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04 May 2014

Nick Murray's problematic Porsche 911 shows the power of a viral video

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Nick Murray Porsche 911

When Nick Murray took delivery of his 2013 Porsche 911 Carrera S in June 2013, he had saved for it for the past five years. He didn’t just pluck a random 911 off a dealer lot. He specially ordered his car with thousands of dollars in extras tailored just to him, and he captured all of the options on his YouTube channel. The love affair didn’t last long. Eventually the channel became a place for Nick to air his growing list of grievances about his deteriorating 911. Eventually, his mix of righteous indignation and sarcasm went viral.

Nick Murray Porsche 911By late December, he had already had four warranty repairs done on the car. Things got much worse in March. The computers began resetting whenever Nick drove over large bumps. There was also an acrid, electrical smell that occasionally permeated the cabin. Murray filed for Lemon Law protection. ​Porsche Cars North America contacted him for the first time to fix the problem, but it didn’t help.

Things culminated in April when Murray put up a new video that showed more troubles. He began arbitration with Porsche and asked for either his full purchase price back or an exact replacement. The company countered with a portion of what the car was worth, based on its mileage. Murray refused and turned to his YouTube watchers for help. He asked them to spread the word, and the video went viral with over 800,000 views as of this writing. Supporters posted it multiple times on Porsche’s Facebook and Twitter sites.

The pressure may have worked. Murray posted on the 6 Speed Online forums: “Good news! I have been contacted by PCNA to settle this. This whole mess will end today hopefully. Good that they are doing the right thing. Good for them.” Later, he added another note on the forum and Facebook that the situation was resolved without going into detail.

Nick Twork, Product Communications Manager Porsche Cars North America, told Autoblog the that company was “very aware of these videos.” He confirmed that the Customer Care Department had been in contact with Murray, and it met “with him one-on-one.” He promised that PCNA would work with him until “everyone is satisfied.”

Scroll down to watch the last three videos starting from the most recent to see what he went through. Warning, there is some occasional salty language.

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Nick Murray’s problematic Porsche 911 shows the power of a viral video originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 18 Apr 2014 10:03:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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04 May 2014

VW Group profits rise 27%, Americas still lag

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Volkswagen Group Delivers Over 9 Million Vehicles In 2012

Financially, things are looking up for Volkswagen Group overall, yet deliveries are still falling in the Americas. Worldwide, the automotive giant’s profits after taxes rose 26.8 percent in the first quarter of 2014 to 2.47 billion euros ($3.4 billion). Total sales revenue was up 2.7 percent to 47.8 billion euro ($66 billion).

Worldwide, across all of VW Group’s brands, excluding its Chinese joint ventures, sales were up 7.9 percent to 2.56 million units and production was up 7.4 percent to 2.565 million vehicles. Deliveries were up 7.4 percent in Europe and 13.7 percent in the Asia-Pacific region. China is an absolutely massive market for the company now, with 879,898 cars delivered in the first three months of the year alone, up 14.5 percent.

While VW Group is doing quite well in some regions around the world, things in North and South America are not so rosy. North American deliveries fell 4.4 percent to 194,606 units and market share fell to 4.5 percent, compared to 4.8 percent in Q1 of last year. US deliveries were down 6.5 percent to 133,481 vehicles compared to last year, and Canada fell even further, down 8.4 percent to 16,694 vehicles. However, Mexico was up 4.2 percent, with a total of 44,431 sold. South America also fell 22.4 percent to 141,589.

Overall, the VW Group’s biggest profit drivers weren’t vehicles from its namesake division. Rather, luxury marques Audi and Porsche carried the day for the conglomerate, with the Four-Ring brand contributing 1.3 billion euros ($1.8B) to the coffers and the House of Stuttgart chipped in a further 698 million euro ($964M).

Volkswagen predicts an increase in deliveries by the end of the year and a three-percent increase in sales revenue, which it appears to be on track for. Scroll down to read the official financial report.

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VW Group profits rise 27%, Americas still lag originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 29 Apr 2014 18:29:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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04 May 2014

Aston Martin requests exemption from stringent US safety regulations

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Aston Martin Vantage GT

If you were intrigued by the chance to buy a new Aston Martin Vantage GT for $99,900, it might be best not to wait too long. There is a slim chance that the Vantage and DB9 may not have much life left in the US because they don’t meet new crash standards. Aston Martin has filed documents with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration asking that the new pole and moving barrier crash safety requirements – internally referred to as FMVSS 214 – be waived for the two models. The company is claiming “substantial economic hardship” and says that it can’t afford to bring the vehicles into compliance.

