The news is back! After a brief hiatus, here are five must-read, must-watch auto news stories, reviews, and videos for Monday, May 11, 2015. Your normal news editor, Steffani, returns tomorrow.
INSIDE THE AUTO BUSINESS
Sweden’s Chinese-owned Volvo Cars plans to complete a $500 million factory in South Carolina, with the first vehicles rolling off the line in 2018. Volvo has a tradition of building vehicles in North America. Just a few miles from GCBC Towers in Nova Scotia, Volvo assembled vehicles in both Dartmouth and, more famously, on the Halifax side of the harbour. A harbour which, in fact, hosts a couple dozen rusting Volvos on its bottom.
30 cubic feet of cargo capacity, 0-60 mph in 8.4 seconds, fuel economy north of 40 mpg. What is it? Car & Driver reviews the 2015 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen with the diesel and manual shifter.
Ford is recalling just 73 F-150s (2015) because, “the affected vehicles may have loose or missing underbody heat shields.” Ford is also recalling 487,301 Fusions (2013-2015), Lincoln MKZs (2013-2015) and Edges (2015) which were sold or are currently registered in the following states (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) because, “snow or water containing road salt or other contaminants may corrode the electric power steering gear motor attachment bolts.”
GM is recalling 3690 Malibus (2013) because the vehicles fail to comply with FMVSS number 102 regarding transmission shift position sequence.
Mitsubishi is recalling 76,958 Lancers (2009-2011), Lancer Sportbacks (2010-2011), Lancer Evolutions (2010-2011), Outlanders (2009-2011), and Outlander Sports (2011) because, “the blower motor may fail.” Mitsubishi is also recalling Lancers (2009-2010), Outlanders (2009-2010), Lancer Sportbacks (2010), and Lancer Evolutions (2010) because, “an ECU that controls the head lights, tail lights, and windshield wipers,” and, “the ECU may be unstable.”
Toyota is recalling 114 Scion tC coupes (2015) because, with accessory coil springs, “the rear suspension components may not have been properly tightened.”
FCA US is recalling 2408 Ram ProMaster City vans (2015) because the ” vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of FMVSS number 214,” for side impact protection. FCA is also recalling 43,750 Vipers (2006) and Jeep Wranglers and Liberts (2006) because, “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.”
It’s getting terribly common. Subaru USA announced another sales record with a best-ever April in 2015.
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