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Posts Tagged ‘auto glass tint’

10 of the Most Beautiful Cars Money Can Buy

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Aston Martin Vanquish

Cars are more than just a means to get from point a to point b. They can be works of rolling automotive art. Legendary designers such as Marcello Gandini, Giorgetto Giugiaro, and more recently Ian Callum are artistic geniuses as much as they’re “car guys.”

While beauty is without a doubt purely in the eye of the beholder, there are certain cars whose sleek lines, luscious curves, or sheer aggression make them universally loved. Well, at least universally loved here at Business Insider.

Thus, this list contains what we consider to be the ultimate collection of automotive elegance on sale today.

10. Volkswagen Scirocco: Based on the fantastic Volkswagen GTI, the Scirocco offers a wide stance and an aggressive, angular front headlight-and-grille combo.

Although the Scirocco is sold around the world, it is doesn’t look like the stylish coupe will be coming to America anytime soon.

9. Chevrolet Corvette Stingray: The Vette has always been beautiful to its devoted followers, but the current generation Stingray is without a doubt the prettiest version of the American idol that we’ve seen in decades.

The Vette perfectly blends elements from its more than 60 years of history with the design needs of a modern sports car. Which is one of the reasons we named the Stingray Business Insider’s first annual Car of the Year.

8. Peugeot RCZ: While most Americans may be unfamiliar with this French sports coupe, the RCZ has been racking up the awards since its debut in 2009 — including Top Gear’s 2010 Coupe of the Year.

The RCZ’s soft, flowing curves and classic “double bubble” roofline make for one gorgeous silhouette.

7.Maserati GranTurismo: Even though the GranTurismo has been on sale since for nearly a decade now, the GT’s elegant lines are truly timeless.

The GranTurismo’s Pininfarina-designed body offers a perfect balance between feminine and masculine features — with its rounded edges elegantly offset by its aggressive front fascia.

6. BMW i8: The BMW i8 looks like no other car on the road today.

With the i8, BMW has successfully blended a cacophony of materials, textures, and angles to create a harmonious composition.

5.Lamborghini Aventador: A Lamborghini should neither be boring nor conventionally beautiful. Fortunately, the flagship Aventador isn’t.

The Aventador’s aggressive lines and stealth-fighter-like edges make for a menacing beauty that’s perfect for Lambo’s attention-hoarding ethos.

4. Ferrari LaFerrari: People tend to find Ferraris attractive simply because they are Ferraris. But the reality is that the company created some misses. The Ferrari LaFerrari isn’t one of them.

Designed in-house at Ferrari, LaFerrari is a bold melange of classic elements from Maranello’s supercars of yore. It lines are sleek, evocative of a space-ship, yielding the ultimate Ferrari hypercar.

3. Aston Martin Vanquish: Like the English spy who is most famous for driving Aston Martins, the pressure on the Vanquish to live up to expectations is great. But Aston’s top-of-the-line grand tourer delivers!

With the Vanquish, designer Marek Reichman gave form to a seductively styled modern interpretation of the classic Aston Martin supercar.

2. Pagani Huayra: The 230-mph Huayra is the second all-new model to emerge from the Italian workshop of Horacio Pagani. It serves as the successor to the widely praised Zonda.

In may ways, Horacio Pagani is an automotive Steven Jobs. No detail, no matter how minute is overlooked. Everything from the design of the car’s active aerodynamics to the “ding” sound the shifter makes is carefully and deliberately crafted.

The result is a hypercar with a rocket-ship body and a sort of steampunk interior — utterly original!

1. Jaguar F-Type: Designer Ian Callum once told me a Jaguar design must possess beauty, simplicity, and sense of visual prowess.

With the F-Type, Sir Ian has checked all of those boxes — and then some.

The F-Type’s feline curves and muscular stance mean this cat from Coventry is ready to pounce.

Here’s why the Jaguar F-Type is the most beautiful car I’ve ever seen….

