Set to make its motorsport debut on March 23rd, the safety car has been equipped with an assortment of BMW M Performance Parts. Highlights include a front splitter, a black grille and a titanium exhaust system which is surrounded by carbon fiber exhaust finishers. Other M Performance Parts include carbon mirror caps, aerodynamic side skirts, a rear diffuser and a rear spoiler. The car also has a new hood and an LED light bar. Interior pictures were not released but BMW says the car has an Alcantara-wrapped steering wheel, a carbon gear knob and stainless steel pedals. There’s also Recaro racing seats, Schroth belts and BMW M Performance floor mats. Last but not least, the safety car has a roll bar and a fire extinguisher. Power is provided by a 3.0-liter TwinPower Turbo six-cylinder engine that develops 431 HP (317 kW) and 550 Nm (406 lb-ft) of torque.
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BMW M4 MotoGP safety car sounds like an F1 bolide
/quotes/zigman/199376/delayed/quotes/nls/tm TM -0.22% to pay $1.2 billion for failing to publicly acknowledge and correct flaws that caused accelerators in some of its models to jam and thats been tied to as many as 37 deaths since 2000. Last month, General Motors /quotes/zigman/1466682/delayed/quotes/nls/gm GM -0.71% launched a recall of nearly 1.6 million vehicles for faulty ignitions linked to 14 deaths. Meanwhile, Honda Motor Co. /quotes/zigman/193599/delayed/quotes/nls/hmc HMC +0.03% is recalling more than 886,000 Odyssey minivans that were made between 2004 and 2010. Carfax.com, a site that lists sales from dealers and makes money providing condition reports on used cars, cross-checked car listings on major sites like Autotrader.com, Cars.com and Craigslist.com with its own list of recall reports. March and April are the months when consumers in most states shop for used cars, Basso says. Cars.com doesnt have a feature that automatically cross-checks recall reports, but consumers can access Carfaxs free recall reports at recall.Carfax.com, according to Ethan Hertzberg, a spokesman for Cars.com. On average, 1 in 9 vehicles listed for sale online has an open recall, says Chris Basso, a spokesman for Carfax. The states with the highest number of recalled cars sold online were Texas (307,556 cars), California (214,674), Missouri (212,949), Florida (211,182) and Ohio (151,763). The good news: Reputable car dealers will have information on whether a model has been part of an open recall, Basso says. Plus, only about 8% of the 42 million pre-owned cars sold last year were part of a recall, according to CNW Research. Some automakers claim higher success with recalls than the industry average, which ranges from 42% for older cars to 89% for newer models, according to the Society of Automotive Engineers.
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GM Creates Vehicle Safety Job In Wake Of Recall Questions
Set to make its motorsport debut next weekend (March 23), the sports coupe features a full M Performance package as well as a special Akrapovic exhaust system. Seen in the video above is the official unveiling of the car in Qatar. Fortunately, the BMW crew revved several times to impress the audience. Okay we are impressed too! As a reminder, M4 power is provided by a 3.0-liter TwinPower Turbo six-cylinder engine that develops 431 HP (317 kW) and 550 Nm (406 lb-ft) of torque. It enables the coupe to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in just 4.1 seconds. Source: Qatar Exotic Cars
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As many as 303 deaths linked to faulty ignition switches in recalled GM cars
Jeffs appointment provides direct and ongoing access to GM leadership and the board of directors on critical customer safety issues, said Barra. This new role elevates and integrates our safety process under a single leader so we can set a new standard for customer safety with more rigorous accountability. If there are any obstacles in his way, Jeff has the authority to clear them. If he needs any additional resources, he will get them. Creation of the new safety post comes one day after GM announced the recall of 1.55 million vans, sedans and sport-utility vehicles, citing concerns over brakes, seat belts and air bags. Those recalls, along with last months recall of 1.6 million Chevrolet Cobalts and other models for the ignition switches, will cost the automaker about $300 million in the first quarter, GM said. GM is facing investigations by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Congress and the U.S. Justice Department over why it didnt recall the Cobalts and other vehicles when it first became aware of issues with the cars ignition switches. Boyers appointment is intended to ensure such issues dont avoid detection in the future. He will report to John Calabrese, Vice President of Global Vehicle Engineering and become a member of Global Product Development staff, led by Mark Reuss, Executive Vice President, Global Product Development, Purchasing and Supply Chain. Boyer began his GM career in 1974, as a co-op student and has held several senior engineering, safety and process leadership positions, including the role of a total vehicle integration engineer. His most recent position since 2011 was Executive Director of Engineering Operations and Systems Development.
