Toyota Recall Update

Toyota has included the 2014-2016 Rukus as well as the Yaris Sedan to the Takata recall.

The inflators in affected cars can weaken as a result of a combination of warmth and moisture. If a car with an affected inflator is part of a crash, the inflator’s metal casing can burst, sending out metal fragments shooting right into the cabin.

An overall of 1214 Yaris Sedans as well as 327 Rukus hatchbacks are consisted of in the campaign.

Toyota will contact owners of the afflicted vehicles and advise them to organise a complimentary fix with their nearest dealership.

The Takata air bag recall affects more than 100 million automobiles as well as nearly 20 automobile brands all over the world. Amongst those are more than five million lorries in Australia, the matching of 4 years of across the country sales.

Worldwide, there have actually been 20 fatalities linked to the detraction, and also 230 significant injuries. One Australian driver lost their life to a faulty Takata airbag in July 2017, one month after an additional Australian driver was seriously injured.

In February 2018, the recall of vehicles influenced by the defective Takata airbags was made compulsory under regulation, with damaged producers required to replace all defective airbags by the end of 2020. The ACCC previously this year added some 1.1 million vehicles to the compulsory recall.

According to the Australian Government, the danger of a faulty Takata air bag bursting might arise between 6 and also 25 years after it is mounted in a car. In locations of high warmth and humidity, the risk of rupture may occur in between 6 and also 9 years.

Next-Gen M3 Wagon Planned for 2020

BMW is planning to offer a new sports car in the next two years with a new wagon edition of its M3 car:

British publication Autocar reports the M3 Touring model has been pencilled for production as a rival to the Audi RS4 Avant and Mercedes-AMG C63 Estate. It will join a revised 3 Series Touring line-up that is set to be unveiled as early as the Geneva motor show in March.

The ‘G21’ 3 Series wagon will reportedly adopt elements of the 5 Series Touring design, along with practical solutions like ‘pop-up tailgate glass’ – a la Toyota 4Runner – which will allow small bags to be dropped into the boot without opening the entire hatch door.
Citing insider information, Autocar says an M3 Touring is finally being considered because developmental costs will be minimal, and the concept would be a solid match for European buyers.

From motoring.com.au

The 2016 Maserati Ghibli Review And Specs

2016 maserati ghibli is such a new vehicle that is created by the Italian automaker that can offer you great appearance and performance in the best way. So then, you will definitely be able to feel the different and fascinating experience when you are driving the car wherever you go. Besides, it can also offer you some notable updates that you cannot find on any other cars in its class. All of the updates will make you able to drive the car with some conveniences alongside. Then, do you want to know what they are? If you do, you better keep reading below.

One of many updates applied on the 2016 maserati ghibli that will definitely catch your attention is its exterior. The outlook of the car can be so elegant and stylish wonderfully. It can be seen from the fantastic grille and the amazing LED headlights and taillights which can make the look of the car become more stunning and magnificent. Moreover, the interior of the car is something that you cannot miss. There are 5 seats which all of them is covered with the Poltrona Frau Leather and Anthracite Ermenegildo Zegna silk. Even, this particular upholstery will be available for you in three different optional colors such a black, red, and natural. Afterward, the interior of the car will be complemented with a 7 inch TFT multimedia screen that can manage the feature of the car easily.

Moreover, the engine of the Maserati Ghibli 2016 has been updated as well. This car will apply the 3.0 liter direct injected V6 twin turbo engine which can transfer 404 hp and 404 lb-ft. This specific engine will make the car able to reach 165 MPH when it comes to the maximum speed. So then, you will find that the 2016 maserati ghibli has the powerful and fast performance you will love so much.

