From April 1, Acura will have its own sales and marketing division separate to that of Honda for the first time. The move is intended to create greater clarity and more cohesive sales and marketing plans that are better suited for its products, Acura said in a statement.
Acura managed to sell 165,436 vehicles in 2013, which was a 5.9 increase on the previous year and the best sales total since 2007. But as Bloomberg points out, Acura also experienced a 10 percent drop in combined sales of its ILX, TSX, TL and RLX sedans. ( Continue… )
The Justice Department has launched a criminal investigation into whether an ignition defect linked to 13 fatalities was ignored by General Motors for over a decade before it launched a massive recall last month.
On Tuesday, a congressional panel launched its own investigation. Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D) of West Virginia has asked for a Senate investigation, as well.
The probe follows a North American recall of GM vehicles with faulty ignition switches including the Chevrolet Cobalt, Pontiac G5, and Pontiac Pursuit in model years 2005-07 (sold only in Canada); the 2003-07 Saturn Ion; the 2006-07 Chevrolet HHR and Pontiac Solstice; and the 2007 Saturn Sky.
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GM says the ignition defect could cause the engine and electrical systems of an affected vehicle to be switched off while the vehicle is in operation. A faulty ignition switch might be knocked out of the “run” position if the vehicle goes off-road or is jarred in some way, said GM, and could mean airbags won’t deploy in a crash.
GM has linked the defect to 31 accidents and 13 fatalities. The company also told the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that it investigated reports of problems with the ignition switches over the past 10 years but never fixed or replace the parts. It didn't launch the recall of the 1.6 million affected vehicles until last month, and it's that inaction that has sparked the investigations. ( Continue… )
The update began rolling out yesterday, and it contains the CarPlay app. If you haven't been able to download it yet, don't worry: iOS 7.1 has been in the works for some time, and it's been widely anticipated, so Apple's servers are stretched thin at the moment. Most of our colleagues are stuck on the "Checking for Update" screen. Hopefully, the situation will improve long before CarPlay arrives on dashboards.
CarPlay debuted at the Geneva Auto Show last week. According to Apple, it will be offered on select Ferrari, Honda, Hyundai, Mercedes-Benz, and Volvo models this year. In the not-too-distant future, it will also be an option on vehicles from BMW, Chevrolet, Ford, Jaguar, Kia, Land Rover, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Subaru, and Toyota -- in other words, most major auto brands. ( Continue… )
Scrambling to do a bit of damage control after news broke last month that production of its Insight hybrid will end this year, Honda issued a press release touting its renewed commitment to hybrid technology.
The death of the Insight model begged the question, what about the tiny two-seat CR-Z hybrid hatchback?
And, for that matter, what about the Civic Hybrid sedan too, now in its third generation but still saddled with Honda's aging mild-hybrid system?
In response to a question from Green CarReports, Honda said only that there are "no production changes" to the CR-Z and Civic Hybrid models at this time.
Meanwhile, the replacement for Honda's 15-year-old Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) mild-hybrid system, known in Japan as i-DCD (for intelligent Direct Clutch Drive), will apparently not come to the U.S. in either of the two vehicles it's fitted to in Japan.
Each year, the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance features some of the most remarkable automobiles in the world, but this year it will host a true monster. One car that is sure to grab attention is the restored Corvette racer known as the Purple People Eater.
Named after its unusual purple-and-white paint scheme, the car gained fame by dominating West Coast sports car racing in the late 1950s, with driver Jim Jeffords at the wheel and backing from dealer Nicky Chevrolet. ( Continue… )
Jaguar has recruited international soccer star David Beckham to help peddle its wares in China. He will serve as the face of the brand in a new marketing campaign that will initially feature the new F-Type Coupe.
Jaguar is keen to promote its British-ness while also coming across as the brand of choice for buyers that are not only athletically-minded by also style-focused and cool. Beckham easily meets all these criteria, and he also happens to be a huge car nut. ( Continue… )
All we really wanted to know was whether the Juke had lost its characterful--if divisive--styling.
The good news (or bad news, depending on how much you like the Juke) is that it's lost none of its unique looks. If anything, the subtle tweaks enacted for this mid-life facelift have only enhanced the little crossover.
By and large, it's the same Juke we're already familiar with. Most of the metalwork has remained the same, save for a few changes around the headlight area.
The "ripping through flesh" design of the high-level headlights has now incorporated a 370Z-style slash, which in some ways balances the Juke's front end styling a little better. These lights also incorporate LED daytime running lamps and the low-level headlamps feature xenon lighting. ( Continue… )
Unlike many of the wild supercars sold overseas that never make it to U.S. shores, Koenigsegg’s various products have made the trip, with the first example, a CCX, actually landing as far back as 2006. Koenigsegg is now further solidifying its presence in the world’s biggest market for supercars by appointing New York dealership Manhattan Motorcars as its main point of sale for America’s northeast. ( Continue… )
Selling cars is one thing, but taking care of your new customers is another.
At the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, Tesla Motors (TSLA) revealed the nest phase of its European expansion plans, which center on the installation of more Supercharger DC fast-charging stations and opening many more service centers.
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Tesla will install more Supercharger stations to fulfill CEO Elon Musk's promise--made last month during a Q&A session with European customers--that drivers will be able to travel "almost anywhere" in Europe using only Superchargers, by the end of the year. ( Continue… )
Work has begun in Bowling Green, Kentucky.
Back in mid-February, a massive sinkhole opened up directly underneath the Skydome at the National Corvette Museum. Eight unfortunate Corvettes that were on display dropped into the hole, and the damage estimates began swirling in. These are extremely rare machines, and they had just (literally) fallen victim to an unexpected act of nature. (MUST SEE: LaFerrari Vs. Enzo In Ferrari Flagship Rev Off: Video)
Now, however, is the time to look towards the positives. The very first car has been just been recovered.
It's the 2009 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1, otherwise known as the Blue Devil. This is the prototype version that helped shape the production ZR1. It's been plucked from its landing zone, around 30 feet below the floor on which it originally sat. It also turns out to be a sturdy machine. After being removed from the sinkhole, the car was fired up and driven out of the museum. (DON'T MISS: 2015 Ford Mustang GT350 Spy Shots & Video) ( Continue… )