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BMW to Decide in Coming Months on New North America Plant – Bloomberg

Posted: Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Bayerische Motoren Werke AG (BMW), the world’s biggest maker of luxury vehicles, is progressing with plans for a second North American factory to tap rising demand for its vehicles in the region. “We will decide this in the next months,” Harald Krueger, BMW’s production chief, said in an interview in an internal publication for staff obtained by Bloomberg News. “On the North American continent, there’s still potential.” BMW has been…

Spiders Prompt Mazda to Recall Cars – Discovery News

Posted: Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Back in 2011, Mazda had to recall some 65,000 Mazda6 cars in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico because yellow sac spiders — aka Cheiracanthium inclusum — were nesting in “tiny rubber hoses linked to fuel tank systems… could cause pressurization and ventilation problems,” the LA Times reported at the time. In the worst case, Mazda indicated, the spider nests could clog the tubes, or more accurately, the evaporative canister vent…

2016 Bentley SUV Won’t Have An Ugly Mug After All – Forbes

Posted: Tuesday, March 25, 2014

see photosBentley Click for full photo gallery: How’s The Bentley SUV Going To Look? It seems like every luxury automaker wants a sport utility vehicle in its lineup these days. Bentley, Lamborghini and Maserati all have talked up plans to add one as they rolled out concept versions in recent years. Aston Martin and Rolls-Royce also are said to be considering the idea. Now Bentley – which got a lot…

2014 New York Auto Show: Alfa Romeo to return to the US – New York Daily News

Posted: Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Alfa Romeo The Alfa Romeo 4C is expected to start U.S. deliviers in the second quarter of 2014. Nearly twenty years after the last Alfa Romeo was imported stateside, the Italian automaker is back! Alfa Romeo will make its return to the United States at the 2014 New York International Auto Show, bringing along with it the all-new Alfa Romeo 4C…

Suit alleges second ignition defect in GM recall – USA TODAY

Posted: Tuesday, March 25, 2014

A 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt couple, one of the cars recalled by GM for a defective iginition switch.(Photo: GM WIECK) General Motors knew not only that its ignition switches in 1.62 million now-recalled cars were faulty, it also knew the problem was made worse by the position of the switch where it is easily bumped, says a lawsuit filed by a coalition of law firms on Monday. As a result, GM’s…

Toyota-BMW sports car to gain all-wheel drive, supercapacitors? – Autoblog (blog)

Posted: Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Sales of salt are skyrocketing following the latest rumor of the planned joint-venture sports car from Toyota and BMW. The whisperings indicate that project will spawn both a replacement for the BMW Z4 and a long-awaited Toyota Supra successor based on the FT-1 Concept shown above. Word is that the new cars will feature front-engine, all-wheel-drive layouts with plug-in hybrid technology. This news would appear to run somewhat counter to…

Buick Adds OnStar 4G LTE to 2015 Models – PC Magazine

Posted: Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Buick announced at the DENT Conference in Sun Valley, Idaho today that most of the automaker’s 2015 models will have OnStar 4G LTE as an option. On cars so equipped, passengers can connect to a built-in Wi-Fi hotspot for streaming movies, browsing the Web, playing games, and checking email on up to seven devices simultaneously, either while driving or at rest stops. The 2015 Buick LaCrosse (2014 interior pictured above),…

2016 Bentley SUV Won’t Have An Ugly Mug After All – Forbes

Posted: Tuesday, March 25, 2014

see photosBentley Click for full photo gallery: How’s The Bentley SUV Going To Look? It seems like every luxury automaker wants a sport utility vehicle in its lineup these days. Bentley, Lamborghini and Maserati all have talked up plans to add one as they rolled out concept versions in recent years. Aston Martin and Rolls-Royce also are said to be considering the idea. Now Bentley – which got a lot…

Eight of the coolest concept cars that have shocked us in 2014 – New York Daily News

Posted: Tuesday, March 25, 2014

STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images Toyota’s sporty FT-1 concept made its debut at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. What Fashion Week and Restaurant Week are to New York’s consumers of cutting-edge clothing and cuisine, respectively, the upcoming 2014 New York International Auto Show is to local car enthusiasts. Each year, show-goers can expect to see the newest models bound for production…

Lawsuit alleges second ignition defect in GM recall – USA TODAY

Posted: Tuesday, March 25, 2014

A 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt couple, one of the cars recalled by GM for a defective iginition switch.(Photo: GM WIECK) General Motors knew not only that its ignition switches in 1.62 million now-recalled cars were faulty, it also knew the problem was made worse by the position of the switch where it is easily bumped, says a lawsuit filed by a coalition of law firms on Monday. As a result, GM’s…

