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Ford Motor Co. agrees to pay $299.1 million to drivers with faulty Takata air bags

China car times - 17 juill. 2018 - 12:22

According to court documents, Ford Motor Co has come to an agreement to pay $299.1 million to its drivers of cars with faulty airbags which were manufactured by Takata.

The settlement which was filed in federal court in Miami on Monday stated that the payouts are intended to reimburse drivers for expenses incurred while the drivers are waiting for their car to be repaired also the automaker would provide loaners for drivers whose cars are not operable until the fix is completed.

The Takata airbags inflators are prone to explode in humid climates and also sometimes when deadly force is applied.

Ford is not the only automaker which was buying airbags from  Takata Corporation and automakers like Toyota Motor Corp., BMW AG, Mazda Motor Corp, Nissan Motor Co. and Subaru Corp have been impacted by the Takata recall.

The settlements worth over $1.2 billion have been agreed by automakers which where Toyota agreed to pay $278.5 million in 2017, Nissan Motor Co. agreed to pay $98 million, BMW agreed to pay $131 million, Subaru paid $68 million, Mazda Motor paid $76 million to its drivers.

Peter Prieto said that Ford Motor Co. would help drivers by compensation those who were exposed to possibilities of exploding airbags.

Ford said in a statement that “Safety is our priority” and asked their drivers to contact their dealers immediately for free repairs and said that, “We remain focused on working with our customers to get their vehicles repaired.”

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Ford has fixed 938,000 airbags out of the 3.8 million recalled airbags.

The Takata recall was the largest automotive recall in US history which included over 42 million cars and lead Takata to file for bankruptcy in June 2017.

The airbags have been linked to 23 deaths worldwide and 13 in the United States with more than 180 injured.

BMW gets right for potential stake in Chinese battery giant

Automotive Business Review - 17 juill. 2018 - 10:45
BMW is the first overseas automaker to get a potential toehold in Chinese electric-car battery maker Contemporary Amperex Technology, with rights to invest as much as $427 million.

VW Group names Porsche exec as strategy chief

Automotive Business Review - 17 juill. 2018 - 07:01
Volkswagen AG named Porsche executive Juergen Rittersberger as its new head of strategy. He replaces Thomas Sedran, who will lead the group's commercial vehicles division.

Ex-Apple engineer pleads not guilty in trade secret theft case

Automotive Business Review - 17 juill. 2018 - 01:10
A former Apple engineer charged with stealing driverless car secrets for a Chinese startup pleaded not guilty in federal court in San Jose, Calif.

Ford agrees to $299.1 million Takata 'economic loss' settlement

Automotive Business Review - 16 juill. 2018 - 22:36
Ford agreed to a $299.1 million so-called economic loss settlement covering at least 6 million U.S. vehicles with potentially faulty Takata airbag inflators, court documents show.

GM discontinues Chevrolet City Express van

Automotive Business Review - 16 juill. 2018 - 21:28
General Motors has dropped the Chevrolet City Express, a small work van, which the automaker has marketed under a partnership with Nissan since 2014.

Elon Musk's twitter battle prompts drop in Tesla stock

Automotive Business Review - 16 juill. 2018 - 21:06
Even after admonishing himself for engaging with detractors on Twitter, Elon Musk was at it again this weekend.

Uber being probed for gender discrimination, report says

Automotive Business Review - 16 juill. 2018 - 19:44
Uber is under investigation by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for alleged gender discrimination on issues such as pay, according to media reports.

Trump tariff costs likely to be spread out by automakers

Automotive Business Review - 16 juill. 2018 - 16:31
Automakers with domestic plants will seek to minimize the impact of potential U.S. tariffs on imported vehicles and auto parts by spreading the extra costs across their entire U.S. fleets, not just vehicles shipped from overseas.

17 of the Best Cool Car Wraps

China car times - 16 juill. 2018 - 15:13

With the invention of car wraps, automobile enthusiasts can go way above and beyond unusual paint colors and designs for their cars. There is an endless array of cool car wrap colors and designs to choose from. Get some inspiration below by checking out 17 of the best cool car wraps around today.

