Cadillac SRX Gets 11 Changes For 2015 Model Year: RPO Central

Since its launch roughly four years ago, the second-generation SRX has turned out to be a decent seller for Cadillac. For the 2015 model year, the midsize crossover is getting a few minor updates and changes, starting with the deletion of Black Ice Metallic and Glacier Blue Metallic exterior colors. Taking their place are two new hues — Cocoa Bronze Metallic and Glacier Blue Metallic.

2015 SRX in Majestic Plum Metallic

2015 SRX in Majestic Plum Metallic

2015 SRX in Cocoa Bronze Metallic

2015 SRX in Cocoa Bronze Metallic

In a puzzling move to strip away advanced lighting technology, the 2015 SRX also does away with two lighting features — the headlamp washer system as well as the auto headlamp leveling adjustment feature that was part of the adaptive forward lighting system. However, OnStar 4G LTE with Wi-Fi hotspot

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Buick, Chevrolet Place In Top 10 Of JD Power Dependability Study

Foreign automakers continued to rule the 2017 J.D. Power Dependability Study, but General Motors managed to sneak two brands into the top 10 list, according to The Detroit Free Press.

Buick, which has made huge strides in reliability, landed at fourth place in the 2017 round of the study. Chevrolet, meanwhile, placed eighth. The study looks at owners’ experiences with new vehicles over a three-year period.

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Buick owners reported 126 problems per 100 vehicles, just trailing behind Toyota, in which owners reported 123 problems per 100 vehicles. Chevrolet owners reported 142 problems per 100 vehicles, edging ahead of Honda (143 per 100) and trailing BMW (139 per 100). Both GM brands also beat the industry average of 156 problems reported per 100 vehicles.

Most issues stemmed from some sort of technology, with the

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Oregon’s ‘Military Mistress,’ who married 15 servicemen, wanted for check fraud

An Oregon woman who made national headlines in 2010 for marrying at least 14 U.S. servicemen and stealing their money is back in the spotlight with a new beau and new allegations.

According to the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, Bobbi Ann and Zackerie House are wanted for writing a series of bad checks in Oregon, Colorado and Oklahoma.

Bobbi Ann House, 39, was dubbed the “Military Mistress” in connection with a 2011 fraud conviction. Then known as Bobbi Ann Finley, she was sentenced to three years in an Alabama prison after pleading guilty to theft by deception, according to ABC News.

ABC News correspondent Chris Cuomo assembled nine of House’s former husbands for an interview in 2010. Ex-spouse Ben Giles described her as “a domestic terrorist” who targeted and destroyed the lives of military members.

According to Marion County authorities, Bobbi Ann House and her latest husband opened a Wells Fargo checking

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GM recalls 4 million vehicles for airbag software glitch: list of affected models

GM is recalling 3.6 million vehicles because a software glitch might prevent airbags from inflating in a crash.

The carmaker said a component that controls airbag deployment contains defective software that could prevent airbags from working “in certain rare circumstances.”

The company said it would contact owners of affected vehicles, and that dealers would update the software for free. 

Affected vehicles include:

  • 2014-2016 model year Buick LaCrosse and Chevrolet SS and Spark EV
  • 2014-2017 model year Chevrolet Corvette, Trax, Caprice PPV and Silverado 1500; Buick Encore; and GMC Sierra 1500
  • 2015-2017 model year Chevrolet Tahoe, Suburban and Silverado HD; GMC Yukon, Yukon XL and Sierra HD; and Cadillac Escalade and Escalade ESV

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Portland’s new commuting toy: Robo-style ‘puzzle parking’

We’ve seen the future, and there are no parking valets.

Not human ones anyway.

At a 51-unit green apartment complex at Southeast 20th Avenue and Hawthorne Boulevard, developer Gerding Edlen is showing off the largest residential robo-parking system of its type in the U.S.

Portlanders can expect to see more like it soon, as building owners and managers increasingly turn to automated systems that stack cars, saving money and minimizing the amount of space needed for parking.

“Over time,” development manager Damin Tarlow said today, “people are going to realize this is a wonderful solution to a common problem.”

For decades, the car-park solution in high-density urban areas was to dig deep holes or go multi-story. So 20th century.

Instead, the new system at The 20 on Hawthorne building allows 29 cars to be parked in an area that would usually fit 10.

“Watch this,” Tarlow said as he

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