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Recalls: Mazda expands scope of vehicles affected by Takata airbag recall to 330k

December 14th, 2014 0 Comments
2008 Mazda 6. (11/06/07)

Earlier this week a Reuters report indicated that Mazda was considering a nationwide expansion of its recall for vehicles equipped with Takata airbag inflators. The company has now confirmed said expansion, with the vehicle count jumping from 86,770 to 330,000 affected in the US.

As before, the affected vehicles are Mazda6 and RX-8 cars from the 2004 to 2008 model years.

Mazda reports that Takata has tested a “large number of inflators removed from Mazda vehicles” and not found any to be “non-compliant” as of yet. With that said, the company also reports in its statement that one 2005 Mazda6, located in Florida, has been identified as having had an “abnormal” deployment of the driver’s side airbag.

For what it’s worth, though the company’s statement references the Takata inflator issue as a proper recall, it is calling its own program of notification a “Safety Improvement Campaign” for the moment. Find the full, if brief, Mazda press release in the form below.

Report: Hyundai Veloster nixed in UK after just 3 years

December 14th, 2014 0 Comments
Hyundai Veloster

The Veloster, Hyundai’s funky, four-door hatchback, has been pulled from the British market after just three years on sale. The blame, as is usually the case in these circumstances, is being placed on slow sales. Auto Express reports that, much like it has in the United States, the Veloster has failed to resonate with both customers and critics.

While UK sales figures weren’t available to prove AE’s point, Veloster sales in the US through November are down nearly 2,000 units over the same period in 2013, to under 26,000 vehicles. That makes it the third-slowest seller in the Hyundai lineup, behind the far more expensive Azera and Equus sedans.

The performance-minded Veloster Turbo will be replaced in the UK by a version of the i30 equipped with the VT’s 1.6-liter, force-induced, direct-injected engine. You can read all about that new vehicle right here.

Official: Next-gen Audi Q7 shows of its wares ahead of Detroit

December 14th, 2014 0 Comments
Audi Q7

Audi has put the Q7 on a massive diet, trimming over 700 pounds.

Meet what is sure to be one of the bigger debuts at the upcoming 2015 Detroit Auto Show. The next-generation Audi Q7 has been the subject of spy shots and conjecture for quite some time. After all, it was easily the oldest vehicle in the Audi range, having hit the market way back in 2006. But with this new model, Audi has comprehensively updated its fullsizer, adding some cutting-edge tech, updating some classic engines, and taking a whole lot out.

As is the theme nowadays, particularly among large crossovers and SUVs, Audi has put the Q7 on a massive diet with a mix of ultra-high-strength, hot-shaped steel and aluminum, trimming over 700 pounds of body fat and lowering the Q7’s weight to just under 4,400 pounds. This was accomplished while maintaining virtually identical dimensions to the current model.

While Audi USA hasn’t released its info on the Q7, the Euro-spec model will continue to offer a pair of engines that should be very familiar to US consumers, with a 3.0-liter, supercharged V6 gas engine and a 3.0-liter TDI V6. The European engines, though, have had their CO2 emissions halved, while actually increasing performance (we should expect similar from the US engines).