Auto briefs - Toyota recall
NEW YORK (AP):
Toyota Motor Corp built its reputation in the United States as a maker of safe and dependable vehicles, but the quality of the Japanese automaker's fleet continues to be tarnished by serious safety recalls.
Toyota said Thursday it is recalling 2.3 million vehicles in the US to fix accelerator pedals with mechanical problems that could cause them to become stuck. The announcement comes just months after it recalled 4.2 million vehicles due to gas pedals that could become trapped under floor mats, causing sudden acceleration. That problem was the cause of several crashes, including some fatalities.
Toyota said Thursday's recall is due to potential problems with the gas pedal mechanism that can cause the accelerator to become stuck — regardless of whether the vehicle contains a floor mat. Toyota said in certain rare cases, the gas pedal mechanism wears down, causing the accelerator to become harder to press, slower to return or, in some cases, stuck.
In Latin America and the Caribbean markets, the BMW Group continued with the positive trend in the second half of 2009 and increased the deliveries in December by +53 per cent (1,629 units) versus previous year.
Despite of the continued global economic crisis, the company delivered 14,761 BMW and MINI cars to Latin American and Caribbean customers (+12 per cent vs previous year). Especially, the Brazilian market performed good with total of 6,398 vehicles sold.
In that environment, BMW was able to expand its strong market share in that market to 40 per cent (from 37 per cent in 2008).
Gernot Volkmer, CEO BMW Group Latin America and the Caribbean said: "Last year was difficult for the automobile market but we are satisfied with the sales results. We recognise that the Latin culture and mentality fits very well to our cars representing design, power and emotion. We are beginning the new year with a great sense of optimism as our product offensive will play a major role this year. With the brand new X1 and completely new 5 Series we are well prepared for 2010."