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Takata Airbag Recall: What You Need To Know – CarsDirect

A media firestorm has erupted within the past 48 hours in the auto industry, as one of the most far-reaching recalls in U.S. history is taking place. And it’s happening right now. The scrutiny is well-warranted: millions of Americans and their vehicles have been affected, as airbag manufacturer Takata has agreed to double the initial recall of 17 million vehicles to 34 million vehicles.

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Note that equates to 13% of the 250 million vehicles on the road today. And the cars, trucks and crossovers affected aren’t simply Honda vehicles. They’re BMW’s. And Chryslers. And they’re all going to be hitting the road as the summer road-trip season kicks off this Memorial Day Weekend.

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Troubling Trend

One thing that is really disconcerting to us is the fact that some owners are simply disabling their airbags in fear of shrapnel getting hurled at them should they be involved in an accident. We won’t dive into how their going about doing so, because we don’t want anyone reading this article to go out and try it. This is flat-out the worst thing someone could do.

Yes, five people have lost their lives due to the defective inflators, but airbags have saved thousands upon thousands of lives since their inception in 1980 (the 1980 Mercedes-Benz S-Class was the first car to feature a driver-side airbag).

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The DOT has announced steps to follow for determining whether or not your vehicle and set up new portals for owners. You’ll need your VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) which is located either on the driver-side door jamb or on the driver-side dashboard (viewable through the front of the windshield).

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Manufacturers Are Trying

Yes, the whole airbag recall is troubling, but that’s not to say that manufacturers are not trying to do their part. In fact, Honda and Acura both are trying hard to get current owners to bring their vehicles. The entire upgrade is paid for by the dealership, at no cost to the owner, sans 30 minutes to an hour worth of lost time.

But some owners simply are not paying attention. If your car is on this list, or if you are unsure, take some time out of your day to pick up the phone and call to find out. Your life, and the lives of your children, spouses, friends and families depend on it.

In all, the models affected by faulty Takata airbag inflators are as follows:

BMW

2004-2006 BMW 325Ci
2004-2006 BMW 325i
2004-2005 BMW 325Xi
2004-2006 BMW 330Ci
2004-2006 BMW 330i
2004-2005 BMW 330Xi
2004-2006 BMW M3

Chrysler

2005-2007 Chrysler 300
2005-2007 Chrysler 300C
2007 Chrysler Aspen
2005-2007 Chrysler SRT8

Dodge

2005-2007 Dodge Charger
2005-2007 Dodge Dakota
2004-2007 Dodge Durango
2005-2007 Dodge Magnum
2004-2007 Dodge Ram 1500
2005-2007 Dodge Ram 2500
2006-2007 Dodge Ram 3500
2005 Dodge Dakota
2005 Dodge Magnum
2003-2005 Ram Pickup

Ford

2004–2005 Ford Ranger
2005–2006 Ford GT
2004–2008 Ford Mustang

Honda

2001–2007 Honda Accord
2001–2006 Honda Civic
2003 Honda Civic Hybrid
2002–2006 Honda CR-V
2003–2011 Honda Element
2002–2004 Honda Odyssey
2003–2008 Honda Pilot
2006 Honda Ridgeline

Acura

2003–2006 Acura MDX
2002–2003 Acura TL/CL
2005 Acura RL

Mazda

2004–2008 Mazda6
2006–2007 MazdaSpeed6
2004–2008 Mazda RX-8
2004–2005 Mazda MPV
2004 Mazda B-Series Truck

Mitsubishi

2004–2005 Mitsubishi Lancer
2006–2007 Mitsubishi Raider

Nissan

2001–2003 Nissan Maxima
2001–2004 Nissan Pathfinder
2002–2006 Nissan Sentra

Infiniti

2003–2004 Infiniti I30/I35
2002–2003 Infiniti QX4
2003–2005 Infiniti FX35/FX45
2006 Infiniti M35 and M45

