Honda recalls 2002-2006 CR-V for fire risk

honda recalls 2002 2006 cr v for fire risk 171411 300x182  Honda recalls 2002 2006 CR V for fire riskHonda Motor Co is recalling about 489,000 CR-V crossovers in the US, Europe and Africa, from the 2002 to 2006 model years because an electrical switch in the driver’s side door could melt and cause a fire.

Honda and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced the recall Saturday for 268,000 vehicles in the US. Honda is also recalling 220,000 CR-V vehicles in Europe and 98 in Africa for the same problem, Honda spokeswoman Akemi Ando in Tokyo said Sunday.

Honda said rain or other liquids could enter through a driver’s open window and damage the master power switch on the door. If that happens, the switch could overheat and melt, causing a fire.

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GM recalls 474,000 cars over gear problem

gm recalls 474 000 cars over gear problem 169204 300x182 GM recalls 474,000 cars over gear problem General Motors Company said it is recalling 473,841 Chevrolet, Pontiac and Saturn sedans globally to fix a condition that could lead the cars to roll when the drivers think they are in park.
The number one US automaker said on Friday that it was aware of four crashes that resulted from the problem, but no injuries.

The company said the recall affected Chevy Malibu, Pontiac G6 and Saturn Aura cars from model years 2007 through 2010 and equipped with four-speed automatic transmissions.
GM will repair the condition in which the transmission gear position may not match the gear on the shifter.

The recall affects 426,240 in the US, 40,029 in Canada and 7,572 in other markets. Dealers will add a reinforcement to the shift cable end fitting to prevent that part from fracturing, GM said.

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World’s oldest Ford heading to auction

world s oldest ford heading to auction 166893 300x182 Worlds oldest Ford heading to auction The oldest-known car manufactured under the auspices of the Ford Motor Company is set to cross the block at the annual RM Auction in Hershey, Pennsylvania, which takes place October 11th and 12th.

According to Hemmings.com, the 1903 Model A Rear Entry Tonneau was one of a batch of the first three cars manufactured by the automaker, and was purchased by Herbert L. McNary, a butter maker from Britt, Iowa. The red four-seat vehicle is powered by 8hp 100-cu.in. flat two-cylinder engine and sold for $850 at the time.

The car first changed hands fifty years later when it was sold for $400, then went through a number of subsequent owners, the most recent one purchasing it for in 2007 for $693,000 at an RM Auction in Arizona, its rarity driving up the price significantly during the intervening years.

The Model A was last offered for auction in 2010, but bidding failed to meet an undisclosed reserve. This time around, the car has a pre-sale estimate of $300,000 to $500,000, according to RM Auctions.

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Kia and Hyundai will integrate Google Maps in their new car models about to enter series production

kia and hyundai will integrate google maps in their new car models about to enter series production 185759 300x182 Kia and Hyundai will integrate Google Maps in their new car models about to enter series productionKia and Hyundai hope to take advantage of the Google Maps popularity to sell more cars, announcing that they have started working with the Internet search giant for the integration of the application in their new car products, ITProPortal informs.

The Google’s maps service will be available starting 2014 on the Kia Sorento CUV as well as for the cars running on Hyundai Blue Link platform.

In the case of those at Kia, Google Maps integration in the UVO information system (“Your Voice” ro-”Your Voice”) which has many Google features incorporated will allow owners to synchronize their navigation system with the maps, destinations or routes sent from a mobile phone, with the option Send to Car.

For Hyundai, Google Maps incorporation will mean equipping vehicles with the option Send to Car, Points of Interest Search and Local Search by Voice, two very popular services.

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Ford Focus ST – 2 in 1: A performance car and a practical daily driver

ford focus st 2 in 1 a performance car and a practical daily driver 155604 300x182 Ford Focus ST   2 in 1: A performance car and a practical daily driverThe 2013 Ford Focus ST is a completely new development that, since the halt in production of the old model a couple of years ago, aims to win back ground it has since lost.

It really is all new, sitting on a new chassis and using a new 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged engine in place of the characterful old five-pot in the 2005-2010 model.

