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Transport Broker launch new website supplying Coach Hire Birmingham

Friday, January 24th, 2014

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Sizes of minibus for hire in Surrey

Friday, January 24th, 2014

There are many different sizes of minibus which are available for hire, which go from what is just larger than an estate car, to being a small coach. 8 Or 9 Seat Self Drive Minibus Hire in Surrey If your main car is a 4 door hatchback, you will have problems taking a large party [...]

Source: http://selfdrive-minibus-hire.co.uk/2011/minibus-hire/sizes-of-minibus-for-hire-in-surrey/

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Tips for Finding a Courier Insurance Broker

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

Finding courier insurance, whether you are doing it for the first time or you have been doing the job for years, can be intimidating and frustrating in equal measure. As a result, finding a courier insurance broker to help you … Continue reading

Source: http://www.xyzinsurance.co.uk/blog/courier-insurance-news/tips-for-finding-a-courier-insurance-broker/

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98 D/GG transmission problem

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

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Subaru to showcase five customized Levorg concepts at Tokyo Auto Salon

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

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Subaru Levorg Concept

Last month, Subaru unveiled the Levorg concept at the Tokyo Motor Show, previewing what could be the next Legacy wagon. But that’s not the end of the story for the concept car.

With the Tokyo Auto Salon – Japan’s equivalent to SEMA – approaching next month, Fuji Heavy has announced five customized versions of the Levorg. One is being prepared by Subaru itself with a focus on luxury (including new alloy wheels and a burgundy interior), one by Subaru Tecnica International (with strut brace and aero kit) and one each by aftermarket Subaru tuners Corazon, Syms and Prova.

Subaru will also display a pair of racecars based on the BRZ: the Super GT300 version we’ve already seen and a new STI NBR Challenge racer aimed at the Nürburgring 24 Hours. Details in the press release below.

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Mitsubishi AR Concept continues a wacky, wonderful tradition [w/video]

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

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Mitsubishi Concept AR debut at 2013 Tokyo Motor Show

Mitsubishi enjoys a long history of thinking outside the literal box when it comes to designing minivans and people movers. Remember the Mitsubishi Van, a.k.a. Delica? How about the Chariot, better known to us as the Colt Vista? The Expo and Expo LRV, the twin models that succeeded it? These were all left-of-center takes on the MPV genre, and while they never sold in large volumes, we can’t help but look back at them with a mix of bemusement and respect for their oddball character. Who knows? A production version of this AR Concept could be next.

According to Mitsubishi, “the comfort of a minivan and active personality of an SUV are merged at the highest levels” in the Concept AR. Us? We just think this mild hybrid concept looks kind of neat, even if it’s only putting on off-road airs with its elevated ride hight, faux skid plates and black-lipped wheel wells.

Hardware-wise, this Active Runabout is less showcar and more ‘real world,’ with the front wheels drawing their power from a 134-horsepower, 1.1-liter turbocharged three-cylinder engine paired with a 10-kW electric motor used as a belt starter generator (read: mild hybrid). A continuously variable transmission handles shifting duties.

At just over 171 inches long (a couple inches shorter than a Ford C-Max Hybrid), the AR Concept seats up to six people, with a reconfigurable passenger space accessed through conventional front-hinged doors offering second-row seating that can rotate to face the third row. It also features a whole host of connected car technology that includes a smartphone-sized touchscreen in the steering wheel.

Scroll down to see a video short of the Concept AR in action, along with the official press release.

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Press release: RoSPA supports new fixed penalty fines but calls for consistent enforcement

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

The Royal Society for
the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) supports changes to fixed penalties for
careless driving that come into force today, but believes clear guidance and
monitoring are needed to ensure they are applied consistently. 

Source: http://www.rospa.com/news/releases/detail/?id=1233

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What Should Chauffeur Insurance Policies Cover?

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

It does not matter whether you are a full time chauffeur and it is your main source of income, or whether it is something you do to bring in extra money at evenings and weekends. Whatever your circumstances, you need … Continue reading

Source: http://www.xyzinsurance.co.uk/blog/chauffeur-insurance-news/what-should-chauffeur-insurance-policies-cover/

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First drive: the C7 Corvette Convertible

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

It’s the proper drop-top Stingray. But should you choose one over a regular targa-topped ‘Vette?

