November 4, 2011
Compact pickups were all the rage in the 1970s and '80s, when they were popular among young drivers, working stiffs and weekend warriors who loved their flexibility and bargain price. The bed was big enough for ladders and lawn mowers, fishing equipment or horse tack. Fit a cab to the back, toss a sleeping bag in the bed and you suddenly had yourself a camper. And if you parked it backwards at the drive-in on Friday night, you and your sweetheart could watch a movie beneath the stars. By the 1990s, trucks had gone super-sized and compact pickups had taken a back seat to their brawny gas-guzzling big brothers.
April 9, 2013 |
Chrysler Group will recall more than 200,000 of its vehicles, including its Ram pickup truck, Dodge Challengers and Chargers and Jeep Liberty and Patriots for a variety of problems. In the biggest recall, the automaker will inspect and fix about 120,000 Chrysler 300s, and Dodge Challenger and Chargers sedans from the 2011 and 2012 model years because of an airbag problem. The wrong-sized crimps were used in building the airbag wiring harness, and that can can cause the airbag warning light to illuminate.
March 26, 2012 |
Porsche will recall 2012 model year 911 Carrera S sports cars because the fuel line might come apart. The recall involves 1,232 of the cars, which each sell for about $100,000. The problem results from what Porsche called an “assembly error” that can cause a coolant line to knock into and release a locking mechanism on the fuel line. “The customer may detect the odor of fuel or notice a fuel leak. This can result in engine misfiring, or cause the engine to stall, increasing the risk of a crash.
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.
May 21, 2012 |
Here's a big oops for Ferrari, the maker of mega-bucks sports cars. It made a mistake building the crankshafts for the engines in its California and 458 Italia models and now will have to repair or replace them, depending on what the owner picks. Ferrari said it will recall the 2011 and 2012 model-year cars because the crankshaft error can cause the engines in the vehicles, which sell for $200,000 or more, to freeze suddenly and possibly cause a crash. The Italian automaker learned of the problem in a uniquely embarrassing way. The first of these models to have its engine freeze was the car the company was lending to critics to review.
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.