Specs

Engine – 2,979 cc V6 Twin Turbo petrol

Max power – 350 PS (257 kW; 345 bhp) at 5000 rpm

Torque – 500 N⋅m (369 lb⋅ft) between 1750–4500 rpm

Drive – RWD

Top speed – 163 mph

0–62 mph – 5.6 s

Emissions CO2 – 223 g/km

Engine – 2,979 cc V6 Twin Turbo petrol

Max power – 410 PS (302 kW; 404 bhp) at 5500 rpm

Torque – 550 N⋅m (406 lb⋅ft) between 1750–5000 rpm

Drive – RWD

Top speed – 177 mph

0–62 mph – 5 s

Emissions C02 – 243 g/km

Engine – 2,979 cc V6 Twin Turbo petrol

Max power – 410 PS (302 kW; 404 bhp) at 5500 rpm

Torque – 550 N⋅m (406 lb⋅ft) between 1750–5000 rpm

Drive – AWD

Top speed – 176 mph

0–62 mph – 4.8 s

Emissions C02 – 246 g/km

Engine – 2,987 cc V6 Turbo diesel

Max power – 250 PS (184 kW; 247 bhp) at 4000 rpm

Torque – 570 N⋅m (420 lb⋅ft) between 2000–2600 rpm

Drive – RWD

Top speed – 149 mph

0–62 mph – 6.7 s

Emissions Co2 – 184 g/km

Engine – 2,987 cc V6 Turbo diesel

Max power – 275 PS (202 kW; 271 bhp) at 4000 rpm

Torque – 570 N⋅m (420 lb⋅ft) between 2000–2600 rpm

Drive – RWD

Top speed – 155 mph

0–62 mph – 6.3 s

Emissions C02 – 184 g/km

 

 

Dodge To Resurrect The Viper A Second Time

First came the mourning for the Dodge Viper, which ended production last year. Then came the Viper’s continued sales run as a “Zombie Car;” we just wrote about how the Viper has racked up 11 sales so far this year, two of them in April. Now Car and Driver reports that the two-seater snake will return shorty for its second encore after being discontinued in 2009. The mag isn’t equivocal about it, either, writing, “trust us: A new Viper is happening.” It won’t, however, be the same Viper that brought ten-cylinder brass knuckles to shake down other coupes for their wallets and jewellery.

CD says we should expect the same front-mid-engine layout and rear-wheel drive tucked into a new space-frame. That engine will lose two cylinders, with Chrysler’s next-gen, Aluminum-block V8 Hemi slotting into the engine bay. The previous Viper’s V10 had grown to 8.4 litres and 640 horsepower by the time it drove into the sunset. CD guesses the coming Viper will start with a naturally-aspirated version of the Hemi V8 working up around 550 horsepower. Healthy doses of aluminum and carbon fibre would restrain the car’s weight, on top of the weight loss from swapping an iron V10 for an aluminum V8.

SRT could tart up the horsepower with a few performance trims, before a supercharged V8 with 700-plus horsepower arrives at some point after launch. The mag also suspects the initial offering will be a convertible, the hardtop appearing “a few years after launch,” which could coincide with the more powerful engine. A row-your-own shifter will sit between the seats.

Now that the Connor Avenue Assembly Plant’s been repurposed as a display centre, CD guesses Dodge might tap an outside supplier to build the Viper. A likely candidate would be Michigan-based Prefix Corp, which built a fifth Gen Viper Targa and Medusa Viper convertible. The mag’s best potential timeline toys with some kind of Viper tribute at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show to celebrate the original 1989 concept, and a production version at the end of 2020 as a 2021 model.

The goss over at Allpa forums presents a slightly different picture, first and foremost that the new vehicle won’t be called “Viper;” one poster refers to it as the “Not-A-Viper.” The Dodge, according Allpar posters, will be a platform twin with both the Maserati Gran Turismo replacement — likely the Alfieri — and a new Alfa Romeo 6C/8C sports car. The Dodge-Alfa connection is like stepping back in time: when Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne previewed the fifth-generation Viper in 2010, dealers said the Viper looked like an Alfa Romeo 8C Composition with a Viper face.

Allpar agrees with the V8 intentions, specifying “an as yet unknown GenIV Hemi” for heavy lifting. The forums at 5th-Gen-Ram say there are new 6.2-litre Hellcat and 7.0-litre Banshee V8s in development for two coming Ram Rebel trucks. The NA 7.0-litre could make around 520 hp, and the supercharged 6.2-litre is expected to make 707 hp, the 700-plus-hp, “second-gen Hellcat engine” that CD mentions. That brand sharing would be an unintentional nod to the past, the original Viper getting an 8.0-litre V10 that was originally developed for Ram trucks.

Allpar also predicts a different timeline than CD. The Maserati and Alfa Romeo will come first, the Dodge not to bow until 2022 or 2023.

2019 Nissan Altima vs Honda Accord vs Toyota Camry: How They Compare

Mid-Size family sedans may be losing sales to small SUVs, but hundreds of thousands of the things still left dealerships last year. The 2019 Nissan Altima introduced here at the New York Auto Show replaces one of the segment’s best sellers, joining a pair of other best-sellers, the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry, which were both redesigned last year. The Hyundai Sonata also received a surprisingly thorough refresh for 2018.

Therefore, the segment is fresher than ever, providing car shoppers who haven’t been evangelised by the mighty SUV an excellent group of choices. To help them, or you, out in that family sedan search, here’s how the new 2019 Altima compares to the 2018 Honda Accord, 2018 Toyota Camry, 2018 Hyundai Sonata, and for reference, its 2018 Altima predecessor. Cue the spreadsheet!

