Weekly show about future cars and future car technology. This week news about: Tesla’s new Ludicrous performance mode for the Model S; Toyota’s next-generation Prius is rumored to get a much larger electric range; Nissan’s Carlos Ghosn admits it may switch to LG Chem as a battery supplier; Toyota says experience makes it hates EVs; U-M opens a new research facility for autonomous vehicles; Toyota plans to bring just 11 Mirai H2 fuel cell cars to the UK this year; the Energica Ego nears production; and Chevrolet recalls just one Volt. Video Rating: / 5
On today’s Transport Evolved: New pro-Tesla bills hit NJ, Nissan recalls the LEAF, Ampera prices get slashed, and Ford one-ups Cadillac
These stories and more, on today’s Transport Evolved, with Nikki Gordon-Bloomfield, Mark Chatterley and John Voelcker
2016 Toyota Prius Vs 2016 Chevrolet Volt: Video Test
But the new 2016 Toyota Prius and 2016 Chevrolet Volt take very different approaches to delivering that efficiency. The newest Prius is the latest generation of the world's best-known, and best-selling, hybrid car. It's lower and less slab-sided than … Read more on Green Car Reports
UPDATED: Toyota dumps Scion
This August Toyota is killing Scion, its 13-year-old attempt at luring young people to then-staid Toyota. It sold more than a million cars in its life with offbeat models, youth-aimed marketing and a fresh retail environment. Scion's cars and dealers … Read more on Autoweek
In this episode, the cities driving industrial growth, an electric flying car and a record recall fine.
America has been hard at work regaining the manufacturing jobs lost during the recent recession. Forbes released a list of the top U.S. cities driving industrial growth and leading the nation’s manufacturing renaissance.
Michigan, the state hit hardest by the industrial decline, accounts for the top three cities on the list and has managed to regain about 40 percent of the manufacturing jobs lost in the recession.
The Rust Belt isn’t the only region experiencing a major revival — America’s Southeast is another hub of skilled workers, foreign investments and massive manufacturing employment. Check out the full list at Forbes’ website.
Although the idea of a flying car sounds more like science fiction, automaker Terrafugia is turning this fantasy into reality. The company’s TF-X is a four-seat flying electric car that looks like a sedan but with pods on each side that hold 600 hp engines with folding propellers. These allow this “off-road” vehicle to reach an estimated speed of 200 mph.
Still in development, the manufacturer says the autoplane likely won’t be hitting the market until 2021, bring us one step closer to the overhead traffic jams of tomorrow.
Record Automaker Fine
Federal authorities imposed a record 5 million fine on Fiat Chrysler Automobiles after the automaker failed to complete 23 recalls involving more than 11 million vehicles.
Fiat Chrysler will also be required to buy back up to half a million vehicles with defective suspensions, while more than a million Jeeps with fire-prone gas tanks can be traded in for a price above market value or repaired at FCA’s expense.
Also part of the settlement, Fiat Chrysler has agreed to “submit to rigorous federal oversight” for three years and to hire an independent monitor.
So What Do You Think?
This settlement really indicates that the NHTSA is taking a more aggressive approach toward companies that fail to disclose defects or don’t properly conduct a recall.
Earlier this year, the NHTSA fined Honda million for failing to report accidents and safety issues while GM got hit with a million fine for its 10 year delay on reporting the infamous faulty ignition switches.
Do you think fines will get automakers to pay greater attention to quality and safety issues? Or are companies just playing the odds and hoping for the best when it comes to recalls?
Email us or leave your comments below.
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According to a report Monday from a lawyer overseeing a program to compensate victims of accidents caused by the recalled part, the number of deaths linked to a faulty ignition switch in General Motors Co vehicles rose by two last week to 21. Since Aug. 1, 675 claims for serious injuries or deaths said to have been caused by the switch had been received by the program, which is being overseen by lawyer Kenneth Feinberg. According to statistics provided by Feinberg’s office, as of Friday, 21 death claims had been deemed eligible, as well as 16 claims for serious physical injuries.
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The number of deaths linked to a faulty ignition switch in General Motors vehicles rose by two last week to 21, according to a report Monday from a lawyer overseeing a program to compensate victims of accidents caused by the recalled part.
Since Aug. 1, 675 claims for serious injuries or deaths said to have been caused by the switch had been received by the program, which is being overseen by lawyer Kenneth Feinberg. As of Friday, 21 death claims had been deemed eligible, as well as 16 claims for serious physical injuries, according to statistics provided by Feinberg’s office.
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Recall Alert: 2015 Hyundai Sonata
What Owners Should Do: Hyundai will begin notifying owners Aug. 21. Owners can call the automaker at 855-671-3059 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236, or go to www.safercar.gov, for more … Read more on Cars.com News
330000 Hyundai cars remain on road fuming out excessive emissions
SEOUL, Dec. 10 (Yonhap) — Some 330,000 vehicles produced and sold by South Korea's leading carmaker Hyundai Motor Group are still running on the road here years after it promised a voluntary recall of the cars that were found to emit excessively high … Read more on Yonhap News
Hyundai Recalls More Than 150k Elantra Models, Says Sensor Malfunction Can …
DETROIT (WWJ) — Hyundai has issued a recall for nearly over 150,000 of its Elantra models. The company says it is recalling some 2011 and 2012 models because the electronic stability control system may malfunction and suddenly reduce engine power … Read more on CBS Local
"As an exercise, I undid the hooks and moved the mat forward. I was not able to replicate the NTHSA photo exactly (with the pedal caught in the inner lip of the mat), I do believe it could somehow happen. However, I was able to get the pedal stuck under the mat in full acceleration position, using just the force of the mat. It’s a pretty heavy mat, which enhances its safety when properly installed, but could keep the accelerator pedal down if improperly installed.
"However, look at these two photos. The mat is uncomfortably high up the foot rest, and is several inches beyond the reach of the hooks."
RAV4in' Is Racin': Rhys Millen to Race RAV4 Crossover in NASA Rally Sport
Whatever your fancy, your eyes and/or heart would likely not drift in the direction of the pedestrian Toyota RAV4. But you're also not Ryan Millen. And let's face it, you'd likely hoon the Ferrari sideways into a tree at 435 mph, which is not a sound … Read more on Car and Driver (blog)
Thalheimers Jewelers closing after 45 years
Erikka, 52, and Nancy, 55, recall days when customers lined up to feed and rock their firstborn babies to sleep while they worked the auctions. … One of the biggest punches came when Bruce Thalheimer died in a motorcycle accident in 2006. Before the … Read more on Naples Daily News
Auto Safety Chief's Car Recalled for Takata Air Bags
A family car owned by the nation's top auto safety regulator's family has been recalled to fix a faulty Takata air bag, but like millions of others, he's waiting for parts to make the repair. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration chief Mark … Read more on ABC News
Auto Safety Chief's Car Part of Takata Airbag Recall
A family car owned by the nation's top auto safety regulator's family has been recalled to fix a faulty Takata airbag, but like millions of others, he's waiting for parts to make the repair. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration chief Mark … Read more on Claims Journal