Mercedes-Benz Recalling certain 2016 GLE350, GL450 and GLE450 vehicles

18 02 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. – February 18, 2017 – (Motor Sports Newswire) –

Upper Control Arm Connecting Bolt may be Loose

The loose bolt may cause improper wheel tracking, increasing the risk of a crash.

NHTSA Campaign Number: 17V081000

Manufacturer Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC.

Components SUSPENSION

Potential Number of Units Affected 37

Vehicle Make Model Model Year(s)
MERCEDES-BENZ GL450 2016
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MERCEDES-BENZ GLE450 2016

Summary: Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC (MBUSA) is recalling certain 2016 GLE350 4Matic, GLE350, GLE350 4Matic Bluetec, GL450 4Matic, and GLE450 Coupe 4Matic vehicles. In the affected vehicles, the bolt that connects the upper control arm and the axle stub may not have been properly tightened.

Remedy: MBUSA will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the tightness of the bolt connecting the upper control arm and the axle stub on

the affected vehicles, replacing the upper control arm if necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in early March 2017. Owners may contact MBUSA customer service at 1-800-367-6372.

Notes: Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

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Jaguar is Recalling certain 2017 XF vehicles

18 02 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. – February 18, 2017 – (Motor Sports Newswire) –

Cracked Sill Panel may cause Ruptured Fuel Line

A fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source can increase the risk of a fire.

NHTSA Campaign Number: 17V084000

Manufacturer: Jaguar Land Rover North America, LLC

Components: FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE

Potential Number of Units Affected: 9

Vehicle Make Model Model Year(s)
JAGUAR XF 2017

Summary: Jaguar Land Rover North America, LLC (Jaguar) is recalling certain 2017 XF vehicles. The affected vehicles may have a cracked left hand inner sill panel. In the event of a crash involving a left hand impact, the cracked sill panel may result in the underfloor fuel lines rupturing and leaking fuel.

Remedy: Jaguar will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the vehicle’s left inner sill panel. If cracks are found, Jaguar will repurchase the vehicle and supply the customer with a new vehicle, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin April 7, 2017. Owners may contact Jaguar customer service at 1-800-452-4827. Jaguar’s number for this recall is K458.

Notes: Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

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BMW is Recalling certain 2014-2017 i3 REx hybrid electric vehicles

18 02 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. – February 18, 2017 – (Motor Sports Newswire) –

Fuel Vent Line may Chafe and Leak Fuel Vapor

A fuel vapor leak in the presence of an ignition source can increase the risk of a fire.

NHTSA Campaign Number: 17V088000

Manufacturer: BMW of North America, LLC

Components: FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE

Potential Number of Units Affected: 19,130

Vehicle Make Model Model Year(s)
BMW I3 2014 – 2017

Summary: BMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling certain 2014-2017 i3 REx hybrid electric vehicles. The fuel tank vent line may rub against the ribbed wire protection sleeve of the battery positive (B+) cable, creating a hole in the vent line and causing a fuel vapor leak.

Remedy: BMW will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the fuel vent line, replacing it as necessary, and install a clip to prevent it from chafing, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin April 3, 2017. Owners may contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417.

Notes: Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

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BMW is Recalling certain 2014 X1 sDrive28i, X1 xDrive28i and X1 xDrive35i vehicles

18 02 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. – February 18, 2017 – (Motor Sports Newswire) –

Incorrect Coating on Battery Positive Cables

The high resistance may result in loss of the cable’s electrical connection, possibly causing an engine stall and preventing the vehicle from restarting, increasing the risk of a crash.

NHTSA Campaign Number: 17V087000

Manufacturer: BMW of North America, LLC

Components: ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

Potential Number of Units Affected: 1,160

Vehicle Make Model Model Year(s)
BMW X1 SAV 2014

Summary: BMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling certain 2014 X1 sDrive28i, X1 xDrive28i and X1 xDrive35i vehicles. The affected vehicles may have battery positive (B+) cables that develop high resistance in the connections to the fuse box.

Remedy: BMW will notify owners, and dealers will replace the B+ cable connector with one that is silver coated and better secure it to the fuse box, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin April 3, 2017. Owners may contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417.