Source: http://www.topgear.com/uk/car-news/chevrolet-stingray-corvette-convertible-car-review-first-drive-2014-01-22?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=ongoing

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Volvo V60 Polestar is one hot hauler

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

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Volvo V60 Polestar

Earlier this year, Polestar jumped from the racetrack to the showroom with its own take on the Volvo S60 sedan. And given the similarity and the proud history of hot Volvo wagons, not to mention the spy shots and teasers, we knew it would only be a matter of time before Volvo’s racing partner would return with a similar take on the V60. And that’s just what it’s done.

Powering the new Volvo V60 Polestar is the same 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six as the sedan, driving 350 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque to all four wheels through a six-speed automatic transmission and Haldex all-wheel-drive system. Hitting 62 miles per hour reportedly happens in the same 4.9 seconds as the sedan, on its way to a stop speed of 155 mph.

The power upgrades come courtesy of a twin-scroll Borg Warner turbocharger, intercooler and overhauled exhaust system. Other upgrades over Volvo’s own R-Design model include stiffer springs, Öhlins shocks, 20-inch wheels, Brembo brakes and a full aero kit, not to mention an upgraded cabin from which to command the performance.

Best of all, unlike previous specials that were limited to Australia (where Polestar is heading into the V8 Supercars series), the new S60 and V60 Polestar editions are bound for markets around the world – including this one. Check out the full details in the press release below and the images in the gallery above for a closer look.

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Volvo V60 Polestar is one hot hauler originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 26 Nov 2013 10:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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2012 Vauxhall Corsa

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

 

 

Known as the Opel brand in other parts of the world, the Vauxhall name has been part of the UK automotive industry for years. The brand is known for producing otherwise average vehicles for the UK market. But since the onset of automotive globalization the company has started to produce well-built vehicles, and one of those is the all-new for 2012 Vauxhall Corsa which is sold as a 3-door or 5-door hatchback in UK as of the moment. For new car buyers, here are some new features of the 2012 Vauxhall Corsa which you might strongly consider for your next vehicle purchase.

For starters, there’s an all new range of Vauxhall ECOTEC® engines to choose from beginning with the petrol engines. The 2012 Corsa models are now powered by three new Euro 5-compliant ECOTEC petrol engines – the lightweight 1.0 litre 12v engine that delivers 65PS; and the 1.2 and 1.4 litre units which feature 16 valves and variable valve timing (VVT) technology allowing both to produce 85PS and 100PS respectively. Both engine technology specs also provide most of the maximum torque across a wide rev band making for easy overtaking or cruising on the highway.

Next up are the Corsa’s new range of turbo inter-cooled diesel engine range which feature a diesel particulate filter (DPF) that gives a good combination of performance, refinement and efficiency in one package. The new range-topping 1.7CDTi 16v ecoFLEX (130PS) joins three variations of the 1.3CDTi 16v: the 75PS ecoFLEX, a 95PS ecoFLEX unit with Start/Stop as standard and a 1.3 95PS ecoFLEX engine available on the upper trim levels. Most of the 2012 Vauxhall Corsa models will come with a five or six-speed manual gearbox while the rest of the range comes with an available sophisticated four-speed automatic (1.4i 16v) and five-speed Easytronic (1.2i 16v) transmissions.

There are also various model trims to be had with the 2012 Corsa of which are listed as the following: the base model Expression (£8,995), the upgraded S (£11,625), the Exclusiv (£12,530), the Excite (£13,010), the SXi (£13,520), the SE (£14,865), the sporty Limited Edition (£15,080) and SRi (£15,600), and the top of the line VXR (£18,900). Included as standard amenities and safety features starting from the base model and above are as follows: Speed-sensitive power-assisted steering; electrically operated front windows and adjustable door mirrors; Remote-controlled central deadlocking; Mobile phone system with Bluetooth®; Air conditioning; Multi-function trip computer; Leather-covered sports steering wheel with audio controls; CD player with MP3 format/auxiliary-in socket/stereo radio; Rain-sensitive windscreen wipers; Anti-lock braking system with brake assistance; Electronic engine deadlock immobilizer; Driver’s and front passenger’s dual-stage airbags; Front seat side-impact and full-size curtain airbags among many others.