We aren’t talking about a huge number of vehicles here. The Rapide and Vanquish comply with the new rules, and Aston Martin predicts that it would import 670 Vantage and DB9 models into the States between September 1, 2014 and August 31, 2017. The automaker estimates it would cost around $30 million to make them compliant.

The company has indeed been in rough shape in the not-too-distant past. According to the documents, sales volume decreased by about 48 percent from a high of 7,281 units in 2007 to 3,786 vehicles in 2012. The automaker had planned to have new models ready in time so that it wouldn’t need an exemption, but the global economic crisis delayed it. Interestingly, the paperwork reveals that Aston currently plans to launch a replacement for the DB9 between September 2016 and August 2017.

Aston Martin doesn’t have very long for NHTSA to deliberate. The new rules go into effect for them on September 1, 2014 for hardtops, and September 1, 2015 for convertibles. While it would still be able to sell its other models here, it would certainly be a shock if it had to pull the the Vantage and DB9. Both documents are available in PDF format to download and read.

Aston Martin requests exemption from stringent US safety regulations originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 18 Apr 2014 09:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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04 May 2014

2015 Chevy City Express priced from $22,950* [UPDATE]

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2015 Chevrolet City Express cargo van, front three-quarter view.

Chevrolet has announced that its 2015 City Express cargo van will start at $22,950 (*including $995 destination charge). Compared to the $21,150 price (after destination) of the base Nissan NV200 that lives beneath the Bowtie badges and Chevy graphics, and the base City Express LS will command an $1,800 premium over the donor vehicle. Opt for the City Express LT that costs $24,510, and its premium compared to the NV 200 SV is $2,370.

At this point, all appearances point to cargo vans that are carbon copies of one another save for their decoration. The Chevy gets the same 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 131 horsepower and 139 pound-feet of torque, the same continuously variable transmission, and the same 122.7 cubic feet of cargo room and maximum payload capacity of 1,500 pounds. Chevrolet’s retail site does advertise a powertrain warranty of five years and 100,000 miles compared to Nissan’s five years and 60,000 miles, and the City Express comes with Chevy’s Complete Care scheduled maintenance program for two years or 24,000 miles, something Nissan doesn’t appear to offer as inclusive.

Chevy hasn’t released a configurator site for the City Express yet, so we can’t compare standard options to see if that explains the price disparity, but we’ve reached out to the companies for comment and we’ll update the post if and when we get some added context.

The City Express will start arriving in the fourth quarter this year, and you can find out more about it in the press release below.

Update: Chevrolet wrote to remind us that pricing for the 2015 Nissan NV 200 hasn’t been revealed. In addition to the longer powertrain warranty and Complete Care maintenance package, Chevrolet confirmed the City Express “does offer more features, including six standard cargo tie downs, optional left and right side door glass and a second rear dome light in the cargo area and a different transmission that the current Nissan NV200.” Also, the Bowtie version “will offer more build combinations – this is an important factor for many of our customers.”

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2015 Chevy City Express priced from $22,950* [UPDATE] originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 28 Apr 2014 16:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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04 May 2014

2015 VW GTI promises next-level Fahrvergnügen for $24,395*

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2015 Volkswagen GTI

It’s taken Volkswagen a little while to finally introduce the seventh-generation GTI to the United States. However, it’s finally happening, and even better, VW is finally spilling the beans on the features and pricing for the 2015 model.

All new GTI models come with VW’s EA888 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine producing 210 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, improvements of 10 hp and 51 lb-ft over the outgoing model. In addition to the extra power, EPA fuel economy is predicted at 34 miles per gallon highway for manual-transmission models, a 3 mpg improvement. All models come standard with a six-speed manual, and the six-speed dual-clutch gearbox is a $1,100 option. The new model is also 2.2 inches longer, 0.5 inches wider and 1.1 inches lower, which translates to more rear seat room and 10-percent more cargo capacity.

The new GTI is being offered in multiple trims, but the base S model with two doors carries a starting price of $24,395 (*plus $820 destination charge). That’s just $195 more than the entry-level price for the 2014 model. Standard features include niceties like a drive-mode selector, touchscreen radio, LED foglights and heated front seats.

