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GM recalls police cars for shifter glitch

GM recalls police cars for shifter glitch

http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/cars/2014/10/07/gm-recall-caprice-police-cars/16857253/

Now even police officers are having their General Motors-built patrol cars recalled.

GM says it is recalling 7,598 Chevrolet Caprice police patrol vehicles, which were imported to the USA from its Holden unit in Australia, to fix a problem with the shifting mechanism that has accounted for one accident.

In the 2011 to 2013 police cars, a driver may be able to shift the transmission out of “park” without first pressing the brake pedal, according to GM. They also might be able to move the shift lever between gears without pressing the shift lever lock button. Or they may have trouble shifting between gears.

The “PRNDL” display on the instrument cluster may show the wrong gear.

Caprice is a big, rear-wheel drive car that competes against Dodge Charger and a version of the Ford Taurus in the police market. GM says there were no injuries in the single reported accident.

2015 Dodge Charger

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2015 Dodge Charger: The World’s Only Four-Door Muscle Car Gets New Exterior, 300 Horsepower V-6 With Best-in-class 31 MPG Highway, Standard Segment-Exclusive TorqueFlite eight-speed Automatic Transmission and World-class Handling and Refinement

• Dodge designers resculpt and refine nearly every body panel on the new 2015 Dodge Charger, including dramatic LED lighting in both front and rear

• Standard segment-exclusive TorqueFlite eight-speed transmission is now paired with the legendary 5.7-liter HEMI® V-8 engine on 2015 Dodge Charger R/T models, as well as the fuel- efficient and powerful 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine

• Award-winning Pentastar V-6 paired with standard TorqueFlite eight-speed transmission delivers best-in-class 31 miles per gallon (mpg)

• New interior design elements, including three-spoke steering wheel, 7-inch reconfigurable gauge cluster, premium materials and a choice of eight new trim and color combinations

• Charger offers more than 80 available safety and security features, including new for 2015 full- speed Forward Collision Warning-Plus, Adaptive Cruise Control Plus with Full Stop, Lane Departure Warning with Lane Keep Assist, ParkSense rear park assist systems and 9-1-1 call/Assist Call

• Charger features a slew of the latest high-tech features, including the new award-winning Uconnect Access system, Uconnect Access Services with roadside assistance, theft-alarm notification, voice texting, new Dodge Performance pages, new 3-D navigation and the ability to turn the Charger into a Wi-Fi hot spot

• New mobile app lets 2015 Charger owners start and lock their vehicle from a distance

• Uconnect Via Mobile lets customers enjoy their personal Internet radio accounts and stream audio content using their own mobile device data plans. It seamlessly brings four popular Internet radio apps into the Dodge Charger, including Aha by Harman, iHeartRadio, Pandora and Slacker

• Charger’s segment-exclusive Beats Audio System is designed to immerse passengers in the ultimate audio experience

The Dodge brand is bringing its A-game for its 100th anniversary, significantly updating both the iconic Challenger muscle car and Charger four-door sedan.

The iconic Dodge Charger gets a full-body makeover for 2015 along with powertrain updates that include a standard TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission on both Charger’s standard 3.6-liter V-6 Pentastar engine and, new for 2015, the R/T equipped 5.7-liter HEMI® V-8.

―Our Dodge designers have resculpted nearly every single body panel of the Dodge Charger for 2015, giving it a sleek, nimble appearance,‖ said Tim Kuniskis, President and CEO – Dodge Brand, Chrysler Group LLC. ―The Charger’s all-new exterior design combined with its standard new TorqueFlite eight- speed transmission and the latest in-car technology builds on the brand’s promise to deliver American performance machines with world-class efficiency, technology, authentic materials and standout styling for our customers.‖

The 2015 Dodge Charger will be available in four models: SE, SXT, R/T and R/T Road & Track. Charger is built at the Brampton (Ont.) Assembly Plant in Canada. Production is slated to begin in the fourth quarter of 2014.

Charger continues to grow its market share

The 2015 Dodge Charger competes in the U.S. full-size car market, but stands alone in a class by itself as the only American-bred four-door muscle car. In March of 2014, the Dodge brand reached a significant milestone, with Challenger and Charger sales combining to sell a total of more than 1 million units in the United States.

