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Aug 26, 2014

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Volvo Takes it Down a Notch, err.. a Cylinder...


Right behidn the release of it's new four-cylinder engine family line, Volvo is developing a 1.5-liter turbocharged three-cylinder engine, to help reduce it's carbon footprint, in both American and European markets.  Expected to go into production after 2016.  


2015 VW e-golfPhoto Credit: VW


Volkswagen's Latest US Edition Coming to ZEV States: 2015 e-Golf


Volkwagen just announced the price for it's e-Golf starting at $35,445 and it will start off in ZEV (zero-emmission vehicle rules) States like California.  The car qualified for a federal tax credit of up to $7,500.  The e-Golf only comes in one trim line (SEL Premium) with all LED headlights, a 24.2 kWh lithium-ion battery, 115-hp, and an average range of 70-90 miles.  


2015 Subaru WRX S4Photo Credit: Subaru.com 


Subaru WRX S4 gets an Envious Power Boost in Japan


Japan gets lucky with it's version of the Subaru WRX S4 having a 28 hp advantage over it's US counterpart.  The car will output 296 horses with 295 lb-ft of torque with it's turbocharged four-cylinder.   Subaru says the S4 sands for 'sports performance', 'safety peformance', 'smart driving', and 'sophisticated feel'.  The car comes standard with it's usual AWD with Vehicle Dynamics Control and Active Torque Vectoring.   Other advantages over the US include better steering box mounts, sports seats, a 'nose job', and 18 inch wheels.  


chrysler recall complaints Photo Credit: Chrysler


Chrysler on the Verge of yet Another Recall


Chrysler owners are a little unhappy with a country wide virus of electrical issues in their vehicles: Headlights shutting off, widnows rolling down, radios turning on and off on their own, as well as cars refusing to start.   Issues are being blamed on the power module which could cost over $1000 for customers to replace.  Over 240-300 complaints have been filed already.  Affected vehicles mentioend are the Jeep Grand Cherokee, Dodge Durango, and others.   Chrysler is aware of and has acknowledged the problems, but is attempting to get it dismissed as part of a class action law suit that was filed back in 2013.  




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