Subaru is recalling 48,500 model year 2016 and 2017 Legacy and Outbacks saying a defect may cause a loss of steering. It has put a stop sell order on cars currently on dealer lots and is telling owners not to drive their cars until they have been inspected, and if necessary, repaired. Suby said machining in the manufacture of the steering columns may not have been done properly. If you own one of these cars, do check with your dealer, pronto, for further information.
Most of you probably have never heard of Fuji Heavy Industries, but you may drive one of its products. Fuji is the parent company of Subaru and now wants to change its name. The board of directors has approved a switch to SUBARU Corporation effective next April first. It said the change has to be approved by shareholders at their June meeting.
Honda is being hit in the pocketbook for faulty Takata airbag inflators announcing this morning it will recall 21 million more vehicles for airbag repairs. Honda was one of Takata’s largest customers and today it posted a quarterly loss $860 million, mostly tied to the recall. Yet Honda forecast a 13.2 percent increase in net profit for the new fiscal year as some analysts now believe the worst of the Takata recall is behind it.
Ford said it has received 6,506 applications from consumers who want to buy one of the first 500 GT cars it will produce. The supercar will start arriving at dealers by the end of the year. Ford will review the applications and announce the winners at a later date. The initial applications window is now closed but fans can still build their dream car on line, at FordGT.com, as almost 200,000 have done.
Chevrolet has renewed its sponsorship of Major League Baseball or have you forgotten, “baseball, hot dogs, apple pie and Chevrolet?” This will be the 11th year that Chevy has been a big league sponsor. It is not clear if we will hear that old tag line again.
Kia announced its 2017 Sportage and 2016 Optima will be offered with Apple CarPlay compatibility. Customers who previously purchased one these cars will be provided with a downloadable upgrade.
Hyundai said its 2017 Elanta Eco will carry a starting price of $20,650 when it debuts later this month. It will sport a 128 horsepower four with a dual-clutch transmission and, Hyundai said, 32 city, 40 highway and 35 mpg combined.