Vehicles Affected: More than 220,000 model-year 2013 Nissan Altima sedans manufactured between March 6, 2012, and Feb. 28, 2013.
The Problem: Interference between the hood inner panel and the secondary latch lever, in combination with debris and corrosion, may cause the secondary hood latch to bind and remain in the unlatched position when the hood is closed. If the primary latch is inadvertently released and the secondary latch is not engaged, the hood could unexpectedly open while driving, increasing the risk of a crash.
The Fix: Nissan will notify owners, and dealers will be instructed to modify the bend angle on the hood actuation lever to eliminate potential interference with the hood inner panel.… Read more
Vehicles Affected: Nearly 166,000 model-year 2008-11 Mitsubishi Lancer and Lancer Evolution performance sedans and Outlander SUVs, model-year 2009-11 Lancer Sportback performance hatchbacks and model-year 2011 Outlander Sport crossovers, all equipped with four-cylinder engines.
The Problem: The vehicles have an engine pulley and belt arrangement for turning the alternator, the cooling fan and the power steering pump (if equipped); these pulleys may experience unusual wear and allow for belt detachment. If this occurs, the battery may discharge, resulting in an engine stall and increasing the risk of a crash.
The Fix: Mitsubishi will notify owners, and dealers will replace the drive belt with a rubber belt; drive pulleys that are excessively worn will be replaced.… Read more
Vehicles Affected: Nearly 11,000 model-year 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class sedans.
The Problem: A production error involving the “steering couple interlock” causes steering wheels to squeak and resist turning, according to The Detroit News. The problem was first noticed in September in two vehicles in Europe. Models in the U.S. are manufactured in Tuscaloosa, Ala., and a spokeswoman for the automaker said “there’s no reason to think our vehicles have this problem,” the newspaper reported.
The Fix: Mercedes-Benz will notify owners, and dealers will make the necessary repairs for free. The automaker has not yet announced a notification schedule.
What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Mercedes-Benz at 800-367-6372 for more info.… Read more
For the first time all year, Mercedes-Benz has topped Audi in monthly sales.
September was a strong month for Volkswagen’s Audi division, with sales at the luxury brand growing 6.4 percent to 159,950 units. Last month was the best September on record for Audi.
Results were even better at Mercedes-Benz, however, with the luxury brand posting a 14 percent gain to 162,746 deliveries. More than just a record-setting September, last month was the best ever recorded in the history of Mercedes-Benz.
Despite its strong September, Mercedes still trails Audi in the yearly sales category by 103,494 units. Although Mercedes won’t catch its cross-country rival this year, it is narrowing the gap – at this time last year Audi held a 118,110 unit advantage over Mercedes.… Read more
Dash cams may not be as popular in the U.S. as in Russia, where footage from them has produced many popular YouTube videos, but they do have a number of practical benefits for drivers.
Dash cams can give drivers additional “peace of mind,” said Johan-Till Broer, Garmin public relations manager, if a crash happens. Having a recording of an incident can help protect against insurance fraud. Some dash cams have impact sensors that save footage for 3 to 5 minutes before and after a collision, said Chris Kooistra, Cobra Electronics’ director of marketing. Both companies sell mainstream dash cams.
The device can be an education tool for drivers, too.… Read more
General Motors’ recent success in the midsize pickup market has not gone unnoticed by competitors, inspiring Ford to reconsider a compact pickup for US buyers. I hate to say I told you so, but I did!
To the disdain of small pickup fans, the Blue Oval discontinued the Ranger in 2011 without replacing it with a similarly sized alternative. Later reports suggest the company may have overestimated how many owners would capitulate and upgrade to a new F-150.
The Ranger nameplate is maintained abroad, however the form has been stretched into the midsize segment. Consequently it will not be brought back to the US, where it threatens to cannibalize sales of the F-150 — the best-selling vehicle in the country for more than three decades.… Read more
With more and more new-car buyers choosing automatic transmissions over manuals, why do tachometers still have such a large presence on dashboards? The tachometer displays engine speed in revolutions per minute, and it can be useful in cars where there’s a provision to control automatic-transmission gear changes. “Being aware of engine rpm can help you maximize not only power, but also get good gas mileage,” Volkswagen spokeswoman Leigh Anne Sessions said.
Some cars, mostly fuel-efficient models like the Toyota Prius family, Nissan Leaf and Ford Fusion Hybrid, have done away with a tachometer altogether, but automakers are also incorporating new technology into the gauge.… Read more
Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. (TMS) and TRD, U.S.A. (Toyota Racing Development) introduced the new 2015 Toyota Camry racecar that will compete in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) competition beginning next season.
With the announcement of the 2015 Camry racecar, Toyota becomes the first manufacturer in the series to update the NASCAR ‘Gen-6′ model — which was initially introduced in 2012 for competition beginning during the 2013 season. In addition, a redesigned Camry will also be used in next year’s NASCAR Xfinity Series, currently the Nationwide Series.
The 2015 Camry racecar marks the culmination of a redesign to provide the vehicle with a more unique identity — and a look similar to the 2015 production Camry that was introduced earlier this year.… Read more