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September 2014 U.S. AUTO SALES BY THE NUMBERS

September 2014 U.S. AUTO SALES BY THE NUMBERS

September 2014

Automaker

Sept. 2014

Sept. 2013

Pct. chng.

9 month
2014

9 month
2013

Pct. chng.

 

 

BMW division

25,586

23,568

9%

236,591

212,565

11%

Mini

4,219

5,306

–21%

39,188

49,635

–21%

Rolls-Royce

75

71

6%

675

639

6%

BMW Group

29,880

28,945

3%

276,454

262,839

5%

Chrysler Division

28,781

25,251

14%

223,066

237,746

–6%

Dodge

44,020

48,576

–9%

443,957

461,834

–4%

Dodge/Ram

82,518

77,145

7%

781,105

731,130

7%

Fiat

3,360

3,157

6%

35,501

32,742

8%

Jeep

55,231

37,464

47%

516,387

355,385

45%

Ram

38,498

28,569

35%

337,148

269,296

25%

Chrysler Group†

169,890

143,017

19%

1,556,059

1,357,003

15%

Maybach

–%

6

–100%

Mercedes-Benz

29,523

26,851

10%

250,996

230,010

9%

Smart USA

748

625

20%

8,080

6,937

17%

Daimler AG

30,271

27,476

10%

259,076

236,953

9%

Ford division

172,261

177,999

–3%

1,809,927

1,827,820

–1%

Lincoln

7,257

6,453

13%

67,788

59,852

13%

Ford Motor Co.

179,518

184,452

–3%

1,877,715

1,887,672

–1%

Buick

17,466

15,623

12%

170,764

157,503

8%

Cadillac

13,829

13,828

0%

127,837

133,414

–4%

Chevrolet

153,873

127,785

20%

1,542,866

1,493,329

3%

GMC

38,269

29,959

28%

366,421

333.213

10%

General Motors

223,437

187,195

19%

2,207,888

2,117,459

4%

Acura

13,832

11,648

19%

119,750

120,830

–1%

Honda Division

104,391

93,915

11%

1,040,855

1,038,182

0%

Honda (American)

