Recall Alert: 2010-2015 Cadillac SRX, 2011-2012 Saab 9-4X

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Vehicles Affected: More than 290,000 model-year 2010-15 Cadillac SRX and 2011-12 Saab 9-4X SUVs

The Problem: An issue with the suspension system involving loose nuts could result in a loose joint and worn threads that could cause the toe adjuster link to separate, according to The Detroit News. GM is aware of three crashes and two injuries as a result of this condition, the newspaper reported.

The Fix: GM will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the SUVs for the condition; if necessary, they will remove the nuts and install a new link assembly. Unsold vehicles are being checked for proper torqueing before being sold, The Detroit News reported. The automaker has not yet announced a notification schedule.

What Owners Should Do: Cadillac owners can call Cadillac at 800-333-4223 and Saab owners can call GM customer service at 800-553-6000 for more info.

Need to Find a Dealer for Service? Go to Cars.com Service & Repair to find your local dealer.

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Daily News Briefs: June 14, 2012

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More details have emerged on the potential Saab asset sell, according to Automotive News. The deal, devised by a Japan-Hong Kong partnership, so far only includes the purchasing rights to the current Saab 9-3 vehicle and a platform Saab was developing called "Phoenix," which was supposed to be the next-generation 9-3. The firm also wants to buy the old Saab factory, but it plans to hire only 200 employees instead of the 3,500 that used to work there. The new Saab company, called National Electric Vehicle Sweden AB, aims to become the world’s largest purveyor of electric vehicles, turning Saab exclusively into an EV maker. The new company won’t have the rights to build the Saab 9-5 or the Saab 9-4x, according to GM, which owns the technology rights to those vehicles. The company won’t own Saab’s spare parts company, either. The biggest omission to the deal is the rights to the Saab brand name; those discussions are still ongoing, according to the company. If the deal goes through, the new company aims to build EVs using Japanese technology on the Saab platform by 2013 or 2014.

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By Colin Bird | June 14, 2012 | Comments (0)

2012 Chevrolet Sonic, Volkswagen Passat Earn Five-Star NHTSA Ratings

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released another batch of 2012 model-year crash-test ratings today. Under the stricter guidelines, the 2012 Chevrolet Sonic compact and the new 2012 Volkswagen Passat sedan earned five-star composite scores.

NHTSA’s composite scores are composed of five-star ratings for frontal, rollover and a combined side pole and barrier tests. The side pole test, which is new, simulates a 20-mph side-impact crash into a 10-inch-diameter pole or tree at a 75-degree angle just behind the A-pillar on the driver’s side.

By Colin Bird | December 30, 2011 | Comments (8)

Saab Stops Covering Warranties

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As it falls into liquidation, Saab confirmed today that will no longer honor warranties on any models. This includes not only cars still on dealer lots, but all 2010 and 2011 models already sold. If you bought a Saab while the automaker was still part of the GM stable, warranty work will be covered, GM told Kicking Tires this afternoon. The sale was completed in February 2010.

The bankrupt Swedish automaker told dealers yesterday it would stop covering its policies, according to Automotive News. Warranty booklets were to be removed from cars on lots, and all cars should be sold "as is," according to Automotive News.

All warranties have been suspended, regardless of model year, Saab spokeswoman Michele Tinson said, but "Saab owners should be advised to keep receipts of all related warranty work done or services performed until further notice." A service representative at True Saab, a dealership in suburban Chicago, confirmed the news, saying the dealership was charging customers for all Saab repairs and maintenance. The dealership had no immediate provision to offer its own replacement warranty, a sales representative told us.

By Kelsey Mays | December 20, 2011 | Comments (15)

What Saab's Liquidation Means to You

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As the automotive industry digests the news that embattled Swedish automaker Saab filed for bankruptcy liquidation this morning, current Saab owners and prospective buyers likely have serious questions.

Breaking: Saab Stops Covering Warranties

Saab is seeking a true liquidation, meaning there will be no future buyers, and Saab will no longer make new cars. GM sold Saab in 2010 to an independent firm in Sweden. At the time, GM said it would honor any Saab warranty because the cars were still built with GM technology and parts.

A Saab representative told us there are no details at this time about future warranties and who will honor them.

