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Countdown is ON for Acura NSX Reveal

18 Dec
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Well the wait is nearly over!

Acura will take the wraps off its production model 2016 NSX next month at the Detroit Auto Show. It’ll be a day three years in the making so there are a lot of expectations here. The twin-turbo V-6 will compete with the Porsche 911, Audi R8 and Aston Martin Vantage just to name a few.

“The next-generation NSX will deliver a ‘new sports experience’ true to its heritage and to the supercar concept that originally gave rise to the name NSX,” said Mike Accavitti, Acura division senior vice president and general manager. “The NSX will serve as the ultimate expression of Acura performance that is fueling a reenergized brand.”

An Acura NSX concept model made its debut at the 2012 North American International Auto Show, where Honda Motor Co., Ltd.… Read more

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Mainstream Chevys Get Corvette Treatment

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Chevy is hot for its Corvette Stingray!

So hot, in fact, is plans to incorporate some of the Corvette’s styling in its next generation mainstream models. GM’s design team says design features from its flagship hood to the tail light will subtly influence models like the Chevy Malibu, Cruze and soon to debut 2016 Volt. Down the road, even the Camaro could get some of the Stingray influence.

“As Malibu and Cruze and Volt come to market, you’ll be able to see a subtle link between some of the form vocabulary for all of them and Corvette,” General Motors global design boss Ed Welburn told Automotive News last week.… Read more

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Nissan and Infiniti Recall

17 Dec

Vehicles Affected: Approximately 133,000 model-year 2012-14 Nissan Juke crossovers and model-year 2012-13 Infiniti M56 and QX56 vehicles as well as model-year 2014-2015 Infiniti Q70 and QX80 vehicles.

The Problem: Insufficiently tightened fuel pressure sensors could cause the sensor to loosen, possibly leading to a fuel leak. This could cause a fire.

The Fix: Dealers will inspect and replace the affected fuel pressure sensor parts for free.

What Owners Should Do: Nissan will notify owners starting on or before Jan. 26, 2015. Owners can call Nissan at 800-647-7261 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at 888-327-4236 for more information.

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Hyundai Recalls Genesis and Equus

Vehicles Affected: Approximately 43,000 model-year 2009-11 Hyundai Genesis vehicles manufactured between April 30, 2008, and Nov. 21, 2010, as well as model-year 2011 Equus sedans manufactured July 31 to Nov. 21, 2010.

The Problem: A circuit failure could cause the brake lights to not illuminate, increasing the risk of a rear-end accident. There are no reports of accidents related to this recall.

The Fix: Dealers will inspect and repair affected stop lamp switch circuits for free.

What Owners Should Do: Hyundai has not yet provided an owner notification schedule. Owners can call the automaker at 800-633-5151 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at 888-327-4236 for more information.… Read more

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Ford Recalls 2014 Transit Connect

Vehicles Affected: Approximately 25,000 model-year 2014 Ford Transit Connect vehicles manufactured Aug. 1, 2013, to July 10, 2014.

The Problem: The fuel and vapor lines may have been installed incorrectly and could make contact. This could result in an abrasion to the lines and a possible fuel leak, increasing the risk of a fire.

The Fix: Dealers will inspect and replace the affected lines for free.

What Owners Should Do: Ford began notifying owners last month. Owners can call Ford at 866-436-7332 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at 888-327-4236 for more information.

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FTC Busts Two Dealers Over Advertising Tactics

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The Federal Trade Commission has vowed to crack down on alleged deceptive advertising in the automotive sales business, taking action against two large dealership chains.

Billion Auto, a chain of 20 family-owned showrooms in Iowa, Montana and South Dakota, along with a family-controlled advertising company, Nichols Media, have agreed to settle charges that they violated a 2012 FTC administrative order. The agency accuses the companies of misrepresenting the costs and terms of finance and lease offers.

“The dealerships and advertising company violated the 2012 FTC administrative order by frequently focusing on only a few attractive terms in their ads while hiding others in fine print, through distracting visuals, or with rapid-fire audio delivery,” the agency claims.… Read more

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Ford Gets Serious, Creates Performance Arm

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Ford is putting the pedal to the metal in a big way.

The automaker has created a new Ford Performance division that will coordinate its global high-performance car development.

The division, to be headed by former Mustang Chief Engineer, Dave Pericak, will bring the resources of Ford Racing, the Special Vehicle Team that’s behind the Shelby GT350 and F-150 Raptor, and Europe’s Team RS under one umbrella.

Pericak says the goal is to bring better and more products to market quicker, and offer more of them around the world.

For instance, the upcoming third generation of the Focus RS, an extreme version of the Focus compact, has been confirmed for sale in the United States, marking the first time the model will be offered here.… Read more

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Aston Martin 60th Anniversary Edition

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Aston Martin has announced that it will celebrate the 60th anniversary of its Aston Martin Works division by introducing six limited-edition models over the next year.

Presented at Aston Martin Works’ Christmas party, the first Works 60th Anniversary model features a white paint job with contrasting Anniversary Yellow accents on the fender vents, discreet edition-specific badges at the bottom of both front fenders and two-tone 20-inch alloy wheels wrapped by Pirelli P Zero tires.

Inside, the knobs on the center console are made using metal sourced from the pistons of an Aston Martin DB 2/4 Mk II saloon, a historic model built in the 1950s.… Read more

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