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Mercedes-Benz is recalling 2015 C-Class in the US over steering problem

Mercedes-Benz has issued a recall of over 10,500 MY2015 C-class sedans in the United States due to a production error that could cause steering wheels to squeak and fail to turn. Mercedes spokeswoman Donna Boland remarked that the issue was first noticed in September in two vehicles in Europe.

The vehicles had their “steering coupling interlock” in an open position, when they should have been released locked from the factory in Europe. The 2015 C-class model – built in Europe -- was launched in the US at the end of August, Boland said.

The spokeswoman noted models in the US are built at the carmaker’s Vance plant in Alabama, which means there is no reason to say that they also carry the same issue.

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Mercedes-Benz recalls 284,000 C-Class over faulty electrical connection

Mercedes-Benz is recalling around 284,000 C-class sedans in the United States and Canada due to faulty electrical connection that could make the taillights dim or fail. According to the carmaker and documents filed with the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administratio, Mercedes is recalling certain C300, C350 and C63 sedans covering 2008-2011 model years as a poor electrical ground connection that might cause their taillights to dim or fail, increasing the risk of a crash.

Around 252,867 of the recalled vehicles were sold in the US, according to the NHTSA documents. A spokesman for Daimler stated that the rest were sold in Canada, adding that the carmaker has no knowledge of any crashes or injuries related to the issue.

Mercedes received in 2009 five field reports wherein a loss of tail lamp was blamed to loss of electrical connection, although at the time the cause was unknown and was labeled for further study, according to the NHTSA documents. In 2013, the agency launched a probe into the issue, with Mercedes provided information in response in October.

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Porsche recalls the 918 Spyder because the suspension control arms might crack

If you have a Porsche 918 Spyder in your garage, take note that you will have to bring your supercar back to your dealership because it had been recalled again. The company announced that they will recall 305 examples of the 2015 model year in the United States as connecting shafts for the suspension control arms might crack.

The automaker found in their analysis that the connecting shafts of the longitudinal and transverse control arms have become vulnerable to cathodic stress corrosion cracking. And in the long run, this could affect the car’s components, which will eventually need replacement. The car’s handling could be impaired, especially under extreme conditions (like racetrack use), if this is not replaced immediately, and this will increase chances of a crash.

Once you have brought your Porsche 918 Spyder to the dealership, the automaker will replace these parts with improved versions. You actually don’t have to leave your car overnight as it will take about seven to eight hours to complete - that is, if you are willing to wait. The automaker also made it clear that there had been no incidents that are directly related to this problem. But it is advisable that you bring your car back to the dealership for the replacement, just to be sure. Porsche will replace all parts with no additional charge, of course.

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2019 Mercedes-AMG C43 gets soft updates on power and styling

When Mercedes-Benz gave the regular C-Class models a soft update for the 2019 model year, it was already expected that it would do the same to the high-performance C-Class units. Now, the Mercedes-AMG C43 is getting a soft update – both in terms of looks and power – when it arrives as a 2019 model year.

Offered in Saloon and Estate variants, the new Mercedes-AMG C 43 4MATIC is considered as the entry-level high-performance C-Class model. Thus, it is only logical that it receives certain updates. For starters, the Mercedes-AMG C 43 4MATIC Saloon and Estate are provided with new distinguishing visual elements like the AMG radiator grille with twin louver in matt iridium silver, as well as the dynamically sculpted front apron with extra flics. The front apron features side air curtains that help channels front airstream. The trim details on the front splitter as well as the cross fin attachment now don a silver chrome finish.

On the rear end, the Mercedes-AMG C 43 4MATIC Saloon and Estate now feature a pair of round (instead of angular) twin tailpipe trim elements as finished high-gloss chrome. The rear end is also defined by a rear apron with side air curtain appearance, a more expressive diffuser as well as body-colored spoiler lip on the boot lid.

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The outgoing Mercedes-Benz C Class began production in the year 2015. And even though it may not be that old, the automaker decided to already give it a mid-cycle refresh and finally, it has arrived with the 2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class sedan. The automaker recently just took the camouflage off the vehicle, before setting out to make its debut at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show in March.

When looking at the new C-Class sedan from the outside, changes seem to be very subtle but noticeable. For instance, the single bar diamond grille from the AMG Line now comes standard, surrounded by new LED headlights that are now standard as well.

