Auto News for Aug. 28

 Volvo XC 90XC90 interior

 In Gothenburg this morning, Volvo unveiled its new XC90 that its maker insists paves the way for a portfolio of cars to come. There will be 1,927 individually numbered XC’s to begin with that celebrate the year Volvo was born. They will be sold only on Volvocars.com starting September third.

 Volvo said they will be powered either by a supercharged and turbocharged four good for 320 horsepower or a twin turbo diesel rated at 225 ponies. It is the first car to offer automatic braking if the driver turns in front of an oncoming car in an intersection for example.

 Volvo is touting a virtually button free interior and a gear lever made from crystal glass from Orrefors.  No word on U.S. price yet.

 The Center for Auto Safety is calling on the National Highway Safety Administration to open an investigation of certain Chrysler products that owners claim have faulty modules that distribute electrical power to the vehicle. The New York Times said owners are also not happy that dealers want at least $1,000 to replace the Total Integrated Power Module. Owners said a failure could cause the total loss of power on the highway without warning, and owners claim, headlights shut off, audio systems turn on and windows roll down without any action on their part. Chrysler said it is investigating the matter that the Times said it involves 2010-11 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango models among others. There has been no comment from the NHTSA.

 And listen up bow wow fans. Auto Trader is out with a list of the best cars for dog owners topped by the Subaru Outback. It is followed by the Nissan Juke, VW Tiguan, and BMW X3 and Volvo V60. Adopt a Golden of Atlanta said owners should not allow their dog in the front seat in case the air bags go off. Further, it said one should not allow their pooches to ride with their head out the window because they could be easily be injured by debris flying into their eyes. You can get further information at:

  http://www.multivu.com/players/English/7287751-autotrader-must-shop-cars-for-dog-lovers/

 

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