 

 

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Bloodhound – the World’s Fastest Car project

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When you’re building the world’s fastest car,  you know what the most important part is?  Making sure the wheels can turn fast enough to keep up and, just as important, don’t shred like cheese through a grater.  The engineers behind Bloodhound seemed to have accomplished at least one of those goals.

 

Bloodhound is the British project to build the world’s fastest car. How fast? How does 1000 mph sound?  That would obliterate the current record of 763 mph set by Thrust SSC, a UK team led by Richard Noble and driven by Andy Green.  It’s probably no coincidence they are the project director and driver behind Bloodhound.

Bloodhound SSC cockpit photo

 

It’s a vehicle without peer (on terra firma at least) that plans to go for the world record in November at Hakskeen Pan, Northern Cape, South Africa. It was chosen because it’s perfectly flat, it’s 12 miles long, and it’s two miles wide.

 

Why are those dimensions so important? Because of Bloodhound’s power. It has three power plants: a Rolls-Royce EJ200 jet from a Eurofighter Typhoon, a cluster of Nammo hybrid rockets and a 650-horsepower engine that drives the rocket oxidizer pump. Between them they generate 135,000 thrust horsepower, equivalent to 180 F1 cars.

 

Bloodhound SSC photo

 

Sorry, we had to breathe into a paper bag for a minute after reading those stats. Bloodhound recently wrapped up production on its aluminum disc wheels. As BBC.com reports, “These 90cm discs are a crucial element of the Bloodhound concept, and will have to endure huge loads as they spin at over 170 revolutions per second. Calculations indicate that at peak speed, the wheels will be generating 50,000 radial g at their rim. That’s 50,000 times the pull of gravity.”

 

Seriously? You think you’re bad when your Corvette pulls 1.3 Gs? OK, maybe it’s apples to oranges but 50,000 radial g? And as the report notes, there is a point when Bloodhound will be moving faster than the wheels can turn. When that happens, it’s not so much revolutions as it is rudders. They will slide.

 

 

Bloodhound

 

The wheels, as one can imagine, are absolutely crucial to the success of the attempt. They fail and the whole attempt goes up in smoke. The wheels had to be machined to sustain anything bigger than a pebble being picked up by the front wheels. If that happens, those projectiles can blow through the rear wheels like a bullet.

 

The wheels are made of an aluminum alloy mix that contains small amounts of zinc, copper and manganese. It’s an alloy typically only used in space. Each of the wheels will cost about $400,000 each.

 

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Fierce, Capable & Focused – The 2015 Mercedes-AMG C63

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Mercedes-AMG C63

 

The introduction of the entry-level Mercedes-Benz CLA launched a new era for the C-Class. No longer at the bottom of the brand’s offerings, the C-Class enjoyed a dramatic redesign in 2014 that enabled it to more closely resemble a miniaturized S-Class; unfettered from its humble origins, it was free to evolve into a more luxurious, refined, and mature sedan.

 

The new 2015 Mercedes-AMG C63 takes this evolution a step further and embraces a more performance-oriented focus, starting with a twin-turbocharged 4-liter V-8—a modified version of the engine powering the new Mercedes-AMG GT. Available in standard (469 hp) and S (503 hp) variants, the engine is said to be the most fuel-efficient 8-cylinder in the high-performance segment. Considering this claim, the C63’s zero-to-60-mph time of 4 seconds (and the S’s 3.9-second sprint) makes this an exceptionally capable compact sedan. Also joining the C-Class family is the Mercedes-Benz C450 AMG, which is powered by a 3-liter twin-turbo V-6 that is capable of reaching 60 mph from a dead stop in 4.9 seconds.

 

At the Algarve International Circuit in Portimão, Portugal, the C63 S proved to be a dynamic, entertaining performer thanks to its prodigious power and dialed-in suspension. Despite numerous blind corners, elevation changes, and decreasing-radius turns, the C63 S felt tenaciously glued down with intuitive, reassuring handling. Unlike some all-wheel-drive AMG models (such as the E-Class), the rear-wheel-drive C-Class AMG is easier to steer with the right pedal, sliding the tail during heavy throttle application.

