Author: Mike Geylin

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.

Source: Bird blog SANTA MONICA, Calif. – Bird, the urban mobility company which provides electric scooters for rental, has unveiled an automatic emergency braking (AEB) system for its Bird Two e-scooters. According to the company, this is the micromobility industry’s first AEB system. Designed by its in-house team of former…

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CHATHAM, Mass. – The name maybe familiar, but everything else about the uniquely styled 2021 Toyota Venza mid-size sport utility/crossover vehicle (SUV/CUV) is new. All three variants of the Venza range share the Toyota Hybrid System II powertrain, all-wheel drive (AWD), a comprehensive suite of advanced driver-assist (ADAS) systems and…

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CHATHAM, Mass. – The Subaru WRX is a performance car; a performance car inspired by the World Rally Championship- (WRC) dominating Subaru racers and produced for the street since 1992 for the world’s automotive enthusiasts. The original WRX was a variant of the subcompact Impreza range, featuring the Subaru trademark…

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Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif. – Zero Motorcycles has notified the federal National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) it will recall 659 2020 Zero SR/F and SR/S hybrid-electric models that were manufactured with a faulty front-brake-light switch. The faulty switch might allow water intrusion which could…

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General Motors

Source: CarComplaints.com post ROCKFORD, Ill. — A General Motors (GM) brake vacuum pump lawsuit has been dismissed after a Chevrolet Tahoe owner alleged her SUV suffered from hard brake pedals and brake failures several times. Included in the class action lawsuit are these GM models: 2015 to present Cadillac Escalade2014…

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CHATHAM, Mass. – One of America’s most popular sport utility vehicle (SUV)/crossover utility vehicle (CUV), the Honda CR-V, gets an electric boost for the 2020 model year with the addition of the company’s dual-electric-motor hybrid powertrain. In addition, the Honda Sensing suite of advanced driver-assist systems became standard throughout the…

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CHATHAM, Mass. – Hyundai has become the automaker which wants to provide something for everyone – except (at least for now) pickup trucks. Nine different sport utility (SUV) variants and 11(!) sedans where the Hyundai “H.” Within those numbers are sprinkled front-wheel and all-wheel drive versions, electric (EV), hybrid-electric (HEV),…

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Mercedes-Benz Australia is recalling Sprinter vans for brake fix

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently issued brake-related recalls for three truck manufacturers, Daimler Vans USA, Mitsubishi Fuso and Shyft Group, affecting some 6,000 vehicles. Daimler Vans The Daimler Vans recall covers 463 2020 Sprinter vans produced from Jan. 16 – Aug. 28, 2020 which…

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Hyundai Tucson

Source: Hyundai announcement WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. – The design of the all-new 2022 Hyundai Tucson, unveiled here, design is derived from a series of Hyundai Design Center concepts expressing its evolving Sensuous Sportiness global design identity. Tucson gasoline and hybrid models will become available in the U.S. market in spring…

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CHATHAM, Mass. – The sinister looking silver-with-black-and-red trimmed Toyota sedan in driveway was an unexpected surprise since I was expecting a straight-forward Avalon to evaluate. I should not have been shocked because in recent years the Japanese automaker’s designs have been evolving into more aggressive cars and its marketing has…

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CHATHAM, Mass. – Toyota has made several major revisions to its iconic GR Supra sports car/GT (Gran Turismo) for the 2021 model year, ranging from more power for the 3.0 Premium version, to a limited-edition A91 model to a new-for-North America two-liter four cylinder one to a racetrack-ready GT4. Sporting…

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Haldex added two new board members

Source: Haldex announcement LANDSKRONA, Sweden – Haldex, the Swedish braking system supplier, reported a 25-percent drop in third quarter 2020 net sales (when compared to Q3 2019) on a total of SEK 964 million. According to the Landskrona-based company, sales were impacted by the strength of the Swedish currency as…

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Source: ZF announcement CZĘSTOCHOWA, Poland – ZF is expanding its manufacturing footprint for advanced driver assist systems (ADAS) technologies with the launch of its new electronics plant in Częstochowa, Poland. The new facility and its 100 employees have initiated serial production of the company’s innovative S-Cam4.8 cameras. The Częstochowa facility…

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CHATHAM, Mass. – Toyota launched the Lexus brand in 1989 starring the ground-breaking LS400 sedan which shook up the German luxury marques. But the new Japanese brand from Toyota needed a second model for its dealers’ showrooms, so, starting with the Camry platform, it developed the ES 250 as the…

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DETROIT – General Motors (GM) is expanding the number of vehicles it is recalling due to an issue in the power-brake system which might lead to a change in how the brakes operate and, potentially, a crash. The latest recall adds 14,620 model year 2018 Cadillac Escalade, Chevrolet Tahoe, Chevrolet…

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Source: Automotive World post WALTON-ON-THAMES, U.K. – The all-new Kia Sorento is the first car to be equipped with Kia’s innovative Multi-Collision Brake system, helping to prevent passengers from being involved in secondary collisions after an initial impact. The system is designed to help prevent or mitigate the severity of…

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NEW YORK – Piaggio Group Americas Inc. is recalling certain 2020-2021 Vespa models due brake-line issues which might cause reduced braking efficiency, according to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) documents. Affected are 483 Vespa GTS 300 and GTV 300 models built between May and Sept. 2020. The issue first…

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CHATHAM, Mass. – In the historic General Motors hierarchy, Buick was the “near luxury” brand: large cars with distinctive “portholes” on the front fenders often portrayed as the choice conveyance of America’s doctors who would ride the country roads visiting their patients. Buick still means premium design, appointments and features,…

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Refreshed 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe receives upgraded ADAS

Source: Hyundai announcement FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif. – Like most automakers, Hyundai made sure to upgrade the advanced driver-assist features (ADAS) offered on the refreshed 2021 Santa Fe mid-size sport utility vehicle (SUV). The revised Santa Fe range is packed with changes like the addition of a hybrid version, upgraded and…

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Knorr-Bremse won its 8th consecrutive Top Employer award

Source: Knorr-Bremse post MUNICH – Every year the German mechanical and plant engineering industry loses €7.6 billion due to counterfeit products. Bringing a case against the perpetrators is tough work; making it stick is even tougher. Knorr-Bremse is now in the process of successfully concluding the largest copy-cat case in…

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Source: Honda announcement TORRANCE, Calif. – Honda has made significant upgrades and enhancements to all versions of its mid-size Accord sedans for the 2021 model year including several to the advanced driver-assist systems. All Accords receive a new Rear Seat Reminder and a rear seatbelt reminder as standard equipment. The…

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