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Expect Rivals To Market Safety As GM, Toyota Reputations Are Tattered
Its spot during the Super Bowl in February used the slapstick treatment to drive home the point that its 2015 Genesis features an automatic emergency-braking system that can be a lifesaver. Or Honda. The icon of safety scored a hit with its own Big Game ad that personified the safety of its cars in the figure of tough guy Bruce Willis in a hugfest approach. And while Honda has launched a couple of its own safety recalls lately, they were careful and preemptive rather than uncaring and even duplicitous, which is what car buyers may be coming to think of both GM and Toyota. Perhaps a new campaign will come out of nowhere from Volvo. While showing signs of revival with new models and financial stability, its going to take some doing from the now-Chinese-owned, Swedish-made brand to reclaim a place in the hearts of American consumers. What better way to attempt this feat than a marketing campaign highlighting the brands iconic attribute, crash safety, at a time when car buyers are on heightened alert over the issue? Its even possible that GM will pull a bit of marketing jujitsu with its own safety woes and actually take the opportunity to emphasize a positive safety story with its vehicles where it can. For example, the Chevrolet Spark was the only tiny-car model to get an overall acceptable rating in a recent test by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety of several entrants in the segment. Chevrolet CMO Tim Mahoney told me a few weeks ago he planned to highlight the Sparks success in that regard but would only be doing so through social media and maybe print. Spark is in a very small segment compared with Cruze or Malibu, so we wont give it heavy above-the-line [advertising] weight, he said. Well do more through social.
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3.5 million defective cars were sold online last year
We need further analysis to see how many of these are related directly to an ignition issue. Both the automaker and NHTSA have come under fire by safety experts for dragging their feet in issuing the recalls. Documents submitted by GM show the automaker was aware of the problem on a prototype Saturn Ion in 2001 and on production models in 2004. Yet the automaker didnt issue the first recalls until Feb. 13 of this year, and the second on Feb. 25. GM also issued a rare apology after the second recall. The Department of Justice and committees in the U.S. House and Senate are now investigating whether GM delayed recalling the cars, as well as whether NHTSA should have demanded the automaker act sooner.
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GM names new vehicle safety chief in wake of recalls
The company is also the subject of a preliminary inquiry by federal prosecutors who are considering a criminal investigation, according to people familiar with the matter. The House Energy and Commerce Committee, one of the congressional panels preparing for hearings, met Tuesday with GM officials, mainly to review the automakers version of events, as laid out in chronologies filed with federal regulators, company officials said. Barra said that she would testify if summoned by Congress to Capitol Hill. Barra has named a former federal prosecutor to lead an internal investigation that could stretch over months to establish a more precise record of what went wrong and why, Barra said. There are no sacred cows, she said. Barra was noncommittal when asked whether she would waive the immunity GM enjoys from liability claims predating its 2009 bankruptcy and federal bailout. The internal investigation will provide GM with a baseline of facts to guide the company as it moves forward, she said. Vehicle safety advocates have called on GM, whose profits have soared and standing with car buyers has improved since a restructuring, to establish a $1 billion fund to compensate the families of those killed and injured in incidents related to the defective part. GM has paid settlements in several lawsuits over the switch, but it has not released a comprehensive list of such lawsuits or a list of names of those it believes were hurt and killed as a result of the defect. In her remarks to reporters, Barra repeated her apology for the problem and promised to work diligently to resolve it. She also said that repairs resulting from the ignition switch recall should begin by mid-April and be completed by October. The debacle has posed a difficult early test for Barra, who took over as chief executive of GM in January.
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