Auto News for March 30

  The Federal Trade Commission is the latest to sue Volkswagen saying it deceived consumers with its ad campaign that promoted “clean diesel” vehicles that were fitted with an illegal emission default devise. The FTC is seeking a court order requiring VW to compensate consumers who bought or leased the affected vehicles from late 2009 and late 2015. Further, FTC is asking for an injunction to prevent VW from engaging in this type of conduct again. The complaint was filed in the U.S. district Court in California. A German news agency said VW may suspend dividend payouts as it copes with the costs of the diesel emissions matter.

 The Toyota Prius v is the only midsize car out of 31 evaluated to earn a good rating for its headlights, according to a new study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The best available headlights on 11 cars earned an acceptable rating, nine reached a marginal score while 10 were rated as poor. “If you’re having trouble seeing behind the wheel at night, it could very well be your headlights and not your eyes that are to blame,” says David Zuby, IIHS executive vice president and chief research officer. Government standards for headlights, based on lab tests, allow a huge variation in the amount of illumination that headlights provide, the IIHS said. No new lighting technology was appraised as better than existing equipment for a wide variety of reasons. The insurance industry group study was based primarily on how much illumination the lights produced without excessive glare for oncoming motorists. In the case of the Prius v with LED lights and high-beam assist, IIHS said it should give a driver traveling straight at 70 mph enough time to identify an obstacle and safely brake to a stop.

 GM is recalling nearly 6,300 Chevy Caprice police cars from model years 2014-16 to fix a corrosion problem that could result in loss of the power steering system. GM said no crashes or injuries have been reported.

Kila two million


 Kia celebrated the roll off of its two millionth vehicle at the assembly plant in West Point, Georgia. It was a white 2016 Sorento SXL. More than forty percent of all Kia vehicles sold in the U.S. are produced here.




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