Engines and Transmissions

The Altima once again has a 2.5-litre four-cylinder, but Nissan indicates that 80 percent of it is new. Regardless of its newness, it is more powerful, boasting an extra 9 hp and 3 lb-ft of torque. Frankly, that’s not much compared to the Camry’s and Accord’s gains, which also better the new Altima. Uniquely, though, the Altima’s base 2.5-litre is available with all-wheel drive – something only the Subaru Legacy offers (albeit as standard equipment). Oddly, all-wheel drive is NOT available with the Altima’s bigger 2.0-litre turbo.

Ah yes, that turbo engine. Gone is the familiar 3.5-litre V6, leaving Toyota as the lone V6 hold-out (again, the Legacy is another exception, albeit with a flat-6). As is typical, the Altima’s new 2.0-litre turbo inline-4 produces less horsepower than its naturally aspirated predecessor, but it has considerably more torque. Its output essentially matches the Accord’s new 2.0-litre. Unlike the Accord, though, every Altima has a CVT standard. The Camry and Sonata have traditional automatics – many would say they are better for it – though the Hyundai’s gear count differs by engine selection.

Nissan didn’t release fuel economy figures for the 2019 Altima. The previous generation trailed the latest Accord and Camry by 2-3 mpg combined, according to EPA estimates.

Passenger Space

Nissan’s surly men in suits were quite cross when we tried to get into the new Altima, so we can only comment on the interior space in spec format. As it is, the new Altima actually has less head- and legroom than before. There’s more shoulder room, though, so your local linebacker will be happy. The new Altima also has a smidge less headroom than its competitors and substantially less rear legroom. According to the figures, it has 5 fewer inches of rear legroom than the new Accord. There’s 3 inches less than a Camry. Now, it’s important to note that different car companies can do interior measurements differently, and the Altima’s specs show more legroom in the front than the Accord and Camry, resulting in a Gala Apples to Fuji Apples situation. Still, there could be a big-time difference and it would’ve been nice to get inside. Oh well, there’ll be another day in the future.

Nissan Altima

Honda Accord

Toyota Camry

Tesla says Model X involved in fatal crash was on Autopilot

Tesla said on Friday that a Tesla Model X involved a fatal crash in California last week had activated its Autopilot system, raising new questions about the semi-autonomous system that handles some driving tasks. Tesla also said vehicle logs from the accident showed no action had been taken by the driver soon before the crash and that he had received earlier warnings to put his hands on the wheel.

“The driver had about five seconds and 150 meters of unobstructed view of the concrete divider with the crushed crash attenuator, but the vehicle logs show that no action was taken,” Tesla said.

The statement did not say why the Autopilot system apparently did not detect the concrete divider. The fatal crash and vehicle fire of the Tesla near Mountain View, California, involved two other cars and delayed traffic for hours. The 38-year-old Tesla driver died at a nearby hospital shortly after the crash.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which launched an investigation into the crash earlier this week, did not immediately comment late Friday. The National Transportation Safety Board is also investigating the fatal crash.

Autopilot allows drivers to take their hands off the wheel for extended periods under certain conditions. Tesla requires users to agree to keep their hands on the wheel “at all times” before they can use autopilot, but users routinely tout the fact they can use the system to drive hands-free.

The NTSB faulted Tesla in a prior fatal autopilot crash. In September, NTSB Chairman Robert Sumwalt said operational limitations in the Tesla Model S played a major role in a May 2016 crash that killed a driver using autopilot. That death – the first fatality in a Tesla vehicle operating in Autopilot mode – raised questions about the safety of systems that can perform driving tasks for long stretches with little or no human intervention, but which cannot completely replace human drivers. The NTSB said Tesla could have taken further steps to prevent the system’s misuse, and faulted the driver for not paying attention and for “overreliance on vehicle automation.”

In January, NHTSA and NTSB launched investigations into a Tesla vehicle, apparently traveling in semi-autonomous mode, that struck a fire truck in California. Neither agency nor Tesla has offered any update. The government probes raise the risk for Tesla and automakers at a time when the industry is seeking federal legislation that would ease deployment of self driving cars.

The crash comes soon after an Uber vehicle in Arizona in self-driving mode struck and killed a pedestrian in the first death linked to an autonomous vehicle.

Tesla said late Friday that “Autopilot does not prevent all accidents – such a standard would be impossible – but it makes them much less likely to occur. It unequivocally makes the world safer for the vehicle occupants, pedestrians and cyclists.”

