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GM Recalls 2.7M More Cars; Industry on Record Pace – ABC News

Posted: Friday, May 16, 2014

General Motors’ efforts to root out lingering safety problems across its wide range of cars and trucks has produced another big recall — and highlights a sudden shift at GM and throughout the industry toward issuing recalls instead of avoiding them. The nation’s largest automaker announced a total of five recalls covering 2.7 million vehicles Thursday. The biggest involves 2.4 million midsize cars from model years 2004 to 2012 with…

Another big recall for GM: 2.7 million vehicles – Los Angeles Times

Posted: Friday, May 16, 2014

General Motors announced another mammoth recall Thursday, this time for 2.7 million vehicles in the U.S., including its Corvette, Malibu sedans, Silverado pickup trucks and millions of older cars. The bulk of the recall involves about 2.4 million 2004-12 Chevrolet Malibu, 2004-07 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx, 2005-10 Pontiac G6 and 2007-10 Saturn Auras model cars to fix faulty brake lamp wiring. Corrosion in the wiring could result in brake lamps failing…

GM recalls 2.7 million more cars – Fox News

Posted: Friday, May 16, 2014

FILE – In this May 31, 2013 file photo, the 2014 Chevrolet Malibu is unveiled on Belle Isle in Detroit. General Motors is recalling more than 140,000 2014 Chevrolet Malibu midsize cars to fix a problem with the power-assisted brakes. The recall affects models with 2.5-liter four-cylinder engines and stop-start technology that shuts off the engine at red lights. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File) General Motors recalled an additional 2.7 million vehicles Thursday…

GM recalls 3 million: Brakes, lights, wipers, steering – USA TODAY

Posted: Thursday, May 15, 2014

2014 Chevrolet Silverado(Photo: General Motors) General Motors is recalling 3 million cars and trucks worldwide to fix five different safety problems that have triggered hundreds of complaints and some injuries, but no deaths. Most of the vehicles — 2.7 million — are in the U.S. They include a handful of GM’s redesigned pickups and SUVs, which have a potential steering problem. It’s serious enough that GM sent those owners overnight-delivery…

How GM, Ford Flipped Positions In Less Than 5 Months – Forbes

Posted: Thursday, May 15, 2014

Here’s why the auto industry never gets boring. At the end of 2013, General Motors General Motors and Ford Motor Ford Motor seemed to be at opposite ends of the spectrum. Detroit-based GM was basking in the glow of a historic transition. Mary Barra had been named the first woman to head a U.S.-based automaker. The company was applauded. Dearborn, Mich.-based Ford had questions whether its executive handover would go…

GM issues 5 new recalls for more than 2.7 million U.S. vehicles – Detroit Free Press

Posted: Thursday, May 15, 2014

The number of General Motors vehicles recalled in 2014 topped 10 million today after the automaker issued five new recalls affecting more than 2.7 million U.S. vehicles. GM said the new recalls would cost $200 million on its second-quarter earnings report. The number of vehicles affected outside the U.S. was not immediately available. In the first quarter the automaker took a $1.3 billion charge for the cost of replacing…

GM recalls 2.7 million cars in five separate recalls – Chicago Tribune

Posted: Thursday, May 15, 2014

General Motors said Thursday it was recalling about 2.7 million cars in five separate safety recalls.  1. The largest recall involves 2,440,524 sedans including model year 2004-2012 Chevrolet Malibu, 2004-2007 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx, 2005-2010 Pontiac G6 and 2007-2010 Saturn Auras in the U.S. to modify the brake lamp wiring harness. Affected vehicles could have corrosion develop, which could lead to a failure for brake lights to illuminate, or…

New Cars Are Becoming Mobile WiFi Hotspots – Wall Street Journal

Posted: Thursday, May 15, 2014

The long-promised demolition of the barriers that separate drivers from the information and entertainment available through smartphone apps is finally shifting into high gear. Driven by consumer gripes—and by visions of new streams of revenue—auto makers and major players in the smartphone and apps industry dug into their software and hardware to remove a variety of obstacles to smooth integration of vehicle displays and the output…

SCOPA: Police No Longer Need Warrants To Search Cars In Pa. – CBS Local

Posted: Thursday, May 15, 2014

Check Out Final Auditions Hated Celebs Celebrity Smooches Emotional Celebs Sexiest Men By Cherri Gregg PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – A recent ruling from Pennsylvania’s highest court could have a big impact on your privacy rights during a car stop. Pennsylvania…

Audi’s New R8 Supercar Has Frickin’ Lasers for Headlights – Wired

Posted: Thursday, May 15, 2014

The R8 LMX features a 5.2-liter V10 engine, a top speed of 198.8 mph and lasers for headlamps. Yes, lasers. Photos by Audi Audi says the laser high beam lamps project twice as far as its LED headlamps. Photos by Audi The R8 LMX is limited to just 99 copies, and each is slathered in a color Audi calls “ara blue.” Photos by Audi Lots of leather, lots of Alcantara…