Subaru

2003–2005 Baja
2003–2005 Legacy
2003–2005 Outback
2003–2005 Impreza

Toyota

2002–2005 Lexus SC
2002–2005 Toyota Corolla
2003–2005 Toyota Corolla Matrix
2002–2005 Toyota Sequoia
2003–2005 Toyota Tundra

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2016 Volvo XC90: First Drive

Volvo’s redesigned 2016 XC90 is extremely important for the Swedish automaker. While it has rolled out new models that have impressed us in the sedan (S60), SUV (XC60) and even the wagon space before, it is the three-row XC90 redesign that stands at the top of the brand lineup. Indeed, this complete redesign is packed to the gills with new features, new technology and new styling including LED headlights patterned after a superhero’s weapon. Our tester was an XC90 T6 Inscription model, which starts at $ 55,495 (all prices include destination). The Inscription is the highest of the three trim XC90 trim levels atop the Momentum ($ 49,895) and the R-Design ($ 53,895). Both the Inscription and the Momentum will be offered in July, while the R-Design will arrive in October alongside a plug-in hybrid version, the T8. Like most of the vehicles we drive at these events, the Inscription came almost fully loaded adding the Vision ($ 1,600), Climate with Head-Up Display ($ 1,950) and Convenience packages ($ 1,800). On top of that it also offered a Bowers & Wilkins premium sound system ($ 2,500), 21-inch alloy wheels ($ 750) and four-corner air suspension ($ 1,800). Total price with a couple more options: $ 66,705. How It Drives   Volvo has ambitious plans to shift all of the cars it sells in the U.S. to essentially one engine architecture: a 2.0-liter four-cylinder that comes turbocharged (called the T5 despite just four cylinders) or the same four-cylinder both turbo- and supercharged (T6) for more performance. Our reviewers already have some experience with the T6 engine found in the XC90 in the smaller S60 and XC60, but this is the first time we’ve gotten to test out the engine on a vehicle of this size. The XC90 has a curb weight approaching 4,400 pounds, and it produces 316 horsepower and 295 pounds-feet of torque. While I did not expect robust performance out of the XC90, I did expect a little more than was delivered. From a dead stop, it takes the SUV a long beat even with its sophisticated engine setup before it really gets going. Once you are underway, the engine offers plenty of guts for passing and other maneuvers provided you get high enough in the rev range. It feels like a stubborn mule; the power and capability are there, but you have to coax it out. I came away thinking that a larger engine would be nice, but the fuel economy ratings — 20/25/22 mpg city/highway/combined, which is on par with others in the class — might be more important to those who drive it daily. Our XC90 also came with the optional air suspension, which kept the SUV very level, even on canyon roads. There are three selectable drive modes for regular use — Eco, Comfort and Dynamic — and three steering response options as well. Stick with Comfort. Eco deadens the throttle to the point of misery and Dynamic makes the XC90 behave like a wannabe-sport sedan, with the eight-speed automatic transmission holding on to gears for dear life. There is also a stop-start function to save fuel, which I did not really like, but it is no more intrusive than similar systems found on other cars. Though the 2016 XC90 does come with standard all-wheel drive, don’t expect to be doing much exploring. The system has a large front-wheel-drive bias for fuel-economy reasons. If traction is lost, up to 50 percent of the power can be shifted to the rear wheels, but the system isn’t designed to be used heavily off-road. Interior   The star of the upscale interior is the center-mounted 9-inch touch-screen (roughly the size of an Apple iPad), which is vertically oriented. Volvo has removed the vast majority of the physical controls from the center console and added them to this screen. Though this gives the interior a modern, minimalist aesthetic, it is a choice that I (along with most Cars.com editors) greeted with a raised eyebrow or two. Call us scarred from the questionable execution we’ve encountered on systems like this in the past. I am happy to report that this is the best example of a digital system that I’ve used to date. “Button” presses on the screen are met with a quiet click that is strangely satisfying; the system is responsive, fast and intuitive. Part of the reason these systems can be frustrating is that they are generally slower to react compared to touch-screens on smartphones or tablets. This is the first system I’ve found in a car that could keep up with those devices, and it provided a great user experience.       