Dodge Tests One Year Lease Program – Car Pro News

16 Apr
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Automakers usually struggle to sell current-model vehicles once they have shown their replacements, say, at an auto show. Typically, they ladle profit-sapping incentives on an outgoing model.
This week, Dodge will try something different after it reveals the refreshed 2015 Challenger and Charger at the New York auto show.
The deal, called the Dodge Double-Up, boils down to this:
Dodge will offer a one-year lease on a 2014 Charger or Challenger. In a year, the shopper can move into a three-year lease on a 2015 model of either vehicle for the same monthly payment and no more money down.
If a shopper buys the 2015 model instead of leasing it, he or she gets a $1,000 incentive.… Read more

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National Safety Council: Hands-Free Driving Not Safe – Car Pro News

15 Apr
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Safety advocates want motorists to pay attention to the dangers of distracted driving. As April is designated Distracted Driving Awareness Month, the century-old Itasca, Ill.-based National Safety Council has released a new poll showing that 80 percent of drivers across the U.S. believe hands-free devices are safer than using a handheld phone while behind the wheel. The group believes this not to be the case. Meanwhile, among motorists reporting using hands-free devices while driving, 70 percent said they do so for safety reasons.
“While many drivers honestly believe they are making the safe choice by using a hands-free device, it’s just not true,” said David Teater, the NSC’s senior director of transportation initiatives.… Read more

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BMW Recalling many Models from 2010-2012 – Car Pro News

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BMW of North America said it is voluntarily recalling about 156,137 2010-2012 model-year vehicles in the United States because of a potential defect with the variable camshaft timing.
BMW announced plans to recall vehicles in China last month for the same problem.
A problem with the variable camshaft timing, also known as VANOS, could reduce engine power and further cause damage if not repaired, BMW said.
“The unit rotates the intake or exhaust camshaft in order to alter the timing of the lift of the respective intake or exhaust valves,” a BMW spokesman said.
In a statement, BMW said that “in very rare cases, the bolts holding the variable camshaft timing unit housing may become loose or, in extreme cases, break.”
Should that happen, the “check engine” or “service engine soon” light comes on followed by the display of a “check control message.”
“If ignored, the problem can become progressively worse, eventually leading to no start conditions, stalling and engine damage,” BMW said.… Read more

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NHTSA Not Seeking Recall of Ford F-150 EcoBoosts -Car Pro News

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U.S. safety regulators have decided against seeking a recall of Ford F-150 pickup trucks after investigating complaints about reduced power in EcoBoost engines.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says it closed a probe started in May. It covered nearly 360,000 trucks with 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged engines from the 2011 through 2013 model years.
The agency began investigating after getting complaints that the trucks could lose some of their power during hard acceleration.
Tests by Ford and the government traced the problem to condensation in an air cooler. Water could be pulled into the engine, causing cylinders to misfire.
The tests showed that trucks with the condition would maintain speed and accelerate.… Read more

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Ford Educating Consumers On 2015 Aluminum F150 – Car Pro News

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Pete Reyes, the chief engineer of Ford Motor Co.’s next-generation F-150, worked five years on the aluminum-body pickup, starting with secret lightweight mules of the current truck model in 2009 and ending earlier this year with the 2015 F-150’s debut at the Detroit auto show.
Reyes’ job is far from over. He and his team are out to share their experience designing and testing the new truck — not just for promotional reasons, but to sell the idea of an aluminum pickup to a sizable chunk of the truck market that is skeptical of the idea.
Reyes, in an interview at the automaker’s Research and Innovation Center in Dearborn, said the rollout of the new truck — which culminates in the fourth quarter of this year when it begins to hit dealer lots — continues to evolve as feedback from customers, enthusiasts and the media pours in.… Read more

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