The front fascia looks tweaked with horizontal fins in the side air intakes. The rear fascia has also been redesigned, now with an additional diffuser. The headlights and the taillights also got a minor design change and an LED upgrade, and the sedan now sits on a set of 17 inch twin five spoke wheels that are standard. Customers will now have more paint options like Mojave Silver Metallic and Emerald Green Metallic.

Read the entire article 2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Facelift gets more power and tech upgrades

There are various challenges attached to creating a vehicle with an output of 707 horsepower. First of all, the vehicle will have to be constantly supplied with a generous stream of fuel. Apparently, that task proved to be too much for one of the suppliers of the components for the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk.

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that the fuel lines of this Trackhawk could detach. And when that happens, not only will the 6.2 liter supercharged V8 engine starve, but it will also start a fire.

Having said that, the FCA has reportedly recalled 1,242 units of these models in the United States to check and repair their fuel lines. The automaker estimates that these models were produced between October 10 during the beginning of the production and December 10, which is when a new quality control process was initiated. Lower versions of the Grand Cherokee are not affected here even if they have been furnished by the same supplier. This is because their fuel lines were made on a separate production line.

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BMW saw a potential oil leak on the new M760Li, prompting them to recall the said vehicle last April. Today, a little over two months after issuing the first recall, BMW is once again recalling the M760Li for the same reason. While 97 examples have been initially affected, the latest recall notice covers a total of 206 vehicles as issued by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (or NHTSA).

One of the main reasons is the oil leaking from the oil cooler possibly going onto the front brakes, compromising the vehicle’s braking efficiency. The 2017 BMW M760Li xDrive sedan, which packs a total output of 592hp(600PS) and 590lb ft (800Nm) of torque, can go for a zero-to-62 mph sprint in only 3.9 seconds. Even if no injuries or accidents have been reported, recalling the affected vehicles is important to let them check and replace the engine oil cooler line or whatever is necessary to prevent any serious problems.

According to BMW, they will be working on the vehicles beginning August 7 and that the procedure will be free of charge and should not take more than two hours to complete. In spite of this, owners should wait to be contacted first by the dealership before bringing in their cars for a check-up.

Read the entire article Recall is expanded for BMW M760Li xDrive over oil-leak risks

Bad news for BMW, their new flagship sedan, the 2017 BMW M760Li xDrive is already being recalled not so long after its release. Why so soon, you ask? Well, an oil line in the engine compartment is leaking oil.

The worst part though is that it leaks down to the front brakes, which is highly dangerous for the car and the driver since this could affect stopping power. Especially since it packs a 6.6 liter twin-turbo V12 engine, that yields up to 601 horsepower and 590 pound feet of torque. The four-wheel drive comes with an eight speed automatic and can sprint to 60 miles per hour from zero in just 3.6 seconds. Imagine having to stop a car that fast with brakes that don’t work well due to an oil leak.

The premium sedan has a top speed of 155 miles per hour, and if customers got the M Driver’s Package, it can be stretched up to 189 miles per hour. M760Li, like the standard 7-series, has an “Executive Drive Pro” suite as well. With Dynamic Damper Contolled air springs and Dynamic Drive that reduce roll and increase comfort while driving.

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The North American unit of German premium carmaker BMW is recalling around 19,000 units of its BMW i3 electric vehicle because of the risk of fuel leak. You may ask, “An electric vehicle having a fuel leak?” Yes, EVs aren’t supposed to suffer from a fuel leak, simply because they get their energy from a battery pack, not from gasoline or petrol. That would be the case for a typical EV.

However, a fuel leak may occur in the case of EVs with a complementary internal combustion engine that serves its purpose to extend the distance the unit could travel. Simply put, once the battery pack runs out of energy, the gasoline engine kicks in as the EV seamlessly shifts from electric power to fossil fuel, thereby serving as a range extender.

While the BMW i3 is a pure electric vehicle, there are customers who want to travel farther distances than its battery power could provide. Thus, the German premium carmaker is also offering a version of the BMW i3 that is fitted with a small range-extending gasoline engine. This version – the BMW i3 Rex – has been recently found to be at risk of a fuel vapor line, mainly due to the positioning of the fuel tank vent line and the ribbed wire protection sleeve for the battery pack.

Read the entire article BMW is recalling 19,130 units of i3 REx plug-in hybrid EV in the US due to possible fuel vapor leak

Come on baby, light my fire… Suddenly, a recall becomes a sensational news for more than 12 minutes and 33 seconds. Lamborghini earlier this week announced it is issuing a recall on the Aventador model range. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the recall includes the Super Veloce, the Pirelli Edition, the Miura Homage and the Aventador LP720-4 50 Anniversario.

