It’s never a bright day when a manufacturer has to recall a huge number of vehicles due to various issues.
And when those issues involve things like an improper bolt that might come loose under certain conditions, it is all that more frustrating.
Still, most brands do their best to keep their products in top shape, as nobody needs all the bad publicity and possible law suits. Honda, after talking with the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) decided to start a recall campaign involving their CB500 and CBR500 models.
It seems that every other new tech incorporated into a car is either related to safety or fuel efficiency.
The Traffic Light Recognition feature from Audi is in the latter category, and while we can appreciate any step towards a cleaner environment, these techs seem to take it slightly too far.
While the name of Audi’s Traffic Light Recognition is pretty much explanatory, I will also try to shed some light on the feature. As you might already know, there is already a fuel saving option when at a red light, namely the start-stop feature, but add the Traffic Light Recognition and you get a much smoother transition.
Jeep released details on a special edition Wrangler dedicated to the European market. We talk about the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon X Package which benefits from 17-inch aluminum wheels, a revised front grille, a Power Dome hood and a body-colored hard top.
Mopar rock rails are also available as well as a Mopar black fuel-filler door and deep-tint sunscreen glass.
Inside, buyers will get heated front seats, red or black upholstery, silver accents, USB connectivity, a 6.5-inch touchscreen display part of the UConnect multi-media system and satellite navigation.
With the Geneva Auto Show out of the picture, car manufacturers turn their attention to the next big shows in line this year.
In 2014, Nissan had quite a strong presence in Geneva, with models like the BladeGlider or the facelifted Juke to capture the public.
Next month Beijing will be host to a gathering of the automotive industry’s players, and Nissan already let it slip about a project they will be presenting. While no actual information or at least a teaser photo was provided, we should expect to see a brand new sedan concept being brought on the stage.
The Germans from the Opel plant have just unveiled the new Astra EXTREME at the 2014 Motor Show and if things go according as planned, the model will be available in showrooms starting next year.
The production plans for the next year hasn’t been made officially, but those great folks from Autocar reported that you will be getting your hands on the Astra EXTREME, by this time next year.
Reportedly, the Opel Astra EXTREME is set to be manufactured in a limited edition of around 50 to 100 units in 2015, with left- and also right-hand drive.
With the 2014 Geneva Motor Show approaching its ending, the folks from the Audi German base manufacturer have decided to put on a public display their monster RS5 DTM.
The Audi RS5 DTM is meant to face its top competitors in the Le Mans and the WEC events, like Porsche and Toyota, plus the long awaited BMW linuep cars and the Mercedes-Benz.
Ulrich Hackenberg, the Member Board of Management for Technical Development, stated that the RS5 DTM bares the development of new technologies.
AC Schnitzer revealed a comprehensive tuning kit for the Range Rover Sport at the Geneva Motor Show, a kit which brings both styling and performance tweaks.
Power is offered by a 3.0-liter V6 engine which normally delivers 288 horsepower and 600 Nm of torque. Thanks to a series of modifications, the diesel powerplant is capable to produce 335 horses and 720 Nm of torque.
At the exterior, the British SUV gets revised bumpers, new 22-inch alloy wheels with 275/40 R 22 tires, a rear diffuser and gloss black inserts.
Ford announced the availability of a new Kuga version in the United Kingdom. The Ford Kuga Titanium X Sport is the new range-topping variant and benefits from a series of styling improvements.
We talk about revised bumpers, new 19-inch alloy wheels and silver roof rails. Under the hood you will find a 1.6-liter EcoBoost engine producing 150 horsepower or 182 horsepower as well as a 2.0-liter TDCi. The latter is also available in two power versions: 140 hp and 163 hp.
Inside, the Kuga Titanium X Sport gets heated seats wrapped in Torino leather, a panoramic roof, DAB audio system and a Sony infotainment system.
The Volkswagen Group has finally unveiled the new Skoda concept at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, a car that promises to bring new high-tech improvements and innovation.
The cutting-edge design of the VisionC concept rides on the same MQB platform as its cousin Octavia, the Golf, the Leon or the A3.
What is though particular about the Skoda VisionC concept, is the car`s more dashing profile, being rendered in Metallic Kermit, as also found on the rally version.
The new Skoda VisionC concept is a futuristic concept with great looks, with its body being more punctuated by a hyper-modern angular lighting.
The Peugeot French base auto manufacturer has brought along at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show its new-fresh Peugeot 308 SW small wagon.
Even if the Peugeot 308 SW doesn’t strike as one of the hottest tuned wagons present at the Swiss event, it is surely a relevant model that can be taken into account by the Europeans as well as by the American people, who would love having it parked just outside in front of their porch.
Peugeot 308 has just received the title of the European Car of the Year, so the French carmaker is more than motivated to launch its SW formula with fuel economy, a lot of space inside and a reasonable price.