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Weekly Car News (2nd to 8th November 2015)

Here's our top five car stories from this week including Zafira recalls, more VW emissions scandals and Mercedes' answer to the BMW M4 convertible.

Hyundai launches new global premium sub-brand known as Genesis

Hyundai have announced they're set to compete with BMW, Audi and Mercedes with a new sub-brand called Genesis.

Credit: BusinessKorea.co.kr

Credit: BusinessKorea.co.kr

 

The name is a result of an expansion of their Hyundai Genesis saloon, with them aiming to launch six completely new models before 2020. The brand itself will be rolled out at the end of the year with the current Hyundai Genesis likely to be rebranded as their first model.

 

The aim of the company is to produce cars of "the highest standards of performance, design and innovation". The details of these cars is minimal, with people having little idea as to what the six models mentioned will even be.

 

We guess more information will arise throughout 2016.

 

Mercedes-AMG C63 cabrio spotted

A gorgeous Mercedes-AMG C63 cabrio has been spotted out and about and looks set to challenge BMW's M4 convertible for the German performance drop-top crown. 

Credit: AutoExpress.co.uk

Credit: AutoExpress.co.uk

 

Although it is disguised by the usual camouflage paintwork, you can just make out the fabric folding roof, plus the typical AMG chunky air intakes, large alloy wheels, quad exhausts and upgraded breaks.

 

There are no details of the car unveiled yet, however you can expect it to be powered by the same 503bhp 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 found in it's coupe counterpart. Due to the increased weight of safety features required for convertibles, you'd imagine the car will be slightly slower to achieve 0-62mph than the coupe, which is currently around 4 seconds.

 

This is certainly one car we're excited to see more of in the coming year!

 

Honda recalls up to 329,000 UK cars for airbag fix

Honda UK have confirmed certain Jazz, Civic, Accord, Stream and CR-V models will be recalled due to faults in both the driver and passenger safety devices as a result of the Takata airbag scandal.

 

A spokesman for Honda confirmed that 122,000 cars require a recall to address the driver's airbag, and another 207,000 due to the passenger's airbag. That adds up to 329,000 cars in total, however the final figure is expected to be significantly less due to a number of cars having both issues.

 

Only some models from 2002 to 2009 are problematic and require recalls, so if you have any of the cars mentioned above you can expect to be contacted soon and given details on how to resolve the problem. Not all cars are faulty so you may not be contacted, but it is probably worth keeping an eye on the Honda website just to be on the safe side.

 

It is worth noting that Honda have released details of the problem and it's not something is an immediate safety issue, meaning you can drive your cars safe and sound whilst waiting to hear from them.

 

Volkswagen emissions scandal continues with Porsche models now affected

The Volkswagen emissions scandal has taken another step for the worse as it's been confirmed that several Porsche's sporting their 3.0-litre V6 TDI engine have also been affected.

 

The company continues to be hit by the scandal, highlighted by the fact their car sales dropped 10% in October compared to the same period last year. Furthermore the sales of their sister brands Skoda, SEAT and Audi are all down, and more damagingly the Volkswagen Group's share price has plummeted dramatically.

 

It's not known as to when the negativity surrounding the division will ease up, but as the weeks go by more and more of their cars - currently a total of 1,189,906 in the UK alone - seem to be hit by the scandal, adding to their woes. It is currently estimated that the entire recall and subsequent fines, compensation and legal fees will cost the company around £6 billion - ouch!

 

220,000 Vauxhall Zafira's set to be recalled due to reports of catching fire

Vauxhall have announced they're set to recall 220,000 Zafira B models following several reports of the cars catching fire. The rather worrying issue seems to only affect right-hand drive models built between 2005 and 2014, and has come to light as a result of over 13,000 people voicing the problem on a Facebook group titled 'Vauxhall zafira car fires'.

Credit: Facebook group 'Vauxhall zafira car fires'

Credit: Facebook group 'Vauxhall zafira car fires'

 

Apparently the company will investigate the heating and ventilation systems after finding evidence of improper repairs to thermal fuses and blower motor resistors using non-genuine parts. That sounds a bit too technical for our heads, but 'non-genuine parts' alone is enough for us as to a reasonable cause.

 

If you own one of the Zafira's affected, you can expect Vauxhall to inform you from November 12th onwards and request that you come down to your local dealership for an inspection that'll roughly take between 30 and 60 minutes. For those of you that own the Zafira Tourer, don't worry as this recall does not concern those models.

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