Happy New Year!
GM is recalling 92,221 full size trucks from model years 2011-12 to fix an ignition problem. No, not the one that may spring to mind but for lock actuators that may make turning the key difficult or make it stick in hot weather. Included in the recall are Chevrolet Suburbans, GMC Yukons and Cadillac Escalades. Owners should check with their dealer to see if their vehicle is covered by this recall.
It seems like automakers are taking over the Consumer Electronics Show now that there are more computers in cars than would fit in an entire building not that many years ago. Hyundai will show an app that will allow the wearer of a smartwatch to hook up to the company’s Blue Link and perform all kinds of functions, including remote start. “Connecting to your car through a smartwatch and voice recognition was previously something seen only in science fiction movies,” said Barry Ratzlaff of Hyundai.
Also at the January 6-9 show, BMW will display a concept vehicle that will showcase lighting innovations we can expect in the future. That will include Laserlight, that is said to have more than twice the range of light emitting diodes. Also ultra-thin lamps that open up new design possibilities.
Ever hear of a GAC Motor GS4? China’s leading automaker will unveil the compact SUV at the North American Auto Show in Detroit January12th. The company said this will “mark a milestone” that shows it is ready to compete in the global marketplace. GAC might ring a bell to fans of “Transformers 4” where it had a leading role. It is now planning an entry into the U.S. auto market.