Buyers can step up to the GTI SE trim for $27,395, which adds a sunroof, rearview camera, leather seats and more. The GTI Autobahn is only available as a four-door priced at $29,595, and it adds navigation, a power driver’s seat and automatic air conditioning in addition to the SE’s upgrades.

For buyers who want even more performance, later this year, a $1,495 Performance Package will be available that includes a 10-hp boost, an electronically controlled limited-slip differential and larger brakes. SE and Autobahn-spec models will also get adaptive damping.

The GTI is generally considered the daddy of the hot hatch world, and we loved the new seventh-generation when we tested it with all the performance goodies in Europe last year. Sales begin in June, and all US models will be built at VW’s plant in Puebla, Mexico. Scroll down to read more about the new GTI, including more available options packages.

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2015 VW GTI promises next-level Fahrvergnügen for $24,395* originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 15 Apr 2014 13:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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04 May 2014

How fracking is causing Chrysler minivans to sit on Detroit's riverfront

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Dodge Grand Caravan

It’s fascinating the way that one change to a complex system can have all sorts of unintended consequences. For instance, there are hundreds of new Chrysler Town and County and Dodge Grand Caravan minivans built in Windsor, Ontario, sitting in lots on the Detroit waterfront because of the energy boom in the Bakken oil field in the northern US and parts of Canada.

The huge amount of crude oil coming from these sites mostly use freight trains for transport, and that supply boom has resulted in a shortage of railcars to carry other goods. According to The Windsor Star, North American crude oil transport by train has gone from 9,500 carloads in 2008 to 434,032 carloads in 2013. Making matters worse, some North American rail infrastructure is still damaged because of this year’s harsh winter, and that’s slowing things down even further.

Chrysler admits to The Star that it has had some delivery delays due to the freight train shortage. In the meantime, it’s using more trucks to deliver its vehicles. Trucking is a far less economical solution, partially because a train can carry so many more units at one time, but alternatives are slim. The Windsor plant alone has a deal for 33 trucks to distribute the minivans around Canada and the Midwestern US.

How fracking is causing Chrysler minivans to sit on Detroit’s riverfront originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 25 Apr 2014 16:28:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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04 May 2014

Dodge offering novel 1-year lease on '14 Challenger and Charger models

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2014 Dodge Charger and Challenger

Dodge is just days away from unveiling refreshed versions of the Charger and Challenger at the 2014 New York Auto Show, models promising updated styling and new powertrain options. Depending on how you look at it, the company is either so confident in its forthcoming 2015 models that it’s offering an interesting Double-Up lease deal on the current vehicles, or it’s so eager to clear out existing stock that it’s resorting to novel lease deals. In any case, what they present is an interesting scenario, one which allows buyers to get the existing model right now, and then trade up to the facelifted 2015 models in one year.

Starting April 17, when the refreshed cars debut through the end of August, buyers can lease a 2014 Charger or Challenger for one year and exchange it for a three-year lease on a 2015 model next year, with no additional money down and the same monthly payment. Customers can even switch vehicles when the new lease starts. If drivers want to buy the ’15, they get $1,000 off the purchase price. To be eligible, both leases must use the same dealership and be financed through Chrysler Capital. The Double-Up deal excludes the SRT versions of both cars and Charger SE models.

To offset the flood of one-year-old models coming back to dealerships, Dodge has struck a deal with rental car agency Enterprise, which has agreed to buy them all. “One-year leases are highly unusual in the industry,” said company spokesperson Ralph Kisiel, and the fleet sale deal is what makes it possible.

This offer might be a good way for Dodge to boost flagging sales of both models this summer. According to Chrysler sales data, Charger sales are down 4 percent, to 24,956 units from January through March, and the Challenger is down 24 percent in that time, with just 11,034 sold. Maybe the refreshed vehicles and lease deal will provide the sales jolt they need. Scroll down to read all of the details.

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Dodge offering novel 1-year lease on ’14 Challenger and Charger models originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 14 Apr 2014 15:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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04 May 2014

GM restricting Camaro Z/28 parts so you can't build yourself a clone

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2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28

Chevrolet is apparently making it harder to experience even parts of its $75,000, track-biased Camaro Z/28. The entire 500-car production run for the 2014 model year is already either sold or at least reserved by dealers. And it will be months before assembly of the roughly 2,500-car, 2015 model-year run will begin. In theory, though, couldn’t someone buy the components that make the Z/28 so special from the Chevy catalog and assemble a clone? Not so fast. It seems GM is one step ahead.

