A defense attorney in Palm Beach, Fla., is claiming that his client’s vehicle developed a computer malfunction that caused the car to lurch forward and slam into another vehicle. Another case of unintended acceleration for Toyota? Nope, try a “far-fetched” defense of a Bentley.
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On March 14, 2012, a Los Angeles County Superior Court ruled in favor of the owners of a 2007 Toyota Tundra under the California Lemon Law resulting in the Toyota Motor Sales Company to refund all payments the owners made on the truck.
The new your vehicle’s dashboard is an entertainment smorgasbord and texting while driving trend is coming under scrutiny from the National Highway Transportation and Safety Administration that is beginning three days of hearings. The NHTSA is working on finalizing “voluntary” guidelines, will automakers pay attention?
In a sign of the times, Chrysler filed voluntary report that indicates the new 2013 Dodge Ram will offer a Pentastar V-6 and eight-speed transmission to be more fuel-efficient.
When Ford stopped building the Lincoln Towncar in August, 2011, a vacumn formed in the livery industry. For decades, limo services and up-scale car services had purchased Lincoln Towncars by the truckload, using them almost exclusively to ferry passengers from point to point. Towncars were the car of choice – so ubiquitous that people didn’t just order a “car” to take them to the airport, they ordered a “Towncar.”
Good or bad (I personally like big RWD sedans), the Towncar is no more. Toyota, seizing an opportunity, is trying to fill that void with a special version of the Avalon.