118,223

105,563

12%

1,160,605

1,159,102

0%

Hyundai division

56,010

55,102

2%

557,458

548,218

2%

Kia

40,628

38,003

7%

445,017

416,383

7%

Hyundai Group

96,638

93,105

4%

1,002,475

964,601

4%

Jaguar

1,142

1,313

–13%

11,830

12,447

–5%

Land Rover

3,106

3,387

–8%

38,424

35,359

9%

Jaguar Land Rover

4,248

4,700

–10%

50,254

47,806

5%

Maserati

1,318

379

248%

9,125

2,241

307%

Mazda

23,980

22,464

7%

240,953

220,490

9%

Mitsubishi

5,558

4,001

39%

58,365

44,981

30%

Infiniti

7,837

9,040

–13%

84,880

80,919

5%

Nissan Division

95,118

77,828

22%

978,392

860,197

14%

Nissan

102,955

86,868

19%

1,063,272

941,116

13%

Subaru

41,517

31,755

31%

375,485

313,407

20%

Suzuki*

–%

5,946

–100%

Tesla*

1,300

1,139

14%

18,130

16,714

9%

Lexus

21,852

19,522

12%

220,683

190,760

16%

Scion

4,154

5,131

–19%

46,103

54,090

–15%

Toyota Division

141,273

139,804

1%

1,528,002

1,453,329

5%

Toyota/Scion

145,427

144,935

0%

1,574,105

1,507,419

4%

Toyota

167,279

164,457

2%

1,794,788

1,698,179

6%

Audi

14,917

13,065

14%

130,983

114,411

15%

Bentley

236

253

–7%

1,986

1,859

7%

Lamborghini*

59

58

2%

531

516

3%

Porsche

3,607

3,093

17%

35,366

31,549

12%

VW division

25,996

31,920

–19%

270,874

314,833

–14%

Volkswagen

44,815

48,389

–7%

439,740

463,168

–5%

Volvo Cars NA

4,667

4,188

11%

43,851

48,193

–9%

Other**

292

285

3%

2,620

2,557

3%

TOTAL

1,245,786

1,138,378

9%

12,436,855

11,790,337

6%

Numbers in this table are calculated by Automotive News based on actual monthly sales reported by the manufacturers and may differ from numbers reported elsewhere.
Source: Automotive News Data Center
Note: *Estimate
†Fiat S.p.A. purchased the remaining 41.46% stake in Chrysler Group from the UAW’s VEBA Trust on Jan. 20, 2014.
**Includes estimates for Aston Martin, Ferrari, and Lotus

 

SEPTEMBER U.S. AUTO SALES

GM, Nissan, Chrysler gains propel market to 9% increase

U.S. light-vehicle sales — paced by truck-fueled gains at General Motors, Chrysler Group and Nissan Group — rose 9 percent in a September marked by sharp brand advances and a few steep declines.

The results were just below forecasts and cooler than the scorching rate set in August. Still, they reflect a market coasting toward its fifth straight year of recovery following the 2007-09 recession.

“Auto sales remained strong in September and rounded out an excellent third quarter, the best for the industry since 2006,” said Bill Fay, Toyota Division general manager. “SUVs and crossovers continue to be the industry’s hot spots.”

Fay’s remarks came as parent Toyota Motor Corp. tallied a 2 percent gain, one of its weakest performances in months. Ford Motor Co. again trailed the industry, this time with a 3 percent decline.

In a reporting quirk, GM, Chrysler and Nissan each chalked up 19 percent gains, while the Volkswagen brand and Toyota’s Scion tumbled 19 percent.

Subaru, which has passed VW in the brand sales rankings this year, was up 31 percent. It extended its U.S. sales streak to 34 months after raising its volume target for 2014 to 500,000 units.

The seasonally adjusted annual sales rate hit 16.4 million, just below analysts’ forecasts in the 16.5 million range. September’s SAAR was up sharply from 15.4 million a year earlier and well below August’s 17.5 million, the strongest pace since January 2006.

SAAR streak

Swings aside, the SAAR has now topped 16 million for six straight months.

Honda Motor Co. had a 12 percent gain in September on a 19 percent rise at the Acura brand and 11 percent jump at Honda. Two Honda models — the Fit and CR-V — set September sales records, the company said.

GM said it delivered 223,437 vehicles last month, with retail volume up 17 percent and fleet shipments jumping 30 percent. Sales rose 28 percent at GMC, 20 percent at Chevrolet, and 12 percent at Buick. Volume was flat at Cadillac.

Overall, it was GM’s strongest gain since the company’s sales rose 20 percent in September 2011. The company’s light truck sales surged 42 percent last month, while car volume rose 6 percent and crossover deliveries increased 9 percent.

Another month of robust demand for Ram pickups and Jeeps, combined with some of the industry’s highest discounts, spurred Chrysler Group’s 19 percent September advance.

Toyota said it sold 167,279 Scion, Toyota and Lexus models last month. Sales rose 1 percent at the Toyota division and 12 percent at Lexus.

Fleet dents Ford

Deliveries at the Ford brand slipped 3 percent while volume rose 13 percent at Lincoln. Ford said its retail sales totaled 137,297, a gain of 2 percent, while fleet deliveries fell 14 percent to 42,878.

The VW brand’s 19 percent drop marked its 18th straight month of decline. A freshened Jetta arrived in showrooms late last month as the car was on its way to a 23 percent fall for the month.

Audi deliveries rose 14 percent to 14,917 as the German luxury brand’s winning streak rolled along for the 45th consecutive month. The new A3 compact buoyed Audi’s performance, with sales of 2,340, offsetting declines in A4 and A6 volumes.

Jaguar Land Rover also posted a decline in September volume, with Jaguar off 13 percent and Land Rover down 8 percent.

