Subaru Previews New SUV
showed its new crossover utility vehicle, the Subaru B9X at the 2004 South Florida International Auto Show.
Subaru said in a news release that the B9X "expands the Subaru product line with a vehicle that is larger than the Outback."
The 2006 Subaru B9X will be built at the Subaru of Indiana plant in Lafayette, Indiana.
GM Recalls 1.5 Million Vehicles in North America
General Motors has recalled a total of nearly 1.5 million vehicles. These recalls include:
- 871,473 2002 to 2004 model-year Chevrolet TrailBlazer, GMC Envoy, Oldsmobile Bravada and Buick Rainier SUVs to check for brake lights that can come loose. The SUVs were recalled because vibration and heat may cause the rear brake lights to stop working. GM had given owners a six-year warranty to cover this problem before issuing the recall.
- 92,863 Chevy Malibu, Pontiac Grand Am and Oldsmobile Alero cars for an accelerator pedal that can stick in hot weather. The mid-size cars with the potentially sticky accelerator were recalled because four owners have complained about a problem with the throttle.
- 256,025 Chevy Cavalier, Pontiac Sunfire cars because turn signals and rear lamps can fail. The small cars were recalled for faulty rear brake and turn signals that could fail due to inadequate between the bulb and socket.
- 5,914 2004 to 2005 Cadillac XLRs and 2005 Chevrolet Corvettes to fix a brake line that could leak. GM says it discovered the problem internally, and has no reports of customer complaints.
GM said dealers will inspect and replace parts that might contribute to the various problems.
Incentives Eased in October
The average incentive on cars and trucks sold in the United States fell by nearly 11 percent in October from September, Reuters reported, citing figures from Autodata, an industry tracking group.
Incentives across the industry averaged $2,781 per vehicle in October, down from $3,120 in September.
The weaker incentives contributed to a 7 percent drop in industry sales from September to October to a total of 1.33 million vehicles, or a seasonally-adjusted annual rate of 17.0 million cars and trucks, the story said.
GM led major automakers with an average of $4,051 per vehicle in October, excluding its Saab brand, down from $4,340 the preceding month.
Ford incentives, excluding its foreign brands, fell to an average of $3,425 per vehicle from $3,808, Autodata said.
Toyota's incentives fell to an average of $624 from $845, while Honda's fell to $698 from $704. Nissan, however, hiked its incentives to an average of $2,194 from $2,137 previously.
Jeep Posts 2005 Liberty Diesel Pricing
Jeep announced pricing for the 2005 Common Rail Diesel (CRD), the first diesel-powered mid-size sport-utility vehicle in the U.S., according to a company news release.
The new 2.8-liter turbo diesel engine delivers the torque of a V-8, the performance of a V-6 and the fuel economy of a four-cylinder engine, the company claims.
The base Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for the Jeep Liberty CRD Sport 4x4 is $25,125, including $610 destination. The base MSRP for the Jeep Liberty CRD Limited 4x4 is $27,355, including $610 destination. The Jeep Liberty CRD will begin arriving in dealerships later this year.
Recalls Reach Record Levels
The auto industry has now recalled a record number of vehicles in 2004, the Detroit News reported.
Automakers have recalled 24.8 million vehicles so far this year, the story said. The previous record, 24.6 million, was set in 2000, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
General Motors alone has recalled more than 10.4 million vehicles this year in North America, up from 7.8 million last year.
Between 1968 and 1994, the number of recalled vehicles exceeded 10 million only three times. Since 1995, the industry has recalled, on average, 18.1 million vehicles a year, the story said.
However, the government warned that higher recall numbers do not necessarily mean safety or quality is getting worse because the total of recalled vehicles can "fluctuate wildly from year to year," especially if there are one or two large recalls, said Rae Tyson, spokesman for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
"The good news is that the manufacturers seem much more inclined to step forward and quickly remedy problems," Tyson said. "In an ideal world, we would have zero recalls, but that's never going to happen."