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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

2015 Lexus GX 460 4WD: The Luxury Brand’s Off-Road, 7-Passenger SUV


Highlight: The Toyota 4Runner and the GX 460 are based on the same platform.

Test vehicle’s MSRP: $62,785 (Base Price $50,410)

Seating Capacity: 7

Standard Safety Features: airbags; daytime running lights; LED headlights; ABS; an automatic dimming interior mirror; a stability control system; a trailer sway control system; a downhill assist control system; a hill-start control system; a back up camera; a first aid kit and Lexus’ Enform Safety Connect system (automatic collision notification, SOS button, a stolen vehicle locator, an emergency assist button, and enhanced roadside assistance)

Standard Equipment: 18-inch wheels; a 6-speed automatic transmission; roof rails; an automatic climate control system; a power sunroof; power front seats with lumbar support; a memory driver’s seat; 4.2-inch infotainment screen; and second/third reclining and adjustable seats

Monday, May 18, 2015

Recall Mondays: Chevy, GMC, Pontiac, Lexus and Toyota Are In The Hot Seat


1. AUTOMAKER: General Motors

NO. OF AFFECTED CUSTOMERS: 49,880
SUMMARY:
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon trucks manufactured January 6, 2014, to April 1, 2015. In the affected vehicles, the hooks that secure the driver's and/or front passenger's seat frame may not have been properly attached to the vehicle body during assembly. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 207, "Seating Systems."
CONSEQUENCE:
If the seat-frame attachment hooks are not secured properly, the seat may not be adequately anchored to the vehicle, and in the event of a crash, the seat occupant could be at an increased risk of an injury.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Latest Safety Study On Midsize Crossovers And SUVs


If safety is of concern to you, this is a video worth watching before making your move.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Recall Mondays: Dodge, Jeep And Mitsubishi Are In The Hot Seat

 
1. AUTOMAKER: FCA
NO. OF AFFCTED CUSTOMERS: 43,750
SUMMARY:
Chrysler (FCA US LLC) is recalling certain model year 2006 Dodge Viper and Jeep Wrangler and Liberty vehicles manufactured July 1, 2005, to July 31, 2006. In the affected vehicles, the springs within the clutch pedal position switch that prevents the vehicle from starting unless the clutch pedal is pushed down may break. As a result, the vehicle may not be started when the clutch pedal is pushed down or the engine may crank and start without the clutch pedal being pushed down causing the vehicle to unexpectedly lurch.
CONSEQUENCE:
If the vehicle unexpectedly moves there is an increased risk of a crash.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Customer Returns: Top 5 Most Traded-In Vehicles During The First Year Of Purchase

2014 Buick Regal
10.77% of owners  traded-in after the first year!
Possible Reasons: Too small in comparison to other midsize vehicles in the segment like the Chevy Malibu, Honda Accord and Hyundai Sonata.

2014 Chevy Sonic
8.9% of owners trade-in after the first year!
Possible Reasons: Lower gas prices have consumers shifting to larger vehicles.

2014 BMW X1
7.8% of owners traded-in after the first year!
Possible Reasons: Owners realize there are less pricey crossovers, offering more features and space.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

2015 Lexus IS 250/350: The Brand’s Sporty Looking Entry-Level Sedan



HighlightThe IS offers a 2-door hardtop convertible, which is known as the IS-C.

Test vehicle’s MSRP: $37,485 (IS250 Base Price $43,715)

Seating Capacity: 5

Standard Safety Features: airbags; LED daytime running lights; fog lamps; ABS; electronic brake distribution; a brake assist system; a traction control system; a first aid kit; and Lexus’ Enform Safety Connect System (automatic collision system, collision notification system, emergency assistance and enhanced roadside assistance)

Standard Equipment: 17-inch wheels; steering wheel mounted paddle shifters; a manually-operated tilt/telescopic steering wheel; dual chrome exhausts; push-button keyless ignition starter system; an automatic rear view mirror; power front seats; pseudo-leather; and a power sunroof

Trend Setter: FCA Becomes First Automaker To Offer Free Tuition To Dealership Employees


In an unprecedented move, FCA (Fiat Chrysler Automobiles) is teaming up with Strayer university to offer dealership employees can earn a tuition-free education. FCA is the first automaker in the industry to truly make a huge commitment to investing in their employees and not just giving lip service as it relates to education. By providing a free post-secondary education, this is the best means of attracting, retaining and reducing high turnover at the dealership level.

Here are a few of the highlights:
  • FCA US teams with Strayer University to develop first-of-its-kind dealer program
  • Degrees@Work program open to all employees of participating dealerships

Monday, May 4, 2015

Recall Mondays: Ford Is In The Hot Seat


MANUFACTURER: Ford Motor Company
      
NO. OF AFFECTED CUSTOMERS: 487,301
 
SUMMARY: Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain model year 2013-2015 Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ vehicles manufactured February 3, 2012, to March 20, 2015, and 2015 Ford Edge vehicles manufactured February 26, 2015, to February 28, 2015, and originally sold, or currently registered in, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin and the District of Columbia. In the affected vehicles, snow or water containing road salt or other contaminants may corrode the electric power steering gear motor attachment bolts.