Auto News for Aug. 8

Recall City this morning.

Hyundai has agreed to pay a $17.35 million civil penalty for failure to report to report in a timely manner a brake problem affecting 2009-12 Genesis vehicles. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said the defect “can result in reduced braking effectiveness and increase the risk of a crash.” It said Hyundai knew of the defect in 2012 but did not recall the vehicles until late 2013. NHTSA said federal law requires automakers to report a safety-related defect to the agency within five days. Hyundai has agreed to make improvements in identifying, reporting and communicating such defects in a timely manner.

The NHTSA also announced a third recall of some GM sport utes saying a short circuit in power window circuit boards could result in a fire. “As a precaution, owners are advised to park outside until the remedy has been made,” the agency said. It added that “a fire could occur even while the vehicle is not in use.” This is the third recall for the vehicles but the first time that the affected part will be replaced. However, parts may not be available until later this year. Named in the recall are 2005-07 Saab 9-7x, 2006 Chevy Trailblazer EXT and GMC Envoy XL models, along with 2006-07 Trailblazer, Envoy, and Buick Rainier and Isuzu Ascender vehicles. Dealers were told not sell used models they may have on their lots until they are repaired.

GM will unveil the next generation Chevy Volt at the Detroit Auto show next January. Various sources report GM will offer a less expensive version of the Volt with a shorter range on pure electric power. But there will still be a small gasoline powered engine to deal with range anxieties. The Volt has not exactly been a hot seller for Chevy. GM did release this teaser pic.

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BMW global sales set a record high in July, up 7.6 percent year over year. The company said it is confident that it will sell more than two million cars this year.

The first of the big auto shows takes place in Los Angeles and backers say they expect nearly 60 world and North American vehicle debuts at this year’s spectacle. It will open to the public on Nov. 21.

 

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