I didn’t miss the physical controls at any point on the trip, which is the best thing I can say about it. Even when wearing polarized sunglasses I found the screen remained sharp and clear. The same can’t be said for the head-up display, which vanishes once the shades come on. The screen also uses an infrared system instead of capacitive touch, which means you can use the system with gloves on — good news for car owners in colder climates. Fit and finish, materials and styling are all excellent. This is a bona fide luxury SUV, and one of the quietest cars I’ve ever driven to boot. My driving partner for the day and I were able to carry on conversations in soft voices with no trouble hearing one another, even at highway speeds. The front seats are an absolute dream, offering enough support to eliminate fatigue while remaining supple for comfort.     The second-row is split 40/20/40 with the middle seat offering an optional integrated center booster cushion. Each segment slides forward/back and reclines individually, so parents can bring a child in a car seat closer to the front. There is plenty of leg and headroom in the second-row, and thanks to the standard panoramic moonroof, a sense of airiness aided by the slight stadium-style setup.     The third row, however, is a different story. Volvo says the third-row seats are meant for passengers 5-foot-6 and shorter, and they were not lying. I tried to cram my almost 6-foot frame back there and while there is plenty of legroom if the people sitting in front of you are cooperative with those sliding seats, headroom is essentially absent. My head was firmly planted in the headliner, even with a kinked neck.   Cargo   There is 15.8 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third-row, which expands to 85.7 cubic feet with the second and third rows folded flat. There’s a good amount of vertical space as well. There is also a small rear cargo area hidden under a latch that is a good spot to hide valuables like a purse or laptop. The Land Rover LR4 has 9.9 cubic feet behind the third row, Acura’s MDX has 14.8 cubic feet, the Infiniti QX60 provides 15.8 cubic feet and the Buick Enclave offers 23.3 cubic feet behind the third row. Safety and Technology Volvo — as one might assume — has crammed in the safety technology with new features and improvements to existing features, such as enhanced detection of pedestrians and cyclists. There are two new standard safety systems on the XC90 that are world firsts: an auto braking system that will prevent you from making left turns into oncoming traffic and a run-off road protection package. The run-off road package uses the XC90’s sensors to detect when it runs off the pavement and tightens the seat belts to keep occupants in place. Additionally, Volvo engineers also discovered that many of those cars go airborne in run-off situations and land hard, causing spinal injuries. So metal pieces under the front seats have been added that act as crumple zones when the car lands to absorb much of the downward force. Most of the electronic driver aids default to on, but flick the screen to the right and a menu comes up where you can toggle most of them off with ease. I was afraid that the long list of safety systems would be too intrusive but for the most part I did not notice them; they were helpful reminders instead of nagging ones. Flip all of the available technology on, however, and there are times where you start to feel more like a passenger than a driver. At speeds less than 33 mph, the XC90 will basically drive itself. As we sat in congestion on the Pacific Coast Highway with the adaptive cruise control with pilot assist turned on, the XC90 automatically kept a safe distance from the car in front of us and took over the steering as well, firmly planting us in the middle of the lane. I may have even found a moment to sneak a glance or two at the sparkling ocean. When speeds rise above the 33 mph limit, the cruise control will still follow at a safe distance but the driver does have to take over most of the steering with the XC90 only making small course corrections. Summary   The 2016 XC90 was worth the wait; it offers enough luxury to compete with anything coming out of Germany or Japan, a refined driving experience with the air suspension, and accessible and intuitive technology. Add in the well-executed safety features and the XC90 will hold great appeal for families looking for a luxury vehicle with some utility.
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BMW to Increase Crossover Production, Eyes Sales Record – CarsDirect

