Month: August 2016

Review: 2015 Mercedes-AMG C 63 S outguns competition with beastly V-8

The fight for compact-performance-sedan supremacy between luxury auto makers is back on, now that Mercedes-Benz has returned to the party with the rechristened Mercedes-AMG C 63 four-door, and its new, racier twin, the C 63 S. While rivals have been climbing down to smaller six-cylinder engines, the C 63 sedan continues to intimidate with big, Read More

Review: 2015 VW Golf wagon a sportier version of the average CUV

Long reputed for its country-rock bar scene and irresistible barbecue shacks, home at once to the state capitol buildings, 100,000-seat Texas Longhorns football stadium and South By Southwest music festival, this city embraces its eclectic character. T-shirts in the souvenir shops shout out, “Keep Austin weird.” Accordingly, Volkswagen chose the city to stage the debut Read More

Review: 2015 Ford Focus shows three cylinders can be enough

There’s a slate of new Ford Focus models arriving in dealerships right about now, a collection that’s mildly updated for the 2015 model year with the new Ford front grille and various interior refinements. Within a small group that ranges from the all-electric Focus to the electrifying ST, there is one that stands out for Read More

How police cars differ from the similar civilian car

Suddenly, with lights flashing and siren wailing, the police car roared ahead at full speed over the snow. I didn’t even look in the mirror; my adrenalin soared and my focus sharpened. There was a slippery turn coming up but I knew that, whatever happens, he wasn’t going to take me. Not this time. But Read More

Subaru recalling 3,500 vehicles in Canada, warning owners not to drive

Subaru is telling owners of some newer Legacy and Outback vehicles not to drive them because the steering can fail. The company is recalling about 52,000 of the cars and SUVs from the 2016 and 2017 model years. It also has told dealers to stop selling them until they’re repaired. About 22,000 of the cars Read More

Fiat Chrysler recalling 35,000 Wranglers in Canada due to off-road problem

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles said on Wednesday it will recall 506,420 of its popular Jeep Wrangler SUVs because off-road driving may cause the driver-side air bag not to open in a crash. Fiat Chrysler is not aware of any injuries or crashes related to the issue, the company said in a statement on its North American Read More

Four companies selling new cars with potentially defective Takata air bag inflators: report

Four auto makers are selling new vehicles with Takata air bag inflators even though the devices are potentially defective and likely to be recalled within a few years, according to a Senate report. Some Fiat Chrysler, Mitsubishi, Toyota and Volkswagen vehicles from the 2016 and 2017 model years are equipped with a type of inflator Read More

Fiat Chrysler to investigate after ‘Star Trek’ actor dies when recalled Jeep crashes

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV said on Monday it would investigate a crash that killed “Star Trek” actor Anton Yelchin in his recalled 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee. Yelchin was killed when the SUV rolled away and pinned him against a fence in Los Angeles, police said on Sunday. Fiat Chrysler in April recalled more than 1.1 Read More

Fiat Chrysler recalls 13,000 Maserati cars for rollaway issue

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV’s Maserati unit is recalling 13,092 Quattroporte and Ghibli luxury cars in the United States because they may roll away after drivers mistakenly believe they have engaged the vehicles in ‘park’ mode, documents posted on a government website Thursday showed. In April, Fiat Chrysler recalled 1.1 million vehicles worldwide over the same Read More

Toyota recalls 3.37 million cars over airbag, emissions control issues

Japan’s Toyota Motor Corp. has recalled 3.37 million cars worldwide over possible defects involving airbags and emissions control units. The automaker on Wednesday said it was recalling 2.87 million cars over a possible fault in emissions control units. That followed an announcement late on Tuesday that 1.43 million cars needed repairs over a separate issue Read More

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