The arrival of a new model year represents the promise and possibility that comes with freshly stamped sheet metal, form-fitting seats, aesthetics that speak directly to one’s desires and, simply, stuff that works better....More
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Sept 10 (Reuters) - FCA US LLC, a unit of Fiat Chrysler
Automobiles NV , is recalling about 1.06
million of its Ram trucks in the United States to fix a steering
wheel defect that may cause an air-bag to deploy inadvertently.
The company said an internal investigation discovered that
these trucks may have steering-wheel wiring harnesses that wear
because of contact with a spring....More
The auto-safety and medical groups are unhappy that while autonomous emergency braking is standard on new cars in Europe, Japan, and the U.S., it is a costly option in Australia or not offered at all....More
Of the seven SUVs crash-tested by ASEAN NCAP, the Rush is the first Toyota model. The vehicle tested is built in Indonesia, and although electronic stability control was not available, antilock braking is standard across all variants....More
Toyota is buying airbag inflators from Tier 2 supplier Nippon Kayaku instead of Takata, whose defective inflators have been linked to at least eight deaths and prompted a global recall of millions of vehicles....More
An industry lobbying group says it opposes increased personal importation of new vehicles or the importation of used vehicles because they may meet a lower safety standard, or may not be suitable for Australia’s environmental conditions, or both....More
The NHTSA investigators have asked Takata and VW for information about a side airbag in a '15 Tiguan that ruptured in June, an incident apparently unrelated to defects in Takata airbag inflators....More
The survey showed only 48% of drivers named safety one of their three main considerations when buying a car, along with reliability and fuel economy. Among drivers aged 17-24 just 37% named safety, while 39% chose brand....More
The automaker says it has received no reports of airbags failing to deploy because of the possible defect, but it nevertheless is recalling 420,000 VW Golf, Passat, Jetta and Tiguan models built between 2010 and 2014....More
The devices fit most of the 2 million Toyotas sold in Australia over the past 10 years. Toyota says tests found there are up to four ways the bogus part could fail to deploy an airbag in a crash....More
Toyota vehicles never involved in an accident are not affected by the bogus parts. But Toyotas repaired after an airbag deployment in a crash reportedly may have been fitted with fakes not tested to manufacturer standards....More
“We can get there with the technology,” Magna’s Swamy Kotagiri says at the Management Briefing Seminars. “The biggest hurdles relate to how much infrastructure (is necessary) and issues related to ethics and liability.”...More
The supplier, whose potentially defective airbag inflators prompted a global recall of millions of vehicles, says the quarterly improvement resulted from higher sales in the U.S., India and Southeast Asia....More
“I don’t want to be in my vehicle thinking it will be truly a complete co-pilot for quite a few years. I use the term ‘teammate,’ because I think that’s important for the U.S. society in general to understand,” Toyota’s Chuck Gulash says....More
For the 23rd year in a row, top powertrain engineers from around the world gathered to celebrate the winners of the Wards 10 Best Engines competition. Trophies were awarded at a ceremony in Detroit during the North American International Auto Show.
We call out vehicles with problematic fit-and-finish, materials, ergonomics or unfortunate design choices. Each of these items resulted in points deducted as WardsAuto editors selected the 2016 Wards 10 Best Interiors.