BMW has initiated a voluntary recall, reports Reuters, covering in excess of 156,000 cars in the United States. The recall is said to be over defective bolts that would potentially damage the engine by either loosening or breaking. The NHTSA has been informed of the issue and recall.
In January, Toyota took the wraps off its FT-1 sports car concept, a monster of a vehicle that wasn't slated for production. A single model of the FT-1 concept was constructed, however, and Jay Leno managed to get up close and personal with it, talking with some of its head designers and giving enthusiasts a solid look into the beast.
The 2015 Audi A3 was announced in March of last year, and we recently took it out on a first-drive experience. Following this, the full roster of details on pricing and features have been revealed, with the auto maker smoothing out the details for those looking to get their hands on the upcoming model.
If you feel a sense of Deja vu, then don’t worry too much about it. The company is the same, the car model is the same and the problem is also the same. In 2011, Mazda recalled almost 52,000 Mazda 6 sedans because they were infested with yellow sac spiders. This year the number of cars to be recalled is 42,000 (US only); and this is despite Mazda putting covers on vent lines to keep the spiders at bay.
More good news comes Tesla’s way as the Government ends its investigations regarding the Model S fires. Earlier, we reported about the dealership tussle that the electric car company is embroiled in and how New York’s Governor took a softer stand on them. Presently, the NHTSA has closed its inquiries into the fires that broke out in the Model S, in three separate incidents.
After a tough battle between traditional dealerships and the EV upstart, the deal that Tesla Motors has managed to conclude with New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and the state's car dealers is that the company’s direct-sales outlets will be allowed to continue business, as long as they don’t open any more dealerships in the state. There are currently five company-owned outlets in New York.
In a move that appears to be to reinforce an already extremely safe vehicle in light of massive media coverage that suggests otherwise, Tesla is adding a free-of-charge element to their Model S. This "triple underbody shield" will, as they say, reduce the risk of a severe underbody impact to virtually zero.
Tesla Motors' direct car sales have been a hotly contested issue in many states, Ohio among them. In December, an amendment being pushed by the Ohio Auto Dealers Association wasn't addressed by the Ohio House committee, which meant it would roll over into this year. For the time being, the auto maker has reached an agreement with the Auto Dealers Association to operate three stores in the state.
If there’s an award for most unique concept track for a vehicle this year, it may be time to send that award out already. The folks at Subaru have created a video spot for the 2015 Subaru WRX STI which incorporates a massive amount of drone helicopters with bright red lights, the lot of which create an ever-changing, ever-moving track for the vehicle to drive through.