Audi’s New R8 Supercar Has Frickin’ Lasers for Headlights – Wired

Posted: Thursday, May 15, 2014

The R8 LMX features a 5.2-liter V10 engine, a top speed of 198.8 mph and lasers for headlamps. Yes, lasers. Photos by Audi Audi says the laser high beam lamps project twice as far as its LED headlamps. Photos by Audi The R8 LMX is limited to just 99 copies, and each is slathered in a color Audi calls “ara blue.” Photos by Audi Lots of leather, lots of Alcantara…

Audi’s New R8 Supercar Has Frickin’ Lasers for Headlights – Wired

Posted: Thursday, May 15, 2014

The R8 LMX features a 5.2-liter V10 engine, a top speed of 198.8 mph and lasers for headlamps. Yes, lasers. Photos by Audi Audi says the laser high beam lamps project twice as far as its LED headlamps. Photos by Audi The R8 LMX is limited to just 99 copies, and each is slathered in a color Audi calls “ara blue.” Photos by Audi Lots of leather, lots of Alcantara…

Audi claimed cars had five-star Euro NCAP ratings on £100k R8 and others … – Daily Mail

Posted: Thursday, May 15, 2014

British Audi salesmen claimed models had gone through crash tests Dealers told customers all models had five-star ratings in Euro NCAP However no tests have been performed on R8, A5, A7 and A8 models By Sean Poulter Published: 19:37 EST, 13 May 2014 | Updated: 06:21 EST, 14 May 2014 German auto giant Audi made false claims about the crash testing of several of its cars, it has emerged. Salesmen…

Behind the wheel: a look inside Google’s self-driving cars – The Verge

Posted: Thursday, May 15, 2014

Google’s vision of the future not only involves sticking tiny displays in front of your eyeballs, but also cars that can drive themselves around with you safely inside. If that sounds like something that’s too far off, Google is trying to show the world otherwise. This week, the company invited press for a test drive inside the current development version of its driverless cars, which can maneuver through both backroads…

Porsche, Lamborghini, Bentley Bonds Have Investors Hitting the Gas – Wall Street Journal

Posted: Thursday, May 15, 2014

The worlds of high finance and high-end cars intersected Wednesday, as investors grabbed bonds backed by loans to buyers of Lamborghinis and Bentleys. Investors bought $488.3 million of the bonds sold by Porsche Financial Services GmbH, a unit of sports-car maker Porsche AG. The firm for the first time expanded its bond issuances to include loans tied to the two exotic car makers, in addition to its Porsche models. The…

Cars, bodies sunken in Houston’s bayous? – USA TODAY

Posted: Thursday, May 15, 2014

Harris County Sheriff Department deputies and Texas EquuSearch search a wooded area in the Houston area for a missing woman in 2013.(Photo: Johnny Hanson, Houston Chronicle via AP) (NEWSER) – Houston is known as the Bayou City, and those bayous are hiding at least 127 sunken cars — and, possibly, bodies in them. Texas Equusearch, the volunteer organization that assists in searches for missing persons, revealed sonar pictures from portions…

Honda Accord replaces Toyota Prius as California’s bestselling car – Los Angeles Times

Posted: Thursday, May 15, 2014

The Honda Accord overtook Toyota’s Prius hybrid as the bestselling vehicle in California during the first quarter of this year, according to the California New Car Dealers Assn. The Prius had been the bestseller in the state for two consecutive years and could still end 2014 at the top. Photos Honda dealers sold 15,611 Accords in the first quarter while Toyota showrooms moved 15,318 Prius hybrids. Honda’s Civic was third…

GM Directors Ask Why Cobalt Data Didn’t Reach Them – Wall Street Journal

Posted: Thursday, May 15, 2014

General Motors Co.’s board has stepped up its response to the controversy over the auto maker’s handling of vehicle safety recalls, hiring a law firm to review how information about potentially dangerous defects flowed to its members. Directors at the largest U.S. auto maker weren’t previously apprised of the troubles with small cars stalling due to a faulty ignition-switch, according to a person close the board. They want their…

GM: Recall cars safe to drive with key alone – USA TODAY

Posted: Thursday, May 15, 2014

The ignition switch of a 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt. GM tests released by NHTSA found the switch recall cars safe to drive if everything is removed from the key ring.(Photo: Molly Riley AP) WASHINGTON — General Motors conducted more than 100 vehicle tests on four of some 2.6 million recalled vehicles to determine they are safe to drive with nothing attached to the key ring, the company said in documents posted…

GM offers OnStar subscribers mobile WiFi access for $5 a month – Fox News

Posted: Thursday, May 15, 2014

GM General Motors has announced pricing for its new OnStar 4G LTE connectivity service will start at $5 a month, effectively turning a subscriber’s vehicle into a mobile WiFi hotspot able to support up to seven devices. Set to launch next month on the 2015 Chevrolet Malibu, the low-cost data plans added to the cost of a paid OnStar subscription. Non-subscribers pay $10 per month. New car buyers can sample…