FRONT RUNNERS IN CAR NEWS THIS PAST WEEK
Honda Civic and Fit Recall
The affected units are 2014-2015 Civics and 2015 Fits only. The recall is due to an issue with the continuous variable transmission (CVT). The CVT has a weak driver-pulley shaft “that can break when exposed to high hydraulic pressure”, elaborates Atiyeh.
Owners of the recalled Hondas will be notified starting this month.
What the Ford? Another Recall?
Yes, that’s right. There was another recall last week. This time for Ford and their F-150s
On Sep 30, 2015, it was announced that Ford will be recalling around 33,500 2015 pickup trucks as a result of a malfunctioning adaptive cruise control radar. The affected radars can detect a passing “large, highly reflective truck” as being in the driver’s lane, reports Matt Schmitz of Pickup Trucks. This could cause the cruise control to start braking until the truck appears to no longer be in the same lane or the system could initialize the accident warning system.
Schmitz explains that the affected 2015 Ford F150s are ”between March 18, 2014, and Aug. 5, 2015, at the Dearborn Truck Plant in Michigan, and between Aug. 11, 2014, and Aug. 6, 2015, at the Kansas City Assembly Plant in Missouri”.
If you own a 2015 Ford F150, keep an eye out for a recall letter in your mailbox or contact your Ford dealer to find out.
GM Put to the Test
With Volkswagen being flagged for its diesel emission cheat, there was bound to be some back lash not only for VW, but for other major car manufacturers in the U.S. The first round of engine testing for fuel emission has started and the first company to be tested is General Motors.
As Chris Bruce of Autoblog writes, the “2016 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon are the first engine to get extra scrutiny by the Environmental Protection Agency and the California Air Resources Board”
While one might assume that GM would be worried since both of these engines are four-cylinder, Bruce further explains that the company doesn’t seem to mind the extra scrutiny and the higher demands in testing. As GM says, it has incorporated this level of testing in its labs.
“Bring it on,” says Elon Musk
Audi, BMW, Google, Apple, Tesla… It seems like the list goes on and on when it comes to competitors within the electric vehicle (EV) industry. Car manufacturers are lining up with their new and supposed ‘better than’ Tesla EV.
But for CEO Elon Musk, this competition is welcomed and he is glad to see others trying their hand at EVs.
As writer Kim Lachance of Autoblog tells her readers, Musk “wishes big car companies would put the pedal to the metal already.”
“Bring it on”, says Elon Musk.
Toyota and its Talking Cars
There has been a lot of talk about connected cars, but as of Sep 30, 2015, Forbes announced that Toyota is seeking to have some of its cars actually talk to one another by year-end.
Matthew de Paula writes in the Forbes article, “Toyota aims to become the first automaker to mass market talking cars—that is to say, vehicles that can receive and share data transmitted by external infrastructure and by other vehicles.”
The technology behind connected cars is called Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) and while it is expected to be available for Toyota vehicles by the end of 2015, de Paula explains that Toyota has yet to disclose exactly how much it will cost, which cars will have the technology, and whether or not it will be available in the U.S.