October 11, 2012 |
When it comes to autos, white is the new white. Automakers in North America offered more white cars than vehicles in any other color during the just-completed 2012 model year, according to the automotive coating division of PPG Industries. The paint company said 22% of the 2012 cars painted white. That compares to 21% last year. White stole market share from black, which fell to 19% this year from 20% last year. Silver held steady at 20%. Americans just don't seem to be into cars with dynamic colors, according to the 2012 model year build data collected by PPG. Red is 9%, blue 7% and green 2%. But that hasn't stopped PPG from offering up some interesting colors for consideration by the industry for the 2014 model year and beyond.
October 19, 2012 |
Federal safety regulators have opened a probe into the 2011 and 2012 model year Jeep Patriot, which they said may stall at high speeds without warning. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Friday it has received 12 complaints from drivers alleging incidents of engine stall in the sport-utility vehicle. Almost all of the drivers said the engine stopped while they were traveling at 65 mph or more. One complaint alleged that the incident resulted in a crash and injury.
May 22, 2012 |
A new ranking of auto brands and models placed Ford Motor Co. and Honda Motor Co. at the top. Total Car Score ( www.totalcarscore.com ) looked at auto review and ratings sites and measured which brands and vehicles received the most kudos. The idea was to develop a comprehensive evaluation that takes advantage of expert opinions and ratings of autos, said Karl Brauer, founder and chief executive of Total Car Score. Ford earned the most Total Car Score awards with a top-scoring vehicle in five of 20 categories.
January 31, 2013 |
General Motors announced a pair of recalls Thursday covering more than 12,000 vehicles. The first recall is for 8,519 Chevy Malibu sedans from the 2013 model year. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said one or more bolts in the vehicles' rear suspension may not have been fastened tight enough. This could cause "sudden changes in the vehicle handling" which may lead to a crash, NHTSA said. No injuries or crashes have been reported as a result of this issue, said GM spokesman Alan Adler.
February 27, 2013 |
Hyundai is adding about 6,100 more Veloster hatchbacks to a recall for sunroofs that can shatter and rain glass onto the driver and passengers. In December, the automaker announced the recall of 13,500 of its Veloster coupes from the 2012 model year for the same problem. Hyundai says the panoramic sunroof assembly may have been weakened during installation at the factory. At least five people have suffered minor injuries when sunroofs in the Velosters shattered, though no crashes have resulted.
December 19, 2012 |
Hyundai is recalling 13,500 of its Veloster coupes because their big panoramic sunroofs can shatter and rain glass onto the driver and passengers. Shattering sunroofs also might be a problem in cars built by Kia, Hyundai's sister company. At least five people have suffered minor injuries when sunroofs in the 2012 model year Velosters shattered, though no crashes have resulted. Hyundai said Wednesday that the sunroof's assembly may have been weakened during installation at the factory.