Mercedes-AMG C63

 

That characteristic makes for a sportier, more exciting dynamic. The 6-piston ceramic brakes do an impressive, fade-free job of slowing down this 3,935-pound car, though Mercedes-Benz’s preemptive braking system intruded during lead/follow sessions when we followed the car ahead too closely. Suspecting the potential for impact, the system braked in order to maintain a safe distance.

 

On the roads surrounding the racetrack, the C63 S felt fierce, capable, and focused, delivering notable performance for its size and weight. As relatively small as its cabin may be, this impressively tuned, nicely finished AMG proves that wonderfully entertaining things can come in small packages.

Mercedes-AMG C63

 

 

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2016 Bentley Mulsanne Speed – Top in Torque

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Pop quiz: If we asked you which gasoline-powered production car has the most torque, what would you say? The Bugatti Veyron? McLaren P1? LaFerrari? Maybe even a Detroit bruiser?

 

Wrong, wrong, and still wrong.

 

Before everyone sharpens their troll spikes, an explanation. First, we said production cars; The Veyron recently reached the end of its line in preparation for the new as-yet-to-be-announced model from Bugatti. And yes, limiting it to gasoline cars takes out the latest electric cars and diesel pickups.

 

That puts the new 2016 Bentley Mulsanne Speed at the top of the list. Bentley has tuned the 6.75-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 engine in the 2016 Mulsanne Speed to put out 811 lb.-ft. of torque, a boost of nearly 60 lb.-ft. over the base Mulsanne, along with an 25 additional hp, for a total of 530 hp. Bentley traces the origins of that 6.75-liter engine back to 1959, making it one of the oldest engines still getting bolted into vehicles — older than the first-generation Chevy small block and the original Lamborghini V-12 engine (which ended with the Murcielago). The 6.75-liter version of the engine went into production in 1968, and over that time Bentley has tripled the power and torque output it gets from the engine.

 

Which is what’s required for dealing with nearly 6,000 lbs. of hand-built British luxury sedan. Getting up to speed would seem like a Herculean feat, but the Mulsanne Speed quietly cruises up into the triple digits with nary a complaint. Even on the track.

 

Wait, what?

 

 

In the hands of five-time Le Mans winner and Bentley brand ambassador Derek Bell, the Mulsanne Speed feels agile and quick over the undulating F1 Circuit of the Americas track just outside of Austin. Even though Bell admits that he hadn’t driven the track prior to our hot lap, the car feels controlled and stable—even at speeds exceeding 130 mph. It hustles from 0-60 mph in 4.8 seconds and 0-100 mph in just 11 seconds; the theoretical top speed is 190 mph.

 

On the road, the eight-speed transmission concealed its work like a head butler as we rocket along the edge of the Hill Country outside of Austin. People appear surprised—and amused—to see the big, attractive car barreling down the toll road. Toss it through a few sweeping turns, toggle the “Charisma” knob and switch to Sport and the steering weights up, adaptive air suspension and damping stiffens, and you and your occupants are treated to a joyously jaunty ride that’s fun for the driver but not vomit-inducing for passengers. Comfort mode is prime for long, fast toll road runs or when stuck in traffic in town, but we wouldn’t recommend it when trying to hurry the car along a curvy road. You can also customize the air suspension and steering feel individually, if you are so inclined. Just in case you were wondering, the Mulsanne Speed is rear wheel drive…and yes, you can (and we did) do a burnout in it.

 

In addition to the ride and raucous speed, the craftsmanship of a Bentley is something to be admired. It takes more than 150 man-hours to complete the interior of a single Mulsanne. (By comparison, that’s roughly how long it takes Toyota to bolt together five entire Corollas.) All the high touch points — vent plungers that look like beautiful antique cigarette lighters, the “Charisma” button that changes handling, even the weighted multimedia control knob that clicks pleasantly under touch — are made of real glass and metal. During the drive, Sam Graham, the Mulsanne line product director, notes that it takes 16 cowhides to envelope the interior. Here in Texas, that counts as half a herd.

