the same issue that sparked the massive recall frenzy from GM earlier this year.

The auto company determined that 554,328 MY 2003-2014 CTS and MY 2004-2006 SRX vehicles were manufactured with defective Delphi ignition switches. If the key ring is carrying extra weight, or if the driver bumps the key ring, the vehicle could switch out of the ‘run’ position. A loss of engine power, power steering, and → Read More

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Porsche and Hyundai Lead in J.D. Power Study

by on July 23, 2014

Manufacturers have been stuffing their new and redesigned models with more technology, more power and more safety features to please their customers. But often times these additions don’t perform as well as expected, leading to unsatisfied and frustrated owners. J.D. Power’s latest study analyzes all new and redesigned models across 77 attributes to see which manufacturers were able to design and deliver the best vehicles.

The Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout (APEAL) study, now in its 19th year, rates models on a 1,000 point scale. The higher the number, → Read More