2016 Bentley SUV Won’t Have An Ugly Mug After All – Forbes

Posted: Monday, March 24, 2014

see photosBentley Click for full photo gallery: How’s The Bentley SUV Going To Look? It seems like every luxury automaker wants a sport utility vehicle in its lineup these days. Bentley, Lamborghini and Maserati all have talked up plans to add one as they rolled out concept versions in recent years. Aston Martin and Rolls-Royce also are said to be considering the idea. Now Bentley – which got a lot…

Wolff: GM’s Barra shames voiceless CEOs – USA TODAY

Posted: Monday, March 24, 2014

General Motors CEO Mary Barra addresses the media during a roundtable meeting with journalists on Jan. 23 in Detroit.(Photo: Carlos Osorio, AP) The CEO is an equivocal figure in American life. On the one hand, the job is among the most highly paid and most central social and economic leadership roles in the nation—the bigger the company you run, the more power and influence you have. On the other hand,…

Greater Lehigh Valley Auto Show draws buyers and dreamers. – Allentown Morning Call

Posted: Monday, March 24, 2014

To afford the $64,335 yellow 2014 Chevy Camaro convertible he was sitting in Saturday at the Greater Lehigh Valley Auto Show, 16-year-old Jon Barber would have to work about 8,873 hours at his job at Jake’s Wayback Burgers in Schnecksville. But a guy can dream, can’t he? For Jon and his father, Jeff, both of North Whitehall, the auto show is an annual pilgrimage where they join thousands of others…

Wolff: GM’s Barra shames voiceless CEOs – USA TODAY

Posted: Monday, March 24, 2014

General Motors CEO Mary Barra addresses the media during a roundtable meeting with journalists on Jan. 23 in Detroit.(Photo: Carlos Osorio, AP) The CEO is an equivocal figure in American life. On the one hand, the job is among the most highly paid and most central social and economic leadership roles in the nation—the bigger the company you run, the more power and influence you have. On the other hand,…

NASCAR Fontana 2014 results: Kyle Busch wins attrition-filled Auto Club 400 – SB Nation

Posted: Monday, March 24, 2014

In a race that saw tire problems turn the contest upside-down, Kyle Busch won Sunday’s Auto Club 400 in a green-white-checkered-flag finish that took the fifth NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event of the year six laps past its scheduled distance. The first driver on four fresh tires for a restart on Lap 205 at Auto Club Speedway, Busch passed Stewart-Haas Racing teammates Kurt Busch and Tony Stewart on the…

Elephants escape circus in St. Louis, damage cars in Shriners’ lot – CNN

Posted: Monday, March 24, 2014

(CNN) — What’s better than a bull in a China shop? Three cows in a parking lot — elephant cows, that is. The trunked trio — all circus stars in St. Louis, Missouri – found a way out of their enclosure Saturday and went for a stroll. Eyewitnesses told CNN affiliate KSDK that loud noises from circus goers had spooked the elephants, and they fled. But the three only made…

In race of attrition, Kyle Busch wins again at Fontana – USA TODAY

Posted: Monday, March 24, 2014

Kyle Busch held off Kyle Larson on a green-white-checkered finish to win his third race at Auto Club Speedway.(Photo: Todd Warshaw, Getty) FONTANA, Calif. — Nerves were fraying, tires were disintegrating, and Sprint Cup drivers were scrambling Sunday at Auto Club Speedway of Southern California. For the second consecutive year, the Auto Club 400 was decided on the final lap, which meant that Kyle Busch’s No. 18 Toyota was positioned…

Elephants escape circus in St. Louis, damage cars in Shriners’ lot – CNN

Posted: Monday, March 24, 2014

(CNN) — What’s better than a bull in a China shop? Three cows in a parking lot — elephant cows, that is. The trunked trio — all circus stars in St. Louis, Missouri – found a way out of their enclosure Saturday and went for a stroll. Eyewitnesses told CNN affiliate KSDK that loud noises from circus goers had spooked the elephants, and they fled. But the three only made…

New Chrysler 200 hails icons of American design – USA TODAY

Posted: Monday, March 24, 2014

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Kyle Busch wins again at Fontana in Auto Club 400 – USA TODAY

Posted: Monday, March 24, 2014

Kyle Busch held off Kyle Larson on a green-white-checkered finish to win his second race in two years at Auto Club Speedway.(Photo: Todd Warshaw, Getty) FONTANA, Calif. — Kyle Busch won at Auto Club Speedway for the second consecutive season, holding off rookie Kyle Larson by 0.214 seconds in a green-white-checkered finish. The Auto Club 400 featured a record 35 lead changes, the last coming when Busch took the lead…