Notes: Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

Source: BMW of North America, LLC 

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Kimberly-Clark Professional extends ARCA race sponsorship of SCOTT® 150 at Chicagoland Speedway

18 02 2017

DAYTONA BEACH, FL –  February 18, 2017 – (Motor Sports Newswire) –  Officials from Kimberly-Clark Professional, Chicagoland Speedway and the Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) announced today that SCOTT® Brand products will return as an Official Partner of the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards, and as the title sponsor of the SCOTT® 150, the 2017 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards event at Chicagoland Speedway on September 14, 2017.

Along with hosting the SCOTT® 150 race entitlement at Chicagoland Speedway, SCOTT® Brand will also continue as the title sponsor of ARCA’s Rookie of the Year program – The SCOTT® Rookie Challenge.

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For the third consecutive year, the SCOTT® 150 will kick off an exciting weekend of NASCAR racing action including Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, NASCAR Xfinity Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races. The weekend also kicks off NASCAR’s new Playoff Series, which will crown the 2017 Champion in NASCAR’s premier division.

“This is a highly anticipated weekend of racing for fans of every series,” said Kimberly Brown, Customer Marketing Manager with Kimberly-Clark Professional.  “We have been honored to have our SCOTT® 150 entitlement race kick-off the entire weekend the past couple of years and look forward to another great year at Chicagoland Speedway.  We plan to showcase our whole family of products this year including: SCOTT® Rags In-A-Box, SCOTT® Shop Towels, and SCOTT® Bath Tissue and Towel solutions.”

The SCOTT® 150 will celebrate the can-do spirit and pride people take in their craftsmanship by focusing on their September Rags In-A-Box promotion at Menards.  SCOTT® invites all professional contractors and DIYers to choose Rags In-A-Box to help with any home improvement project.  Stop by any Menards location in order to stock-up.

As part of their sponsorship activation, SCOTT®, alongside Menards, will invite 300 hard-working contractors and their families to serve as the Grand Marshals of the SCOTT® 150. This group will kick off the event, calling out the most famous four words in motorsports: ‘Drivers, start your engines!’

Chicagoland Speedway officials are excited about the return of the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards to the suburban Chicago Speedway. The 2017 ARCA event at Chicagoland will mark the 17th consecutive appearance of the 64-year-old tour on the 1.5-mile speedway in Joliet, Illinois.

“We’re looking forward to once again hosting the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards SCOTT® 150 in 2017,” said Scott Paddock, President of Chicagoland Speedway. “As we have seen through our extensive partnership with Kimberly-Clark Professional, this brand truly understands the thrills that come along with great racing and the sheer power that can be harnessed through the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoff weekend at Chicagoland Speedway.”

In 16 consecutive ARCA races at Chicagoland, there have been no repeat winners among drivers. Former ARCA Chicagoland winners are Ed Berrier (2001), Chad Blount (2002), Frank Kimmel (2003), Kyle Krisiloff (2004), Dawayne Bryan (2005), Steve Wallace (2006), Michael McDowell (2007), Scott Lagasse, Jr. (2008), Justin Lofton (2009), Patrick Sheltra (2010), Ty Dillon (2011), Kevin Swindell (2012), Corey LaJoie (2013), Mason Mitchell (2014), Ryan Reed (2015), and Chase Briscoe, who would go on to win the 2016 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards National Championship.

About Kimberly-Clark Professional

Kimberly-Clark Professional partners with businesses to create Exceptional Workplaces, helping to make them healthier, safer and more productive. Key brands in this segment include: Kleenex, Scott, Wypall, Kimtech, Jackson Safety and Block-it. Kimberly-Clark Professional, located in Roswell, Georgia, is one of three Kimberly-Clark business sectors. To see how Kimberly-Clark Professional is helping people around the world to work better, please visit kcprofessional.com.

About Chicagoland Speedway & Route 66 Raceway

Chicagoland Speedway is a 1.5-mile, paved oval race track located in Joliet, Ill.  The track has hosted racing events of the major U.S. racing series, and currently conducts races in all three NASCAR national series, including the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, the NASCAR XFINITY Series, and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.   Along with Route 66 Raceway, a multimillion-dollar complex that includes a ¼ mile stadium-style drag strip and a ½ mile dirt oval track, Chicagoland Speedway is wholly-owned by International Speedway Corporation (ISC), a major promoter of motorsports activities.  ISC owns and/or operates 13 of the nation’s major racing venues, including Daytona International Speedway. For more information on Chicagoland Speedway, visit ChicagolandSpeedway.com.

