Honda recalls 350,000 Civics for faulty parking brakes

The Basics: Honda is recalling about 350,000 2016 Civic coupes and sedans with the 2.0-liter four-cylinder and the turbocharged 1.5-liter four cylinder.The Problem: The car’s stability control software currently prevents drivers from setting the electronic parking brake immediately after switching off the ignition. If the driver attempts to do this, the brake may not engage, and a brake light may flash on the instrument panel for 15 seconds. If the car’s brake isn’t properly set, and the car isn’t in a parking gear, the car could roll away, potentially injuring someone or damaging the car.Injuries/Deaths: No injuries or deaths have been reported.The Fix: Owners can bring their affected Civics to a local Honda dealer where a software update will be installed free of charge to…

Spied: All-new BMW X7 spotted testing Two years ago, BMW CEO Norbert Reithofer made an official announcement of bringing a new-generation flagship SUV, the X7, in 2016. And now spied images have revealed that near-production form of the X7. However, BMW has already stated that the X7 will hit showrooms by end 2018. The BMW X7 will be manufactured at the brand’s Spartanburg facility in South Carolina and will compete with the likes of the Mercedes-Benz GLS and Land Rover Range Rover. The new-generation BMW X7 will be based on the extended platform of the X5 and the X6 SUVs. This might be the same flexible lightweight CLAR design with carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic that presently underpins the 7 Series sedan as well as the upcoming 5 Series sedan that arrives next year. ...

Amarok:: Is power more important to pick-up buyers than safety? We’ve highlighted it before: Unlike its major competition, the Ford Ranger, Toyota HiLux, Nissan Navara, Holden Colorado, Mazda BT-50 and Mitsubishi Triton, the freshly updated 2017 Volkswagen Amarok V6 doesn’t have rear passenger airbags. We consider the omission a significant oversight, as this isn’t new technology and we’ve been told that engineering them into the current-generation car is feasible. But… do buyers really care? The 4×4 pickup segment is seeing 10 percent year-on-year growth, and Amarok sales are showing positive growth in 2016, as they have every single year since 2011 when the VW ute was introduced. Volkswagen claims the announcement of the V6 model yielded over 7300 enquiry leads, which is close to the total volume of 4×4 Amarok sales for the total 2015 calendar year. And at no...

Charter deal of the week: the 33m sloop Marae at the America's Cup In this series of articles, we take a look at the best charter deals currently on offer in some of the best cruising hotspots of the world. What, Why, Where and Who forms the basis of the articles. This week we look at the 33 metre Marae, uniquely offered for charter during the highly anticipated upcoming edition of the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup in Bermuda. What is on offer? Built by the New Zealand shipyard Alloy Yachts in 2004, the 32.97 metre sloop Marae was designed in her entirety by Ted Fontaine of the Fontaine Design Group. Undergoing two extensive refits in 2009 and 2014, she is presented in excellent condition. On board she accommodates up to six guests in two double and one twin suite, with room for six additional guests ...

Toyota Electric Car News: CEO To Speed Up Development, Future EVs To Have Long Range Toyota electric car plans is finally taking shape. Toyota is getting serious about tapping in the EV market, so serious that they appointed their its president to lead their newly formed electric car division. EV plans include having long range of autonomy and powerful performance. Advertisement A few weeks ago, Japanese newspaper Nikkei reveals Toyota electric car plans to to develop a complete new range of electric vehicles of high autonomy. Now, this news has been officially confirmed and things are getting serious as Akio Toyoda along with Executive Vice Presidents Mitsuhisa Kato and Shigeki Terashi will head Toyota electric car development. Although in the last two decades, Toyota has developed and manufactured numerous electric models. This includes the first-generation RAV4 until the last i-Road, ...

Driving while tired as dangerous as driving drunk Drivers losing out on a good night's sleep are as dangerous as drunk drivers on the road. Those are the findings of a new study into the effects of tiredness on motorists. According to the study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, losing out on just a few hours of sleep the night before puts drivers at nearly twice the risk of crashing compared to those who’ve slept the recommended seven or more hours. The study found that a lack of sleep has similar effects to being drunk, with slower reaction times and a shorter attention span. The Sleep Council estimates that a third of Britons get just five to six hours of sleep a night, putting them at 1.9 times the normal risk of crashing. •...

Bamford X Bentley Mulliner Mulsanne Speed It’s safe to say that Mulliner, Bentley’s in-house bespoke personalization division, has established a reputation for being a purveyor of some of the most unique Bentleys we’ve seen in a long time. That’s what happens when you’re responsible for building one-off to limited edition models for the British auto brand. You’re afforded the freedom to be creative with your work and as far as recent examples are concerned – the Mulsanne Sinjari Edition being one of them – that’s exactly what Mulliner has done. Now, it’s at it again with another creation: a one-off Mulsanne Speed built specifically for George Bamford, the man behind Bamford Watch Department, regarded by many as the U.K.’s premier bespoke timepiece personalization company. The one-off Mulsanne ...

NASCAR Cup change: Ty Dillon in, Casey Mears out at Germain Racing After six seasons and 215 starts, Casey Mears is out at Germain Racing. The 38-year-old driver is being replaced by Ty Dillon, who will drive the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS full time for the team 2017.The move was announced Monday on the Germain Racing website.The 24-year-old Dillon has made 18 starts in the Sprint Cup Series for several different teams, including Circle Sport/Leavine Family Racing and Stewart-Haas Racing. He scored a career-best sixth-place finish at Talladega Superspeedway in May 2016 while serving as a relief driver for Tony Stewart.Mears has one win in 488 career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts. Dillon finished fifth in the 2016 NASCAR Xfinity Series for Richard Childress Racing -- a technical partner for Germain Racing. Dillon also plans to race...