Initial reports of power-steering issues leads to planned recall of about 514,000 vehicles.
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The Phaeton large sedan is coming back to Volkswagen's lineup in the United States, according to the head of the German plant that builds the car.
VW pulled the $85,000 Phaeton from the U.S. market in 2006 after four years of falling short of sales expectations.
The new Phaeton for the States will be a complete redesign, according to a report by Bloomberg.
“We have our eyes firmly set on the U.S. market,” Juergen Borrmann, director of VW's plant in Dresden, Germany, told Bloomberg in an interview.
Being overweight is more than just a health risk.
The report says that obesity has grown by 1.1 percent in this country in the three years from 2007 to 2009, and that the number of states that have an obesity rate of 30 percent or more has tripled in that time period. That’s a problem, sure, but what does it have to do with the auto industry? Consumer Reports cites a study from a nonprofit called Resources for the Future that claims that a 10 percent increase in obese drivers from 1999 to 2005 contributed to a reduction in the average fuel economy of in-demand vehicles by as much as 2.5 percent. While people were piling on the pounds, demand for large vehicles such as trucks and SUVs climbed in unison.
Looking back a year after the Toyota unintended-acceleration issues kicked off a recall free-for-all.
"Since last fall, Toyota dealers have serviced over half of all recalled vehicles. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is conducting investigations into Toyota safety and operations, having fined the company for failing to report problems in a timely fashion. Members of the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate grilled the company in a string of televised hearings that added more insights to the unfolding story. Even Consumers Union weighed in and spoke before Congress, calling for significant changes in automotive safety."
AAA releases its list of best vehicles for canine owners.
With 45 million American households home to one or more dogs, and with many owners regularly taking their pet for a ride, having the right transportation for the task can save you some headaches. In that spirit, AAA has released its list of vehicles best-suited to keeping your dog safe, comfortable and happy. Check out its list after the jump.
By Ryan Beene, Automotive News
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Monday it had opened a preliminary investigation into the issue after it received one complaint from an owner of an almost-new Kia Soul who said the steering shaft decoupled from the steering wheel and then fell onto the driver's side floor in a way that interfered with the brake pedal.
The investigation could affect more than 51,000 Kia Soul vehicles, NHTSA said.
Midrange model is the frugal enthusiast's choice.
Most midgrade gasoline, midgrade performance cars are a dubious proposition. Models from the Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart to Acura’s defunct Type-S editions cost thousands more than regular versions but don’t deliver enough "oomph" to justify the extra whack to your wallet. Even worse are the skin-deep packages, once notorious on Detroit cars, in which garish stripes, boastful badges or fake scoops distract you from the fact that there’s nothing more than a team of gerbils under the hood.
I’m happy to report another rollicking exception to the midgrade rule in the BMW 335is. For people who can’t afford an M3 -- and doesn’t that describe most of us? -- but who do want something hotter than an already formidable 335i, the 335is is an honest car at an honest price.
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Clifford Atiyeh has spent his entire life driving cars he doesn't own. Raised in Volvos, he has grown to love fast, irresponsible vehicles of all kinds. He is the senior news editor at MSN Autos and also reports for Car and Driver, Road & Track, The Boston Globe and other publications.
In the garage: 21-speed Iron Horse, 2002 Jeep Wrangler X (not his)
Doug Newcomb has covered car technology for over 20 years for outlets ranging from Rolling Stone to Edmunds.com. In 2008, he published his first book, "Car Audio for Dummies" (Wiley). He lives and drives in Hood River, Ore., with his wife and two kids, who share his passion for cars and technology.
In the garage: 1996 Chevrolet Impala SS, two 1984 Chevrolet Blazers, 2008 Honda CR-V
James Tate learned to drive stick at age 13 in a 1988 Land Cruiser - in La Paz, Bolivia. He's since been a mechanic, on a pit crew and has wrenched on every car he's owned since his first 1989 Honda CRX Si (and won't stop until the car is a 1973 Porsche 911 RS). His work has appeared in Car and Driver, Popular Mechanics, Automobile and others.
In the garage: 1995 Porsche 911 Carrera, 1988 BMW M5