Aston Martin recall
The discovery of an accelerator defect during a media event has led British sports car maker Aston Martin to call back nearly 3000 cars worldwide. Aston Martin says a supplier used ‘‘a plastic material that was not in accordance with the Aston Martin design specification’’ for pedal assemblies and that the throttle pedal arm could break without warning. ‘‘So far, we have been unable to predict which parts will fail, but we suspect the broken parts had been subjected to heavy use,’’ Aston Martin said. Affected models include 2012-2014 DB9, DBS, Rapide, V12 Vantage, V8 Vantage Coupe and Virage models, about 2800 in all. Ferrari President Luca di Montezemolo has officially inaugurated the new Museo Ferrari in Maranello. The building, which has been extended by more than 1000sqm and completely renovated in fittings and layout, holds the permanent exhibition of the most significant single-seaters in the Scuderia’s history, as well as temporary exhibitions with the latest ‘‘From Cinecitta to Hollywood, all Ferraris in the cinema’’. Toyota launched the Scion brand in the US to bring in younger buyers, but it is starting to founder. Scion sales are up this year, thanks to the new FRS, which is built by Subaru and is the Toyota GT86 in other countries. But without the FR-S, Scion would be in big trouble. Sales of its other four models are plummeting. New details have emerged of Ford’s upcoming 2015 Mustang. The all-new Mustang due in 2015 will not only be available in left- and right-hand drive, but will offer four-, six- and eight- cylinder engines. In a twist, the entry-point will be a V6, with an EcoBoost 2.3-litre four forming the midrange choice, with the V8s of course at the top. The 2015 Mustang will finally ditch its solid rear axle for a modern independent set-up. Hallelujah.