Test Drive: 2018 Toyota Camry | J.D. Power Cars

Introduction
Toyota redesigns the popular Camry for 2018, aiming to give the car more style and improved driving dynamics while expanding availability of safety technology and introducing next-generation infotainment systems.

Built on Toyota’s new global vehicle architecture, the 2018 Camry is a bit smaller inside than it used to be, and it sits lower to the ground. The result is a car that is more fun to drive and wrapped in sleeker sheet metal.

2018 Toyota Camry LE Hybrid front quarter right photoThree powertrains are available on the new Camry. The L, LE, SE, XLE, and XSE are equipped with a new 4-cylinder engine and 8-speed automatic transmission. An upgraded V-6 engine is optional in the XLE and XSE. A more powerful and efficient gas-electric hybrid is offered in LE, SE, and XLE trim.

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Ohio TV station WCMH warns consumers about failing to do scans …

A Columbus, Ohio, television network has warned consumers about a possible threat to their warranty should they forgo a diagnostic scan of their vehicle.

The piece by “Better Call Jackson” reporter Mike Jackson advises consumers that “if your car’s only a few years old, regardless of its make or model,” it needs a scan after even a “minor mishap” because of the electronic systems inside. (Technically, electronics issues not represented by a dash light date back to at least the 1990s, but as the focus is on factory warranties, we’ll let this one slide.)

“Almost all of us have that in our cars now,” anchor Colleen Marshall notes of vehicle electronics in the WCMH video.

The WCMH segment features Rife’s Autobody manager Mike Troxel, who describes how some insurers will pay for a scan with documentation — while others will acknowledge that the OEM says it’s necessary but “‘we don’t

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Audi A5 review: handsome looks, but can it beat BMW and Mercedes?

Just be aware that a lot of the exciting technology on the A5, such as the Virtual Cockpit display, must be specified as an optional extra, often in conjunction with an expensive bundle of equipment.

Our favourite version

2.0 TFSI Sport S-tronic, list price £33,445

Options you should add: Metallic paint (£645) , Hill hold assist (£75), Technology pack (£1,110 for a larger central screen, 36-month internet subscription and phone signal booster/wireless charging), Virtual cockpit (£250)

Verdict 7/10

The Audi A5 is a very desirable car, but given its sleek styling and powerful engines we can’t help but wish it was slightly more fun to drive. And while the interior is classy, you have to spend a lot on optional extras to get the best from it.

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Ohio TV station WCMH warns consumers about failing to do scans

A Columbus, Ohio, television network has warned consumers about a possible threat to their warranty should they forgo a diagnostic scan of their vehicle.

The piece by “Better Call Jackson” reporter Mike Jackson advises consumers that “if your car’s only a few years old, regardless of its make or model,” it needs a scan after even a “minor mishap” because of the electronic systems inside. (Technically, electronics issues not represented by a dash light date back to at least the 1990s, but as the focus is on factory warranties, we’ll let this one slide.)

“Almost all of us have that in our cars now,” anchor Colleen Marshall notes of vehicle electronics in the WCMH video.

The WCMH segment features Rife’s Autobody manager Mike Troxel, who describes how some insurers will pay for a scan with documentation — while others will acknowledge that the OEM says it’s necessary but “‘we don’t

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Locals Note Rock Chipped Windshields Common in RGV

MCALLEN – If you drive in the Rio Grande Valley, you’re probably familiar with rock chipped windows.

“It’s that rock when you hear that crack and then you’re just praying it doesn’t spread all over,” explained Antonio Serena.

Serena was getting a crack in his less than one-week-old windshield filled at Crackmaster Windshield Repair in McAllen.

“I had a big one and I had to replace the whole windshield and now again,” he said.

Francisco Ordonez owns the repair shop. He said he sees some customers for chip repairs on a weekly basis.

“Most the time, they complain about the roads not being taken care of properly and dirty,” Ordonez said.

CHANNEL 5 NEWS reached out to Texas Department of Transportation.

“It’s happened to me where you’re driving around and there’s no commercial vehicles, and suddenly this pebble comes out of nowhere,” said TxDOT spokesman Octavio Saenz.

Saenz said TxDOT spends more than $2 million a year sweeping

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Ore. shop sues GEICO, claims DRP creating antitrust conditions; carrier’s suit against repairer continues

A Portland, Ore-area collision repairer sued GEICO Tuesday on Sherman Antitrust Act grounds, alleging the carrier is conspiring with its Auto Damage Xpress direct repair program auto body shops to fix prices and boycott the plaintiff.

Leif’s Auto Collision Centers v. GEICO is similar to litigation the auto body shop filed in 2014 against that insurer and many others as part of the multi-state litigation pitting dozens of shops nationwide against carriers on steering and antitrust grounds. Leif’s dropped many smaller carriers as defendants in 2015, but left GEICO and some of the other major players named in the case.

Middle District of Florida Judge Gregory Presnell closed the case in late 2015 after Leif’s failed to amend its initial lawsuit in response to an earlier dismissal without prejudice. However, Leif’s v. State Farm et al and similar cases dismissed by Presnell could

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UAW defeated in bid to organize Ohio glass facility

The United Auto Workers failed to organize workers at Fuyao Glass America Inc. in Ohio because of “anti-labor tactics and intimidation by management,” the union said.

Employees at the Moraine, Ohio, plant voted 886 to 441 against organizing under the UAW. That facility was a General Motors Corp. plant until 2008. When GM owned it, employees were organized under the International Union of Electronic, Electrical, Salaried, Machine and Furniture Workers — Communications Workers of America.

The Fuyao employees’ vote came less than a week after The Detroit News first reported that federal agents expanded a corruption investigation to include a member of General Motors Co.’s board

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All but one local lawmaker voted against auto insurance reform

In a vote that surprised few, all of the local State Reps. voted no on the recent automobile insurance reform bill, except for one.

Joe Bellino (R-Monroe) was the only person who represents any part of Downriver to vote yes, he’s also the only Republican who represents any part of Downriver.

Bellino’s district is mostly in Monroe County, with just a small portion of southern Wayne County slipping into his responsibilities.

Among the other Downriver Reps., several were outspoken about why the bill was bad, despite it sounding like a win from it’s supporters.

“We have to be really careful with how we address the cost of insurance,” Rep. Erika Geiss (D-Taylor) said. “The bill only had one sponsor, which isn’t necessarily unusual, but it’s not part of the normal process. There was no co-sponsorship memo that went out asking for help getting it support.”

She said the bill ha a lot of bad provisions

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US launches pilot program aimed at alerting drivers about unfixed recalls

With an estimated 30 percent of cars on the road operating with unfixed recalls, the U.S. government has launched a pilot program in the northeast aimed at alerting owners with open recalls.  

Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced that it awarded a $222,300 grant to the Maryland Department of Transportation in starting the pilot program. 

The NHTSA points to the massive, worldwide Takata recall for a spike in cars with open recalls being on the road. The Takata recall includes more than 19 automakers, 22 brands and has been called the “largest and most complex auto safety recall in U.S. history.”

It says the FAST Act grant was offered to six different states that all said its customers needed to be notified of open recalls at time of registration, but that Maryland was the only state to apply for the grant. 

“The Department

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