Auto News for Oct. 7

“It is clear that not all voice systems are created equal, and today’s imperfect systems can lead to the perfect storm for driver distraction,” said the AAA. Manufacturers can make them less complicated, more accurate and generally easier to use, said AAA. Toyota’s Entune system had the lowest distraction ranking with Chevy’s MyLink, Ford’s SYNC, and the Mercedes COMMAND at the other end of the scale. AAA said the systems should be no more complicated than listening to the radio or an audiobook.

It might be hard for you to believe, but less than half of the owners of GM vehicles recalled for faulty ignition switches have had their cars repaired. Chevy is now using Facebook and making phone calls to owners to urge them to get their vehicles into dealer service bays. Many owners simply ignored the recall letters feeling the problem was not serious.

Volvo has announced a 2.0-liter four that cranks out 450 horsepower using two parallel turbochargers that eliminate any turbo lag. Volvo did not disclose where the “High Performance Drive-E Powertrain Concept” might be used.

Chrysler will discontinue its factory backed SRT Motorsports racing program in IMSA at the conclusion of the 2014 season. The decision affects participation in the United SportsCar Championship with the Dodge Viper. Chrysler said the Dodge brand will redirect its focus and efforts on the brand’s product lineup.

 

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