For all those loyal owners of the Vauxhall/Opel Corsa model who have been waiting to upgrade their old ones, now would be the perfect time to get your hands on a new one.

Source: http://www.allreleasedates.co.uk/post/2011/11/22/2012-Vauxhall-Corsa.aspx

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Wagon Attack’s crappy Civic Wagon meets its end in Iceland

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

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Wagon Attack III

Several years ago, we posted a video on a dumpy, all-wheel-drive, turbocharged Honda Civic Wagon that starred in a film called Wagon Attack II. The video showed the rusty, red five-door tackling terrain that no Civic has any business driving on, and doing it with flair and style.

Now, the team that produced the original video are back, with Wagon Attack III. The latest video is packed full of goodness for wagon lovers of any stripe. Where the last video saw the turbocharged wagon in Michigan, though, this time it’s been shipped to Iceland, where it’s flung about on the beaches and dirt roads of the volcanic island.

The video has a bit of a sad ending, though. You’ll need to watch it and see what we mean. We’ve got the entire video down below. Take a look.

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Wagon Attack’s crappy Civic Wagon meets its end in Iceland originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 11 Dec 2013 20:04:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Press release: Fixed penalty notices for careless drivers are a welcome deterrent to risky driving

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

Issuing careless drivers with new on-the-spot penalties will serve as a
stark reminder that negligent driving behaviour puts people’s lives at risk,
says the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA).  

Source: http://www.rospa.com/news/releases/detail/?id=1213

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BMW Active Tourer to hit US showrooms in 2015

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

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It’s been over a year since BMW unveiled the Concept Active Tourer at the Paris Motor Show, and another four months since it brought the concept back in Outdoor guise (pictured above). Now word has it that the Bavarian automaker is putting it into production.

Although production specs and dimensions have yet to be revealed, the Concept Active Tourer came in a bit smaller than the existing BMW X1. The production version is expected to be based on the same platform that underpins the new Mini hatchback revealed last week in LA, meaning that it will be predominantly front-drive, but an all-wheel-drive version could follow.

There will also be a longer version with a third row of seats, forming part of a new generation of front-drive BMWs to take on the likes of the Audi A1 and Mercedes-Benz A-Class family, of which the GLA will be the Active Tourer’s most direct rival. Expect the Active Tourer to arrive in 2015 with a new front-drive sedan to follow in 2017 aimed particularly at the North American and Chinese markets.

BMW Active Tourer to hit US showrooms in 2015 originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 26 Nov 2013 14:28:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Source: http://www.autoblog.com/2013/11/26/2015-bmw-active-tourer-report/

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Europe December 2013: VW Golf up 64%, Skoda Octavia up 53%

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

VW Golf * See the Top 10 best-selling models and brands by clicking on the title! * * The Full Year 2013 Report is here! * The European new car market finishes the year on a great note: up 13% on December 2012 to 950,103 registrations, bringing the final 2013 total to 12,358,239 units, down [...]

Source: http://bestsellingcarsblog.com/2014/01/21/europe-december-2013-vw-golf-up-64-skoda-octavia-up-53/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=europe-december-2013-vw-golf-up-64-skoda-octavia-up-53

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Volvo Polestar celebrates STCC title with Black R edition S60, V60 and XC60

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

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Volvo S60 Polestar Black R

The relationship between Volvo and Polestar was forged – and forges deeper still – on the racetrack, where the latter fields the former’s tin-top entries in the STCC, WTCC and V8 Supercars. And based on their success together in touring-car racing, Volvo has had Polestar amp up a number of its production road cars. What we have here is the latest.

This year Volvo and Polestar dominated the Scandinavian Touring Car Championship, taking both the drivers’ and manufacturers’ titles. So to celebrate, Polestar has rolled out a new Black R package for the S60 sedan, V60 wagon and XC60 crossover.

