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GM announces five new vehicle recalls in US

GM announces five new vehicle recalls in US

On Friday, General Motors (GM) announced five new recalls in the US market, as well as one separate recall for some models of Cadillac sedans in the markets outside the US. As a result of the latest recalls, the total number of recalls issued by GM in the US this year has increased to 66. The recalls have affected a total of 29 million vehicles across the world.

The latest recalls issued by GM affect approximately 270,000 vehicles in the US, including Saturn VUE crossover, Cadillac ATS four-door sedan, Chevrolet Impala, Chevrolet Aveo and Spark vehicles.

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Hyundai agrees to pay $17.4 million fine for delayed recall

Hyundai agrees to pay $17.4 million fine for delayed recall

In a statement released on Thursday, the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said that bigwig South Korean automaker Hyundai Motor has agreed to pay a penalty of $17.4 million for the delay on its part in reporting a brake defect in the Genesis luxury cars.

According to the NHTSA statement, Hyundai was aware of the defect - which involves corrosion in critical brake system - since 2012; but instead of issuing a prompt recall of the affected Genesis models, the company asked the dealers to fix the problem without giving any explanation.

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2015 Acura TLX replaces both TL and TSX in Acura lineup

2015 Acura TLX replaces both TL and TSX in Acura lineup

The brand new 2015 Acura TLX fills in a midsize lineup between Acura's entry-level ILX and the RLX luxury flagship sedans. With one of Acura's sedans aimed at sports lovers and the other being a super luxury vehicle, the 2015 TLX is essentially a replacement model for both the TL and the TSX in the Acura lineup.

As such, in one of its product releases Acura has referred to the 2015 TLX as a 'midsize sports sedan'; while in another release, the company has called the vehicle a 'performance luxury sedan.'

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Mercedes-Benz reduces Spare-Part Prices in China

Mercedes-Benz reduces Spare-Part Prices in China

After Chinese authorities launched antitrust investigation into auto sector, Beijing Mercedes-Benz Sales Service Co. announced to cut the prices of some of its spare parts in the country. The German premium carmaker's sales, marketing and after-sales unit in China took the decision, which will come into effect on September 1.

The move will reduce the prices of more than 10,000 spare parts of all Mercedes-Benz models. The decline in prices is likely to be as much as 15% for some parts after the adjustment, said the companyin a statement e-mailed to the Global Times.

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Nissan to recall more than 226,000 vehicles

Nissan to recall more than 226,000 vehicles

Automotive major Nissan has said that it is recalling more than 226,000 additional vehicles due to a defective air bag that has been fitted in many of its models. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has said that the US unit of the company, Nissan North America Inc. is in the process of recalling certain lines of its Infiniti, Maxima, Pathfinder and Sentra cars for the model years 2002 to 2004 in the country.

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Toyota gives Sienna minivan a facelift; introduces new parent-friendly features

Toyota gives Sienna minivan a facelift; introduces new parent-friendly features

The new Sienna family minivan was introduced by Japanese carmaker Toyota on Thursday, July 17. The new Sienna minivan marks an evident attempt by Toyota to give the vehicle a facelift, with the help of a refreshed and redesigned interior and several new parent-friendly features.

Making the inside of the new Siena minivan notably more family-focused, Toyota has incorporated parent-friendly features which enable parents to have a greater control of their children seated at the back.

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Chrysler accelerates parts production process to fix recalled Jeeps

Chrysler accelerates parts production process to fix recalled Jeeps

In a Wednesday letter addressed to the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Chrysler Group said that it has accelerated the process of manufacturing parts for fixing its recalled Jeeps --- the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Liberty models.

Revealing that the company has arranged for a supplier to speed up the production of trailer hitches, Chrysler said in the letter that it has efforts underway to produce enough parts by March 2015 to fix the 2.7 million Jeeps which the automaker recalled in June 2013.

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BMW recalling 1.6 million cars worldwide due to Takata air-bags issue

BMW recalling 1.6 million cars worldwide due to Takata air-bags issue

In a Wednesday announcement, German automaker BMW said that it is issuing a recall of 1.6 million cars across the world, because of issues with air-bags manufactured by Japanese parts manufacturer Takata.

According to the announcement made by BMW, the recall affects 3 Series vehicles which were manufactured between May 1999 and August 2006.

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Daimler unveils new model of two-seat Smart Fortwo car

Daimler unveils new model of two-seat Smart Fortwo car

At the Tempodrom event center in Berlin on Wednesday, German automaker Daimler AG unveiled a new model of its two-seater Smart Fortwo car. The new version of the Smart car will boast an unusual attention-grabbing design, and will hopefully contribute substantially to the company's profits.

The new Smart Fortwo model was unveiled by Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche. With a length of 2.7 meters, the new Smart model is as long as its predecessor, though it is marginally wider. The new car also has a short front hood, while the previous model did not have a hood.

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Chrysler recalling 895,000 SUVs for faulty wiring in vanity mirror lights

Chrysler recalling 895,000 SUVs for faulty wiring in vanity mirror lights

In a Friday announcement, Chrysler Group said that it is recalling 895,000 SUVs because of defective wiring in their vanity mirror lights. The company said that faulty wiring can potentially lead toa short circuit and set the vehicles on fire.

The SUVs being recalled by Chrysler include Jeep Grand Cherokees and Dodge Durangos from model years 2011 through 2014. These vehicles were manufactured at Chrysler's Jefferson North plant in Detroit, from between January 5, 2010 and December 11, 2013.

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