Expect Rivals To Market Safety As GM, Toyota Reputations Are Tattered
Set to make its motorsport debut next weekend (March 23), the sports coupe features a full M Performance package as well as a special Akrapovic exhaust system. Seen in the video above is the official unveiling of the car in Qatar. Fortunately, the BMW crew revved several times to impress the audience. Okay we are impressed too! As a reminder, M4 power is provided by a 3.0-liter TwinPower Turbo six-cylinder engine that develops 431 HP (317 kW) and 550 Nm (406 lb-ft) of torque. It enables the coupe to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in just 4.1 seconds. Source: Qatar Exotic Cars
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2014 Nissan Rogue Named A Top Safety Pick Plus—But Not Rogue Select
He will have global responsibility for the safety development of GM vehicle systems, and will be in charge of validating GM cars safety performance and overseeing recalls and other safety-related issues after vehicles are sold. Boyer will provide regular and frequent updates on vehicle safety to Barra, senior management and the GM board of directors, the company said. Jeffs appointment provides direct and ongoing access to GM leadership and the board of directors on critical customer safety issues, said Barra. This new role elevates and integrates our safety process under a single leader so we can set a new standard for customer safety with more rigorous accountability. If there are any obstacles in his way, Jeff has the authority to clear them. If he needs any additional resources, he will get them. Creation of the new safety post comes one day after GM announced the recall of 1.55 million vans, sedans and sport-utility vehicles, citing concerns over brakes, seat belts and air bags. Those recalls, along with last months recall of 1.6 million Chevrolet Cobalts and other models for the ignition switches, will cost the automaker about $300 million in the first quarter, GM said. GM is facing investigations by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Congress and the U.S. Justice Department over why it didnt recall the Cobalts and other vehicles when it first became aware of issues with the cars ignition switches. Boyers appointment is intended to ensure such issues dont avoid detection in the future. He will report to John Calabrese, Vice President of Global Vehicle Engineering and become a member of Global Product Development staff, led by Mark Reuss, Executive Vice President, Global Product Development, Purchasing and Supply Chain.
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safety organizationsin this case, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The 2014 Rogue managed the insurance-funded group’s Top Safety Pick Plus (TSP+) designation, which means that it earned top ‘good’ scores in all of five required categories; it’s also been given a ‘basic’ rating for its front crash protection (with the optional Forward Collision Warning system). That’s a big improvement over the previous-generation Roguewhich, buyer beware, is still sold for the 2014 model year in cut-price form, as the 2014 Nissan Rogue Select. That version of the Rogue only manages an ‘acceptable’ score in the rollover-protection-related roof strength category, and an even more worrisome ‘marginal’ performance in the new small overlap frontal test, which simulates a frontal, off-center collision in which the vehicle hits a tree or utility polea particularly deadly and injurious type of crash. In addition to all the expected safety features, such as side-curtain airbags, and stability control, the 2014 Rogue includes Nissan’s Easy Fill tire alert , which cleverly tells you with quick honks of the horn when you’re at the right tire pressure. And blind-spot monitors, a lane-departure warning system, and forward collision alert are all on the options listin addition to a superb 360-degree surround-view camera system that adds to parking convenience and safety (that latter feature is standard on the Rogue SL and optional on the affordable SV). See the video of the small overlap frontal test below, and visit our full review page for more about the 2014 Nissan Rogue . ___________________________________________
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GM names new vehicle safety chief in wake of recalls
And while Honda has launched a couple of its own safety recalls lately, they were careful and preemptive rather than uncaring and even duplicitous, which is what car buyers may be coming to think of both GM and Toyota. Perhaps a new campaign will come out of nowhere from Volvo. While showing signs of revival with new models and financial stability, its going to take some doing from the now-Chinese-owned, Swedish-made brand to reclaim a place in the hearts of American consumers. What better way to attempt this feat than a marketing campaign highlighting the brands iconic attribute, crash safety, at a time when car buyers are on heightened alert over the issue? Its even possible that GM will pull a bit of marketing jujitsu with its own safety woes and actually take the opportunity to emphasize a positive safety story with its vehicles where it can. For example, the Chevrolet Spark was the only tiny-car model to get an overall acceptable rating in a recent test by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety of several entrants in the segment. Chevrolet CMO Tim Mahoney told me a few weeks ago he planned to highlight the Sparks success in that regard but would only be doing so through social media and maybe print. Spark is in a very small segment compared with Cruze or Malibu, so we wont give it heavy above-the-line [advertising] weight, he said. Well do more through social.
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GM Creates Vehicle Safety Job In Wake Of Recall Questions
Barra said that she would testify if summoned by Congress to Capitol Hill. Barra has named a former federal prosecutor to lead an internal investigation that could stretch over months to establish a more precise record of what went wrong and why, Barra said. There are no sacred cows, she said. Barra was noncommittal when asked whether she would waive the immunity GM enjoys from liability claims predating its 2009 bankruptcy and federal bailout. The internal investigation will provide GM with a baseline of facts to guide the company as it moves forward, she said. Vehicle safety advocates have called on GM, whose profits have soared and standing with car buyers has improved since a restructuring, to establish a $1 billion fund to compensate the families of those killed and injured in incidents related to the defective part. GM has paid settlements in several lawsuits over the switch, but it has not released a comprehensive list of such lawsuits or a list of names of those it believes were hurt and killed as a result of the defect. In her remarks to reporters, Barra repeated her apology for the problem and promised to work diligently to resolve it. She also said that repairs resulting from the ignition switch recall should begin by mid-April and be completed by October. The debacle has posed a difficult early test for Barra, who took over as chief executive of GM in January. She said that she first learned of the problem when the company decided in late January that a recall was warranted. Since then, she has pledged GMs cooperation with the investigations and apologized repeatedly for the deaths and injuries related to the defective ignition switches.
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