 

From a quick glance, the Mulsanne Speed doesn’t look all that different from the run-of-the-mill CEO hauler (if you could call a Mulsanne run-of-the-mill) but it does have a few small visual clues that make it stand out from the standard Mulsanne. Directional wheels that are machined, amazingly, from a single billet of aluminum; a darker chrome grille; a cast “Speed” badge, and door sills marked with “Mulsanne Speed” are all subtle nods to the naughty power under the hood. The Speed is also the first Mulsanne to offer a carbon fiber interior option.

 

 

And of course all this high hustle and luxury bustle comes at a price. The base Mulsanne Speed starts at $335,000, or more than the median home price in Denver. The one we drove bore a few choice sets of the 90 variations of standard options that come in the Mulsanne Speed. Ours included the entertainment package that comes complete with iPad tables in the back seats and WiFi, as well as a package that includes massaging front seats, flip down rear mirrors and additional rear seat champagne cooler. The grand total of the Speed we tested rounded out to $407,000. According to Bentley, most Mulsanne Speeds are customized to around $385,000.

 

Bentley is only making 1,000 of these monsters this year, with a majority going to China and the Middle East, and only a few stateside. The Speed option will cost buyers an additional $30,000 over the base Mulsanne price, but at this level, that’s probably a wise move. If you’re going to buy this kind of hat, you should get all the cattle.

 

 

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Fast & Furious 7′s Awesome Villian Car

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Jaguar_F TYPE_R_Coupe

(Jaguar Land Rover)

 

With “Furious 7″ — the  latest installment of the “Fast and Furious” series —  set to kick off in a couple of weeks, we now know what car the film’s villain will driving.

 

It’s a Jag!

 

Played by action star Jason Statham, the sinister Deckard Shaw opens the film behind the wheel a white Jaguar F-Type.

 

Those who’ve been watching TV for past year shouldn’t be all that surprised.

 

Jaguar is in the midst of its “Good to be bad” marketing campaign, launched last year with a gloriously sinister Super Bowl ad.

The ad, featuring such stalwart British movie villains as Sir Ben Kingsley, Mark Strong — and Loki himself, Tom Hiddleston — explains why Brits make such great villains. Interspersed with the actors’ speeches are shots of Jag’s F-Type driving through London.

 

The campaign is meant to position the Jaguar as a sleek and attractive, yet naughty, alternative to the straight-and-narrow Mercedes and BMWs that dominate the luxury car segment.

 

And it seems to have worked, with Jaguar Land Rover notching its best sales year ever in 2014.

 

Like his fellow “Fast and Furious” characters, Statham’s Shaw won’t be confined to just one car. Throughout the film, Shaw will also be behind the wheel of a modified Maserati Ghibli and an Aston Martin Rapide.

 

And this isn’t the only badness on film that we’ll be seeing from Jag. The carmaker’s terrifyingly gorgeous C-X75 will provide a wicked set of wheels for the villain in the upcoming James Bond flick, “Spectre.”

 

Jaguar_F TYPE_Coup__Convertible

(Jaguar Land Rover)

 

The Jaguar F-Type sports car is the company’s highly praised follow up to the legendary E-Type of the 1970s. With power coming from an available 5.0-liter, 550-horsepower, supercharged V8, the sleek cat can rocket to 60 mph in just 3.9 seconds, with a top speed of 186 mph.

 

“Furious 7″ will hit theaters in the US April 3.

 

 

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45th Anniversary Gold Edition Nissan GT-R

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There are some minor changes in store for the 2016 Nissan GT-R, including a new 45th Anniversary Gold Edition celebrating the GT-R’s heritage.

 

Wearing the same Silica Brass color that adorned the R34 2001 Skyline GT-R M-Spec, only 30 of the special 45th Anniversary 2016 GT-Rs will be offered in the U.S.

 

In addition to the special paint, the Gold Edition anniversary car also gets a gold-tone VIN plate in the engine compartment and a commemorative plaque on the interior center console. It’s based on the Premium model.

What will the Gold Edition cost you? That’s not clear yet—but you can bet it’ll cost more than the three standard forms of the GT-R: Premium, Black Edition, and NISMO.