Proper now, crossovers are on a full-blown sales tear, and the competitors is heating up with new entrants from almost each and every manufacturer. The identical can be stated about their luxury-laden brethren, which are beginning to make their way into each and every region in America. From Southern California garages to Hamptons hideaways, the luxury crossover is the “it” car appropriate now. And these aren’t to be confused with the boisterous body-on-frame behemoths of a bygone era. Rather, they’re smaller sized unibody models which feature smarter packaging and much better performance.

A single manufacturer that is ramping up their crossover technique is BMW. Ludwig Willisch, CEO of BMW North America is maintaining his eyes framed squarely on the segment. He sat down in an interview with our buddies at Automotive News for a rapid but fruitful Q&ampA.

Shoppers Producing the Switch

Willisch and BMW are having a difficult time keeping up with red-hot demand as shoppers ditch their sedans for crossovers like the X3 and midsize X5. So what’s the difficulty? Production capacity. To help alleviate that situation, final March, BMW invested $ 1 billion to upgrade their Spartansburg, SC factory.

In doing so, the factory will be greater equipped to handle an improve in crossover production, including the upcoming X7. As it stands today, the factory can only pump out 300,000 units per year. But with the big factory upgrades, BMW estimates that 450,000 units can be made annually, an improve of 50%.

Challenging Competition

But although the boost in production will lead to far more sales, the brand nevertheless lags behind the competitors. Consumers are flocking to Porsche’s Macan in droves and the very best-promoting Lexus RX 350 continues to dominate the segment. In addition, the Japanese brand’s new NX 200t crossover has been promoting at higher clip, even with no the large incentives many shoppers pine for.

Most Popular Luxury Crossover?

Interestingly, the current upgrade to the brand-spanking new 2016 Acura RDX have confirmed to be enormous, as it really is presently not only the most shopped for crossover at CarsDirect, but the most shopped for vehicle, period. That is saying a lot, simply because all the cars on sale these days have upped their game significantly.

Element in a strengthening economy and lower fuel prices, and it becomes a small much more clear as to why these models are gaining steam. And that’s not mentioning the key selling point right here: luxury crossovers provide virtually almost everything a purchaser could want–all at a reachable price point.

Incentives this Month

With Memorial Day coming up subsequent week, sales and competitors will begin to take off as the hot summer time selling season starts. Incentives are a mixed bag for the luxury crossover segment, especially for the models which MSRP for under $ 40,000. Here are some of the current offers.

Base MSRPRebateLeaseFinance
2015 BMW X1$ 32,150N/A$ 299/mo.9% APR
2016 BMW X3$ 39,450N/A$ 479/mo.9% APR
2015 Lexus NX$ 35,405N/A$ 369/moN/A
2015 Audi Q3$ 33,425$ 500N/AN/A
2016 Acura RDX$ 36,015N/A$ 309/mo1.9% APR
2015 Mercedes GLA$ 32,225N/A$ 329/mo2.99% APR
2015 Land Rover Sport$ 38,095N/AN/AN/A

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European Auto Sales Humming, But Russia And China Worry German Carmakers

Right after a slow begin to its recovery, Europe’s vehicle marketplace has hit  its stride. Each and every significant industry contributed sales gains final month to lift the area to its very best April considering that 2009 before the crash. But developments elsewhere are causing worries, particularly for the German auto companies that compete globally: […]
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Nissan LEAF Residual Values Take a Massive Hit in May possibly – CarsDirect

Final month, the Nissan LEAF hit a milestone by surpassing the Chevy Volt as the ideal-promoting plug-in car in the U.S. With no a doubt, the $ 199 lease we’ve seen for months has played an essential part in creating the $ 29,000+ LEAF accessible to much more shoppers. However, alterations this month following a hit in residual values suggest Nissan is going to extreme lengths to keep payments eye-catching. Here’s what you require to know.

Jump in lease money

Lease incentives are usually employed to decrease the monthly payment or amount due at signing on a lease car. We see this to some degree from most automakers every month.

For Could, Nissan boosted lease cash incentives as significantly as 35% on the LEAF. The SL model got the largest incentives- up from $ 9,350 to $ 12,600, a enormous amount primarily based on what we’re utilized to seeing.

Even the least-expensive S model got a 26% enhance to $ 11,025. So why did the $ 199 lease deal remain the exact same in Might?

