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Nissan Makes Car Recalls

nissanCar manufacturers are increasingly becoming conscious about the quality of cars that they sell to their customers. It is for this reason that Nissan, one of the biggest car manufacturers in the world, recalled over 6000 of their Infinity hybrid cars. This is after the company discovered a fault in the acceleration system of the car. According to the company, the fault was caused by a bug in the software system. The company posted a comprehensive report about the problem on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website.

Nissan critics have hit the company hard on the recall. Most of them claim that the problem was not a surprise. According to Kyle Bazemore, a spokesperson for Infinity Media, the company intentionally ignored the fault in the system. This is because the company did not put in adequate measures to ensure that the fault was eliminated before the car went into commercial production. According to Kyle, the vehicle is able to pull out of the exit fail-safe mode and this leads to continued acceleration, although this can be overcome by the normal application of the brakes in the car. The possibility of this happening was discovered during numerous lab tests that were done by the company; however, the company chose not to act on the problem. Rather than taking the appropriate action, the company chose to go ahead and release the cars into the market as scheduled. It is therefore inaccurate to state that the fault in the system was unforeseen.

Car owners have also been complaining about these cars. One of these car owners recently told the car safety agency that this car was simply a menace in the roads. According to a complaint filed by the owner in the company website, the car feels like it is accelerating on its own. The owner further claims that he made numerous complaints to the car dealer and was told that the problem was not replicated in other vehicles. It is sad to note that more drivers have experienced the same problem. The dealers had resorted to telling concerned car owners that this is a normal hybrid car problem. However, in truth, it is a problem with the car and the manufacturer.

According to Nissan, the company learned about the fault in July and was able to trace the problem down to a programming error. The company finally made the decision to do the recall in September and it is still ongoing.

 

 

 

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The New Battery Driven BMW

bmwBMW has made a significant investment in green cars. This has been caused by the ever-increasing demand for green cars around the world. One such investment by the company has been in the BMW i3 model. This is an all-electric car. The company made an effort to make this model stand out from the rest of their cars in the market. The following are some of the features that make this car stand out from the rest made by the company and most of the other car manufacturers, as well.

The BMW i3 feels as different as the exterior of the car looks. The dashboard of the car is made out of eucalyptus; the design was apparently inspired by well-known furniture and architectural designers Charles and Ray Eames. Just like most of their modern furniture designs, the seats of the car are more comfortable than they actually look. This gives the car an extra elegant look and feel while driving the car.

The first drive in the car is an amazing experience all together. When you lift off the accelerator, you can feel the immediate effect caused by the regenerative braking of the car. You need to learn how to maintain some little acceleration even when you are slowing down to avoid any uncomfortable bumping that may result from abrupt braking. The car has very strong regen brakes that help makes driving feel like a one pedal affair. There has been some slight problem as a result of this feature. When you reduce the speed of the car slowly, the brake lights sometimes stay dark. This may confuse some road users.

The steering system of the car is quick and precise. The car has a relatively shorter wheelbase and this means that the car is able to maneuver easily through traffic. The car gives that feel of driving from a double decker mini cooper.

The i3 is definitely not the fastest car in the market. The acceleration of the car, however, is immediate and this can be very addictive for drivers. The car has a zero to 60 acceleration in 6.5 seconds according to tests. The car is able to pull with power of up to 93 miles per hour.

The BMW i3 has a stiff suspension. This is true because the car has an optional 20-inch tire. When combined with its high seats, rigid structure and a stiff suspension, the car experiences a smooth rocking motion when driving over an uneven road.

 

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