By David Thomas | December 19, 2011 | Comments (33)

2011 Saab 9-4x Earns IIHS Top Safety Pick

Saab-9-4XThe 2011 Saab 9-4x received the Top Safety Pick designation in the midsize luxury SUV category from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

To earn the award, a vehicle must receive the top rating of Good in front, side, rear and rollover crash tests. To pass IIHS’ roof-strength test, a vehicle’s roof must be able to withstand the force of four times the vehicle’s weight. The 9-4x can withstand 4.14 times its own weight.

The Saab 9-4x and Cadillac SRX are structural twins, and the Cadillac is also a Top Safety Pick. Neither the 9-4x nor the SRX has been tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The 9-4x is already on sale, with a starting price of $33,380, though it’s not widely available yet.

By Colin Bird | July 6, 2011 | Comments (1)

Chinese Partner Throws Saab Another Lifeline

2011 Saab 9-5Saab used up another of its nine lives today as the company announced a new partnership with a small, private Chinese car company, according to USA Today. Hawtai Motor Group bought a 30% interest in Saab in exchange for $223 million.

Saab has been shut down for nearly a month because it lacks money to pay for the parts it needs to build its vehicles, USA Today reported. Before the recent turmoil, Saab was threatened by the bankruptcy of former owner General Motors before the big American carmaker reached an agreement with small Dutch boutique carmaker Spyker. Ever since, Spyker has struggled to keep the lights on.

Along with the new money from Hawtai and a short-term loan from an investment fund, Saab will now have enough money to restart production of 9-3 and 9-5 vehicles. Despite the lull in production, Saab has plenty of inventory in the U.S. Cars.com is showing some 2,602 new Saabs at its estimated 130 dealerships. That’s equivalent to 141 days of inventory, the highest in the industry, according to Ward’s Automotive. A new 9-4x crossover was supposed to go on sale this month, but we don’t know if that model has been delayed. A Saab 9-5 SportCombi is scheduled to come to the U.S. this fall.

The deal still needs to be cleared with European and Chinese authorities, but Saab expects the agreement will clear regulation hurdles in six to 12 weeks.

Saab Buys Time by Selling 30% to Tiny Chinese Carmaker (USA Today)

By Colin Bird | May 3, 2011 | Comments (8)

Saab Confirms Next-Gen 9-3 for Fall 2012 Launch

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In a going-away blog post, Saab’s former CEO confirmed that the automaker will launch a redesigned Saab 9-3 on or before October 2012. By that time, Saab’s entire vehicle lineup will consist of new models, including the new 9-5 SportCombi and 9-4x crossover. The current generation 9-3 is shown above.

There have been growing concerns surrounding the sustainability of the recently formed independent Saab because the CEO recently resigned amid new financial losses.

The 9-4x will go on sale in May with a starting price of $34,205. The 9-5 SportCombi will go on sale this fall. Saab confirmed earlier that the underpinnings of the Saab PhoeniX concept we saw at the Geneva International Motor Show will underpin the new 9-3.

By Colin Bird | March 29, 2011 | Comments (5)

Preorder a Saab 9-4X and Get a Free iPad

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As Saab prepares to launch its new crossover, the 9-4x, the automaker is trying to drum up consumer awareness by giving away Apple iPads with the first 500 preorders.

Preordering a 9-4x doesn’t require any cash down. Simply go to the automaker’s registration site and submit the form.

Once you do that, you can either pick up your iPad at your local Saab dealership and pay the $500, plus tax, for the Apple tablet before your CUV arrives or wait until after the vehicle’s delivery and get the computer for free.

For the tech nerds amongst us — this is a 16-gigabyte iPad with Wi-Fi only.

The Saab 9-4x has a starting price of $34,205, excluding a destination fee. The first Saab crossover rolled off the production line yesterday in Mexico. Expect sales to begin in May here.

By Colin Bird | February 16, 2011 | Comments (10)

2010 Los Angeles Auto Show: Winners and Losers, SUVs, Crossovers and Minivans

2012 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Five-Door_HEADERThe 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show had so many new vehicles on display that we had to split our Winners & Losers story into two posts. First, editors David Thomas, Joe Wiesenfelder, Kelsey Mays and Mike Hanley weighed in on cars and convertibles. In this round, they take on SUVs, crossovers and minivans.

By David Thomas | November 22, 2010 | Comments (5)

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