April 2016

Getting down In San Diego with the 2017 Kia Sportage

By Russ Heaps
Clanging Bell

(April 16, 2016)  I'm not the kind of guy who sniffs at another opportunity to visit San Diego, despite returning there three or four times a year. Although some of the same elements of life in this area, such as cost of living, would discourage me from ever moving there, as they were key in my moving out of South Florida, I still love to visit San Diego. What's not to like?

GM recalling certain 2015-15 pickups to repair seat belts

(April 15, 2016) DETROIT — GM is recalling 895,232 model year 2014-15 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra 1500 pickups in the United States because the flexible steel cable that connects the seat belt to the vehicle can fatigue and separate over time as a result of the driver repeatedly bending the cable when entering the seat.

This issue was discovered through warranty data. There have been no reports of crashes, injuries or fatalities related to this issue.

2017 Subaru Forester gets technology, performance updates

(April 15, 2016) CHERRY HILL, N.J.  — Subaru has announced a comprehensive update to the 2017 Forester including revised styling, new driver assist technology, more interior comfort, enhanced driving performance, and better fuel economy.  These new features offer the driver greater peace of mind and a more engaging and comfortable driving experience.

Sir Peter Blake pop art Bentley to be auctioned for charity

(April 15, 2016) CREWE, England — Bentley Motors has teamed up with the godfather of British pop art, Sir Peter Blake, to create a one-of-a-kind Bentley Continental GT V8 S Convertible. This unique car will be auctioned for charity by Bonhams at the Goodwood Festival of Speed on June 24.

Bentley commissioned Blake to deliver the world’s first pop art Bentley, drawing on inspiration from the acclaimed artist’s celebrated career at the forefront of the famous British pop art movement.

2016 BMW M4 GTS launched in Barcelona, Spain

(April 15, 2016) WOODCLIFF LAKE, N.J. — The new BMW M4 GTS joins a family of exclusive BMW M3 Special Editions which have been setting the pace for 30 years. Production of the first BMW M3 (E30) got under way in 1986, establishing M on both the street and the track. The BMW M3 – and now the BMW M4 – has since set the benchmark in its segment throughout its lifespan and across every model generation.

Audi concludes its best first quarter in history

(April 14, 2016) INGOLSTADT, Germany — Audi concluded the best first quarter in the company’s history along with the most successful sales month. In March, Audi increased global sales by 4.6 percent to a monthly high of around 186,100. That brings cumulative deliveries since January to 455,750 cars, 4 percent more than in the same quarter last year.

Growth during the first three months was mainly driven by strong demand in Europe and America. Audi has also seen increases in China since the beginning of the year.

Toyota recalls 58,510 Camrys and Avalons for airbag concern

(April 14, 2016) TORRANCE, Calif. — Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A. on Wednesday announced that it is recalling approximately 16,880 model year 2016 Avalon and 41,630 model year 2016 Camry sedans.

In the involved vehicles, the front passenger seat is equipped with an Occupant Classification System (OCS) which activates/deactivates the front passenger air bag system, depending on the weight of the occupant. There is a possibility that some vehicles may not have received proper OCS calibration during the vehicle manufacturing process.

2017 Ford Escape available with FordPass and SYNC3

(April 14, 2016) LOS ANGELES — For 16 years, Ford Escape has been a leader in the popular small SUV segment by bringing the latest in advanced technologies to customers. The 2017 Escape will continue that leadership when it arrives in showrooms in May, featuring available SYNC Connect technology that gives FordPass members remote access to their vehicle from their mobile device.

Ford begins taking applications for the nearly half-million-dollar GT

(April 14, 2016) DEARBORN, Mich. — Customers wanting to own one of the all-new Ford GT ultra-high-performance supercars can officially submit their applications at FordGT.com. Limited production of the all-new Ford GT inspired Ford Performance to create a unique, customer-focused experience to help select potential owners for the new supercar.

An abandoned Century

The Buick Century name was first used by General Motors in 1936. A new Century came into the picture in 1973, and in 1982 the Century was built on a down-sized platform. It got a facelift for 1989 and minor design changes in the following years with the last Century built in 2005. This abandoned Buick, residing next to an equally abandoned house in southeastern North Carolina, appears to be a 1991 model. (Photo by Jim Meachen)