Volvo XC60 faces small recall over side airbags

01 chris volvo 620op 450x284 Volvo XC60 faces small recall over side airbags

Volvo is recalling select XC60 models for an airbag assembly issue that could result in the safety device failing to deploy or deploy improperly. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the defective air bag “may not properly protect the occupant, increasing the risk of injuries.” All 58 vehicles (yes, just 58 vehicles) covered by the recall will need to head to the nearest Volvo dealer for a free inspection of the left and right curtain air bag assemblies.

In other Volvo-related recall news, the Swedish automaker is supporting Garmin’s recall of model 760 and 765 navigation systems. The nav systems, which are installed by dealers on several Volvo products, are being recalled due to a potential defect that may cause some battery types to overheat. Keep in mind that the Garmin devices being recalled are not in any way linked to Volvo’s factory installed Road Traffic Information system. Hit the jump to read over the NHTSA press release.
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GM shows off first model from new Baojun brand in China

01 baojun 630 passenger car 1290478212 450x271 GM shows off first model from new Baojun brand in China

General Motors, through its joint venture with SAIC and Wuling, has produced the first model for its new entry-level brand Baojun. The name means “treasured horse” and its first model is evocatively called the 630 Passenger Car. The compact four-door is slated to go on sale in China sometime in the first half of 2011, and the very first example has just rolled off the production line.

The styling of the Baojun 630 has some lines that remind us of the Chevrolet Cruze, but there is also a handful of other influences evident throughout this five-seater. We’re not sure exactly what’s under that hood, but we do know it’s supplied by GM and meets local as well as Euro IV emissions standards.

Baojun is hoping to capture first-time buyers in China’s second and third-tier markets. Early reports pegged the 630 with a price tag of around $7,000, and we are still waiting to hear an official ruling on the MSRP.

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Hyundai Genesis lines building sales momentum, still not at original goals

2010 hyundai genesis sedan blue 12 450x275 Hyundai Genesis lines building sales momentum, still not at original goals

When Hyundai introduced the Genesis Sedan, the enthusiast community took notice. Then the Genesis Coupe came to the party with less luxury but with a double dose of dynamic driving characteristics. Hyundai was initially hoping that the well-received, rear drive vehicles would sell at a rate of 40,000 to 50,000 units per year, but Team Genesis hit the market just in time for the global auto market meltdown, so sales haven’t exactly gone according to the script. In 2009, Hyundai sold 21,889 copies of the models, but as the market has improved, so, too, have range’s fortunes.

Hyundai has already sold over 23,000 copies of its halo car twins (fraternal), with three months left in the year. That’s a big jump in sales; one that has led to the Coupe and Sedan capturing year-over-year sales increases for 16 straight months. That’s fairly impressive, and you can’t discount that feat based on the fact that the Coupe entered the market in early 2009 when auto sales were at their bleakest. Why? Genesis sales are up 49 percent in October alone, and less marketing money has been expended than was leveraged in 2009.

And then there’s the icing on the Genesis cake. Automotive Lease Guide predicts that the V8-powered Genesis Sedan will be worth 36 percent of MSRP after five years of ownership, besting the BMW 5 Seriesand Mercedes-Benz E-Class. So while it’s true that the Genesis range still isn’t selling at 50,000 units per year like company execs had originally hope, auto sales are continuing to edge upward, and Hyundai’s premium offerings are on a definite upswing.

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2011 Jeep Patriot web configurator goes live

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Quick – what’s the least expensive new SUV on the market in America? Did you guess something fromHyundai or Kia? Or perhaps from Suzuki? Guess again. As a matter of fact, the answer is the Jeep Patriot, which sees its first major update since its introduction for the 2007 model year. Full details of the changescan be found here.

For 2011, the Patriot carries a base price of $15,995 (plus $700 for destination) and comes equipped with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with 158 horsepower and a five-speed manual transmission. Stepping up to four-wheel drive will cost you $17,695 and opting for the larger 2.4-liter mill will cost $300 and offer up 172 ponies.

For just a hair under $20K, buyers can snag a Jeep Patriot Latitude and be rewarded with heated seats, steering-wheel audio controls, 17-inch aluminum wheels, remote keyless entry and even air conditioning. That’s right; amazingly enough, A/C isn’t standard on lower-trim models, it’s a $895 option that we imagine will pretty much always be selected. Guess that’s how you earn the lowest-cost title…
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Nissan Leaf owners have rapid response system lying in wait

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The very first 2011 Nissan Leaf electric vehicles (Leaves?) are set to find their way into American hands next month, and Nissan is ready for whatever issues may arise from the vehicle’s launch. According to Automotive News, the Japanese manufacturer has assembled a rapid-reaction task force to pin down customer complaints before they get out of hand. The Los Angeles-based team is led by a group of 10 engineers that have been thoroughly trained on the vehicle’s drivetrain, and each engineer will have a squad of around 30 technicians at their beck and call. Nissan is currently looking to install similar outfits in both Europe and Japan.

The move is part of an effort to assuage any worries that buyers may have about being among the first to sign on the dotted line for their very own electric vehicle. In Japan, Nissan has even gone so far as to roll a program with free towing, unlimited free charging at dealerships and a 24-hour hotline for owner questions. So far, there’s no indication that Nissan USA will do the same.

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