The Kia Sorento recall affects 2014 SUVs with 2.4-liter four-cylinder engines and front-wheel-drive. They were built from Jan. 7 through March 12 of this year.
Kia says the right axle drive shaft can crack and fail. If that happens, the SUVs can lose power or roll away when parked. The company says there haven't been any crashes or injuries reported.
Owners will be notified by letter. Dealers will replace the axle shaft free of charge.
A partnership between Cummins and Nissan will see the unit optimized for the next-gen Titan, and some serious power and torque will be on offer. Nissan is expecting a torque rating in the mid-500 lbs-ft range, while maximum output should comfortably top 300 horsepower.
Those numbers should put it comfortably above the recently-announced 2014 RAM 1500 EcoDiesel, which uses a smaller 3.0-liter V-6 diesel unit developing 240 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque. ( Continue… )
The Tesla Model S is no stranger to awards and high scores, but its latest accolade could be its most important yet.
Its five-star National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) crash test rating was revealed a few weeks back, but Tesla Motors (NSDQ:TSLA) has now revealed the car's score is the highest ever recorded by the NHTSA.
While its five-star score across the board has been attained by other vehicles – around one percent of all cars tested are capable of such a score – its ratings in individual categories are higher than any other vehicle, including larger SUVs and minivans.
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As we've seen with other vehicles over recent weeks, the NHTSA tests cars in a frontal impact, side impact, side pole impact and a rollover risk test, which record's the vehicle's likelihood of rollover when performing an avoidance maneuver.
It scored exceptionally in all categories. Frontal impact was aided by the lack of engine block under the Tesla's "frunk"--allowing more space for impact absorption. ( Continue… )
Action at several of the auctions taking place over the weekend at the 2013 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance served as yet another indication that the passion for vintage sports cars, particular those with a Prancing Horse attached, continues to build at a fever pitch. At an RM Auctions sale, a show-stopping 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 S NART Spider set a new world record for a vintage Ferrari sold at auction, commanding $27.5 million. Incredibly, all proceeds from the sale are being donated to charity.
The car, just one of 10 ever built, was purchased new by Eddie Smith Sr., of North Carolina, back in 1968 from one of the original Ferrari importers Luigi Chinetti. It has remained in the same family ever since. However, since Smith’s passing in 2007, the car has been stored and has rarely been shown in public. Smith’s family decided to sell it so that a new owner can appreciate it and show it off at classic car events.
The pre-auction estimate was a price between $14 million and $17 million but furious bidding saw the price rise much higher. The buyer is believed to be Canadian fashion mogul Lawrence Stroll.
The car features a 300-horsepower V-12 engine mated to a five-speed manual transmission. It bears chassis number #10709 and is a numbers matching car (including the gearbox, body, and engine stampings). It has been restored just once in its lifetime and was originally painted Azzurro Metallizzato, a metallic blue. ( Continue… )
Oh, North Carolina: Are you cutting off your nose to spite your face?
That's the impression at least some commentators have gained on learning of a state bill that will become law on August 25, with or without the signature of Gov. Pat McCrory.
The bill would invalidate Durham County's Commute Trip Reduction Ordinance, which requires some employers in the county to work toward encouraging carpooling and reducing the number of solo car trips made by employees.
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As reported by WRAL, NC House Bill 74 would make such ordinances explicitly illegal.
Backers, including sponsor Rep. William Brawley [R-Mecklenberg], say such programs exceed the authority of a county.
They object in particular to specified fines of up to $1,000 for businesses that don't meet certain provisions--although county officials note that no company has actually ever been fined. ( Continue… )
Cadillac is showing off a low-lying two-door coupe that likely is the prototype for the brand's re-entry into the big, elegant and expensive luxury car market.
The four-seat Elmiraj concept car, with steep angles at the corners, vertical LED headlamps and huge 22-inch (55.8-centimeter) wheels, was unveiled Thursday at a luxury car event in Carmel, California.
The car, about the length of an Audi A8 or Mercedes S-Class, is built on the underpinnings of a new full-sized Cadillac sedan that is under development, said David Caldwell, a spokesman for the General Motors brand. GM CEO Dan Akerson has said a new ultra-luxury rear-drive Cadillac is coming in the next two years.
