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November 4, 2011
It's an ongoing dilemma for carmakers: How long can a given model last before it needs refreshing? How long until you have to junk it altogether in favor of something completely new?  If you do decide to retire a familiar brand, you risk alienating drivers who loved the old model and there is no guarantee that new buyers will flock to its replacement. How long will it take - and how much will it cost - to build new brand loyalty? Luckily for automakers, there's a middle road: radical redesign.
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NEWS
November 4, 2011
It's an ongoing dilemma for carmakers: How long can a given model last before it needs refreshing? How long until you have to junk it altogether in favor of something completely new?  If you do decide to retire a familiar brand, you risk alienating drivers who loved the old model and there is no guarantee that new buyers will flock to its replacement. How long will it take - and how much will it cost - to build new brand loyalty? Luckily for automakers, there's a middle road: radical redesign.
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BUSINESS
May 21, 2012 | By Jerry Hirsch
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.
BUSINESS
March 26, 2012 | By Jerry Hirsch
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.
BUSINESS
October 11, 2012 | By Jerry Hirsch
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.
AUTOS
April 9, 2013 | By Jerry Hirsch
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.
AUTOS
February 27, 2013 | By Ronald D. White
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.
AUTOS
July 30, 2013 | By Jerry Hirsch
California ranks at the top of all states for luxury car theft, according to an insurance industry research group. The National Insurance Crime Bureau looked at a four-year period starting at the beginning of 2009 and found that California accounted for nearly a quarter of the roughly 4,400 luxury vehicles stolen in the U.S.  The report includes thefts only for 2010, 2011, and 2012 model year vehicles. New York was the top metropolitan area for luxury car theft, with 806, toping second-place Los Angeles' 491 thefts by a wide margin.
BUSINESS
October 19, 2012 | By Jerry Hirsch
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.
AUTOS
January 31, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
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.
AUTOS
December 19, 2012 | By Jerry Hirsch
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.
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