Posts Tagged ‘fuel’

Mitsubishi to Sell 30% to Nissan

nissan

Mitsubishi has found itself in a lot of trouble lately for their fuel economy numbers scandal. Based on preliminary investigations, it looks as though the number of models impacted by the scandal might be larger than expected. This is certainly doing nothing good for the company’s branding or their stocks.

Reports coming out of Japan’s Nikkei is stating that the top buyer for those Mitsubishi shares is Nissan. If the deal goes through, which looks very promising as the deal is rumored to be in the very late phases, Nissan will not only own 30% of Mitsubishi, it will also become the largest share holder.

The 30% shares is expected to give Mitsubishi a solid $1.84 billion bump in capital which will help them out significantly considering the financial hit they are taking on the stock market. The company, in the grand scheme is still fairing alright through their scandal turmoil.


Mitsubishi’s 25 Year Lie

mitsubishi-1

When you lie, you either have to take it to the grave, or you fess up when you’re caught. In the case of Mitsubishi, it looks like they are not at the forefront of a fuel mileage scandal that stretches all the way back to 1991.

The issue came to light when Nissan found fuel economy inconsistencies in some of their tiny kei-class cars which were made by Mitsubishi. When Mitsubishi was confronted, they fessed up about the fuel economy issue and said it might impact as much as 625,000 vehicles. US regulators are now in on the investigation as well and requested data from Mitsubishi to confirm the accuracy of the fuel economy numbers stated for the vehicles sold in the US.

The numbers on fuel consumption is typically calculated with a formula which takes into account driving resistance which is based on a coasting test determined by Japan’s Road Transport Vehicle Act. What Mitsubishi has done is have their engineers create their own “high-speed coasting test”. Much later in 2007 Mitsubishi decided to stick to Japan’s mandated testing protocol. However, in pockets of the company, engineers continued to use the old approach which introduces inconsistent standards in the calculation of fuel mileage.

So far, Mitsubishi has only admitted to incorrect fuel economy data on their minicars. However, the investigation is only seeing the minicars as a starting point and many more leafs will be turned over in this comprehensive review.


Mazda CX-5 Recall and Stop Sale

mazda_cx-5

A recall and stop sale has been issued by Mazda on all of their 2014-2016 CX-5 vehicles. Mazda identified a defect with the fuel filler pipe on the CX-5 which could rupture in a rear end collision causing a fuel leak and leading to a fire.

This is a major recall for Mazda affecting over 404 000 vehicles across the US and Canada. As of now, Mazda has reported this defect to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Further information detailing the recall and repairs needed on these vehicles will be released by Mazda shortly.

Customers with questions are encouraged to contact their local dealership immediately.


Ford Adds Stop-Start Technology to F-150

Ford F-150 Raptor 2017

Many car manufacturers today are incorporating an automatic start-stop technology into their vehicles to help stretch fuel economy. When the car comes to a full stop, the engine will shut off to conserve fuel during idle times.

Ford is planning to put this same technology into their F-150 pickups which currently get 19 mpg city and 26 mpg highway. Come 2017, all F-150s with the turbocharged EcoBoost engines will get this technology as a standard feature which is estimated to boost economy by 7 percent in the city. Ford doesn’t plan to stop there. With fuel economy being a huge decision point for the consumers, Ford plans to incorporate the auto start-stop technology into their other models.


Honda and GM Partners on Hydrogen Fuel Cell

GMHondaFuelCells

One of the hindering factors to bringing Hydrogen Fuel Cell technology to the mass market is most definitely cost. Therefore, wherever and whenever auto makers can cut production costs they will surely take advantage. In this case, Honda and General Motors have agreed to a partnership to slice the production investment cost. Not a lot of information has been released at this point, but if the plan goes full swing Honda and GM could open up a plant by 2025.

The plant will focus on the development and production of the components that goes into the fuel cell, while Honda and GM will develop their fuel cell vehicles independent of each other. Cost spikes to producing a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle comes largely by way of expensive materials that are needed for the fuel cell stacks. By optimizing development and production efficiencies manufacturers have the ability to move the needle in offering greener vehicles to the mass market.


Ford Gas Tank Recall Impacts 452,000 Cars

ford-fusion-recall

Ford has issues a recall which will impact nearly 452,000 of their midsize vehicles; approximately 411,000 impacted cars are in the U.S., 34,000 in Canada and 7,000 in Mexico. Vehicles impacted in this recall include the Ford Fusion with a build date between 2010 through 2011 and the Mercury Milan sedans built in Mexico between July 21, 2008 through March 4, 2011.

Ford says the issue is with a gas tank that can possibly leak fuel. A valve on a gasoline vapour recovery canister can get stuck which causes repeated air pressure changes in the gas tank. This constant pressure change can eventually cause a crack on the top of the tank and a potentially result in a fuel leak. Ford states that there are currently no reports of fires or injuries from the problem.

Owners are encouraged to contact their local dealers for additional information. Dealers will inspect the vehicle’s fuel tank and valves for leaks and replace them if needed.


2015-16 Porsche Macan Fuel Line Recall

2015-porsche-macan

A fuel line recall has been issued by Porsche Cars North America, Inc. which affects 21,835 vehicles. The recall is focused on 2015-2016 Macan S vehicles with a manufacture date between March 27, 2014, to October 27, 2015. The recall also extends to 2015-2016 Macan Turbo vehicles with a manufacture date between March 5, 2014, to October 27, 2015.

Porsche Cars North America, Inc. says the recall is to fix a low pressure fuel line in the engine compartment that could possibly leak and result in a fire risk as it is isolated to an area with an ignition source. Owners will be notified to bring their vehicle in to their local dealership for the recall to be completed. Dealers will fix the problem by installing a redesigned and improved low pressure fuel line at no cost to the owners. Due to parts shortages, owners should have received initial correspondence from Porsche Cars North America, Inc. on November 9, 2015 and a follow up notification will be mailed once parts are available.

Owners are encouraged to contact Porsche customer service at 1-800-767-7243 for any additional information referencing recall number AF06.