Author: Mike Geylin

Mike Geylin is the Senior Editor for The BRAKE Report. Geylin has been in automotive communications for five decades working in all aspects of the industry from OEM to supplier to motorsports as well as reporting for both newspapers and magazines on the industry.

Amazing fuel economy is one of the pluses of the new 2021 Toyota Sienna Limited

CHATHAM, Mass. – I have spent a week of amazement while driving the all-new 2021 Toyota Sienna Limited minivan. Amazed at the quiet, comfortable ride; extensive technological features, and incredible 45-miles-per-gallon fuel economy – the best I have ever seen in a minivan! The Sienna I drove, like the entire…

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The upcoming Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing will offer four different colored calipers

DETROIT – The GM Authority recently posted an article by Francisco Cruz detailing the colored-caliper option which will be available on the upcoming Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing high-performance sedan. The piece revealed photos of the four colors – gray (standard), blue, red and bronze. The blue, red and bronze versions will…

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The new 2022 BMW X3, like its BMW X4 sibling, receives enhanced ADAS

Woodcliff Lake, N.J. – BMW has announced the updated 2022 BMW X3 Sports Activity Vehicle (sport utility vehicle – SUV) and 2022 BMW X4 Sports Activity Coupe (swoopy version of an SUV) with what BMW is calling “meaningful enhancements in exterior design, drivetrain, infotainment, advanced driver assistance systems and available…

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BMW is recalling 49 vehicles in Australia due to a brake-booster fault

MELBOURNE — BMW Australia Ltd. is recalling nine model-year 2019-2020 BMW coupe, sedan, convertible and wagon models because of a potential brake booster fault. According to the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission’s Product Safety Australia recall report, the defect is “Due to a manufacturing fault in the hydraulic unit brake…

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Subaru Forester provides solid, reliable value

CHATHAM, Mass. – Simple, straightforward, solid, good value – all terms which describe the 2021 Subaru Forester Limited and are indicative as to why this is the most popular of all Subaru models. Where for some the Impreza and Crosstrek are too small, and the Legacy, Outback and Ascent too…

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Updated and added driver assistance systems are featured on the all-new 2nd generation BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe

Source: BMW announcement excerpted here. Woodcliff Lake, N.J. – BMW announced the all-new second generation BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe which combines the power, dynamics and agility of the 4 Series with a beautiful long, sleek body, 4-doors and 5-seat comfort. The newest 2022 4 Series Gran Coupe models promise…

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NRS Brakes has added galvanized brake pads for the Tesla Model Y to its portfolio

Source: NRS Brakes announcement TORONTO – NRS Brakes has recently expanded its line of premium brake pads for the fully electric Tesla Model Y. With galvanized brake pads designed exclusively for electric vehicles (EVs), NRS Brakes offers the efficiency, versatility and reliability Tesla drivers have come to expect. As EVs…

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The all new 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L is filled with extensive ADAS

Source: Stellantis announcement AUBURN HILLS, Mich. – Nearly 30 years ago, the Jeep® Grand Cherokee began its legacy as the most awarded SUV in history. Following four groundbreaking generations of the vehicle, countless industry accolades and more than seven million in global sales, the Jeep brand continues to shatter expectations…

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Ford unveiled the all-new 2022 Ford Maverick compact pickup offering hybrid power and 40 mpg in city driving

DEARBORN, Mich. – Ford today took the wraps off the new 2022 Ford Maverick hybrid pickup truck featuring a projected 40 miles-per-gallon fuel economy in city driving, seating for five, and up to 500 miles of driving on a tank of gas – all starting under $20,000. “The Maverick product…

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The 2021 Santa Fe cointues Hyundai's advancement to the top of the SUV market

CHATHAM, Mass. – “$43,000 for a Hyundai?!” “This is a Hyundai Santa Fe?!” The surprise in my passenger’s voice about both the 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe price and the overall vehicle reflects the image many Americans have of the South Korean automaker’s products, thanks to its humble beginnings some 35…

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Tesla has formalized its recall of some 6,000 Model 3 and Model Y cars to fix a potential brake/tire issue

FREMONT, Calif. – Tesla, Inc., has upgraded its voluntary recall of certain electric vehicles for a potential issue concerning a brake-caliper-bolt defect which could lead to loss of tire pressure, to a full-blown National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) authorized recall. As reported in the May 31, 2021 The BRAKE…

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Buick will soon be launching the 2022 Enclave with enhanced safety features

DETROIT – The 2022 Buick Enclave sport utility vehicle, scheduled to go on sale later this year, will feature additional safety features along with some styling changes. “The 2022 Buick Enclave’s enhancements elevate the design and driving experience that premium SUV customers have come to expect and appreciate,” said Duncan…