About ARCA

The Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) is among the leading auto racing sanctioning bodies in the country. Founded in 1953 by John and Mildred Marcum, the organization administers more than 100 events each year in multiple racing series, including the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards, the ARCA/CRA Super Series, the ARCA Midwest Tour and the ARCA Truck Series, plus weekly racing at Toledo and Flat Rock Speedways.

About Menards

A family-owned company started in 1958, Menards currently operates 305 home improvement stores in 14 states located throughout the Midwest. Menards has built their reputation by recognizing that people expect high quality guest service, competitive pricing and shopping convenience.  Menards has full-service lumberyards, beautiful garden centers, landscape blocks, lighting options, tools, hardware supplies, doors, windows, flooring, paint, plumbing supplies, cabinets, appliances, patio furniture, home décor items and much more. There is literally something for everyone at Menards!

Source: Kimberly-Clark Professional

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Rolls-Royce Black Badge Arrives in Hong Kong

17 02 2017

Rolls-Royce Wraith Black Badge and Ghost Black Badge,
first unveiled at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show, are today presented together for the first time in Hong Kong.

GOODWOOD, UK – February 17, 2017 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Rolls-Royce Black Badge speaks to the darker, more assertive, confident and demanding aesthetic of a new breed of Rolls-Royce customer – today’s generation of young, self-empowered, self-confident rule-breakers who are uncompromising and unapologetic in their choice of living and lifestyle. Their predecessors include Howard Hughes and our own Charles Rolls and they follow the road less travelled and live the unconventional life, darkly obsessed by their own pursuits and accomplishments from which they derive a pure adrenaline rush.

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At a luncheon celebrating the start of the Lunar New Year, Paul Harris, Regional Director for Rolls-Royce Motor Cars in Asia Pacific, said, “Rolls-Royce Black Badge is a creature of the night that fits in seamlessly alongside the spectacular night-time cityscape of Hong Kong. In Hong Kong, as worldwide, an increasing number of our clientele are choosing to get behind the wheel of their Rolls-Royce and we are seeing increasing demand for driver-orientated models. Black Badge adds a new edge to not only the aesthetic but the unique and sublime Rolls-Royce driving experience.”

The transformation of Rolls-Royce Ghost and Wraith into their Black Badge alter egos begins with the ‘Flying Lady’ who changes neither in design, posture nor material, but in colour to represent the owner’s dark obsession. She mutates into a high-gloss black vamp, proudly scything through the night-time cityscape. Equally, the Double R badge on the prow, flanks and aft of every Black Badge motor car invert to become silver on black, whilst chrome surfaces such as the front grille surround, boot lid finisher, lower air inlet finisher and exhaust pipes, turn dark.

The power of Black Badge communicates itself into the ground through new composite carbon fibre and lightweight 21-inch alloy wheels unique to Black Badge.

Inside, the centrepiece of the Black Badge cabin is the aerospace-grade aluminium-threaded carbon fibre composite surfacing – material often seen on the surfaces of stealth aircraft. To create this beautiful and innovative material, threads of aluminium just 0.014mm in diameter are painstakingly woven together before being bonded with carbon fibre. This surface material then has six coats of lacquer applied, is left to cure for 72 hours, after which it is hand-polished to a mirror finish. In addition to the creation of this luxury material, the air vents on the dash and in the rear of Black Badge motor cars have been darkened through the use of Physical Vapour Deposition.

Set into the cars’ fascia is a newly created Black Badge clock whose hands are tipped in orange and whose face is adorned by the ‘Unlimited’ rating infinity logo, which is also embroidered on the Black Badge’s upholstery.

The final touch is the moody light cast from the black starlight headliner, and reflected around the cabin from the polished fascia, to create a darkly atmospheric ambiance.

Black Badge also brings the colour black to new levels of intensity. The multiple layers of paint and lacquer that go into creating Black Badge Black are repeatedly hand polished – the most exacting painting and polishing process ever used for a solid paint colour. The result is the deepest, darkest and most intense black ever seen on a production car surface.

