Automotive News

Volkswagen diesel-emissions-scandal bill to total $14.7 billion

June 28, 2016—We told you that consumers who were affected by Volkswagen’s cheating on emissions tests were expected to receive the choice between selling their vehicle back to Volkswagen or receiving paid-for repairs. That has come to pass, and now we have details.

Tesla opens ‘gallery’ in Nordstrom store

June 16, 2016—Want a car to go with those new shoes? Tesla Motors, which doesn’t use typical dealerships to sell its vehicles, is testing a marketing relationship with department-store chain Nordstrom.

Tesla brings back Model S 60 to lineup

June 9, 2016—A little more than a year after Tesla discontinued its Model S 60 for a base model that delivered more power, the automaker reversed course.

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Related Department Briefs

Phone interfaces: Is Toyota dis-connected?

In June 2016, Toyota provided its most detailed explanation as of press time of what the April 2016 launch of its Toyota Connected mobile-analytics initiative will bring to the table.

Modified vans’ safety handicap

Although some companies that convert minivans and other vehicles to accommodate those who are in a wheelchair (converters) crash-test their vehicles, the safety of those converted vehicles is debatable, according to sources.

Sizing up the next Fiesta

A car that’s landed among Consumers Digest’s Best Buy recommendations for 6 model years in a row seems to be destined to impress even more.

Slimmer, trimmer Dodge Charger

The automotive industry is abuzz with a rumor that Dodge’s Charger is pegged to shed some weight in a couple of model years.

The little engine that probably won’t

Published reports in the consumer press were plentiful in June 2016 in regard to Nissan’s announcement that its engineering team is developing an innovative hydrogen-fuel-cell automobile.

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Automotive Recalls

Certain 2007–2014 Subaru vehicles pose a fire hazard

Oct. 26, 2016—Subaru recalled 2007–2009 Legacy and Outback vehicles that have turbocharged engines, 2008–2014 Impreza vehicles that have turbocharged engines and 2009–2013 Forester vehicles that have turbocharged engines.

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