The planet of leases often requires subtle alterations defined by residual values, money aspect (akin to the interest price), and lease incentives. This month, Nissan changed all three on the LEAF.

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Residual value hit

LEAF residual values tell an exciting story. Final December, Nissan’s projected residual worth on a LEAF S was 38% soon after 36 months. Though this was mainly unchanged through April, it got a massive reduce in May possibly from 37% to 31%, a six% drop.

A look at other models in Nissan’s lineup confirms the changes on the LEAF are unusual. For instance, the residual on the Altima has been roughly flat at around 53% for months. On the Frontier truck, the residual really increased 4% considering that last December.

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Funds factor hiked

The story does not finish there. Cash factors, the lease equivalent of an interest rate, also got an abrupt modify on the LEAF.

From April to Could, the funds issue changed from .00003 to .00055, equivalent to a change in interest rate from .07% to 1.32%. That may possibly not look like a lot but it’s more than double the highest rate we’ve observed on the LEAF this year.

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Looking beyond numbers

We’re inclined to suspect Nissan is compensating for reduce projected residual values on the LEAF with bigger upfront lease incentives. They could be performing this for a excellent purpose- competition.

Final month, Chevrolet announced a $ 139, zero-down lease on the 2015 Spark EV. The car, sold primarily in California and Oregon, saw a main spike in sales in April- it even outsold the Chevy Volt and beat its previous very best sales month by more than 5 instances with 920 cars sold.

The $ 199 lease deal on the LEAF has stood firm for months- but how far is Nissan willing to go to hold the lease payment attractive to shoppers? Time will tell. We’ll be watching closely and will report any key alter in delivers.

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Infiniti to Discontinue Q40 Sedan – CarsDirect

If you happen to be shopping for luxury on a price range, the Infiniti Q40 has probably appeared in your study. Nonetheless, competitors have produced headway in the realm of luxury vehicles priced in the low $ 30,000 variety. Soon after the Q40 is ultimately discontinued this year, the automaker’s lineup will get a a lot-needed shake-up. Here’s what you want to know.

Entry-level luxury

In a way, the Q40 was never supposed to take place. The Infiniti Q50 was initially meant to replace the old G37. However, a $ 3,200 value enhance was a shock to some shoppers. The automaker brought back the G37 for a final year under the Q40 nameplate.

The automobile was profitable at permitting Infiniti to not alienate shoppers at the reduce end of the price spectrum. Meanwhile, competitors like the BMW 320 and Mercedes-Benz CLA250, and Audi A3 produced progress at attractive to shoppers new to luxury brands.

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Something new

The Q40 has also been the bridge to something new- the upcoming 2016 Q30. The new entry-level car starts production this summer in Sunderland, England.

A strategic partnership with Mercedes-Benz enables Infiniti to use the same platform and engine as the CLA250, which could make for a quite fascinating automobile. Pricing hasn’t been announced but we believe it’ll want to be in the low $ 30,000 variety in order for Infiniti to remain competitive.

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Options

It really is tough to beat present lease gives on the Q40 as low as $ 279 per month for 39 months with $ 3,999 due at signing. Nevertheless, budget luxury shoppers have some eye-catching alternatives.

The BMW 320 has a decrease payment at $ 269 per month for 36 months with $ 4,064 at signing, but has a shorter lease term and fewer luxury characteristics like vinyl seats and the lack of a navigation program. The Mercedes-Benz CLA250 is a fine car but leases continue to be pricey- this month the payment is $ 329 per month for 36 months with $ three,623 due at signing.

Correct now our choose continues to be the Q40. It routinely makes our monthly ranking of the very best lease offers. Even so, realizing that inventory is winding down, it really is unclear how lengthy the offers will last.

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Our take

With the demise of the Q40, shoppers are losing a more budget-friendly luxury option. Even so, the existing competitive landscape calls for some thing new and compelling to compete with the likes of the CLA250 and A3. Infiniti is betting shoppers will give the Q30 significant consideration after it debuts.

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