Wraith Black Badge
Already the most powerful Rolls-Royce in the world at 624hp (465kW), Wraith has always been the most driver-focused car in Rolls-Royce’s model range. Wraith Black Badge benefits from 70Nm more torque, bringing it to 870Nm, in addition to tweaked air suspension and an upgraded gearbox leading to more spirited driving. With this, Rolls-Royce has produced an even more driver-focused, agile Wraith, while at the same time preserving the intrinsic elements of the effortless Rolls-Royce magic carpet ride. The interior of the first Wraith Black Badge to arrive in Hong Kong is swathed in a combination of Black and Mugello Red leather for a bold and striking look.

Ghost Black Badge
Ghost Black Badge benefits from a power increase of 40hp (30kW) to 603hp (450kW) and a torque boost of 60Nm to 840Nm, whilst upgrades to the 8-speed automatic transmission give Ghost Black Badge an added sense of urgency in how it delivers its power. In the first Ghost Black Badge for Hong Kong, black interior leather combines with the vibrant yet sophisticated colour of Tailored Purple, giving the cabin a more edgy feel.

Customers can currently place orders for spring delivery of Rolls-Royce Wraith Black Badge and Ghost Black Badge. Recommended retail pricing is from HK$6,400,000 on the road.

Source: Rolls-Royce Motor Cars

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First Aston Martin powerboat to make US debut at Yachts Miami Beach

17 02 2017

MIAMI, FL – February 17, 2017 – (Motor Sports Newswire) –  After making its world premiere in Monaco last September, the Aston Martin AM37 powerboat will be shown for the first time in the United States at Yachts Miami Beach on Collins Avenue (February 16-20). Entering its 29th year, the exhibition is home to the largest mega-yacht collection in the world and the unveiling of the first Aston Martin powerboat is set to be one of the highlights of the show.

The Aston Martin AM37 challenges the status quo of the nautical world and offers a pure translation of the brand’s DNA into an entirely new maritime concept, combining innovative technology and bespoke craftsmanship with a perfect balance of design and engineering, performance and comfort, luxury and functionality.

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The AM37 – which can carry up to eight people – is the ultimate day cruiser, designed and crafted with meticulous attention to detail, superior levels of workmanship and an incredible degree of sophistication. The boats are built at the UK premises of Quintessence Yachts to an extremely high standard.

The sliding deck benefits from unique technology, which allows owners to completely cover and uncover the cockpit of the boat at the touch of a button. The wraparound windscreen is made from a single piece of sculpted glass fluidly draped over the AM37’s foredeck. With its extreme double curvature, the windscreen sets a new industry standard.

An electro-hydraulic carbon fibre bimini top is stowed above the engine hatch when not in use and a swim platform extending from the aft deck allows for easy access to the water. At the helm, the AM37’s carbon fibre dashboard echoes styling elements from Aston Martin’s most advanced sports cars. It includes the finest leather with functional features, such as the steering wheel, throttle handles and joystick in polished metal.

In addition to being a stunning day cruiser, the AM37 can also be used overnight by converting the table into a comfortable double bed. The cabin is well appointed with mood lighting and air-conditioning. A refrigerator, microwave oven, espresso machine and on board lavatory mean that absolute comfort is assured. The materials used such as leather, metal, glass and wood are all authentic and exquisitely finished.

The 37-foot model is available in two versions – the AM37 with an estimated top speed of 45 knots and a choice of two 370 hp Mercury diesel or two 430 hp Mercury petrol engines, and the AM37S version with an estimated 50 knots derived from its twin 520 hp Mercury petrol engines.

Quintessence Yachts CEO Mariella Mengozzi commented: “As the exclusive builders of the Aston Martin powerboats, Quintessence Yachts translate design into functionality and technology to enhance the customer experience. Yachts Miami Beach is a strategic event for us to reach our clients and we are proud to showcase the AM37, a boat that represents an entirely new concept for the yachting world. We are very gratified by the strong interest in our yacht before the boat show and this is the right time to present it to an expectant American audience.”

Quintessence Yachts welcomes guests to Yachts Miami Beach (February 16-20) at Stand ENT 4; NEW 125. For all information and appointments during the event, please contact info@quintessenceyachts.com

Source: Aston Martin Lagonda Limited

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