Recalls: 2004-2008 Acura TSXes recalled in states that see use of deicing materials during winter months
Honda in tandem with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has issued a recall for 2004-2008 model year Acura TSXes registered in select states that see heavy use from corrosive deicing substances.
2004-2008 Acura TSXes reguestered in Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and the District of Columbia, have been recalled.
The issue lies in the buildup of these deicing substances in the padding for the floor pans under the driver side, which is also where the engine’s ECU sits. The corrosive materials can cause an electrical contact to rust, which may cause a complete failure of the ECU.
Honda will begin notifying owners and will have all the cars affected fixed free of charge. The campaign is set to begin on April 11, 2013.
It’s a brave tire company that invites a throttle-happy group of auto journalists – a good number with racing experience – to torture test their new tire against the competition on a wide-open racetrack. Braver still, is a company that invites these journalists to compare their new tire in a competitive pool of tires in which it is out-classed.
Michelin’s Pilot Sport All-Season 3 is, as its name suggests, an all-season tire – but this tire was pitted against summer Ultra High Performance (UHP) tires from the competition through an autocross. My initial impression upon learning of the apples to oranges test was that these tire reps were either out to lunch or incredibly sure of their product. It turned out to be the latter.
I’ve never fancied Michelin. As a devoted Ferrari F1 fan through the 1990s and early 2000s, I was naturally a disciple of Bridgestone. The Japanese tire company had literally embedded a gaggle of tire engineers inside the Maranello factory and Ferrari had likewise embedded race engineers in Bridgestone’s F1 development center in Japan. How cool is that?
Michelin, on the other hand, were supporting the evil (and devilishly fast) Fernando Alonso, who was racing wheel-to-wheel with my darling and highly contentious driver, one Michael Schumacher, whilst driving a Renault. Really, it was a tire race, and Michelin were consistently out performing Bridgestone in the early part of the 2005 season. But, as an adolescent testosterone-fueled F1 fan, these victories over Bridgestone only annoyed me. Maybe it was Alonso’s Fabio hair. Oh, the follies of youth. Regardless, I was forced to recognize Michelin’s engineering competence in the world’s premier class of motorsport.
The British premium small car manufacturer MINI can look back on an eventful year marked by new sales records, successful model launches and expansion into new markets worldwide. 2012 once again served up a wealth of highlights for brand aficionados, as well as being the most successful year to date for MINI.
Not only has the vehicle line-up been extended to seven models, meaning more choice than ever, but MINI is now represented in over 100 markets around the globe for the very first time. Worldwide sales of the MINI brand totalled 301,526 units last year, more than in any previous 12-month period. The MINI review of 2012 summarises the year’s most important, most extraordinary and most astonishing events.
January: MINI kicked off the year with yet another first when the British carmaker showcased its model range at the Auto Expo in the Indian capital of New Delhi for the very first time. This coincided with the opening in New Delhi und Mumbai of MINI’s first showrooms on the subcontinent. This made India the 100th market in which MINI is active. There is obviously a huge appetite for premium small cars there too, with 50,000 fans registering on MINI India’s Facebook page in the space of just a few weeks. In Europe, the year commenced with the introduction of two special-edition models, the MINI Baker Street and MINI Bayswater, whose exclusive design and equipment features have injected some contemporary London style into the streetscape.
February: The launch of the MINI Roadster extended the brand’s line-up to six models. The first open-top two-seater from the British carmaker radiates an aura of puristic sportiness. The manually operated soft-top roof, steeply raked windscreen, low centre of gravity that has been weighted forwards, and an automatically extending rear spoiler allow driving pleasure to be experienced at its most intense. The MINI Roadster range boasts a choice of four particularly feisty engines and is spearheaded by the MINI John Cooper Works Roadster with 155 kW/211 hp – never before have MINI drivers been able to feel such a vigorous rush of wind through their hair. The MINI brand reinforced its presence in the Middle East sales region with its market entry into the Kingdom of Jordan. The MINI showroom in the heart of the capital Amman presented customers with a choice of the entire MINI range from day one.
France’s Simon Pagenaud wowed IZOD IndyCar Series fans and his fellow drivers as a rookie in 2012, placing fifth in the championship ahead of champions like Dario Franchitti and Tony Kanaan.
And as the 28-year-old Indianapolis resident has proven for almost a decade, he’s impossible to categorize.
He’s raced at the Indy 500, nearly won the 24 Hours of Le Mans for Peugeot, can be found in GT cars, tin-tops and rally cars, and if he has his druthers, will soon add “Global Rally Cross” competitor to his ridiculously long resume.
With an invitation from the 2012 GRX championship-winning Olsbergs MSE team to test Brian Deegan’s 2012 Ford Fiesta at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Pagenaud told RoadandTrack.com he leapt at the opportunity.
So, we all know that cars pretty much rule our world, but honestly, have your ever thought about who’s behind the powerful auto industry? Well, we did, and came up with a TOP 20 list of the most influential people in the auto industry. We decided not set a particular order, just a random one between the 20 names, so you can contribute and let us know what your order would be and who else you think could be on that list. A little heads up… we couldn’t add a girl to it, but names like Danica Patrick and Sabine Schmitz could well be in there… maybe in a Top 30 list!
To illustrate this list we’ve also created an HD Infographics with a resume of each of the TOP 20 guys out there. Check it out and find a more complete text version at the end.
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Porsche, Porsche 911, Supercar Videos, United States — By MR on June 13, 2012 at 10:29 am — No Comments
How do you combine the love for cars with the love for guns? These guys in Indiana decided to do a drive by shooting using a Porsche 911 with a sunroof and an AR-15 rifle.
The AR-15 is a lightweight, 5.56 mm, air-cooled, gas-operated, magazine-fed semi-automatic rifle, with a rotating-lock bolt, actuated by direct impingement gas operation or long/short stroke piston operation. In the US army its select-fire counterpart is known as the M16 rifle.
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BMW is in the procedure of recalling 88,911 of its Mini Cooper vehicles with turbocharged engine in the United States. The impacted cars had been constructed in the period amongst November 14, 2006 and January 18, 2011. The business feels that the electrical auxiliary water pump which cools and brings down the temperature of the turbocharger can overheat and end result in the smoldering of the circuit board, which could lead to the vehicle catching fire.
The recalled models include 2007-2011 Mini Cooper S, 2008-2011 Mini Cooper S Clubman, 2009-2011 Mini Cooper S Convertible, 2011 Mini Cooper S Countryman, 2009-2011 Mini John Cooper Operates, 2009 Mini John Cooper Performs Clubman and 2010-2011 Mini John Cooper Works Convertible.
Individuals who are impacted by this difficulty will get a phone from the firm sometime in February this year and take their vehicles to their dealers, wherever the water pump in their auto will be replaced. Owners can also call BMW at 1-866-275-6464 or the Nationwide Highway Site visitors Safety Administration (NHTSA) at one-888-327-4236. One particular can also check out www.safecar.gov and get more data on this concern.
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