District Court says Porsche didn’t kill Paul Walker. More than two years ago, Paul Walker — famed Fast and Furious star — climbed into the passenger seat of a Porsche Carrera GT for a joyride in Santa Clarita, California. While the car was being driven by an experienced operator, it was running on 9-year-old tires (more than twice the manufacturer recommended replacement age) at an estimated 93 mph (more than three times the posted speed limit) when it went out of control on a business park corner and crashed. Walker died. His daughter, Meadow, filed suit against the German automaker, claiming they were responsible. This week a U.S. District Court ruled in favor of Porsche — as it should have — but Meadow is not deterred by the loss. She currently has another pending lawsuit against Porsche in a Los Angeles Superior Court, despite the ridiculousness of the claims.
Do you want a Lamborghini Huracan as badly as we do? We’ve driven a lot of Lamborghinis over the past decade. While each and every single one has raised our pulse by at least two dozen beats, all have left us wanting a bit more… er… polish and refinement. All of that came to an abrupt end when the Italian automaker deposited a brand-new 2016 Lamborghini Huracan, painted in matte gray, in our driveway. The two-seater left us in awe, effectively pushing all of our proper buttons in terms of appearance, performance, refinement, and poise. Oh yeah, about that intoxicating exhaust note…
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Volkswagen sued by dealers over emissions scandal. Three family-owned Volkswagen dealerships in Illinois have filed a class-action suit against the German automaker claiming it intentionally defrauded them when it equipped its diesel-powered vehicles with cheat software. The dealerships, which are suffering financial losses in terms of the stop sale, reduced resale values, and the devalued brand, are seeking financial compensation. Volkswagen missed last month’s fix deadline, so U.S. regulators extended it to April 21 — a move than appears to only extend the trials and uncertainty of this mess.
Tesla, and the rest of the world, are shocked by Model 3 demand. Elon Musk, the brilliant genius behind Tesla, said this week that the electric vehicle operator had received more than 325,000 deposits of $1,000 each for its new mid-size sedan. That number represents about $14 billion in future sales — for a vehicle that won’t arrive until next Christmas. Keep in mind that Tesla was only able to build about 50,000 vehicles last year, which means there will be quite a few unhappy electric vehicle customers unless Tesla’s expansion plans are quickly executed. Of course, Chevrolet will gladly sell disappointed depositors one of its new Bolts, which will be ready by that time
Takata airbags claim another victim in Texas. Huma Hanif, a 17-year-old high school senior in Richmond, was wearing her seat belt and had her phone safely tucked into the cup holder of her 2002 Honda Civic when she was involved in a low-speed collision that caused her airbag to explode. Sadly, her car was fitted with one of the 28 million faulty Takata airbags and the explosion sent a piece of metal shrapnel into her body that killed her. Honda claims it sent multiple notices to the family, but her relatives said they never received anything from the automaker. To check if your vehicle is on the list, visit this site: http://www.safercar.gov/rs/takata/takatalist.html
CarMax sells millions of cars and trucks — literally! The blue, white, and yellow logo of car reseller CarMax must be effective, as the automotive retailer (and wholesaler) announced this week that it sold more than 1 million used vehicles last year — net sales equaled $15.15 billion for that period. The company currently has 158 stores and it has plans to open more than a dozen more in 2016. In addition, it will expand its digital systems, which will eventually allow consumers to buy cars online — unlike automakers, CarMax is not prevented from selling directly to consumers on the Internet.
Don’t want a Honda Accord or Toyota Camry? Check out the Mazda6. This week, we reviewed the Mazda Mazda6 and found it an excellent alternative to the other two best-selling Japanese vehicles that dominate the segment. Click on the link below to see why Chris Wardlaw boasts, “Suspension tuning eliminates unwanted body motion without beating passengers up, and the car almost glides from corner to corner, a huge smile plastered on the driver’s face.”
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