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Wednesday 16 August 2017
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VIDEO: F150 Raptor HP, Fire Risk Recalls and GM’s Opel

VIDEO: F150 Raptor HP, Fire Risk Recalls and GM’s Opel

2017 Ford F150 Raptor

Truck fans don’t need to worry about engine power when it comes to Ford’s upcoming F150 Raptor. The automaker confirms the 2017 Raptor will squeeze out 450 horses, that’s more than the older model’s V8 delivered. The added muscle is thanks to Ford’s new twin-turbo V6 3.5L EcoBoost engine. The Raptor also sheds 500 pounds thanks to a new aluminum body.

Ford unveiled the new truck at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit earlier this month.

Fire Risk Recalls

Three automakers are recalling vehicles this week due to fire risks. One recall involves 2011-2012 Toyota Avalons with audio system wiring issues and a second recall involves nearly 90,000 Kia Forte models from years 2012-2014.  There’s a problem with a cooling-fan resistor which can overheat and melt, presenting an increased risk of a vehicle fire.

The biggest recall comes from Nissan. The automaker is recalling nearly 500,000 Rogue crossovers built from 2008-2013 because of potential water seepage could cause a short resulting in a fire.  The NHTSA reports that the affected vehicles may experience an electrical short in the harness connector due to a mixture of snow/water and salt seeping through the carpet on the driver side floor near the harness connector.

In an unrelated recall, Nissan is also recalling nearly 216,000 Nissan Pathfinders from 2013 and 2014, and Infiniti JX35s from 2013 and QX60s from 2014. The secondary hood latch could stay open when the hood is closed. Nissan says some hoods have been damaged but no crashes or injuries were reported. Dealers will fix the latches for free.

Buick’s Opel Adam to States?

Buick may bring its version of the Mini to the states. The automaker confirms it’s thinking about adding its next generation Opel Adam to its U.S. lineup. But it would still be awhile down the road likely in 2018.

“I’ve looked at the possibility of fast-tracking that into the Buick range sooner than later,” Duncan Aldred, U.S. vice president of Buick and GMC, said in a recent interview. “I think it would make a great Buick.”

Buick introduced the small hatchback in Europe back in 2013, where it competes against the BMW Mini brand and Fiat 500. It’s starting price around $15,500.

Photo Credit: Ford