What is a vehicle wrap, anyway? A car wrap used to be popular only with vehicles used for branding and advertisement purposes. In this process, a vehicle is wrapped with a thin, sticky vinyl. Once the vinyl has been placed all around the vehicle, it is trimmed away from panel gaps, windows, door jambs, and trim details. After the pieces are trimmed off, any air trapped in the wrapping is eliminated with a soft squeegee. A heat gun is used to help the wrap stick to the vehicle.

Wraps are now used by many people to replace paint jobs. Getting your vehicle wrapped is much more cost effective than a new paint job. Wraps are also less time consuming and messy than traditional paint jobs.

Wraps are getting so sophisticated that now it can actually be difficult to tell the difference between a detailed paint job and a wrapped car. Check out these beautiful examples of cool car wraps to see if you can tell that no paint has been added to these vehicles.

1. Lotus Elise Tiger

The Lotus Elise Tiger stands out with its yellow and white two-tone color, as well as the black stripes wrapped in a way to make this look like a real tiger instead of a car. The Lotus Elise is a two-seater roadster that was thought up in 1994 but not released until September 1996. The first series of Lotus Elises were able to get up to speeds of 150 miles per hour, but the Elise really is known more for its agile handling and quick response.

2. FHM Mini Cooper

The artist did a great job of using the FHM Mini Cooper as a blank slate to use to create this head-turning image. The mural on the hood and interior have matching details to bring this design together on the vehicle. This one is definitely a conversation starter of a piece.

3. FedEx Carrying the Competition

Nothing says friendly competition like outdoing the other guys in the form of a wrap. The FedEx carrying UPS wrap is a great example of this. At first glance, it really does look like the massive truck is carrying two of the smaller UPS trucks. This stunning 3D design does a great job of making a statement from one company to the other.

4. BMW M3 GT2 Art Car

The BMW M3 GT2 Art Car was the creation of artist Jeff Coons in 2010. This car was the seventeenth car in a series that was called BMW Art Cars. The design is very busy and colorful, but the colorful lines flow with the lines along the car.

This E92 BMW M3 was first seen by the public in Paris at The Pompidou Centre on June 2, 2010. There have been other art cars created by several artists over the years. This BMW also participated in the 2010 24 Hours of Le Mans in France.

5. The Cartoon Tesla

A special wrap was made to transform this Tesla P90D into a cartoony version of the vehicle. This was a collaboration between the founder of Rooster Teeth, Burnie Burns, and Graphics Guys, a company based in Texas. It might take a second glance to realize this car is the real deal and not just a cartoon. The designers used a technique called cel shading to create one of the most unique cool car wraps we’ve seen.

6. Lamborghini Aventador Prototype

The Lamborghini Aventador Prototype is another car with an eye-catching design wrapped around the vehicle. Truth be told, however, that this wrap style is not unique to Lamborghini, as many of you already know. No, this wrap style is used by automakers all over the world and is often seen in spy shot photography ahead of a vehicle’s official release date. The wrap is designed to confuse the eye and break up the lines and curves of the body of a car so that it can be tested in public before the official release without giving too much away without the pomp and circumstance. Still, it’s a pretty wicked getup.

7. Cement Truck Coverup

This one of a kind wrap really makes you take a second look to make sure its fake. The asparagus wrap looks real as the 3D image wraps around the cement truck in just the right places. These trucks have been seen in and around Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Anyone up for some asparagus with their next meal?

8. Epsom Bugatti

Another eye-catcher is the Epsom Bugatti. The wrap was completed on an Epson Stylus Pro GS6000 Printer. This intricately detailed wrap was on display on the Bugatti at the 2010 Special Equipment Marketing Association (SEMA) show.

The $1.7 million Bugatti was the most expensive vehicle to be wrapped to date. Skinzwraps and Avery collaborated to produce this wrap, which took seven days to finish the design, have the wrap printed and placed on the car. By the end of the show, the car was back to its original condition.

9. Spaghetti BMW

The Spaghetti BMW is a more unusual type of wrap for an automobile. This 2017 creation is the result of a collaboration between the photographer Pierpaolo Ferrari and Maurizio Cattelan, a satirical Italian artist. This art partnership was called TOILETPAPER. This unique looking spaghetti wrap decorates a BMW i3 and was bought by a Swiss collector for a whopping €100,000. Money from the sale of this car went toward the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation.

