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Thursday, April 23, 2015

(Editor's Reflection) Dimming The Headlights: One Of The Most Power Women In The Auto Industry

Approximately 10 years ago, I had an opportunity to interview one of the most powerful women in the auto industry,Sheila-Vaden Williams, a black Harvard trained lawyer. Vaden-Williams led the National Association of Minority Auto Dealers from 2001 to 2006. So far, Vaden-Williams has been the only female to lead the organization.
At the time Vaden-Williams was steering the organization, she was instrumental in strongly encouraging each automaker to strive for the 15 percent rule. Each automaker was encouraged to have 15 percent of new car dealerships to be owned by minorities to closely mirror America. Both Chrysler and the Audi were severely unrepresented at the time, as were most import automakers. They were two of the initial automakers who agreed to 15 percent rule. GM and Ford at the time were adequately represented, especially as it related to black-owned dealerships.


Tuesday, April 21, 2015

2015 Nissan Rogue SV: A Spacious And High-Tech, Compact Crossover




Highlights: It’s the only compact crossover in the segment, offering three rows of seats. The first generation Rogue still exists. Its now known as the Rogue Select.

Test vehicle’s MSRP: $28,170 (base price $23,675)

Seating Capacity: 5

Standard Safety Features: airbags; ABS; LED daytime running lights; traction control; a tire pressure system; an electronic brake distribution; a vehicle dynamic control system; a hill assist decent control system; and a rearview camera

Monday, April 20, 2015

2016 Lexus ES Wears Brand's New Spindle Grille

2015 Lexus ES

2016 Lexus ES

2016 Lexus ES


Recall Mondays: Mini Cooper And VW Are In The Hot Seat



1. AUTOMAKER: MINI Cooper
AFFECTED VEHICLES: 91,800
SUMMARY:
BMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling certain model year 2005-2006 MINI Cooper and Cooper S vehicles manufactured January 5, 2005, to November 28, 2006, and 2005-2008 MINI Cooper Convertible and Cooper S Convertible vehicles manufactured January 5, 2005, to July 31, 2008. Due to manufacturing, installation, and exposure issues, the front passenger seat occupant detection mat may not function properly and, as a result, the front passenger air bag may not deploy in a crash.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

2015 Ford F-150 SuperCab 4x4 XLT: Returns As The Gold Standard For Large Trucks

 

Highlight: This is the first all-aluminum vehicle in the fullsize truck segment.

Test vehicle’s MSRP: $45,725

Base Regular Cab 4x2: $26,615 (base model)
Base SuperCab 4x2: $30,675 (base model)
Base SuperCrew 4x2: $33,130 (base model)

Seating Capacity: 5

Standard Safety Features: air bags; roll stability control; curve control; hill start assist; a jack; spare tire carrier; a trailer sway control; grab handles for front occupants; a SOS post-crash alert system; and a tire pressure monitoring system

Monday, April 13, 2015

Recall Mondays: BMW, Ford, GM And Nissan Are In The Hot Seat



1. MANUFACTURER: General Motors LLC

SUMMARY:
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2013-2015 Chevrolet Malibu vehicles October 24, 2011, to March 5, 2015. In the affected vehicles, the Slide or Tilt switch for the roof panel may not be adequately recessed to prevent the switch from inadvertently being pressed. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 118, "Power-Operated Window, Partition, and Roof Panel Systems."
CONSEQUENCE:
The Slide or Tilt roof panel switch may inadvertently be pressed and the roof panel may auto-close unexpectedly, increasing the risk of a pinch injury.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Detroit News: From Designing Jet Interiors To Remaking The Lincoln Brand


Earl Lucas is well-suited to design luxury Lincolns for Ford Motor Co. Before his job creating automotive exteriors in Dearborn, he put the bling in the personal aircraft of the Sultan of Brunei: dazzling designs in diamonds and gold, with other top-end touches.


Early in his career in the late 1990s, the Texas native, 45, was able to stretch the limits of his creativity with virtually no ceiling on the budget. His jet interiors included chinchilla bedding, gold-and-platinum-lined kitchen shelves, custome Baccarat cystal vases, deerhide leather seats and plush carpets that cost millions of dollars.

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Thursday, April 9, 2015

2015 BMW 228i: The Return Of The Brand’s Premium Compact Convertible


Highlights: From 1967 to 1975, the BMW’s 2-series convertible name existed. For the 2015 model year, the BMW 2-series replaces the 1-series convertible.

Test vehicle’s MSRP: $53,285 (base model $38,850)

Seating Capacity: 4 (according to BMW)

Standard Safety Features: air bags; ABS; a tire pressure monitoring system; rain sensing windshield wipers; an automatic light control; daytime running lights; a rollover protection system; a central door locking system; a dynamic stability control system; a dynamic brake control system; a third brake light is integrated into the trunk; and cornering brake control system