The package includes an upgrade to 329 horsepower for the T6 engine and to 230 hp for the D5, and further enhances with special wheels, a dropped suspension, special sport seats and more. Unfortunately the package is only being offered in Sweden, but you can scope out the details in the press release below and the photos in the gallery above.

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Hot Car Deal ? Save

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

Which? Hot Car Deal: The Toyota Avensis is a sensible, practical large car. It may not set your heart on fire but you can find substantial discounts online.

Source: http://www.which.co.uk/news/2014/01/hot-car-deal–save-6500-on-toyota-avensis-349217/?cmp=RSS-CARS_349217

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Commercial Mini Bus Hire

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

Mini Bus Hire in Durham, Chester le Street, Washington & Peterlee areas Commercial Mini Bus Hire throughout Durham and surrounding areas. Does your company need a mini bus for day trips or transporting people? Are you looking for a self drive mini bus in the Durham area? Hilltop hire offer affordable mini bus hire. We [...]

Source: http://www.hilltophire.co.uk/uncategorized/commercial-mini-bus-hire

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2012 Vauxhall Zafira

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

Newly redesigned for 2012, the venerable Vauxhall Zafira is now available for sale in the UK where it has made a mark as a favorite among soccer moms and fleet car companies alike. The 2012 Vauxhall Zafira, classified as a multi-purpose vehicle (MPV), has been updated from previous model years to give other automotive brands in its segment a run for their money. The changes are not just in aesthetics alone but also underneath the bonnet as well as upgrades to the interior. The Zafira has also retained its build quality which the UK motoring show Top Gear has described as “solidly bolted… which is just as well given the attack it will come under from tiny hands.”

The Vauxhall Zafira will be powered by three petrol and two diesel engines. For the petrol versions, buyers can choose from the following: a 1.6i 16-valve four pot with VVT, two 140hp 1.8i 16-valve VVT (manual 5-speed and Easytronic). The diesel engine will come in only one spec but with two different horsepower outputs: 1.7CDTi 16v ecoFLEX engine with manual 6-speed in 110hp and 125hp respectively.

There are six available Zafira models and trims buyers can choose from, namely: the Expression and Life (£13,995), the Exclusiv (£18,560), the Excite (£20,800), the top of the line Elite (£24,245), and the Design trim which is actually the only Zafira model that buyers can customize. There are also non-air conditioned models made available only for the 1.6i Expression trim with the 5-speed manual transmission.

Among the basic standard features and amnities includes the following: air conditioning (starting with Life models), CD player/stereo radio, 12-volt auxiliary power socket, power-assisted steering with ABS, Electronic Stability Programme-plus with traction control, dual front and seat side-impact airbags, full-size curtain airbags, electric door mirrors and front windows, remote controlled central deadlocking, adjustable steering wheel, the Flex7® seating system, and a lot more.

It has also been announced that the new Zafira Tourer, which was previewed at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show, will hit UK showrooms by early 2012. Along with it comes two new engines, a 1.4 Turbo petrol and a 2.0 CDTi diesel with three various horsepower ratings rumoured to be between the 110 to 165 range. This incoming 2012 Zafira Tourer model will also raise the bar for design, luxury, flexibility and innovation in the MPV sector, as per the Vauxhall press release. Now that is something to look forward to.

Source: http://www.allreleasedates.co.uk/post/2011/11/22/2012-Vauxhall-Zafira.aspx

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Minibus Insurance and Section 19 Permits

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

If your organisation operates a larger vehicle then there are lots of different factors to bear in mind, such as getting specialist minibus insurance, making sure that drivers have the right DVLA driving licences or getting the appropriate permits to allow you to operate your vehicle. Understanding which minibus permits are required can often [...]

Source: http://www.minibusclub.co.uk/blog/2012/05/02/minibus-insurance-and-section-19-permits/

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Press release: Action still needed to save lives 30 years after seatbelt law, warns RoSPA

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

Greater compliance with seatbelt legislation
could help save lives in road crashes says RoSPA, as it marks the 30th
anniversary of the law coming into force.

Source: http://www.rospa.com/news/releases/detail/default.aspx?id=1177

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Nissan black cab ?ticks all the boxes?

