Monthly Archives: February 2014

The best and worst car brands revealed

A new Car-Brand Perception Survey by Consumer Reports reveals the best and worst car brands as perceived by potential car buyers.

Subaru and Tesla broke into the top 10 just this year. Tesla’s fifth and Subaru is sixth.

Toyota, Ford, Honda and Chevrolet are the four brands with the most-favorable public perception, the survey shows.

And people disdain some very high-end machinery, such as Land Rover and Rolls-Royce.

Perception isn’t necessarily reality. The scores are unrelated to CR’s surveys of reliability or the publication’s road and track tests, nor are they connected to government and private crash-test scores.

Read the full story here.

Aston Martin recalls most of its sports cars built since late 2007

Earlier this month Aston Martin recalled most of its sports cars built since late 2007 after discovering a Chinese sub-supplier was using counterfeit plastic material in a part supplied the carmaker.

Owned by Kuwaiti and private equity investors, Aston Martin said it would now recall 17,590 cars, including all of its left-hand drive models built since November 2007 and all right-hand drive models built since May 2012.

That affects about 75 percent of all vehicles built in that period, a spokeswoman said. Its Vanquish model is not affected.

Aston Martin found that Shenzhen Kexiang Mould Tool Co Limited, a Chinese subcontractor that moulds the affected accelerator pedal arms, was using counterfeit DuPont plastic material, according to documents filed with the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Read the full article here.

2015 Ferrari 458 Speciale Sold Out

Going, going, gone! Ferrari tends to sell its models out extremely quickly – its wait lists are the stuff of legend. That’s especially true when the cars in question are of the fastest or most exclusive variety.

If new reports are to be believed, Maranello has already sold the entire 499-unit production run of its new LaFerrari hypercar, and now Australia’s Motoring is claiming that Ferrari has also filled its order book for the entire first year’s production run of its new 458 Speciale.

For those unfamiliar, the 458 Speciale follows in a proud line of hardcore mid-engined V8 Ferraris in the footsteps of the 360 Challenge Stradale and 430 Scuderia. It’s lighter, more powerful and more aerodynamically advanced than the 458 Italia upon which it’s based.

Read more here.

Parents Beware – Child’s finger severed by Chevy Tahoe window

Please keep your hands and feet inside the vehicle at all times! The busy holiday season is a time when many motorists prepare themselves for the dangers of winter driving, yet nothing could have prepared these surprised parents for this potential danger of cutting off their 3-year-old daughter’s finger in the window.

A distraught family from Medical Lake, WA was shocked after discovering the tip of their young daughter’s finger was severed off by their Chevy Tahoe during a routine drive to look at some deer. Driver Joe Hale and his wife Becky ended up rushing their daughter Kaila to the hospital upon realizing Joe had accidentally rolled up the window that pinched and sliced his little girl’s finger off.

Read more here.