 

Prices for those three standard models doesn’t change from last year, however. The Premium starts at $101,770 plus $1,595 destination and handling; the Black Edition is $111,510 plus $1,595; and the NISMO is $149,990 plus $1,595.

 

Changes for the 2016 model year are minimal: the Premium and Black Edition get five more horsepower (for a total of 550 horsepower), and the Premium gets new 20-spoke RAYS wheels finished in a near-black color. The GT-R NISMO’s output remains unchanged at 600 horsepower.

 

The 2016 Nissan GT-R is available now.

 

 

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Ford’s Most Insane & Expensive Vehicle Yet

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There’s little question that Ford Motor Company‘s (NYSE: F  ) recently unveiled 2017 GT is awesome, insanely awesome, even. In fact, when it rolled out at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show in January, jaws dropped and the supercar stole the show. It boasts more than 600 horsepower from a twin-turbocharged EcoBoost 3.5-liter V-6 and is easily one of the world’s most impressive rides.


Ford’s 2017 GT. Source: Ford Motor Company.

Its awesomeness is only matched by its insane price tag. Ford’s performance division announced that the supercar would start around a staggering $400,000 — about four times as much as anyone outside of Ford expected. That price tag means Ford is essentially aiming its GT to compete with the likes of a Lamborghini Aventador, which is practically unheard of for the mainstream brand based out of Dearborn.

 

While the GT will set you back nearly a cool half-million dollars, at least you won’t have to wait in a long line. Ford plans on putting the car — which is built mostly by hand — into production next year, and only intends on building about 250 units.

Ford’s 2017 GT. Source: Ford Motor Company.

If you do the math, Ford’s GT is expected to generate roughly $100 million for the automaker, but that’s a drop in the bucket: Ford churned out $144 billion in revenue last year. However, that doesn’t mean that the vehicle isn’t valuable to Ford investors.

 

“The GT is the ultimate execution of an enthusiast supercar,” said Raj Nair, group vice president of Ford Global Product Development. “GT includes innovations and technologies that can be applied broadly across Ford’s future product portfolio — another proof point that Ford continues raising the performance bar while ultimately improving vehicles for all of our customers.”

 

Not only will the innovative designs and parts created for the GT trickle down to the rest of Ford’s vehicle lineup, but the GT will also give professional and daily performance enthusiast drivers a chance to show off a Ford vehicle. Historically, those types of drivers have a wide influence on mainstream consumers, and that bodes really well for Ford’s new performance division, which will launch more than 12 new vehicles through 2020.

 

Ford’s recent move into designing more performance vehicles comes at a great time, as the company notes that sales in the category are up 70% in the U.S. and 14% in Europe since 2009, which outpaces the growth of the overall industry.

 

Furthermore, Ford’s performance vehicles have succeeded in accomplishing two very valuable things: luring younger millennials and conquering competitors’ consumers. Consider that Ford’s existing performance vehicles, more specifically the ST lineup, has more than 65% of their U.S. buyers coming from outside the Ford brand — a huge win. Also, millennials, who TrueCar projects will purchase roughly 4.24 million of this year’s estimated 17 million new cars, are purchasing Ford’s ST vehicles at a rate twice that of other Ford vehicles.

 

Essentially, these performance vehicles are going to attract the future bloodline of new car sales and help spur innovation across Ford’s mainstream vehicle lineup. And while Ford’s GT is priced for insanity and will probably never be parked in your garage (or mine), its mere existence is very valuable for Ford and its investors.

 

 

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BMW’s Supercar of the Future?

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BMW M Coupe concept supercar photo

 

In a world where hybrid hypercars reign supreme, it seems the days of naturally-aspirated GT supercars are all but forgotten. Thankfully, Aston keeps our GT dreams alive with cars like the Vanquish, and one artist wants to do the same for BMW.

 

South African designer Idries Noah (aka idi3d), created this stunning BMW M GT concept to take on the likes of Aston Martin and other GT supercars. Similar to the competition, the concept is long, sleek, and puts down a hypothetical 600 horsepower from a twin-turbocharged V8.