Three grades are available, mirroring the original Focus ST range from 2005. ST, ST-2 and ST-3 all share a healthy common core of kit including sublime Recaro seats that offer just about the perfect balance between comfort and support. read more »

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Dacia Logan best selling car in Romania

dacia logan best selling car in romania 185462 300x182 Dacia Logan best selling car in RomaniaDacia Logan remains the best selling car in Romania, with 9.000 units being delivered in 2012, though with 40% less than last year.

BEST SELLING CARS PRODUCED IN ROMANIA:

Dacia Logan  – 9.000 cars, down 40% from 2011
Dacia Duster – 5.000 cars, down 27% from 2011

BEST SELLING IMPORT CARS IN ROMANIA:

1. Skoda Octavia
2. Renault Symbol
3. VW Golf
4. Ford Fiesta

BEST SELLING CARS IN EUROPE:

Volkswagen Golf  – 408.412 units
Ford Fiesta          – 289.533 units
Volkswagen Polo – 269.000 units
Opel Corsa          – 249.596 units
Ford Focus          – 226.378 units

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Dacia Mioveni plants cease their activity for two days

dacia mioveni plants cease their activity for two days 184449 300x182 Dacia Mioveni plants cease their activity for two daysDacia factory employees from Mioveni will be compelled to take two extra days off for the holidays. Dacia employees will be able to opt for an alternative on the 3rd and 4th of January, when the production is ceased, between receiving 85% of the pay corresponding to the two days or going on annual leave, paid in full, the automaker announced following a protest the company employees.

The Dacia management took this decision after employees have expressed dissatisfaction with the initial decision to go on unpaid leave that the company’s management had taken initially.

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Ford to reduce one shift at Craiova assembly plant in Romania

ford to reduce one shift at craiova assembly plant in romania 179633 300x182 Ford to reduce one shift at Craiova assembly plant in RomaniaFord Motor Co. (F) will reduce one of the two shifts at its Craiova Assembly Plant in Romania, which produces the B-Max compact vehicle, Reuters reported Friday.

Ford will transfer about 500 workers to the adjacent engine plant, while planning buyouts for a “limited” number of hourly workers, Reuters reported.

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Toyota tests cars that communicate with each other

toyota tests cars that communicate with each other 177495 300x182 Toyota tests cars that communicate with each otherToyota Motor Cop. is testing car safety systems that allow vehicles to communicate with each other and with the roads they are on in a just completed facility in Japan the size of three baseball stadiums.
The cars at the Intelligent Transport System site receive information from sensors and transmitters installed on the streets to minimize the risk of accidents in situations such as missing a red traffic light, cars advancing from blind spots and pedestrians crossing the street. The system also tests cars that transmit such information to each other.

In a test drive for reporters Monday, the presence of a pedestrian triggered a beeping sound in the car and a picture of a person popped up on a screen in front of the driver. A picture of an arrow popped up to indicate an approaching car at an intersection. An electronic female voice said, ‘‘It’s a red light,’’ if the driver was about to ignore a red light. read more »

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Next Mercedes-Benz C-Class spotted in the snow

001 mercedes benz c class spy shots628opt  Next Mercedes Benz C Class spotted in the snow

The entry-level Mercedes-Benz C-Class has long felt like nothing more than, well, just that. Aside from the potent and delicious C63 AMG models, there hasn’t been much to set the C-Class apart in the entry-level luxury/sport segment, leading to the model being regarded by many as “The Cheap Mercedes.” No, it’s certainly not a bad car, but for our money, it hasn’t stood up particularly well to competitors like the BMW 3 Series or Audi A4.

So with the handsome new CLA-Class coming to round off the entry-level end for Mercedes-Benz, big plans are in store for the C-Class. We can see some evidence of that in this latest set of spy shots from our friends at CarPix. According to earlier reports, the new C-Class will be “far more dramatic” in the visuals department, and while the sedan’s sculpting is still covered by camo, the much sleeker headlamp design we see here is, at the very least, a good start. The car’s overall size is expected to grow a bit to further distance itself from the CLA, though thanks to lightweight materials, curb weight isn’t expected to increase. read more »

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