Federal safety investigators closed an investigation that could have led to a recall of about 1.6 million Ford Motor Co. sedans and crossovers.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration investigated Ford Fusion and Mercury Milan sedans and Ford Escape and Mercury Mariner crossovers from model years 2009 to 2013 after receiving reports of possible fuel system problems that could cause a sudden loss of engine power.
NHTSA received about 12,000 complaints on the issue, most of them first reported to Ford. There was one report of an injury but no crashes or deaths related to the issue, NHTSA records show.
The agency said closing the investigation did not constitute a finding that a safety-related defect does not exist.… Read more
As a globe-trotting superspy, James Bond not only had a girl in every port, but a car and maybe a boat or aircraft in every exotic locale too. That makes for quite the collection, and one such assemblage of vehicles associated with Ian Fleming’s best-known character recently came up for grabs, with a few strings attached: The buyer must take delivery of all 59 items as a single lot, the non-negotiable price is $33.4 million, and a license to kill is not included.
The collection, offered by Miami-based real estate developer Michael Dezer, covers films from 1963′s From Russia With Love (the Fairey Huntress boat) to 2012′s Skyfall (Audi A5, Land Rover), and includes just about every form of motorized transportation imaginable.… Read more
Authorities have busted an alleged international car-theft ring, charging at least 29 suspects with a range of charges related to carjacking and trafficking stolen vehicles.
A statement issued by New Jersey acting Attorney General John Hoffman suggests the ten-month investigation, dubbed “Operation Jacked,” culminated in the recovery of 160 high-end vehicles worth more than $8 million.
Most of the vehicles were reportedly stolen in New Jersey and New York, before being loaded onto ships headed for West Africa where the ringleaders were allegedly able to sell the models for more than their US retail prices.
The ring is said to have targeted high-end vehicles, luxury SUVs like Land Rover, Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Honda, Porsche, Jaguar and Aston Martin.… Read more
Auto loan delinquencies edged up in the fourth quarter but remained low and should stay low for the time being, credit reporting firm TransUnion says.
The company’s findings, released yesterday, bode well for dealerships trying to get subprime customers financed, since low delinquencies encourage auto lenders to stick with easier lending standards.
According to TransUnion, the percentage of auto loans delinquent by 60 or more days in the fourth quarter of 2013 was 1.14 percent, barely above the year-earlier period’s 1.09 percent.
“While we observed an uptick in auto loan delinquencies, there are reasons to believe they will continue to remain relatively low in the near future,” Pete Turek, vice president of automotive in TransUnion’s financial services business unit, said in a statement.… Read more
“Why do we work so hard? For what? For this? For stuff?” actor Neal McDonough asks as he gazes out over his pool in Cadillac’s new TV commercial before delivering a dissertation on the American Dream.
With that, the actor begins the controversial 60-second spot that Cadillac ran both before and during ABC’s broadcast of the Academy Awards Sunday night.
The “Poolside” spot, created by ad agency Rogue, is intended to serve as a “brand provocation,” according to Craig Bierley, Cadillac’s advertising director.
The spot for the new Cadillac ELR plug-in hybrid has provoked extreme reactions since its debut during NBC’s broadcast of the Opening Ceremony of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.… Read more
Ever wish your back seat passengers would just disappear?
Well, Nissan has developed new technology that can do just that. Sort of.
It’s called the Smart rearview mirror, and at the push of a button it toggles between a conventional reflective surface and a video display embedded within it that perfectly, um, mirrors the image, while skipping over all of the in-car clutter between you and the rear window.
A camera mounted at the back of the vehicle provides the video feed without any wide-angle distortion, and can also enhance the image in poor weather conditions, according to Nissan.
A number of accessories companies and automakers already offer small backup camera displays integrated into the rearview mirror, but Nissan’s is the first that’s designed to be used while driving forward.… Read more
Concerned neighbors called police to the home of Miami Dolphins offensive lineman Richie Incognito Wednesday after seeing a baseball bat lying next to his battered new black Ferrari FF. They feared the football player had been the victim of a vandal, when actually it was Incognito himself who trashed his own car.
CBS Miami reported Incognito took the bat to his car in a fit of rage. There were red shirts hanging from the car with Incognito’s name written on them, according to TMZ. Fox 10 reached out to Incognito for an explanation as to why he would batter his own luxury sports car.… Read more
Fresh off its surprising appearance in a U.S. Super Bowl commercial, Maserati is showing off its aerodynamic curves alongside those of Heidi Klum and Kate Upton.
The low-volume luxury brand continued its high-profile marketing push with a seven-page spread in U.S. magazine Sports Illustrated’s 50th annual swimsuit issue.
The pictorial features the 40-year-old German supermodel Klum in various poses and outfits with the 100-year-old Italian brand’s Quattroporte and Ghibli sedans. It even goes topless — though Klum does not — with the GranTurismo convertible.
“We’ve prepared a new lineup of Maserati cars with the glamorous Quattroporte, the four-door daily performer Ghibli and the sporty GranTurismo Convertible,” Maserati CEO Harald Wester said in a statement.… Read more