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Mercedes-Benz fined for price fixing in China
From The Car Connection:
Some pundits have predicted that China’s auto market is unstoppable. To prove their point, they often point to the country’s booming middle class, who aspire to own the same luxuries as their counterparts in the West.
General Motors has issued two recalls affecting roughly 250,000 Chevrolet and Hummer vehicles, 210,000 of which are registered in the U.S. The Hummer recall is the larger of the two and has been linked to 42 fires caused by part of the SUVs’ climate control system.
As everyone knows, 2014 was the Year of the Recall. Between fatal ignition switch flaws at General Motors and exploding airbags from Takata, recalls were at the forefront of everyone’s mind.
Teaser for 2017 Mercedes-AMG C63 Coupe
From Motor Authority:
Mercedes-AMG recently released a teaser video with the message that something “fast” was coming. Along with the message, the video contained the sweet sounds of the official Mercedes-Benz tuner’s new twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8 as well as a few glimpses of the Hockenheimring race track in Germany.
Wrecked sports cars are never a pretty sight. But at least when a beast like a Corvette Z06 winds up stuffed in the wall at a track day, you can argue it was being used as intended. After all, these are the kind of machines that are supposed to chase records.
Over the course of 16 days last month, auto journalist Wayne Gerdes and co-driver Bob Winger drove a 2015 Volkswagen Golf TDI to all 48 of the states in the U.S. mainland. Along the way, the pair traveled 8,233.3 miles, and averaged an amazing 81.17 mpg.
2016 Land Rover Range Rover and Range Rover Sport HSE Td6 diesel models, 2015 Detroit Auto Show
From Green Car Reports:
Both new 2016 Land Rover diesel models will carry a $1,500 premium over their respective base gasoline versions. The 2016 Land Rover Range Rover Td6 will start at $87,445, while the 2016 Range Rover Sport Td6 will start at $67,445. All prices include destination.
Diesel cars and trucks may be more expensive to buy, and they have generally higher fuel costs, but owners may still be able to amortize that cost over a fairly short period. That’s the conclusion of a new University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute study, which should put an extra spring in the step of diesel owners.
Tesla Motors is working to establish its presence in many markets outside the United States, but there’s one country the electric-car maker hasn’t explored so far. The company’s products aren’t officially sold in Russia, even though there is apparently quite a bit of demand.