MINI Cooper and MINI Cooper S Recalled To Fix Transmission Problems |

MINI Cooper and MINI Cooper S Recalled To Fix Transmission Problems |

December 27, 2014 — The MINI Cooper Hardtop has traveled rough roads the past few months with the announcement 1,928 model year 2014-2015 MINI Cooper and MINI Cooper S Hardtop 2-door cars have transmission problems.

This recall follows the December 16 recall of about 850 model year 2015 MINI Cooper 2-door Hardtops to fix problems with the seats. In November, the 2014 MINI Cooper Hardtop 2-door was recalled because the spare tire could separate from the car.

Then in October 2014, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said BMW would be forced to lower its miles per gallon values on the 2014 MINI Cooper.

BMW now says if the 2014-2015 MINI Cooper or MINI Cooper S Hardtop 2-door has been in a service department, the dealers might have mistakenly reprogrammed the transmission control units. The automaker says the transmission control unit might have software problems that can cause a driver to believe the car is in “park” when it’s not. The car could roll down the street because the transmission really wasn’t in park.

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Audi earmarks $29 billion through 2019 to chase BMW’s luxury crown

Audi earmarks $29 billion through 2019 to chase BMW’s luxury crown.

BERLIN (Bloomberg) — Audi will spend 24 billion euros ($29 billion) to develop technology and expand production, boosting its five-year investment plan by 2 billion euros ($2.44 billion) as it chases BMW for the top spot in luxury-car sales. About 16.8 billion euros, or 70 percent of the total, is earmarked for new models like the Q1 subcompact SUV, the company said Saturday in a statement.

Audi expects to sell a record of more than 1.7 million autos this year.

“We are making large investments in the innovative areas of electric mobility, connectivity and lightweight construction,” Audi CEO Rupert Stadler said in the statement.

The brand intends to increase its lineup to 60 models by 2020 from 50. Audi, the No. 2 brand in global luxury-car sales, aims to surpass BMW in deliveries by the end of the decade. The race tightened this year. BMW outsold Audi by just 42,600 cars in the first 11 months of 2014 compared with 54,600 a year earlier.

Four Reasons Why Tesla Won’t Sink, Despite Cheap Gas – News – Car and Driver | Car and Driver Blog

Four Reasons Why Tesla Won’t Sink, Despite Cheap Gas – News – Car and Driver | Car and Driver Blog.

Tesla’s stock price has fallen below $200 per share for the first time in seven months. Shock! Gasp! But the electric-car wunderkind is not collapsing, and while we do not pretend to be Car and Shareholder, we are deeply involved in the automotive industry and think it’s worth explaining what this development for the ultra-hyped company actually means.

1) Tesla is not reliant on oil prices

According to the Energy Information Administration, the per-barrel price of U.S.-grade crude oil dropped 42 percent this year from a high of $107.95 in June to $63.13 last week. You’ve seen and likely thoroughly enjoyed paying for sub-$3.00/gallon gas. But oil has nothing to do with Tesla’s earnings.

Tesla only builds high-speed luxury cars, none of which move for a penny under 71 grand. With options and go-faster gear, most Model S cars leave the factory closer to $100,000 and even higher in overseas markets like Norway, where the company ships the pieces and reassembles them to avoid heavier import duties. Model S customers, by and large, are not swayed by gas prices and already own at least one other gas-powered luxury car.

Unlike the Nissan Leaf and similarly affordable compact EVs, the Model S is both an indulgence and a prohibitively expensive social statement. This was true of both the Tesla Roadster and it will be, too, for the Model X. Tesla purchases are fueled entirely by passion and/or fashion, not by value or a desire to reduce one’s fuel costs.

2016 Cadillac CTS-V, Google Autonomous Car, SCG 003: This Week’s Top Photos

2016 Cadillac CTS-V, Google Autonomous Car, SCG 003: This Week’s Top Photos.

Cadillac’s third-generation CTS-V was revealed this week, and we’re glad to report that rumors of a 640-horsepower rating have proven true. Yes, the all-new CTS-V is now more powerful than all of its rivals, and it even manages to outgun supercars like the Ferrari 458 Speciale and Lamborghini Huracán.

Napoli-based startup Puritalia revealed its 427 roadster in production trim. Just 427 examples will be built, after which a new grand tourer equipped with a hybrid powertrain will follow.

Video: Ford GTs in the Las Vegas desert | Autoweek

Video: Ford GTs in the Las Vegas desert | Autoweek.

American supercars take to the track, desert roads in ‘Dust Devils’

There isn’t much to say about this one. Every year, members of the Ford GT Forum get together for the Ford GT National Rally. This year’s event was held in Las Vegas, and Justin Lapriore was invited along to film it. The result is “Dust Devils” a 10-minute film with some track footage, some beautiful shots of the GTs cruising the desert outside of Vegas and plenty of snarling, crackling engine noise. Enjoy!