NEW Mazda CX-4 Struts its Stuff in Beijing – This Week in Automotive News

Mazda CX-4 Unveiled in China

If the Mazda CX-5 is too big, and the Mazda CX-3 is too small, take a look at the brand new Mazda CX-4. Splitting the difference between Mazda’s incredible popular crossovers, the CX-4 is a slick addition to the Mazda lineup. As beautiful as the Mazda CX-4 is, don’t fall in love just yet. At this time, this car will only be available to the Chinese market.

The CX-4 is actually longer than the Mazda CX-5, but it’s SHORTER than the little Mazda CX-3. This creates a smooth, slick design that is sure to resonate with crossover buyers. Engine options include the 2.0L and 2.5L 4-cylinder engines with SKYACTIV Technology.

While Mazda hasn’t expressed plans to bring the CX-4 to the U.S., we would be surprised if they didn’t. SUV and crossover sales continue to skyrocket, and the CX-4 could potentially fill a gap in Mazda’s lineup for the U.S.

Read Mazda’s CX-4 Press Release.

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FCA Recalls Over 1 Million Vehicles for Confusing Shifter

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) is recalling 1.1 million vehicles worldwide due to a confusing shifter for its 8-speed automatic transmissions. The shifter in question always returns to its middle position after shifting. This has caused some driver’s to falsely believe the vehicle is in Park, and exit while it is still in gear.  There is no evidence of mechanical or electrical failure, but more than 40 injuries have resulted from the confusion.

Most of these recalls are occurring in the US. The vehicles affect are those listed below equipped with an 8-speed automatic transmission. While you should respond to any recall notice immediately, these vehicles are not in any danger. Simply ensure the vehicle is shifted to Park before exiting.

To see the recall status of your Dodge, Chrysler, Jeep, FIAT, or RAM vehicle, you can enter your VIN # at the Mopar recall site.

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Lexus Experiments with No Haggle Pricing

While most people fear price negotiation, everyone wants the best deal possible. Lexus is attempting “no haggle” pricing in 12 of its 236 dealerships. While some car companies have unsuccessfully attempted this approach, Tesla Motor Co. has stuck to the non-traditional approach of set pricing. It’s a complex balance between dealer profits and customer satisfaction. Lexus thinks they may be able to simplify and streamline the buying process with this tactic.

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Minnesota Exotic Car Club Accused of Driving 100+ MPH on Interstate

Twelve members of the invitation-only MN Exotics & Supercars club will appear in court after racing at high speeds on public roads in Minnesota. It is believed that the cars were racing over 100 mph. Like a real-life game of Need for Speed, these incredible cars were reportedly weaving in and out of traffic on I-394. Some of the involved cars were pulled over by the police, while others escaped and were later spotted at nearby public locations.

Identified cars include a Dodge Viper, Maserati GranTurismo, Acura NSX, Audi R8, Ferarri convertible, McLaren 675LT, Nissan GT-R, a lime green Lamborghini, and more.

For more information, read the full news report.