10 Tiny Bits of Automotive News – November 13, 2012

1. Toyota is recalling 11,200 Scion iQ models due to faulty passenger sensors.

2. A company in Florida called Soundwaves of Tampa is claiming to be the first to install an iPad Mini inside a car – in this case a Toyota Corolla. It appears to take up the same amount of space as the standard infotainment system. Could this be a factory option on some cars – some day?

3. Hurricane Sandy caused the destruction of between 10,000 and 15,000 vehicles in the port of New Jersey including 300 Fisker Karmas. If you’re buying a car on the east coast, make sure it’s not a salvage car that’s been wet. Use due diligence and let the buyer beware.

4. Apparently the age-old rivalry between China and Japan has boiled over into auto sales. American car makers selling in China have seen increased sales as Chinese car buyers pass on cars from Japan in favor of US brands.

5. There’s no doubt about it, the auto industry helped tilt the vote last Tuesday to President Obama’s corner. In Ohio one out of eight jobs is tied to the industry and exit polls show that auto workers didn’t appreciate Romney’s stand on the auto loans. Details surrounding Romney’s false Jeep ad also helped according to pundits.

6. Ford has announced that they will end production of the popular Boss 302 Mustang next year. Because it makes total sense to stop selling the best Mustang ever made.

7. A new study released recently by Carrentals UK, suggest that women are superior drivers after interviewing more than 700 people.

8. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has announced a recall of 4,195 Jaguar XF models from the 2010 to 2012 model years due to potential fuel leak woes.

9. Mazda and Toyota snnounced a partnership to produce a new vehicle for the North American market. Mazda will build a subcompact economy car based on the Mazda2 at its soon-to-be-finished facility in Mexico for sale under the Toyota banner.

10. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has issued a recall for select model year Jeep Grand Cherokee models and Liberty vehicles over airbag concerns. The recall extends to 2002-2004 Grand Cherokee and 2002-2003 Liberty models. NHTSA anticipates the recall may impact one million vehicles worldwide.

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