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MercLogoMercedes-Benz has recalled more than 8,000 UK-based C-Class models due to a steering fault.

The recall concerns 8,145 C-Class models built between January 17 and September 22.

The potential problem centres on the steering column coupling lock, which may not have been installed correctly at Mercedes’ German factories in Sindelfingen and Bremen.

Owners of affected models would typically hear a noise from the steering column but Mercedes insists there is no threat of steering loss.

Dealers will contact owners and the correctional work should take about 30 minutes at no cost.

This latest recall follows a withdrawal issued last week of 28,000 C-Class models in Germany, and 10,500 in the US.

Source: AM-Online

NADADealership Consolidation is Coming — But How Fast and How Much?

Dealership consolidation is expected to accelerate as Warren Buffett’s entry into automotive retailing attracts more buyers, observers said. But

don’t expect massive change anytime soon. It will be a decade long process, Steven Szakaly, chief economist for the National Automobile Dealers

Association, predicted. About 4 percent of U.S. dealerships are held by publicly traded companies, NADA Chairman Forrest McConnell said,

leaving 96 percent up for grabs in the buy-sell arena. Szakaly said consolidation of stores provides economies-of-scale advantages that can ease

regulatory compliance and improve back-office operations such as human resources and financing. But despite those advantages, he said, even

the largest public dealership groups seem to find it “very, very difficult to get above 300 dealerships.”

Source: Automotive News

GMLogoGM Extends ‘Speak Up’ Safety Message to Dealers

Company prepares online training for dealership workers

General Motors’ heightened focus on safety in the wake of its recall crisis is spilling over to its 4,300 dealerships. In a Sept. 30 memo, GM North

America President Alan Batey asked dealers to reinforce to their staffs “a sense of safety ownership and responsibility,” and told dealers to

encourage staffers to “speak up” if they spot a potential problem. “We must ensure all GM dealers and their staffs understand their role in GM’s

workplace and product safety strategy,” Batey wrote in the memo.

Source: Automotive News

DetroitNewsU.S. Auto Sales Expected to Rise Modestly in 2015

Auto analysts said Tuesday U.S. sales will continue to rise in the next few years, but the pace of growth will slow further in 2015. U.S. auto sales

are on pace to rise 5 percent in 2014 to 16.4 million — the best performance since 2006 — after rising by nearly 8 percent in 2013. The consensus

is “cautious optimism” as production and sales will grow far faster in Asia, while Europe and South America face significant economic concerns.

LMC Automotive senior vice president Jeff Schuster said at a Standard & Poors auto industry conference that it predicts sales will rise just 2

percent next year to 16.7 million — fueled by 100 new, refreshed and redesigned vehicles being introduced in 2015, including Ford’s new

aluminum F-150. LMC sees U.S. sales rising to 17 million by 2018. LMC predicts the market will rise to 17.5 million in 2020 — which would

represent the highest ever U.S. auto sales. Auto sales were above 16 million between 1999 and 2007 — hitting a high of 17.4 million in 2000.

Source: The Detroit News

Toyota2Toyota recalls 1.75 million cars over various issues

Japanese carmaker Toyota is recalling 1.75 million vehicles worldwide over faulty brake installations and fuel component issues.

The latest brake defect is found in some models of Toyota’s Crown Majesta, as well as the Noah and Voxy models produced between June 2007 and 2012.

Toyota told the BBC it was not aware of any crashes, injuries or fatalities caused by this defect.

The firm has refused to comment on how much the latest recall will cost it.

Multiple issues

In an email to the BBC, the carmaker offered a breakdown of its recall into three separate issues.

Toyota said approximately 802,000 vehicles globally had a faulty brake system, which could crack and result in the brake fluid leaking.

This recall affects the Crown Majesta, Crown, Noah and Voxy models produced between June 2007 and June 2012.

Toyota will replace a rubber seal ring in the brake master cylinder to prevent brake fluid from leaking. If brake fluid has already leaked, the brake booster will be replaced.

In another set of recalls announced at the same time, Toyota said 759,000 vehicles globally had a faulty fuel delivery pipe system which could result in a leak and increased the risk of the vehicle catching fire.


Posted by Sue Robinson on 17/10/2014