Lexus GX 460 RECALLED Over Rollover Concerns

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Toyota hurriedly ordered recalls of nearly 10,000 Lexus SUVs for possible rollover dangers Monday and agreed to a record $16.4 million fine for a slow response in its broader earlier recall, scrambling to fix safety worries that threaten the Japanese auto giant’s reputation.

The fine, the maximum under law, could hurt Toyota Motor Corp.’s image more than its financial bottom line: The penalty is the equivalent of a little more than $2 for every vehicle the company sold around the globe in 2009. And analysts said it would have little impact on dozens of private lawsuits, which have been combined before a federal judge in Santa Ana, Calif.

“In the court of public opinion, paying the fine speaks volumes. But at the end of the day, the fines are simply background noise in terms of the civil litigation,” said Richard Arsenault, a plaintiff’s attorney in Alexandria, La. “What’s really important are the facts that were the catalyst for the fines.”

Addressing new safety concerns, Toyota said it would recall all 9,400 of the 2010 Lexus GX 460s that went on sale in late December – 5,600 that have been sold and 3,800 still at dealers or elsewhere in the distribution pipeline. The announcement came less than a week after Consumer Reports issued a warning about the SUVs, a sharp contrast to the government’s contention that Toyota took four months to order its huge recall of other models over sticking gas pedals.

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80 MPH Winds hitting Los Angeles, knocking SUVs onto their sides!

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A Huntington Beach police officer checks out an SUV that winds blew onto its side in the parking lot of Peter’s Landing Marina in Huntington Harbour. No one was in the vehicle when it tipped over.

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Hummer deal threatened by Chinese Govt

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The Chinese heavy machinery maker that agreed to buy General Motors’ Hummer brand may find the biggest stumbling blocks to the deal in its home country.

Following last week’s surprise announcement that Sichuan Tengzhong Heavy Industrial Machinery and GM had reached an agreement, analysts and Chinese media were buzzing with talk that the two companies might have jumped the gun.

Reuters newsagency says the pitfalls range from regulatory to financing issues.

GM said a day after its bankruptcy filing that it did not expect any regulatory scrutiny from the US government on the deal, part of its attempt to restore profits by focusing on four core brands: Buick, GMC, Cadillac and Chevrolet.

According to Reuters many China watchers say that resistance could actually come from China itself, as Beijing pushes for development of more energy-efficient technologies that go contrary to Hummer’s lineup of big SUVs.

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Chinese owner for Hummer

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GM has sold the Hummer brand to a privately owned Chinese company, Sichuan Tengzhong Heavy Industrial Machinery.

Specializing in heavy industrial and construction machinery, Tengzhong is based in the Schuan province and should have the deal wrapped up by the third quarter of this year.

Although the exact details and amount of money changing hands with regards to the deal are still secret, Credit Suisse is representing Tengzhong whilst America’s Citi bank is acting as financial advisor to GM.

Hummer’s 150 US dealers are expected to survive, yet with its unbundling from the GM stable, new manufacturing facilities will be needed, with the Shreveport, Louisiana plant (responsible for H3 and H3T) still on contact until the end of next year.

GM’s South African manufacturing facility in Port Elizabeth, which built right-hand drive H3s, is in the process of shutting down Hummer production.

AM General’s Mishawaka plant, located in Indiana, faces an uncertain future as it produces the oversized H2 Hummer derivative.

Although US workers will be glad the brand’s core management and dealership network remains, Oriental analysts are at a loss trying to understand the value of the deal. Tengzhong has no experience in the car industry and Hummer is a poisoned chalice of sorts in a world turning away from brash, inefficient, SUV vehicles.

One of the deal sweeteners is a long-term GM supplier agreement for Tengzhong, which could perhaps offset a loss-making Hummer purchase against high revenue supply contracts.

