Month: February 2016

Toyota recalls 2.9 million RAV4 crossovers over seatbelt concerns

An accident in Canada that killed two passengers in a 2011 Toyota RAV4 has led to a worldwide recall of about 2.9 million Toyota Motor Corp. RAV4 crossovers, many of them built in Canada. The recall was sparked after Transport Canada replicated the crash of the 2011 RAV4. The people in the front seats of Read More

Small customizable subway car designed to replace cars in cities

Our Prototypes column introduces new vehicle concepts and presents visuals from designers who illustrate the ideas. Some of them will be extensions of existing concepts, others will be new, some will be production ready, and others really far-fetched. The concept The Gotoo is a customizable compact subway car designed to ride on existing streets. It Read More

Inside Mazda’s AWD system and what makes it work

The processing power is incredible. Every second, Mazda’s i-ACTIV all-wheel-drive (AWD) system monitors a network of inputs and sensors, two hundred times. That’s a full check of individual wheel speeds, brake and throttle pressure, steering angle, inclination, outside temperature, and even whether the wipers are activated. Two hundred times, every single second. It’s all part Read More

GM recalls 200,000 cars for Takata air bag trouble

General Motors is recalling about 200,000 Saab and Saturn cars in the U.S. and Canada to replace the Takata driver’s air bag inflators. The move is part of a broader recall of about 5.4 million vehicles announced last month by U.S. safety regulators. Takata inflators can explode with too much force in a crash and Read More

Toyota recalls 150,000 SUVs in Canada on seatbelt concerns

Toyota is recalling nearly 150,000 sport utility vehicles in Canada as part of a global effort to fix seatbelts that may not properly restrain drivers and passengers in a collision.The recall covers the 2006 to 2012 model years for the RAV4. The company says lap belts for the second-row window seats can be cut and Read More

Ultra-light vehicle to travel over trees for scientists working in forests

Our Prototypes column introduces new vehicle concepts and presents visuals from designers who illustrate the ideas. Some of them will be extensions of existing concepts, others will be new, some will be production ready, and others really far-fetched. The concept The Canopi is an ultra-light vehicle capable of travelling gently over trees to conduct . Read More

Honda to recall new Civics in Canada because engines can fail

Honda is recalling about 45,000 newly redesigned Civic compact cars in the Canada and the United States because the engines can fail and stall while being driven. The recall affects 2016 Civics equipped with two-litre four-cylinder engines. Documents filed by Canadian safety regulators say that a circular clip around the pistons may be missing or Read More

VW recalls 680,000 brand cars over airbag problems

Volkswagen said on Wednesday it was recalling 680,000 cars of its namesake brand in the United States because Takata-made airbags in them could be defective. The recall affects models built between 2006 and 2014, a spokesman said, declining to comment on how much the recall could cost. Daimler said late on Tuesday it would recall Read More

Review: 2016 Kia Sorento aims to hit sweet spot with size

The ideas behind 2016 Kia Sorento sport-utility vehicle are genius, a foolish gamble or insanity. Regardless, the execution is superb. Who’s gonna buy it? Goldilocks? Kia’s hope is the genius behind its “just right” rig will answer the prayers of families who find the five-passenger Ford Escape and Nissan Rogue too small and seven-passenger Hyundai Read More

Review: 2015 BMW 740Ld is the ultimate cruising machine

Is quiet comfort redundant? Thrifty performance an oxymoron? Big and agile exclusive? BMW’s long-wheelbase diesel 7 inspires those questions, has luxury’s requisites, and relegates the ActiveHybrid 7 to those who drive a few km per day. (Overall score: 8.1) Walkaround From blunt double-kidney prow and angel-eye headlights to rear pillar Hofmeister kink echoed in the Read More

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