Tesla said that in the United States “there is one automotive fatality every 86 million miles across all vehicles from all manufacturers. For Tesla, there is one fatality, including known pedestrian fatalities, every 320 million miles in vehicles equipped with Autopilot hardware.”

Tesla in September 2016 unveiled improvements to Autopilot, adding new limits on hands-off driving.

2017 Porsche 911

2017 Porsche 911 is always intriguing subject to talk about. Within the lineup of sporty and fast car, this car is surely demanded by most people. This car basically carries similar characteristic to the other version described above i.e. Cayman. However, there are some differences that can be found such as side air intake. Compared to the 2016 or 2015 version, the newest version is surely changed as well. Taking a look at the headlight and taillight, they are all changed. What make it quite significant are LED lamps as embellishment signature of porches. Inside of the car, there are also a bunch of improvement especially things related to connectivity and entertainment.

This version of car is supposed to accommodate the need of speed of people. That is to say, the performance is the main consideration of 911 maker. To provide with speed, 2017 Porsche 911 is equipped with equipped with 3.0 liter turbocharger engine. The performance is quite amazing. Within 3.7 second, this car can run up to 60mph. with the top speed of 188 mph, this car is surely a roadster in the future. Everything can happen due to its light weight body and compromised with its 420 horsepower. Such tremendous power is fortunately equipped with excellent handling system. That way, there is no need to worry about driving this fast car.

What makes it more interesting is the presence of 7-speed manual transmission known as PDK. This new system allows the driver to select manually from the first gear to seventh gear without hassle. This transmission system is quite new, and the first to implement was 911 last year. Another interesting thing about 2017 Porsche 911 is its mpg rate. Its efficiency is developed from the previous version and it is definitely a good step for becoming a dependable sport car on the standard road.

2016 Volvo S60 in Exclusive Lineup

2016 Volvo S60 is quite intriguing with its cool, sporty, and roomy impression it carries even without seeing the real car itself. It is actually designed that way so that people who typically focus on SUV and other large cars for family can pick other option rather than SUV. Indeed, this is quite innovative move from Volvo especially by putting its price range into $30000 – $40000. This large sedan has excellent appearance that brings freshness and youthful impression. Looking at the rim, it is sporty already even though it is formalised that way. In accomplishment, the standard Volvo logo is drawn on the front grille for statement.

One excellent point that is derived from this car is all about performance. Even if it is rated just like other car in its class, it is proven to be more powerful once tried. The 240 horsepower that is generated by 2.0 litre engine accelerates the car up to 60 mph under 7 second. It is the point that people think 2016 Volvo S60 is powerful. A typical car will run over 7 second to reach same speed. For the top speed, it can reach 130 mph which is quite standard but dependable enough. This exclusive car does not limit its brilliance through performance solely. Its safety system is also dependable.

Considering the improvement of system in other car i.e. s90, it is proven that Volvo takes safety as serious matter. Though it is an old model compared s90, it has excellent safety rate. Some people also get the benefit proven by reduction of insurance expense. 2016 Volvo S60 deploys disc brake, side airbags, automatic breaking, emergency assistance, and many more for safety solely. This car definitely has divine quality of safety system and performance at its level. However, it is important to know that driver skill is also crucial for this matter.

2016 Porsche Cayman for Real Race

2016 Porsche Cayman is a great solution for those who want to have real race on the road. First of all, its appearance indicates that it is ready to take a lead in a fast-moving car lineups. Its aerodynamic body slanting from the front to the back is so smooth and fully-engineered. In accomplishment, this car also cooperates a wide, sporty grille with daytime running LED as accent. To complete the look, there is an air intake in the side. This coupe Cayman is considered as sporty and fast car in GT lineup. That is to say, its performance when talking about the speed, acceleration, and handling is superb.

The mid-engine car with rear-wheel drive is considered as roadster on the road. With this specification, it is no wonder why this car can gain such stable performance. In companion, there is also a flat engine of 3.8 liter that can generate power of 380 hp. 2016 Porsche Cayman is targeted for those who need speed. For that, the manual transmission is provided for achieving better acceleration and such. Considering the advance of automatic transmission nowadays, it actually makes the car slightly thirsty especially for reckless driving. However, it has nothing to do with the car itself.

Based on several experiences who have been driving this car, it is found out that it does not make driver comfortable. It is due to suspension system that is quite stiff. It is imaginable what will happen to the driver’s back after driving several hours. Indeed, it is not really comfortable to drive this car because it is designed to stick stiffly on ground. After all, 2016 Porsche Cayman offers excellent stability that is even comparable to the 911 version. Just for additional information, this car can run up to 180 mph and more depending on the customisation done.