PHOTOS: See More of the BMW M GT Concept by Idries Noah

 

BMW M Coupe concept photo

 

Using cues from the current generation M6, and digging into the history books with the 850i, the M GT manages to conjure up both classic and modern lines in one handsome package. According to Noah, it’s also created to be both lighter and faster than the current-generation M6.

 

The M GT is just a design study of what could be, but it’s definitely something we could see in the BMW lineup in the near future.

 

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AC/DC’s Lead Singer’s Awesome Collection of Cars

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Brian Johnson from AC/DC is known first and foremost as a rock legend, but he hasn’t wasted (all) his money on drugs and women. He’s been investing in some sweet sheet metal, as a peek into his car collection shows.

 

When he’s not touring the world performing hits like, “You Shook Me All Night Long,” he’s into his cars. We caught up with some of them thanks to his show, “Cars That Rock.”

 

Johnson ACDC Lola T70 Mark 1 photo

 

Maybe the most distinct car in his collection is the 1965 Lola T70 Mark 1 (above). Only 15 were built and he has Chassis No. 15. It has a Ford V8 with a mind boggling 640 horsepower engine. Johnson says. “If there is anything that is going to scare you in life, it’s this,” he said. It may be scary but he loves its exhaust note. “I sing rock and roll in a rock and roll band,” he says, “but there’s no music like this music.”

 

Of course, Johnson owns another Ford V8. This one’s packed into the Petty Garage Mustang GT he just bought. It “only” has 627 horsepower.

 

Johnson AC/DC Rolls-Royce photo

 

Johnson says his Ferrari 458 Italia is his favorite modern day car. He calls it one of the most beautiful Ferraris ever— and doesn’t care if you disagree with him.

 

Another modern favorite of Johnson’s is his 2010 Rolls-Royce Phantom (and who are we to disagree?) It’s something he has always coveted. “When I was a kid they were unattainable. So when I got a chance to buy one, I did. I drive it like I stole it.” Good for him.

 

 

AC/DC Thunderstruck Bentley photo

 

A Bentley 4 and ½-liter Vandenplas is also in his stable. Johnson calls it the most iconic British motorcar he has ever seen. “It just oozes Britishness,” he said. He also talks about its racing heritage. “You had to have a lot of money and a lot of balls to [race] one of these cars,” he points out. “A lot of people died driving them.”

 

And finally there is a Fiat Abarth. Johnson calls this the “Ferrari’s little cousin.” Seriously but then again it is a pint-sized performer just like he’s a pint-sized rocker. He supposedly drags it around behind his tour bus just so he has a car to drive.

 

 

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1 Million Vehicles Recalled by Chrysler in the past 2 Weeks

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Owners of 703,000 Chrysler sport utility vehicles (SUVs) and minivans are being notified to bring their vehicles in for a repair to the ignition switch. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. (NYSE: FCAU) recalled more than 300,000 Jeep Grand Cherokees and Dodge Durangos last week to repair a faulty fuel pump.

 

The latest recall, announced Saturday, is similar to the ignition switch problem that caused General Motors Co (NYSE: GM) to recall about 2.6 million vehicles last year. The vehicles’ ignition switch has been found to slip out of the “Run” position into the “Off” position, which may cause the engine to stall, shutting down the power steering and the brakes and disabling the airbags. Owners have been told to remove all extra keys and doodads from the key ring until the switch is repaired.

 

The vehicles included in the ignition switch recall are model year 2008 through 2010 Dodge Grand Caravans and Journey and Chrysler Town and Country. The recall was first issued in June of last year, and some of the vehicles included in the latest revision have already been repaired once. The company said at the time that it had received approximately 32 customer complaints and 465 warranty claims related to the ignition switch shutting off inadvertently. Chrysler also said it was aware of two “alleged rear end collisions” related to the faulty switch.

 

Chrysler will conduct the recall in two stages. The first is expected to launch April 6, 2015, and will cover the model year 2008 and 2009 vehicles. The second stage is expected to launch August 3, 2015, and include all the model year 2010 vehicles.

 

 

 

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