According to GM Authority, the company sent a letter to dealers that limited orders on 35 individual parts that make up the Z/28 package. The list included a mix of mechanical and aesthetic components like the brakes, wheels, differential, body flares, seats, grille and even the emblems.

This is clearly a move by Chevy to protect the exclusivity of the Z/28. As you can understand, it would harm the hardcore car’s reputation if a replica could be built easily from a much more basic Camaro powered by a V6. In any case, for the time being, it also means that interested buyers must negotiate for the few remaining 2014 models left, or they have to wait for the 2015s to arrive.

GM restricting Camaro Z/28 parts so you can’t build yourself a clone originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 30 Apr 2014 13:28:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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30 Apr 2014

GM restricting Camaro Z/28 parts so you can't build yourself a clone

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2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28

Chevrolet is apparently making it harder to experience even parts of its $75,000, track-biased Camaro Z/28. The entire 500-car production run for the 2014 model year is already either sold or at least reserved by dealers. And it will be months before assembly of the roughly 2,500-car, 2015 model-year run will begin. In theory, though, couldn’t someone buy the components that make the Z/28 so special from the Chevy catalog and assemble a clone? Not so fast. It seems GM is one step ahead.

According to GM Authority, the company sent a letter to dealers that limited orders on 35 individual parts that make up the Z/28 package. The list included a mix of mechanical and aesthetic components like the brakes, wheels, differential, body flares, seats, grille and even the emblems.

This is clearly a move by Chevy to protect the exclusivity of the Z/28. As you can understand, it would harm the hardcore car’s reputation if a replica could be built easily from a much more basic Camaro powered by a V6. In any case, for the time being, it also means that interested buyers must negotiate for the few remaining 2014 models left, or they have to wait for the 2015s to arrive.

GM restricting Camaro Z/28 parts so you can’t build yourself a clone originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 30 Apr 2014 13:28:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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30 Apr 2014

2014 Mercedes B-Class Electric Drive zips in with $41,450 starting price

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Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive

BMW may be getting the lion’s share of attention these days when it comes to electric or hybrid cars from Germany, but while the i3 and i8 cut a more distinct profile with their uniquely styling, Mercedes has got challengers of its own. Daimler will gladly sell you an E400 Hybrid if you’re so inclined, a Smart Electric Drive if that’s all you need, or an SLS AMG Electric Drive if you’ve got half a million to blow. But now Mercedes-Benz USA is bringing over the B-Class Electric Drive as well, and has announced details and pricing for the American market.

Joining the hydrogen-powered B-Class F-Cell, the new B-Class Electric Drive packs an electric motor developed by Tesla, good for 177 horsepower and 251 pound-feet of torque, and powered by a 28-kWH lithium-ion battery that takes two hours to charge from a 240v charger. That’ll get you from 0-60 in an estimated 7.9 seconds, en route to a 100-mile-per-hour top speed or take you a good 85 miles between charges, all yours for $41,450.

That’s just $100 more than BMW charges for a base i3 (sans on-board gasoline generator), but then the Bimmer packs less muscle: seven fewer horses, 67 fewer torques and a 22-kWh battery. The thing is, though, that while BMW hasn’t released US-specific figures, by European standards it will outperform the B-Class ED in just about every metric. It’ll accelerate faster, reaching 62 mph in 7.2 seconds, and while it tops out at only 93 mph, those seven miles will matter only on Germany’s own Autobahn. The i3 will also travel farther on a single charge, running for 118 miles on the EU cycle.

The performance disparity likely comes down mostly to weight. Because the i3 is made largely of carbon fiber and the B-Class of heavy metal, the BMW weighs just 2,635 pounds while the B-Class Electric Drive is far heftier at 3,924 pounds, as confirmed in correspondence with MBUSA spokesman Christian Bokich. (That’s also 660 pounds heavier than a diesel B-Class, but that model is not offered Stateside anyway.) The Mercedes is also larger, though, stretching 171.6 inches on a 106.3-inch wheelbase compared to the BMW’s 157-inch length and 101-inch wheelbase. (Width and height are roughly comparable.) Whether that larger form is worth the penalty on the road is a matter each customer will have to decide for him or herself. Deliveries commence this summer.

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2014 Mercedes B-Class Electric Drive zips in with $41,450 starting price originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 30 Apr 2014 10:15:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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