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INGOLSTADT, Germany – EuroBrake 21 was a success, an international blend of university and industry, students and experienced engineers, discussing a myriad of brake subjects during the recently completed virtual conference, according to Jan Münchhoff, Chairman, Steering Committee, EuroBrake 21. “It was an overwhelming success,” said Münchhoff, whose “day job”…

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Ducati is recalling 1,312 Monster motorcycles due to a rear-brake issue

SUNNYVALE, Calif. – Ducati North America has agreed to recall certain Monster model motorcycles due to a potential problem with the rear-brakes due to issues with the brake hoses. The recall affects 1,312 motorcycles which, according to a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Part 573 Safety Recall Report 21V-335,…

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The 2021 Ridgeline is the Honda of pickup trucks

CHATHAM, Mass. – For those who like driving Honda sport utility vehicles (SUVs)/crossovers, (which, based on sales, covers millions of Americans) and need the versatility of a pickup truck, the 2021 Honda Ridgeline AWD Sport checks all the boxes. Unlike the previous generation, this Ridgeline shouts “I’m a truck.” It…

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Tesla has formalized its recall of some 6,000 Model 3 and Model Y cars to fix a potential brake/tire issue

FREMONT, Calif. – Tesla has recently begun a voluntary recall of certain Model 3 and Model Y versions of its electric vehicles due to a potential brake issue, according to emails sent to owners of these vehicles. The vehicles in question were built between Dec. 2018 and March 2021. Tesla…

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PACCAR is recalling certain 2021 vehicles due to a potentially defective spring brake chamber

BELLEVUE, Wash. – PACCAR Incorporated has agreed to recall certain 2021 Peterbilt 348 and 579 trucks due to a potential loss of air pressure thanks to a potentially defective spring brake chamber. The recall covers 13 vehicles built between March 11 and July 13, 2020, with the recall population determined…

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Kia is recalling some 440,000 Sorento SUVs and Optima sedans to replace a leaking ABS ECU which could lead to an engine-compartment fire

IRVINE, Calif. – Kia Motors America (KMA) is again recalling a total of 440,370 model year 2013-2015 Optima sedans and 2014-2015 Sorento sport utility vehicles (SUV) because of a potential for them to catch on fire due to a short in the anti-lock braking system (ABS) control unit. These same…

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2021 Lexus UX 250h provides an efficient package to fit into a city environment, but thanks to the efficiency of hybrid power and the go-in-any-weather security of all-wheel drive (AWD), it is also the perfect conveyance to take a couple and their stuff away from the metropolis

CHATHAM, Mass. – The 2021 Lexus UX 250h provides an efficient package to fit into a city environment, but thanks to the efficiency of hybrid power and the go-in-any-weather security of all-wheel drive (AWD), it is also the perfect conveyance to take a couple and their stuff away from the…

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PFC Brakes has added several sales-representative agencies to help bolster its sales operations

Source: PFC Brakes announcement CLOVER, S.C. – PFC Brakes has bolstered its sales organization by adding several sales-representative agencies to its roster. The agencies are all strongly endorsed by Don Orrell, vice president of Sales & Marketing for PFC Brakes. “It gives me great pleasure to announce the addition of…

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Roadlink International provides effcient and environmentally progressive remanufactured brake components

Transport Operator recently posted an article describing Roadlink remanufacturing operations, highlighting the benefits of remanufactured brake components to the United Kingdom commercial-vehicle market. The following is excerpted from the Transport Operator post: WILLENHALL, U.K. — CV braking components supplier Roadlink International has emphasized both the potential cost savings and environmental…

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Ford's all-new F-150 Powerboost hybrid sets pickup truck standards for combination of power and economy

CHATHAM, Mass. – Ford is on top of its game. The all-new 2021 Ford F-150 is a superb vehicle which just happens to be both a full-size pickup truck and the cornerstone of America’s best-selling range of vehicles, the Ford F Series. Engineering and technological strides coupled with an understanding…

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Ducati

SUNNYVALE, Calif. – Ducati North America has agreed to recall nearly 6,000 Monster, XDiavel and Supersport model motorcycles produced between 2015 and 2020 due to a potential for air to penetrate the rear brake system, thus reducing braking effectiveness. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Part 573 Safety…

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HELLA has now started series production of the latest 77GHz radar technology, a part of its expanded radar range

Source: HELLA announcement LIPPSTADT, Germany — With more than 90 million 24GHz sensors in the field, HELLA is one of the world’s largest suppliers of radar sensors. With the introduction of the 77GHz radar sensors, the company has expanded its leading position in the field of radar technology. Series production…

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Mitsubishi expanded its recall of 2016 Outlander SUVs to Russia due to potentially defective parking brakes

MOSCOW – According to a report by TASS, the Russian news service, Mitsubishi will recall more than 3,000 Outlander sport utility vehicles (SUVs) due to a parking-brake issue. Problems with potentially defective parking brakes in Outlanders has resulted in recalls in other markets including the United States and Australia. MMC…

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