The Charger’s combination of aggressive and youthful image, full-size functionality and world-class engineering and quality resonates with young and affluent buyers. Charger’s purchasers on average are 15 years younger than its competitors’ buyers within the segment, with more than half identifying themselves as millennials or Generation Xers.

2015 Dodge Charger R/T

The Charger’s appeal is attracting a high number of conquest buyers, helping drive a 62 percent increase in sales since 2009 – double the growth of the standard full-size car segment. In 2013, Charger posted its best sales year since 2007, further fueling a 3.2 percentage point gain in market share since 2009.

To help Charger keep its edge, Dodge is loading up the new sedan with a slew of new technologies and a host of premium features, such as high-end interiors, the latest Uconnect System and impressive powertrain options, along with a new exterior design that is distinctly Dodge. New feature updates for 2015 include:

New exterior styling
• New hood
• New fenders
• New front and rear fascias
• New front doors
• New three-piece spoiler (standard R/T)
• New Dodge signature LED racetrack tail lamps
• New projector headlamps (high-intensity discharge headlamps on premium trims)
• New LED fog lamps (SXT and R/T)
• New center high-mounted stop lamp (CHMSL)
• New wheels for all price classes, including available 20-by-9-inch forged aluminum wheels
• New 20-inch wheels standard on R/T models
• Six different 20-inch wheel styles available
• New heritage colors, including B5 Blue, which accompanies classic high-impact TorRed

New interior styling and materials
• New 7-inch thin-film transistor (TFT) customizable digital gauge cluster
• New instrument panel center stack with next-generation radio and 5.0-inch and 8.4-inch
touchscreen displays with 3-D navigation and downloadable apps
• New three-spoke thick rim steering wheel with available paddle shifters
• New performance-inspired electronic shifter
• New Dodge Performance Pages (R/T Road & Track)
• Eight all-new interior trims, including:

o New Black and Tungsten cloth (replaces Light Frost Beige on SXT and R/T) o New Black and Pearl leather (replaces Tan leather)
o New Black and Ruby Red (replaces Radar Red leather)

Technical highlights

 Included trial of Uconnect Access Services o 9-1-1 call/Assist Call
o Roadside Assistance Call
o Theft-alarm notification
o Uconnect Access App for remote services o Yelp
o Voice texting
o Wi-Fi hotspot (service available)
• New Lane Departure Warning with Lane Keep Assist
• New Adaptive Cruise Control Plus with Full Stop
• New advanced Brake Assist
• New full-speed Forward Collision Warning-Plus
• New dynamic gridlines displayed with the rear camera view to show projected path of vehicle based on driver steering input
• New TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission standard on all models
• New fully hemmed rear wheelhouse to accommodate larger tires
• All-wheel-drive (AWD) with front-axle disconnect available on SXT and, now for 2015, SE model

ECCO Acquires Code 3 Brand

PRESS RELEASE

ECCO Group has acquired Public Safety Equipment (PSE), which includes the following well-known international brands: Code 3, Premier Hazard, Britax PMG, PSE Amber, and PSV.

ECCO Group is primarily engaged in sales of reverse alarms and amber warning products for commercial vehicles and recognizes PSE as the ideal platform to expand its global presence and to penetrate the worldwide emergency vehicle’s sector, allowing the group to compete as a strong global player in both sectors.

The expanded organization, known as ECCO Safety Group, will have manufacturing in nine locations on four continents, along with an additional four sales offices in Germany, France, Australia, and China, together employing 900 team members.

Chris Marshall, CEO of ECCO Safety Group explained, “This is a huge development for us as it brings strong brands, additional products, and substantial access to the global emergency services sector. ECCO Group is well known for supplying amber warning beacons and lightbars to the commercial vehicle aftermarket sector along with reverse alarms to OEMs, so this development will see an expanded group investing for the longer term in service and innovation to support its customers around the world. We are offering red and blue emergency lighting, mirrors, switches, signal and accessory lights and wiper equipment drawing upon the expertise and experience that the PSE team brings with them.”

ECCO Group currently employs 270 people around the world with manufacturing locations in USA, Europe, Australia, and a sales office in China.

PSE employs 630 people with manufacturing locations in the USA, United Kingdom, and China; along with sales offices in Australia, Germany, and France.

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