Auto News for July 26 – Recalls But No Answer

It is one thing for an automaker to announce a recall, but it is something else to get owners to bring their vehicles in for repair. J.D. Power said about 40 percent of vehicles recalled in 2013 through 2015 have not been brought back to dealers for repairs. And that is a lot of vehicles, some 45 million, Power said. Owners of newer vehicles are more likely to have recall work done compared to those with older cars and trucks. The groups with the highest recall completion rates are powertrain (71%), electrical (62%) and hydraulic brakes (66%). Airbags and suspension issues have the lowest completion rates at 47% and 48% respectively.

The Kia Soul and the Mazda3 are among best cars for teenage drivers, according to a study from U.S. News & World Report. It said the vehicles have advanced safety features, new technologies for novice drivers, top crash test scores and excellent long-term value. Also making the list were the Chevrolet Sonic, Hyundai Sonata, Ford Fusion Hybrid and the Nissan Murano.

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Audi will introduce a new A4 allroad this fall with more power and features. The 2.0-liter turbo four remains the one and only engine offered but it picks up 32 horsepower for a total of 252 @ 5,000–6,000 rpm with 273 lb-ft of torque at 1,600-4,500 rpm. It will be married to a seven speed S tronic dual clutch automatic with paddle shifts. There is also a new Quattro all-wheel drive system that varies torque distribution front to rear and 1.3 inches of increased ground clearance over the A4 sedan. Drivers will be able to select five operating modes, comfort, auto, dynamic, individual, and offroad. Audi cited a 0-60 run of 5.9 seconds. Inside there is a 12.3 inch display, full color head up display, and an available 19 speaker, 755 watt Bang & Olufsen sound system that creates a “life-like” musical experience, Audi said. The one and only Audi wagon to be offered here will start at $44,000 on up to $52,400 for the top of the line Prestige model.

Porsche announced it will hire more than 1,400 workers in and around its Stuttgart, Germany facility to produce its first all-electric sports car. Seen as a direct challenge to Tesla, the sports car may debut in 2019.

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