Automotive News

Kia takes wraps off Stinger

Jan. 9, 2017—Kia Motors showed off what it calls the highest performance production vehicle in the company’s history at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. At the least, the 2018 Stinger looks fast.

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Related Department Briefs

An electric pickup?

Plug-in-hybrid-pickup manufacturer Workhorse will hasten work on the consumer version of its W-15 model that’s designed for corporate fleets.

Expert: Three of concept’s features desirable

The likelihood that a concept vehicle will make it onto the dealership floor is slim. Such vehicles are used more to gauge consumer reaction to their features than they are to preview an automobile that will be produced.

Aftermarket rearview cameras

For those who drive an older automobile, equipping it with an aftermarket rearview camera might not provide the same quality or performance that a factory-installed version provides.

Hydrogen cars: No chemistry

In April 2017, Toyota announced the launch of a feasibility study that will examine the performance of hydrogen-fuel-cell-vehicle (FCV) technology in heavy-duty applications. 

Auto-parts stores vs. Amazon

When the New York Post reported in January 2017 that Amazon signed contracts with several major automobile-parts manufacturers, one had to wonder whether Advance Auto Parts, AutoZone, O’Reilly Auto Parts and others were destined to meet the same plight that brick-and-mortar retailers in other segments face—a substantial loss of sales, store closings or bankruptcy.

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Automotive Recalls

Air-bag issue in certain 2006 BMW vehicles

Aug. 2, 2017—BMW of North America recalled 2006 325i, 325xi, 330i, 330xi, 525i, 525xi, 530i, 530xi and 550i vehicles that have the Sport Seat option and 2006 525i, 525xi, 530i, 530xi and 550i vehicles that have standard seats.

Air-bag issue in certain Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet and GMC vehicles

July 28, 2017—General Motors recalled 2014–2016 Buick LaCrosse and Chevrolet Spark EV, Caprice PPV and SS vehicles; 2014–2017 Buick Encore, Chevrolet Corvette and Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500 vehicles; 2015–2016 Cadillac Escalade and Escalade ESV, Chevrolet Suburban and Silverado 2500 and 3500, Tahoe and Trax, and GMC Yukon and Yukon XL vehicles; and 2015–2017 GMC Sierra HD 2500 and 3500 vehicles.

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