10. Copenhagen Zoo “Snake” Bus

The Copenhagen Zoo “Snake” Bus is a stunning wrap design that is still talked about today, although it was created back in 2009. The constrictor snake wrapped around the bus in 3D looks like it is squeezing the bus and its poor passengers to death. This wrap was made by Y&R, Denmark, just for the Copenhagen Zoo.

11. Matte Black Godfather Design

A familiar face is the Godfather in a nicely wrapped black matte, with smoke swirling all around. This automobile and wrap were on display at the International Sign Association show in Orlando, Florida. Fellers wrapped the car in this stunning black matte design. The company was doing wrap demonstrations at the show, which included this car.

12. National Geographic Bus Wrap

National Geographic had one of their buses wrapped with a shark on the side of the bus. The shark’s mouth opens and closes with the side doors of the bus, as if the shark is eating the passengers as they get on and off the bus. The wrap was definitely a great way to get attention with some beautiful advertisement.

13. McCoo Volkswagen

The McCoo Volkswagen is another artist creation with the help of vinyl wrapping. The Scottish artist Steven Brown a local Volkswagen dealer got together to make a colorful creation. The well-known McCoo brand was brought to life with the help of Steven Brown. A VW polo was picked for the colorful wrap job. The automobile was given away in a competition, but the local Volkswagen dealership decided to get its own McCoo car after the first polo brought them so much attention. The beautiful art style and unique colors makes this one of the most artistic cool car wraps around.

14. Sephora Minis

Sephora, the beauty company, has come up with beautifully colorful wraps to make their ads stand out from the rest. These highly graphic wraps look stunning wrapped around Mini Coopers, making a great ad for those looking to buy some of Sephora’s makeup.

15. The Tonka Truck

A Toyota designer in Australia created this life-size Tonka wrap, complete with the familiar black lettering on a yellow-gold background, with black and gold details on the rest of the truck and wheels. This HiLux Tonka Concept resembles the toy Tonka trucks popular with children and is definitely one of the toughest-looking cool car wraps around. The nostalgic wrap can help the bigger kids pretend to be in a life-size version of their favorite wheeled toys.

16. Canadian Work of Art

Jeroen Vermeulen, a Canadian artist, decided to display one of his abstract art pieces on his S450 Mercedes. He figured this was a much less expensive way to show his artwork to the public. Lilian Tan, a fashion photographer, took shots of the original work of art. These photographs were then applied to wrapping materials then wrapped around the car. Instead of displaying his work in a gallery, Jeroen can now use his car to show off his pieces of art.

17. Mysterious Jaguar

The XE SV Project 8 is a new Jaguar that was introduced in May of 2017. The design used on this new Jaguar was to keep this brand new automobile’s details a mystery, despite its initial introduction. The Telegraph even noted that this design was used so as not to reveal too much about the design of this new car. The wrap does a good job of distracting the viewer from the vehicle, adding to the mystery of this Jaguar.

As you can see, these 17 cool car wraps are just a sampling of what is out there. Artists, millionaires, car enthusiasts and the like can get inspired to have a custom cool car wrap done on their vehicle of choice. Maybe this list has inspired you to do some research on cool designs for you to have your own automobile wrapped with. From brand logos to custom-made designs, the possibilities are endless for cool car wraps in the years to come.

Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some frequently asked questions concerning vehicle wraps. Hopefully, these will also answer some of your own questions about car wraps you may have.

Is it cheaper to get a car wrapped or painted?

A paint job on a car can cost anywhere from $2,000 to $10,000, based on what color you want. Based on materials and how difficult the wrap job will be, a vehicle wrap only costs $500 to around $5,000.

How much does it cost to get your car wrapped?

An average wrap job can cost somewhere around $2,500. A color change replacement wrap can cost $3,600, while a chrome wrap starts at $6,000.

Can you wash a wrapped car?

It is recommended to hand wash a car that is wrapped. Use a high-quality brand wash to keep your car’s wrap in top condition. Whatever you do, avoid wash tunnels and even the highest-quality full-service washes in favor of a hand wash.