The look of the Elmiraj could show up in the new sedan, and a coupe is an option as a variation of the new car, Caldwell said. ( Continue… )
Audi has had its fair share of criticism from plug-in car fans, but the automaker now seems to be coming around to the idea of electric propulsion after some rather public dismissals of the technology.
Autocar reports the 2015 Audi A4 could come with not one, but three plug-in hybrid models--offering varying degrees of efficiency and performance.
In addition to the usual range of gasoline and diesel models, the A4 could use variants of a 2.0-liter, 220-horsepower gasoline engine, a 180-hp 2.0-liter diesel, and a 250-hp version of Audi's current 3.0-liter supercharged V-6.
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The full hybrid power figures are likely to be higher than those above. For perspective, the A3 e-tron's plug-in hybrid drivetrain uses a 1.4-liter gasoline engine and electric motor to develop a combined 204 horsepower--not far from the 2.0-liter engine on its own.
Layout should also be similar. Autocar says a 110-hp electric motor will live within the gearbox casing, just as it does in the A3. In the A3, power is transmitted through a dual-clutch automatic transmission, but the new cars could use an 8-speed gearbox. ( Continue… )
Hyundai will issue two separate recalls of about 260,000 total vehicles, according to filings with the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA), for possible problems with corrosion and axle separation. No crashes or injuries have been reported in relation to either recall, according to the South Korean automaker.
The first Hyundai recall involves approximately 240,000 Sonata and Azera sedans manufactured between 2005 and 2011 and sold in the District of Columbia and 20 US states: Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.
According to the NHTSA filing, the salt used on roads during colder weather in these states could rust the steel undersides of the vehicles, which could cause misalignment of the rear wheels.
Affected models include 2006 to 2010 Sonatas manufactured between March 1, 2005, and Jan. 21, 2010, and 2006 to 2011 Azera sedans manufactured between Sept. 27, 2005, and Nov. 22, 2010.
The second recall includes 20,300 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport SUVs with front-wheel drive and 2.4-liter engines. The driveshaft on the right front axle could crack, separating the shaft and possibly causing a crash.
Separately, Kia Motors recalled 9,345 Sorrento Crossovers for the same issue.
Last month, the NHTSA investigated the Hyundai Santa Fe’s axle issue after two owners complained about losing vehicle control.
Hyundai will contact affected owners next month, and dealers will inspect and repair damaged parts free of charge.
Many automakers offer performance driver training for customers eager to learn the ins and outs of their vehicles and how to make the most of their performance, whether on the road or at a track. Aston Martin is taking it a step further by introducing a new training program aimed specifically at budding racing drivers.
Aston Martin Racing, the official motorsport arm of the British automaker, has launched a new driver training program that turns complete novices into racing drivers with a recognized license to compete in championships both in the U.K. and overseas.
The comprehensive course can be completed in a matter of weeks and sees participants receive a National B racing license. It covers everything including track sessions, the supply of a Vantage GT4 race car, racing suits and helmets, and the all-important insurance coverage.
Unfortunately, the program is currently being offered in the U.K. only. If you’re interested, contact Aston Martin Racing today. Who knows, perhaps you’ll be strapped into a Vantage GTE and competing as an Aston Martin works driver at Le Mans next year.
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Prior to the last decade, Toyota sold a trio of sports cars that catered to a relatively wide spectrum of the new car market. Even now the names of those sports cars, Supra, MR2 and Celica, hold a certain cachet with performance buyers, despite Toyota losing its way and dropping all three model lines years ago.
In the next several years, Toyota will once again have a trio of sports cars in its lineup, and while they may feature new names the spirit of those old nameplates will at least be able to live on in the new cars. Already we have the GT 86, which is sold here as the Scion FR-S, but soon there will be a mid-size sports car that some are already calling a Supra and beyond that there are plans to launch a third sports car that is described as being smaller than the FR-S.
The information was revealed by the FR-S’ chief engineer, Tetsuya Tada.
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"We have started on the car below the 86," Tada, told Drive. "It is not yet decided if it will be two-seat or two-plus-two; we are developing the concept now."
Tada went on to reveal that the new sports car will be lightweight, feature rear-wheel drive and be priced below $20k. He also said that all three Toyota sports cars will have rear-wheel drive. ( Continue… )