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Well, it really has been quite the ride. After more than two years of covering the automotive industry via this blog, Auto Motion is retiring to the digital garage.
It amazing to think that when I started this back in January of 2009, Chrysler and General Motors had yet to declare bankruptcy, Toyota was not dealing with millionsstrong recalls, and most people had never heard of a program that would tout for Clunkers. short time, though, I end up covering all these major news stories, along with a lot of fun stuff.
I never forget sitting shotgun as racing legend Steve Millen took me to warp speed in a Stillen GTR, or snapping photos so close to drifting champs that I still picking out pieces of rubber from my hair.
But it time for a new assignment here, and it one I particularly excited about: Editing for our newest iPad application. While I admittedly biased, I think it already looks fantastic.
And while I won be covering the daytoday automotive world for the Register, I will continue writing my weekly car reviews and profiling proud owners of Totally Hot Cars. Both features will be available online, in print, and in the iPad app.
Thanks to all who have read and supported this blog. It been a privilege to bring you news and features on a daily basis. And if you see me at a car show or spot me notsocandidly taking a photo of a car I reviewing at an Orange County mystery location, be sure to say hi.
Photo courtesy of Chris Cantle, Road Track Magazine
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Review: 2011 Volvo S60 is safe, sound and sporty
April 29th, 2011, 11:21 am by Matt Degen
It not often a representative from a car manufacturer challenges me to crash into something in a brand new car, but that was exactly the case with the new Volvo S60.
The point here was to show off the car Pedestrian Detection system, the first of its kind on a car. The vehicle uses a hightech camera system to sense if a pedestrian is in front of the car, and if you don hit the brakes, it will. Hit the photo above to see my review of this car and to watch video of us trying to kill an inflatable guy named Bob with it.
We file this one under the a difficult job, but someone has to do it category.
Yes, for one blissful weekend I got to pilot a Maserati. And not just any old Maserati: This was the GranTurismo Convertible, the first fourseat cabriolet from the famed Italian exotic automaker.
To my sadness the car did have to leave come Monday I hear you will be seeing it appear soon on some reality TV shows. But before the Maserati reps clawed the keys from me, I had plenty of time to reflect on this vehicle.
Hit the photo above to read what $140,000 buys, as well as see exclusive photos and a video that stars this car and its symphony of an exhaust note.
Two new recalls have been announced by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, one for a Hyundai compact car over an airbag issue, the other over tires on big Ford trucks. Between the two recalls, nearly half a million cars are affected.
The first affects 95,783 Hyundai Elantra compact cars from model years 2007 and 2008.
According to NHTSA, a federal safety agency, airbag control module may receive an unstable electrical signal from the seat track position sensor such that, in a crash that requires driver frontal airbag deployment, the driver airbag may deploy at the higher pressure than intended if the seat was position in one of the forward positions in which a lower pressure deployment is intended. this occurs, there is risk of injury due to the deployment force of the airbag.
To remedy the issue, dealers will for free reprogram the airbag control module. The official recall campaign is expected to begin in April. If you have questions or concerns before then, you can contact Hyundai at 8006335151.
The other recall affects 390,657 Ford F250 and 350 trucks from model years 2008 and 2009. The affected trucks are being recalled because of certain Continental tires.
According to NHTSA, tire is recalling certain ContiTrac TR tires, size lt275/70r18 125/122s outline white letters and black sidewall, and ContiTrac, size lt275/70r18 125/122s, black sidewall, produced from May 6, 2007, through Sept. 20, 2008, sold as aftermarket and installed as original equipment on some model year 2008 and 2009 ford F250 and F350 trucks. Some of these tires may experience uneven wear, vibration, or particularly under conditions of overloading or under inflation in high ambient temperature usage, separation between the belt edges. wear can lead to separation separation of the tires, and in turn lead to a crash. To remedy the issue, Continental tire will for replace the affected tires for free. The company will begin contacting owners this month. If you have questions or concerns before then, you can contact the company at 8887992168.