Toyota Motor Corp. said it would recall about 690,000 Tacoma 4X4 and Tacoma pre-runner pickup trucks in the U.S. to fix issues with the vehicles’ rear suspension system.
“The involved vehicles’ rear suspension system contains leaf springs that are constructed of either three or four leaves. There is a possibility that a leaf could fracture due to stress and corrosion,” Toyota said.
If the vehicle continues to be used, it could lead to the broken leaf coming in contact with surrounding components, including the fuel tank and causing a leak, the company said.
“In the presence of an ignition source, this could result in a fire,” the car maker said.… Read more
Vehicles Affected: More than 1,800 model-year 2013 Audi Q7 luxury crossovers manufactured between June 5 and Nov. 29, 2012, and equipped with a 3.0-liter diesel engine.
The Problem: A check valve in the engine may become contaminated with plastic debris and allow engine oil to leak into the brake booster. If this happens, the brake booster diaphragm may rupture, causing a loss of power braking assist and increasing the risk of a crash.
The Fix: Audi-manufacturer Volkswagen began notifying owners this week, and dealers will replace a vacuum line for free. Dealers will also inspect the brake booster system for oil contamination and, if contamination is found, replace additional components, also for free.… Read more
Vehicles Affected: Nearly 750,000 model-year 2013-14 Ford C-Max hatchbacks built at the Michigan Assembly Plant between Jan. 19, 2012, to Nov. 21, 2013; Fusion sedans built at the Hermosillo Assembly Plant in Mexico between Feb. 3, 2013, and Aug. 24, 2013; Escape crossovers built at the Louisville Assembly Plant between Oct. 5, 2011, and Nov. 1, 2013; and Lincoln MKZ sedans built at the Hermosillo Assembly Plant between April 25, 2012, and Sept. 30, 2013.
The Problem: The restraints control module may experience a short circuit; if this occurs, the airbag warning indicator will illuminate. Depending on the location of the short circuit, the deployable restraint systems (airbags, side curtain airbags, pretensioners) may not function properly in a crash, increasing the risk of an injury.… Read more
Vehicles Affected: More than 290,000 model-year 2008 Dodge Charger and Chrysler 300 sedans, Dodge Magnum station wagons, and Jeep Commander and Grand Cherokee SUVs, all manufactured before May 12, 2008.
The Problem: Ignition keys may not fully return to the On position after rotation to the Start position during engine startup, instead remaining between the Start and On positions. If this happens, windshield defroster and wiper function may be lost, though not airbag function. Also possible, though less probable according to Chrysler, the ignition key could move through the On position to the Accessory or Off positions, causing reduced braking power and a loss of engine power, power steering and safety features such as front airbags.… Read more
Ford is already celebrating the production of its five-millionth F-Series Super Duty pickup.
The milestone pickup is scheduled to roll off the assembly line next month at Ford’s Kentucky Truck Plant, which has produced F-250 to F-550 models for the past 15 years.
To highlight the achievement, the company has reflected on its Triton 6.8-liter V10 engine from the 1999 model year. As the largest gasoline engine in the original Super Duty lineup, it produced 275-horsepower and 410 lb-ft of torque.
The current heavy-duty pickups benefit from a 6.2-liter V8 that delivers 385-ponies and 405 lb-ft of twist, while a 6.7-liter V8 turbodiesel provides 440 horsepower and 860 lb-ft of torque.… Read more
General Motors Co. said its 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 was named Motor Trend Magazine’s 2014 Best Driver’s Car. The Z/28 is the first American car to win the award, in its seven-year history, and joins the ranks of previous winners including cars from Porsche, Audi and Ferrari.
“The transformation of the fifth-generation Camaro from ‘muscle car that handles pretty well’ to Best Driver’s Car winner is astounding,” Motor Trend editors wrote.
Motor Trend’s award contenders are selected from a pool of new or refreshed performance cars that have launched in the year before its testing. Editors run laps at the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca and drive the vehicles at high speeds up and down a 4.3-mile hill climb.… Read more
Chrysler Group LLC has increased capacity at its Warren Truck Assembly Plant to meet growing demand for the Ram 1500.
The Auburn Hills-based automaker increased production by 100 vehicles a day, or more than 28,585 additional vehicles a year. Chrysler upped capacity by using new ideas and incremental investments to refine its production processes at more than 350 plant work stations — from automation changes in the body shop to improvements to its paint shop. The changes were implemented from the end of 2013 through the summer shutdown in August.
Chrysler attributes the new processes to hourly employees submitting thousands of suggestions as part of the automaker’s “World Class Manufacturing” initiative that was introduced by Fiat when it took control of Chrysler in June 2009.… Read more
As I reported here last week, Cadillac has a range-topping, high-tech flagship on the way that’s positioned above the current CTS and XTS in the lineup. It won’t wear a throwback, prestigious Cadillac name but rather CT6. The CT6 brings in a new era of Cadillac naming convention to adorn future Cadillac cars and SUVs. Car models will wear the “CT” letters followed by a number relative to the size and position in the brand’s hierarchy, according to Cadillac. Theoretically, a CT4 would be positioned between the range-topping CT6 and entry-level CT2; not a glamorous lineup at first glance.
Infiniti made a similar move for the 2014 model year with its QX SUVs and Q cars while even further back, Lincoln switched to its MK name lineup.… Read more