How long does a wrap on a car last?

A vinyl wrap that has been taken care of can last 7 years. Color change films usually last 5 to 7 years, while a digitally printed wrap can last 5 years.

Do car wraps damage the paint?

A wrap should not damage the paint job on your vehicle. The wrap should actually preserve the paint underneath if the wrap is taken care of properly.

How long does it take for a car to be wrapped?

Wrap installation will vary based on the type of car and how complex the wrap is. A vehicle with many curves will take longer to wrap than one with fewer curves. With help from a professional, the job can take 2 to 3 days to finish. This includes a 12-hour resting window for the film.

Can you wax a car with a wrap design?

A protective wax finish may protect the paint from exposure but could also damage the vinyl. So, stay away from wax if you are planning on getting your car wrapped.

Can you wrap a car with bad paint?

A bad paint job can result in “orange peel”, which can show up, even with a wrap over the car. It’s best to get the paint professionally repaired and cured before applying a wrap to the car.

Are vehicle wraps removable?

Vehicle wraps are removable. Removing a vinyl wrap can be very easy, as long as the wrap is made of high-quality vinyl. A heat source, such as a heat gun will be needed. Make sure someone with a lot of patience and some experience does the job to remove the wrap so they do not damage the paint underneath.

How much does it cost to wrap a food truck?

Prices can vary, just like with any other vehicle. The price is based on the designers doing the job, the quality of the installers, and the structure and size of the truck. To wrap a food truck is generally around $2,500 to $5,000.

Government rebates could protect Canada's auto industry from certain Trump tariffs

Automotive Business Review - 16 juill. 2018 - 15:04
Canadian government customs provisions are expected to soften the blow on the country's powerful automotive industry from retaliatory tariffs on U.S. steel, according to trade lawyers.

Chevrolet's New Roads Magazine looks at origins of the Blazer

Automotive Business Review - 16 juill. 2018 - 07:01
Chevrolet's owners magazine looks back at the origins of the Blazer with last month's unveiling of a 2019 version as a midsize crossover.

Tata Motor's Nano, dubbed the world's cheapest car, near end of its run

Automotive Business Review - 16 juill. 2018 - 07:01
Tata Motor's Nano, dubbed the world's cheapest car, has all but died in India, with lessons for automakers on frugal engineering.

An STP treatment for the wheels of justice, perhaps?

Automotive Business Review - 16 juill. 2018 - 07:01
Say what you will about the efficiency of the U.S. government and the slow-rolling wheels of justice, but things eventually get worked out.

Magna International CEO Don Walker says company isn'tde-emerging

Automotive Business Review - 16 juill. 2018 - 07:01
Magna International is bucking a trend. It's CEO, Don Walker says the company isn't separating autonomous vehicles from its mainstream operations.

Denny Hecker: A changed man?

Automotive Business Review - 16 juill. 2018 - 07:01
The onetime Minneapolis car-dealing kingpin, whose over-the-top lifestyle and spectacular fall in the wake of the Great Recession shattered lives and left him with a mountain of debt, is free -- and he's talking.

Birchwood Auto Group asks key customer survey question

Automotive Business Review - 16 juill. 2018 - 07:01
Manitoba's Birchwood Auto Group believes that extremely pithy customer surveys generate more insight into clients' experiences than longer, traditional ones.

Ford F series will have a record sales year in 2018

Automotive Business Review - 16 juill. 2018 - 07:01
Thanks to a blistering first-half pace, Ford Motor Co. might sell more big pickups in the U.S. this year than it ever has, shattering a 14-year-old record set at the height of the housing boom.

Tom Mignanelli molded Nissan U.S.A.

Automotive Business Review - 16 juill. 2018 - 07:01
Tom Mignanelli spent just six years at Nissan's U.S. operations, but left a mark that has rippled through decades.

Ford's Fusion nameplate will outlive sedan

Automotive Business Review - 16 juill. 2018 - 07:01
Despite plans to kill the Fusion midsize sedan in the U.S. next year, the automaker will keep the Fusion name alive. Just not as a sedan.
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