The notice said there are issues concerning the vehicle’s Evaporative Emission Control System, which had to do with some faulty purge valves and defective ROV (roll over valve) along its fuel tank.

The ROV basically seals off the valve opening in order to prevent fuel leaks under unfortunate circumstances. The purge valve meanwhile controls how much fuel vapor is purged from the carbon canister.

Read the entire article Lamborghini Aventador recalled due to engine fire risk, Veneno not part of it

Volkswagen Group’s dieselgate saga continues, but it appears the German company would be able to get out of trouble, but it would not be unscathed. This development comes as Volkswagen entered into an agreement with the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) and regulatory agencies to compensate customers whose vehicles are powered by the group’s 3.0-liter TDI diesel engines implicated in the emissions cheating scandal in 2015.

The new settlement agreement covers 83,000 Volkswagen Group vehicles powered by the group’s 3.0-liter TDI V6 engines that have been found to have employed software that helps them evade the emissions testing process. No thanks to this software, these V6 diesel engines seem cleaner than they actually are. Parties in the agreement – coming in the form of a proposed Consent Decree – include Volkswagen AG, Volkswagen Group of America, US DOJ, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the State of California, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) and the California Attorney General. The latest settlement agreement is more or less similar to the one that covers Volkswagen’s 2.0-liter TDI engines.

Under the proposed Consent Decree, Volkswagen has agreed to recall and/or buy back the affected 3.0-liter TDI V6 vehicles from Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche brands. The program will be separated into two parts.

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Known for its luxurious bespoke interiors, the Bentayga's $275,000 price tag seems to be worth every penny for some people. However, Bentley happens to have overlooked something very important while assembling the production model for its latest Bentayga SUV. As it turns out, the bolts on the posh vehicle’s seat mechanism and dashboard were not properly secured. (tsk, tsk)

We know for a fact that a loosely tightened screw could compromise the vehicle’s overall safety. Over time, the frequent vibrations could make it lose its alignment completely. This is not something you’d expect from an SUV that costs an arm and a leg. Among Bentley’s bespoke interior add-ons include a fishing set, a Breitling tourbillon clock and a Linley hamper set that you can stuff with an exclusive picnic menu from Gloucestershire England’s Daylesford organic farm.

Only this year, Bentley added a new engine range for its famous Bentayga model. The Bentayga diesel comes with 4.0 litre V8 turbo charged direct injection engine. It uses the same powerplant as that of Audi’s SQ7 SUV. Thus, allowing it to produce as much as 429 hp and 664 lb-ft of torque. Basically, the Bentayga diesel can go from zero to one hundred kilometres per hour in less than 5 seconds, with top speed reaching 168 miles per hour.

Read the entire article Recall is ongoing for 2017 Bentley Bentayga due to injury risk from loose dashboard, seat

Automotive engineers have studied and have undergone rigorous training to be able to create the perfect motor vehicle - and this includes making the most precise mechanical and natural systems. Knowing that people do make mistakes, it is the automotive engineer's task to think ahead for possible problems that may arise in the future.

They have to put themselves in someone else's shoes, someone who doesn't speak automotive jargon, and be able to make solutions that are as easy as one, two, three. Being an automotive engineer is a tough job and there will always be some glitch in the system where things just don't go the way it's supposed to.

Even those who have built the most technologically advanced cars have to go through trial and error to spot problems. Lucky for those whose technical problems have arisen prior to distribution but there are just unlucky few that have had to be recalled. One of those unlucky few is the Bugatti Veyron.

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The 2017 Mercedes-AMG C63 Cabriolet made its official worldwide debut at the 2016 New York International Auto Show. Sales will begin at dealerships across the U.S. during the fall of 2016. The 2017 AMG C63 Cabriolet manages to combine the AMG V8 engine with an open-air atmosphere to give an exciting performance experience.

Developed by AMG at its Affalterbach facility, the Biturbo engine offers two possible output ratings which are 469 hp or 503 hp. While the exterior already has a powerful appearance, this is highlighted further with the wide track and large wheels and the flared wheel arches on both the front and the rear.

It is equipped with the AMG RIDE CONTROL sport suspension, which shares similarities with the AMG C63 S, as it also comes with dynamic engine mounts, a rear-axle limited slip differential, and adaptive damping adjustments. For AMG lovers who also want performance, they will be able to choose from the many variants of the Mercedes-AMG C-Class.