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

?To be frank, the current London taxi is not the most beautiful?? Nissan VP hits back at NV200 criticism

Source: http://www.topgear.com/uk/car-news/Nissan-black-cab-ticks-all-the-boxes-2013-01-14?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=ongoing

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Mercedes-Benz Sprinter gets 4×4 variant for all-weather deliveries [w/videos]

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

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2014 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 4x4

I spend a lot of time trying to convince my friends and colleagues that the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter is the world’s most perfect vehicle. Basically – in my eyes anyway – there is nothing it cannot do, and do well. And that point figures to be more true now that Daimler has introduced this all-wheel-drive Sprinter 4×4 model.

As you’ll recall, the majestic Sprinter received a host of updates for the 2014 model year, including some minor styling tweaks and a new four-cylinder, Bluetec diesel engine. The Sprinter 4×4 can be fitted with a 129- or 163-horsepower version of that new inline-four, or a more powerful, 190-hp 3.0-liter Bluetec V6.

Unlike Mercedes’ passenger car models, the Sprinter’s all-wheel-drive system is not an always-on affair. Drivers need to press a button to engage AWD, at which point the 4ETS (electronic traction system) takes over. All-wheel drive can be activated when the vehicle is stationary, or at speeds up to 10 kilometers per hour (just over 6 miles per hour, you speed demons). When AWD is engaged, the Sprinter defaults to a 35/65 fore/aft power split. There’s even an optional low range reduction gear, for low-speed, off-road conditions, as well as Downhill Speed Regulation that holds the vehicle at a consistent speed when driving down hills (self-explanatory, right?). The 4×4 Sprinter’s body has also been raised by 4.3 inches up front and 3.1 inches in the rear – you know, for when the going gets extra tough.

Mercedes-Benz will offer the Sprinter 4×4 in a variety of bodystyles, with ether a medium- or long-wheelbase, as well as the normal, high and extra-high roofs. As for North American availability, that’s unclear as of this writing, but stay tuned to this space for an update once Merc’s US arm officially confirms things for us, one way or the other.

For now, scroll down to read all of the details in Mercedes’ press release, and check out two videos of the Sprinter 4×4 in the snow. There’s a huge gallery of high-res images up top, too.

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Mercedes V-Class vans might be coming to America

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

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Mercedes V-Class interior

A few weeks ago, Mercedes revealed interior images of its upcoming V-Class, a new van set to take the place of several models. Now the latest news suggests that the V-Class could make its way Stateside.

Based on a new rear-wheel-drive platform, the new V-Class would slot in below the Sprinter that has made so much headway in the North American market. A luxury version would be marketed to customers who might otherwise be looking at a Chrysler Town & Country or Toyota Sienna, while the Vito version would be more utilitarian to target the Nissan NV200 and Ford Transit (but larger than the Transit Connect, which is closer in size to the European-market Citan).

With a rear-drive platform and four- and six-cylinder engine options, the V-Class would offer a compelling alternative to the front-wheel-drive competition. And with premium accoutrements like a panoramic glass sunroof and wood trim, the V-Class could make a reasonable replacement for the departing R-Class.

Mercedes V-Class vans might be coming to America originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 14 Nov 2013 18:28:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Hyundai recalling 15,500 Entourage minivans over rust in cold-weather states

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

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2007 Hyundai Entourage

Hyundai has increased its quality by leaps and bounds in recent years, but we’re not sure the Entourage minivan is the best representation of the brand. Essentially a rebadged version of the Kia Sedona, the Entourage has been out of production for about five years now, and it’s evidently run into some trouble.

The problem apparently revolves around the suspension – specifically the front lower control arm – which could rust and fracture, particularly in snow-belt states. As a result, Hyundai and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have issued a recall for the Entourage from the 2007 and 2008 model years, the only two years it was sold in the United States.

The recall applies to some 15,500 units sold or registered in Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Wisconsin, Connecticut, Delaware, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, Ohio, Rhode Island, West Virginia and the District of Columbia. Hyundai will notify owners as to when they should bring their vehicles in for inspection before either rustproofing or replacing the components in question. What’s interesting, however, is that the nearly identical Kia Sedona has not been subject to the same recall.

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