Tuesday, June 28, 2016

VW Announces Settlement For 2.0 Diesel Customers


VW announces their customer settlement for the 2.0-liter diesel customers. To get the details, click here. And to get the cheat sheet version of all of the details, click here. As a side note, 3.0-liter diesel settlement will be resolved at a later date.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Its Recall Mondays: Infiniti And Maserati Are In The Hot Seat



1.MANUFACTURER: Nissan North America, Inc.

NO. OF IMPACTED CUSTOMERS: 28,182
SUMMARY:
Nissan North America, Inc.'s (Nissan) is recalling certain model year 2014-2016 Infiniti Q50 vehicles manufactured December 26, 2012, to December 11, 2015, and Infiniti Q50 Hybrid vehicles manufactured December 10, 2012, to December 17, 2015. The Direct Adaptive Steering system may experience an error at vehicle start up altering the vehicle's steering responsiveness and turning radius.
 

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

A Recap Of J. D. Power's Latest New Car (2016) Initial Quality Study


Highest-Ranked Nameplates and Models - First 90 Days Of Ownership


Kia ranks highest in initial quality with a score of 83 (Problems Per) PP 100, the first time in 27 years that a non-premium brand has topped the rankings. It is also the second consecutive year that Kia, which ranked second in 2015, has led all non-premium makes in initial quality.

Porsche (84 PP100) ranks second among nameplates, followed by Hyundai (92 PP100), Toyota (93 PP100) and BMW (94 PP100).
Chrysler and Jeep are the most improved brands, each reducing the number of problems by 28 PP100 from 2015.

General Motors receives seven model-level awards, followed by Toyota Motor Corporation with six and Hyundai Motor Company and Volkswagen AG, each with four.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

2016 Chevy Cruze Premier: The Best Compact Chevy Has Ever Built


Highlight: The new Cruze offers a start-stop gas saving feature on some of its trims.

Test Vehicle’s MSRP: $28,640 (base model $17,495)

Seating Capacity: 5

Standard Safety Features: airbags; ABS; a rearview camera; a stability control system; and a tire pressure monitoring system

Monday, June 20, 2016

Its Recall Mondays: BMW And Kia Are In The Hot Seat



1. AUTOMAKER: BMW of North America, LLC

NO. OF IMPACTED CUSTOMERS: 188,688
SUMMARY:
BMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling certain model year 2011-2017, X3 sDrive28i, X3 xDrive28i and X3 xDrive35i, vehicles manufactured July 2, 2010 to April 14, 2016, 2015-2017 X3 xDrive28d vehicles manufactured March 10, 2014 to March 31, 2016, and 2015-2017 x4 xDrive28i, X4 xDrive35i and X4 xDriveM40i vehicles manufactured March3, 2014 to April 15, 2016. The affected vehicles have lower anchor bars for securing child restraint seats that may become damaged when using the European-ISOFIX-type, rigid-style connector, child restraint system. 

Monday, June 13, 2016

Its Recall Mondays: Hyundai Is In The Hot Seat





MANUFACTURER Hyundai Motor America




NO. OF IMPACTED CUSTOMERS: 81,000
SUMMARY:
Hyundai Motor Company (Hyundai) is recalling certain model year 2016 Tucson vehicles manufactured May 19, 2015 to March 14, 2016. In the affected vehicles, if the primary hood latch has been released, and the vehicle is driven, the secondary hood latch may not hold adequately secure the hood to prevent it from opening while the vehicle is in motion.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

The Truck Bed Comparison: Ford's Aluminum Vs Chevy's Steel

Since Ford's F-Series was the first in the lucrative truck segment to go all-aluminum, Chevy, the brand's crosstown competitor, whose truck are built out of steel, are asking customers to decide which is better: aluminum or steel? Check out the video and see what you think. Competition is heating up and just like in politics ... game is on!

Monday, June 6, 2016

Its Recall Mondays: Nissan Is In The Hot Seat


 
MANUFACTURER: Nissan North America, Inc.

NO. OF IMPACTED CUSTOMERS: 79,853
SUMMARY:
Nissan North America, Inc. (Nissan) is recalling certain model year 2013-2014 Pathfinder vehicles manufactured June 20, 2012, to June 13, 2013. The brake light switch may have been installed incorrectly causing the relay to make intermittent contact and repeatedly cycle. This may result in the relay remaining in the "ON" position, causing the brake lights to remain illuminated even when the brakes are not applied. Additionally, the brake light switch may interfere with the brake-shift interlock, allowing the driver to shift the vehicle out of the "Park" position, without depressing the brake pedal.

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Airing Saturdays In June: NAMAD Joins "Auto Trends with JeffCars.com" For A Two-Part Conversation In June


Damon Lester, President of NAMAD


On the hills of The National Association of Minority Automobile Dealers (NAMAD) convening in Florida next month to celebrate their 36 anniversary, Damon Lester, who has served as president of the organization since 2007, joins “Auto Trends with JeffCars.com” to talk about the triumphs and trials minority dealers have faced over the years. Lester provides both a historical and a future framework for the show’s listeners.