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Not Surprised…

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What an asshole…

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HUMMER recalls ’09 H3T for fuel tank that could fall off

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VEHICLE MAKE/MODEL: 2009 HUMMER / H3T

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 09V080000

Summary:

GENERAL MOTORS IS RECALLING 1,738 MY 2009 HUMMER H3T VEHICLES. SOME OF THESE VEHICLES HAVE A CONDITION IN WHICH THE FUEL TANK FRONT SUPPORT STRAP MAY FRACTURE. IF THIS OCCURS, THE FUEL TANK WOULD BE SUPPORTED BY THE REAR SUPPORT STRAP AND STONE SHIELD ONLY. CONTINUED USE OF THE VEHICLE MAY EVENTUALLY FRACTURE THE REAR SUPPORT STRAP AND SHIELD FASTENERS.

Consequence:

THE FUEL TANK COULD SEPARATE FROM THE VEHICLE INCREASING THE RISK OF A CRASH.

Remedy:

DEALERS WILL INSTALL A NEW-DESIGN FUEL TANK FRONT SUPPORT STRAP FREE OF CHARGE. THE RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN ON OR BEFORE APRIL 10, 2009. OWNERS MAY CONTACT HUMMER AT 800-732-5493 OR OWNER CENTER AT WWW.GMOWNERCENTER.COM.

Notes:

GENERAL MOTORS 09048. OWNERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION’S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV .

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Redneck Hummer

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Yeee Haawww!

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Stupid Commerical Pits Cadillac Escalade Hybrid against Mini Cooper S

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Have you seen the Cadillac commercial for the Escalade Hybrid where they claim it has the same gas mileage as a MINI Cooper? Consider this a lesson in how deceptive and desperate SUV commercials can be.

The Cadillac Escalade in the commercial is a hybrid model. Automotive.com reports the 2009 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid Sport Utility at 21mpg highway and 20mpg city. The base model Escalade gets a dismal 14mpg highway and 10mpg city. Anything is an improvement over that. Regardless, fuel economy in a luxury SUV is an oxymoron.

The voiceover in the commercial simply states that the comparison is made against a MINI Cooper, but doesn’t clarify which model. However, in the hardly legible fine print that briefly rests at the bottom of the screen you might notice that the MINI Cooper they Cadillac compares it to is the Cooper S, which is MINI’s turbocharged model. But Cadillac doesn’t want you to know this. You are led to believe it’s the regular economy car. Regardless, according to Automotive.com, the 2009 MINI Cooper S Hatchback gets 34mpg highway and 26mpg city. Unfortunately, Automotive.com does not have the mileage listed for the convertible model, but MINI’s site claims the same fuel efficiency with a 2-3mpg difference between manual and automatic transmissions. The base model gets 37mpg highway and 28mpg city! Obviously Cadillac wouldn’t compare their hybrid’s gas mileage to that fuel economy.

You also need to take into account that the Escalade Hybrid has a sticker price of over $75,000 – $80,000. The Cooper S, on the other hand, has a sticker price of under $24,000. If you really want to compare apples to oranges as GM did in their commercial, without the blatant lying, there is also a platinum edition (non hybrid) Escalade that is over $80,000. You could almost buy four base model MINI Coopers for that price, as pointed out in the comments here!

Green living blogger Max Gladwell found on his test that the Cadillac Escalade Hybrid, driven around Beverly Hills, CA got only 10.3MPG (see below) during their five mile journey! On what planet is that better than the 26mpg the MINI Cooper S gets in the city?

Now, I’m not a MINI owner, so I was curious as to what comments from true enthusiasts about this blatant false advertising would look like – check out five pages worth at NorthAmericanMotoring.com!

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Massachusetts Considering a ‘Hummer Tax’

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Governor Deval Patrick said today he is looking at a Hummer tax — adding higher registration fees for gas-guzzling cars and offering discounts for those that do less harm to the environment. One industry opponent said it would be the first such fee in the nation on the state level.

The suggestion comes as Patrick prepares to unveil a fuller version of his much-awaited transportation plan on Friday. While he would not release details today, Patrick said at a Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce appearance that any gas tax increase would be coupled with a freeze on toll rates.

Environmentalists applauded the registration proposal, saying it would encourage people to buy smaller and more fuel-efficient cars, which are increasingly seen as key to curbing global warming. Similar proposals have been proposed in Massachusetts since at least 2001, but without the prominent backing of a sitting governor.

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