1). Vehicles Affected: Nearly 435,000 model-year 2011-14 Chrysler 300 sedans, Dodge Charger and Challenger sedans, and Dodge Durango and Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs, all manufactured between June 17, 2010, and Dec. 23, 2013, and equipped with a 3.6-liter engine and a 160-amp alternator
The Problem: The alternator may suddenly fail, causing the vehicle to stall without warning and increasing the risk of a crash.
The Fix: Chrysler will begin notifying owners on Nov. 28, and dealers will make the necessary repairs for free. The automaker said the remedy is still being determined.
What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Chrysler at 800-853-1403, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or go to www.safercar.gov for more info.… Read more
Vehicles Affected: Nearly 100,000 model-year 2013-14 GM vehicles, including Cadillac CTS sedans, Escalade and Escalade ESV SUVs; Chevrolet Suburban and Tahoe SUVs, Express vans, Impala sedans, Silverado heavy-duty pickup trucks, Traverse crossovers; and GMC Yukon and Yukon XL SUVs, Acadia crossovers, Savana vans and Sierra HD pickups.
The Problem: The chassis electronic module may be internally contaminated, resulting in an electrical short, which could cause the vehicle to stall, increasing the risk of a crash.
The Fix: GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace the chassis electronic module for free. The automaker has not yet announced a notification schedule.
What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Buick at 800-521-7300, Cadillac at 800-458-8006, Chevrolet at 800-222-1020, GMC at 800-462-8782 and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or go to www.safercar.gov for more info.… Read more
Vehicles Affected: Nearly half a million Volkswagen cars, including more than 400,000 model-year 2011-13 Volkswagen Jetta sedans and nearly 42,000 model-year 2012-13 Beetle hatchbacks and convertibles.
The Problem: A rear or side-rear collision could damage the rear suspension trailing arms; if this damage is not repaired, the trailing arm could fracture suddenly, resulting in a loss of vehicle stability and increasing the risk of a crash, Volkswagen said in a statement about the voluntary recall. No accidents or injuries related to the issue have been reported, the automaker said.
The Fix: Volkswagen will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the rear suspension of vehicles that have been involved in rear or side-rear collisions to determine whether the trailing arms have been damaged.… Read more
Porsche will be the first company to host a corporate event in the Vatican City’s Sistine Chapel.
On Saturday evening, some 40 guests paying 5,000 euros each will listen to a classical music concert, followed by a dinner in the museum “surrounded by masterpieces by world-famous artists such as Michelangelo and Raphael,” according to a program on the Porsche Travel Club’s website.
Pope Francis has allowed the chapel to be rented out for private functions, with the proceeds going to charities working with the poor and homeless, according to press reports.
A Porsche spokeswoman declined to provide details about who will attend the concert, which will be followed by other events around Rome including two days of driving.… Read more
The EPA is preparing to tighten its oversight of fuel economy testing and reporting this year in an effort to align the ratings on vehicles’ stickers more closely with their real-world capability.
A key area of focus will be the agency’s “coast-down” test, which has been the source of mistakes that prompted Hyundai, Kia, Ford and Mercedes-Benz to re-label several models since 2012. During the test, vehicles are made to coast to a stop from 80 mph, generating readings on aerodynamic drag and friction in the drivetrain, among other data points. Those data are then used to program dynamometers to simulate the vehicle’s behavior on real roads during laboratory testing.… Read more
Construction to fill the massive sinkhole that in February swallowed eight Corvettes at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Ky., is scheduled to begin Nov. 10, the museum said.
National Corvette Museum officials met with construction personnel and engineers to manage the plan for fixing the 40-foot-wide, 50- to 60-foot-deep sinkhole and rehabbing the Skydome building, the site of the collapse.
The $3.2 million project will include removing boulders, installing sheet pilings to block cave openings and filling the hole with about 4,000 tons of fist-sized stones.
The museum also will install micropiles spaced 15 to 20 feet apart at an average depth of 141 feet based on the structural engineering design, a museum statement said.… Read more
Despite strong indicators to the contrary, it appears that Jeep’s Grand Cherokee SRT model will continue under its current branding for at least the 2015 model year.
When news first broke earlier this year that Chrysler had filed for the “Trackhawk” trademark for its Jeep brand in July, it seemed logical that the new nameplate would replace the “SRT” badge on the Grand Cherokee’s high-performance model.
However, according to Automotive News, a company source at Chrysler said the SRT will “likely be renamed” for 2016, but that decision was not yet final.
Jeep will celebrate its 75th anniversary in 2016, which opens the door for special-edition models bearing unique nameplates, perhaps including “Trackhawk.”
However, Jeep dealers looking to order inventory for 2015 are being offered the Grand Cherokee SRT as an available model, and customers using the Jeep.com configurator are being offered the same.… Read more
We have had a lot of fun with our classic car contest on the Car Pro Show facebook page. Kevin puts up a classic every Saturday morning, and we invite people to guess the year, make, and model.
We will continue the contest but now there is a prize! Each week, one luck winner will win a free Auto Heatshield! If you have never seen the Auto Heatshield, it is a laser-cut, heavily insulated front windshield cover that gives you an exact fit, no matter what kind of car you drive. Take a look here: www.autoheatshield.com. I have one for every car I own and they are awesome.… Read more