How do they get them up there?
So, yeah -- that's about all I've got for this post. Check out Brown's post for the rest of the pics, which are pretty self-explanatory in that they're all weird. Seriously, how do you get even get a subcompact so perfectly positioned on a guard rail like that? It's like some prank from a wacky '80s comedy.
By Neil Roland, Automotive News
About 8.4 million Ford vehicles that can possibly catch fire remain on the road because of lack of owner information even after the largest U.S. safety recall ever, regulators said Thursday.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration urged owners of the 14 million vehicles recalled between 1999 and 2009 for leaky cruise-control switches to take their unrepaired vehicles in to dealers. The switches on those vehicles may leak into the antilock brake system, Ford has said.
“If not repaired, the vehicles can catch fire, even if they are turned off, parked and unattended,” NHTSA's statement said.
Shared supplier means some Honda models have brake fluid issues, too.
Advics Co., based in Japan, supplies certain parts to both manufacturers, and the overlap means that, as with the Toyota recall, drivers who replace factory-installed Honda Genuine brake fluid with another brand may cause a rubber seal in the master cylinder to dry out or curl, leading to a possible leak. The problem with the other brake fluids, according to both Honda and Toyota, is that they might not contain the correct polymers to keep the parts working properly.
By Greg Migliore
Dodge is updating its Journey crossover with an improved interior, a new engine and a fortified suspension.
The Journey gets a one-piece instrument panel with larger cluster of gauges. In the middle is a full-color vehicle information screen backlit in Dodge's red lights.
There's more storage space, new seats and new colors and trims. The ride is also enhanced with reengineered suspension geometry.
Let's not forget what really improves the drive--the engine.
Company to install electric-vehicle chargers at Mall of America
The office is one example -- how about the mall? Charge while you shop is the idea behind the recently announced partnership between Car Charging Group Inc. and the Mall of America. Car Charging Group will install EV chargers at the mall in Bloomington, Minn., which covers 4.2 million square feet and has 13,000 parking spaces. The mall receives more than 40 million visitors each year.
By Dale Jewett
A 1952 Porsche 356 cabriolet owned by Robert Wilson of Oklahoma City, Okla., has been named the winner of a contest to find the oldest Porsche sold in America.
Porsche Cars North America ran the contest, which asked owners to submit documentation showing when their cars were first sold, as part of its celebration of 60 years of selling cars in the United States.
Wilson's car, which he found in a salvage yard, was imported in November 1952 by Max Hoffman, who started bringing Porsches to the United States in 1950. Wilson's 356 cabriolet is powered by a 1.5-liter engine rated at 60 hp and has been fully restored.
740,000 recalled in the U.S. for brake issues.
Worldwide, an additional 799,000 vehicles are being recalled: 599,000 in Japan and 200,000 in Europe.
By Rick Kranz, Automotive News
Volvo plans to offer a Volkswagen Golf competitor as part of a plan to expand the automaker's product line.
Speaking in London last week, new Volvo CEO Stefan Jacoby said the next generation of the entry-level Volvo “will be a derivation of the C30, a Golf competitor,” according to the Web site www.autocar.co.uk.
He also said Volvo's brand positioning would shift toward “functionality and Scandinavian elegance” and away from sportiness, according to the Web site.
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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
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