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A more affordable Porsche Taycan drops, Tesla Pickup still on track, and the GTI's plaid seats headline The Car Connection news

Plaid seats in the Volkswagen GTIHow the Volkswagen GTI got those plaid seats and golf-ball shifter VW designer Gunhil Liljequist discusses how the Golf GTI's plaid seats and golf-ball shifter came to be. More than 366,000 Subaru Foresters recalled for faulty front airbag sensors A front-seat sensor may fail to detect an occupant and may not deploy an airbag if the SUV is...

More than 366,000 Subaru Foresters recalled for faulty front airbag sensors

2018 Subaru ForesterSubaru will recall certain Forester crossover SUVs equipped with heated front seats, the company announced this month. A loose electrical connection can cause a malfunction in the occupant detection system (ODS), which detects the relative size of a front-seat passenger. If the ODS doesn't detect a passenger, then the passenger airbag is...

BMW recalls many of its newer cars, including Toyota Supra, for faulty rearview camera

2019 BMW 8-Series (M850i xDrive)BMW will recall most of its newer models, including the Toyota Supra, Rolls-Royce Cullinan and Phantom, for a rearview camera flaw. The camera settings in those cars can be adjusted to no longer project a rear image when in reverse, and that setting stays the same the next time the vehicle is put in reverse, which doesn't comply with the NHTSA...

Toyota extends battery warranty on all new hybrid and electric vehicles

Toyota's hybrid familyToyota is the uncontested leader in hybrid vehicles and now it has the longest warranty to back up its hybrid know-how. On Thursday, Toyota announced it would extend its hybrid battery warranty from 8 years/100,000 miles to 10 years/150,000 miles on all 2020 hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and fuel-cell vehicles. Unlike Hyundai’s...

How the Volkswagen GTI got those plaid seats and golf-ball shifter

Gunhild Liljequist, one of Volkswagen's first female designers, shows off the GTI's plaid seatsWhile the Volkswagen Golf might not come back to America next year, the plaid seats of the Golf GTI will get another run in the legendary hatchback. Formerly known as the Rabbit in North America, the successor to the Volkswagen Beetle launched more than 40 years ago, and the plaid seats in the more performance-minded GTI trim have been winning...

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