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Mercedes-Benz unveiled the first of its convertible (cabriolet) models based on the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, which according to Mercedes offers a modern luxurious but youthful ambiance. Optional to this cabriolet is the AIRCAP automatic draught stop system and AIRSCARF neck-level heating, which should afford its driver comfortable driving all-year round.

In addition, powering the new convertible is a variety of engine options between 115 and 270 kW (156 to 367 hp) with a suspension system tuned for a dynamic, sporty and agile handling with and optional AIRMATIC air suspension.

Standard to all engine variants will be the new 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission while a proven assistance system and hi-tech infotainment system make driving the cabriolet very convenient.

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The C 43 4MATIC Coupé, which offers an intensely fresh dynamic driving experience, is the latest addition to the C-Class lineup of Mercedes-AMG.

Affalterbach-based production teams, known for their top-of-the-line product vehicles, developed a powerful C-Class car with 270 kW or 367 hp 3.0-liter V6 twin-turbo engine and the new 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission, which offers agile gearshifts.

The core comes with the AMG Performance 4MATIC all-wheel-drive technology and a model-specific chassis system, living up to the brand's promise of "Driving Performance" in all areas.

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People who have been waiting to buy the new 2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe can now pre-order their units. The car carries a price tag that starts at £30,955 OTR. The first units will be delivered to buyers in the UK in December.

The new C-Class Coupe continues the innovations introduced in the C-Class Saloon and Estate. There will be two models. Buyers can also choose between four engines. The first is the C 200 petrol engine, which has a horsepower rating of 184 hp.

It comes in two variants: a six-speed manual (123 g/km of CO2) version or the 7G-Tronic seven-speed automatic gearbox (125 g/km). There’s also the C 300 engine, which has a horsepower rating of 245 hp. It has no manual option, however.

Read the entire article 2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe priced from £30,955 OTR in the UK, deliveries to begin in December

Mercedes-AMG played up the technical advancements made on the new C 63 Coupé, a move that is considered to be another landmark in its amazing brand history. The changes are apparent right away. It comes with prominently flared front and rear wheel arches and a wider track and bigger wheels that lend a muscular appearance to the Coupé.

It also serves as a foundation for the very agile dynamics, both lateral and longitudinal. The “Driving Performance” that’s expected from the brand is also taken to higher level. The C 63 Coupé is powered by the AMG 4.0-litre V8 biturbo engine that boasts of delivering 350 kW (476 hp) or 375 kW (510 hp).

This makes it comparable to a completely in-house development from Affalterbach. It features the stylish AMG RIDE CONTROL suspension with electronically controlled shock absorbers and has the set-up of the AMG DYNAMIC SELECT transmission modes, as well as the rear-axle limited-slip differential or the dynamic engine mounts.

Read the entire article 2016 Mercedes-AMG C 63 Coupe breaks cover, offers advanced tech

The new C-Class Coupé from Mercedes-Benz is scheduled to arrive in December 2015. It is the sportiest variant of the C-Class and is the embodiment of modern luxury. The new Coupé, which will debut at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show, has a vibrant and sensual design. It has an elegant interior and elevates style to something sportier. Because of its dynamically configured chassis and optional air suspension, it boasts of superior suspension comfort, low road roar and tire vibration, responsive handling, and driving enjoyment.

Enhancing the experience even further are its lightweight construction, amazing aerodynamics, and top performance in combination with efficient engines. Safety is at the highest level because of its new assistance systems.

The Coupé comes with a ton of equipment as standard. The AMG Line is offered as an alternative to bring out its dynamism. It has several exterior elements that make it different. These include special bumpers and sills that feature AMG bodystyling, a diamond radiator grille with pins in chrome and a set of 18-inch AMG light-alloy wheels.

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For failing to manage the recalls properly and in a timely manner, a record $105 million fine will be imposed on Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, according to two sources. They also said that this matter will be handled by an independent safety monitor under extensive penalties that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration imposed.

In some of the cases, FCA will have to buy back some of the vehicles as part of the government’s investigation into how it handled almost 24 recalls that cover 11 million light vehicles. The recall covers 1.5 million older Jeep models with rear fuel tanks that were related to multiple fatal fires.

The Wall Street Journal was the first to report the fines and the terms of the settlement between the NHTSA and FCA. As part of the deal, FCA intends to give cash to convince those who own older Jeeps with rear fuel tanks to get repairs done. The sources said that the FCA may even offer an extra trade-in allowance on top of the value of recalled Jeep models if customers choose to trade it in.

Read the entire article NHTSA issues $105 million fine to Fiat Chrysler for mishandling recalls