Thursday, July 30, 2015

Throwback Thursday Auto Connections: Apple's Former CEO Steve Jobs


    The 1979 Mercedes-Benz 450SL was a model for what he thought computers should be: powerful, sleek, intuitive, and efficient, nothing wasted at all. Steve Jobs, the former CEO of Apple Computer, owned a brand-new 450SL. --- Becoming Steve Jobs, the biography

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Unrepaired Dodge And Jeep Vehicles Eligible For Trade-In Or Repurchase Assistance



WASHINGTON – U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced today that Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has acknowledged violations of the Motor Vehicle Safety Act’s requirements to repair vehicles with safety defects and will submit to rigorous federal oversight, buy back some defective vehicles from owners, and agreed to a $105 million civil penalty, the largest ever imposed by the Department’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The enforcement action comes after a July 2 public hearing at which NHTSA officials outlined problems with Fiat Chrysler’s execution of 23 vehicle safety recalls covering more than 11 million defective vehicles. Fiat Chrysler has since admitted to violating the Safety Act in three areas: effective and timely recall remedies, notification to vehicle owners and dealers and notifications to NHTSA.

“Today’s action holds Fiat Chrysler accountable for its past failures, pushes them to get unsafe vehicles repaired or off the roads and takes concrete steps to keep Americans safer going forward,” said Secretary Foxx. “This civil penalty puts manufacturers on notice that the Department will act when they do not take their obligations to repair safety defects seriously.”

Monday, July 27, 2015

Recall Mondays: Chrysler Announces Software Fix To Circumvent Hacking



Manufacturer: Chrysler (FCA US LLC)

NO. Of Affected Vehicles: 1,400,000


1. SUMMARY:

Chrysler (FCA US LLC) is recalling certain model year 2013-2015 Ram 15002500, 3500, 4500, and 5500, 2015 Chrysler 200, Chrysler 300, Dodge Charger, and Dodge Challenger, 2014-2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee, Cherokee, and Dodge Durango, and 2013-2015 Dodge Viper vehicles. The affected vehicles are equipped with radios that have software vulnerabilities that can allow third-party access to certain networked vehicle control systems.


Sunday, July 26, 2015

2015 Lexus RC-F: The Brand's First Luxury Performance Four Seater Coupe With Pizzazz And Guts


  

Highlight: The RC-F is the most powerful eight cylinder Lexus has ever built.

Test vehicle’s MSRP: $73,965 (Base Price $63,325)


Seating Capacity: 4


Standard Safety Features: airbagsLED daytime running lights; LED headlights; ABS; electronic brake distribution; Brembo ventilated disc brakes;  a brake assist system; a traction control system; heated outside rear mirrors; a tire pressure monitor; a first aid kit; a rear camera; and audible alert when reaching RPM level; and Lexus’ Enform Safety Connect Automatic Collision System

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Extended Interview With Renee Stephens Of J. D. Power Talking About The Quality Of Today's Vehicles


This is the complete unfiltered interview with J. D. Power's Renee Stephens, vice president of U. S. Auto Quality from Auto Trends with JeffCars.com, which aired at 7:30 a.m. EST, dissussing the best and worst brands, how J. D. Power differs from Consumer Reports and some of the biases of J. D. Power reporting process. To learn more about J. D. Power, click here.

Also because a brand scores low on the J. D. Power report, it doesn't necessarily mean every model within the brand ranks low in quality.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Recall Mondays: In The Hot Seat Are GM, Honda And Hyundai


1. AUTOMAKER: Hyundai
NO. OF AFFECTED CUSTOMERS: 128,804
SUMMARY:
Hyundai Motor America (Hyundai) is recalling certain model year 2015 Sonata vehicles manufactured April 25, 2014, to December 4, 2014. The affected vehicles have a front passenger seat belt whose buckle latch assembly may prevent the front passenger from fastening the seat belt.
CONSEQUENCE:
If the front passenger seat belt cannot be latched, an occupant sitting in the front passenger seat has an increased risk of injury in the event of a crash.

Friday, July 17, 2015

2015 Honda Fit EX-L : A Roomy And Well-Equipped Subcompact

 
Highlight: The higher end trims are equipped with Honda’s signature LaneWatch lane changing system.

Test vehicle’s MSRP: $21,745 (base model $16,470)

Seating Capacity: 4

Standard Safety Features: air bags; ABS; vehicle stability control; a traction control system; and a tire pressure monitoring system

Standard Equipment: 15-inch tires; a 6-speed manual transmission; air condition; cruise control; power windows; power door locks; a tilt/telescopic steering wheel; a 5-inch infortainment screen; and cloth seats

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Honda Finance Announces $24 Million Settlement For Overcharging Minority Customers




This was taken directly from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau:


The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and Department of Justice (DOJ) resolved an action with American Honda Finance Corporation that will put new measures in place to address discretionary auto loan pricing and compensation practices. Honda’s past practices resulted in thousands of African-American, Hispanic, and Asian and Pacific Islander borrowers paying higher interest rates than white borrowers for their auto loans, without regard to their creditworthiness. As part of today’s order, Honda will change its pricing and compensation system to substantially reduce dealer discretion and minimize the risks of discrimination, and will pay $24 million in restitution to affected borrowers.

“The CFPB is committed to creating a fair marketplace for all consumers, and other auto lenders should take note of today’s action,” said CFPB Director Richard Cordray. “Honda’s proactive decision to move to a new pricing and compensation system demonstrates industry leadership and represents a significant step towards protecting consumers from discrimination.”