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Alfa Romeo SUV ready, but when will we see it?08/04/2015
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne claims Alfa Romeo has completed all the preparation work on a second model, expected to be the midsize SUV codenamed 949, Automotive News Europe reports.
"Alfa’s plan is progressing as we told you it will go," Marchionne said on a conference call with reporters.
The SUV is expected to be based on the Giulia platform, which itself will be shown in the metal in a matter of weeks at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Production is expected to start mid-2016, with U.S. sales before the end of the year. The unnamed SUV will take on midsize crossovers and SUVs like the BMW X3, Mercedes-Benz GLC-class and the Audi Q5, among others.
Cadillac expands ATS sunroof recall08/03/2015
Nearly 67,000 Cadillac ATS sedans were recalled in February for issues with the power sunroof. Now the company has expanded that, adding more than 82,600 vehicles for the same problem.
According to Automotive News, the sunroof can open and close too easily with the toggle switch. Federal standards require them to operate with more force.
The recall affects ATS model years from 2013-2016. The dealer will replace the console switch for free. However, if you had your vehicle fixed because of the first recall, you have to get it fixed again. The replacement part used to fix the problem was also defective.
So far no crashes, injuries or deaths have been reported because of the issue. But due to the sunroof switch problem, sales for the ATS have been stopped. The 7,000 sedans will go back on sale once the problem is fixed.
2014 Chevrolet Silverado08/04/2015
I’m standing on the deck of a Ranger Z520 bass boat in Beaver Lake, Ark., and Captain Blake Smith is hugging me. Then he’s yelling, “Thank you Lord!” and dropping to his knees, and pointing to the sky and yelling, “Thank you Jesus!” In my right hand is a net, and in the net, there’s largemouth bass so pregnant it looks like it might start shooting bass caviar all over the boat’s rubber floors at any moment.
In the waning moments of the first day of the Fishing League Worldwide Beaver Lake professional bass-fishing tournament, Captain Smith had been a fish short of his five-fish limit, staring down the possibility that he and his young family had made the trip from sunny Lakeland, Fla., to drizzly Arkansas for nothing. Then, he flipped a white spinner bait that looked like a small Alexander Calder mobile into some brush and the water exploded and he started yelling about a net. Then he was on his way to pocketing $4,000 for finishing 61st out of 154. The winner, Matt Arey, took home $125,000.
2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid review notes
DIGITAL EDITOR ANDREW STOY: The Sonata Hybrid is so good it may have saved my marriage.
OK, so that's overselling it a bit, but it did prevent another argument over air conditioning thanks to a simple, brilliant feature: On the climate control panel, there's a button marked "Driver Only" with a fan symbol. Press it, and the fan only blows out of the driver's side vents, keeping the passenger from getting blasted by icy cold a/c on a hot summer day. Why said passenger wouldn't want air conditioning is beyond the scope of this article, but for the first time in a decade, all members of my immediate family were happy with the temperature in the same car at the same time.
The rest of our Sonata Hybrid Limited was more of the same -- it's an extremely well thought-out car, and what it may lack in sheer driving excitement is balanced by solid engineering and some careful attention to detail. For example, hybrid sedans have traditionally sacrificed interior room and trunk space for the sake of electrification. If the Sonata steals battery space, you'd never know it. The trunk is huge and flat, and rear passengers have as much legroom as I'd typically expect from cars a size larger like the Toyota Avalon or Hyundai's own Azera.