Volvo ended a four-month sales skid with an 11 percent gain in September.

At Chrysler, Jeep sales rose 47 percent and Ram pickup volume increased 30 percent to 36,612 units, the company reported. Chrysler Group’s U.S. sales totaled 169,890, edging past Toyota, and have now increased 54 consecutive months.

“Almost no one noticed last month Chrysler sold more than Toyota in the U.S. market,” Chrysler Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne said Thursday at the Paris auto show. “I think it is relevant, considering where this company was five years ago, to do better of the world’s largest automaker, at least in the U.S. market.”

Volume rose 35 percent at the Ram brand, 14 percent at the Chrysler brand, and 6 percent at Fiat, while sales skidded 9 percent at Dodge.

Chrysler brand deliveries were driven by the redesigned 200 midsize sedan and the Town & Country minivan. Sales of the 200 rose 15 percent last month to 10,995, its best showing ever in September, the company said.

Overall, Chrysler Group’s light truck deliveries jumped 30 percent while car sales slid 7 percent.

Chrysler spiffs

Reid Bigland, head of U.S. sales for Chrysler Group, credited “continued consumer demand” for the 200, Jeep lineup and Ram pickup for the company’s latest results.

TrueCar.com estimates the company’s incentives averaged $3,644 in September, up 16 percent from a year earlier. Edmunds.com pegged Chrysler’s average spiff per vehicle sold at $3,281, an increase of 22 percent from September 2013.

Nissan Group’s advance was spurred by its namesake division, up 22 percent. The Versa and Sentra small cars and Rogue compact crossover were among the standouts. Sales at the Infiniti luxury brand fell 13 percent. The Nissan Group’s light trucks rose 27 percent, easily outpacing the 13 percent gain in the company’s car volume.

Hyundai reported sales of 56,010, an increase of 2 percent for the month, on strong demand for the Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport.

“Following a red-hot August, sales cooled a bit in September as we held the line on our incentive spending in a very aggressive market,” said Bob Pradzinski, vice president of national sales for Hyundai Motor America.

Mazda and Kia each posted gains of 7 percent, while Mitsubishi continued its comeback with a 39 percent increase.

U.S. light-vehicle demand has climbed 6 percent through September and is on track to hit 16.4 million for the year, analysts say.

Light trucks are propelling the market higher this year, with combined sales of pickups, crossovers, SUVs and vans rising 10 percent, compared to a 1-percent gain for cars. In September, light truck demand jumped 17 percent while car deliveries rose just 2 percent.

Forecasts raised

Several forecasters raised their outlook for 2014 industry sales after the final August tally blew past projections.

“It’s been a while since the auto industry enjoyed such a strong quarter. It’s clear that the American public feels better about buying new cars,” said Jessica Caldwell, senior analyst for Edmunds.com. “Automakers have struck the right chord by putting more emphasis on leases and opening credit to a larger cross-section of buyers. Expect the same trends to continue through the end of the year.”

Across the industry, discounts on new cars and light trucks averaged $2,801 in September, according to TrueCar. Edmunds estimates industrywide deals last month averaged $2,423.

In addition to attractive lease deals and steep discounts on 2014 models, steady economic growth and falling gasoline prices are helping entice Americans to showrooms.

“The U.S. economy keeps getting better,” said Steven Szakaly, chief economist for the National Automobile Dealers Association. “The story of the last few months has been pent-up demand. Consumers that delayed purchases are becoming more comfortable and moving back into the market.”

Szakaly said the decline in gasoline prices will also aid consumer confidence and auto sales in coming months.

GM prices advance

GM, citing J.D. Power and Associates data, said strong demand for trucks and crossovers helped the company generate average U.S. transaction prices of about $34,600 last month, the highest ever. Average transaction prices were up about $1,200 per unit compared with August, and up about $2,500 per unit from Sept. 2013, GM said.

Morgan Stanley analyst Adam Jonas expected a pullback after an especially strong August but noted in a report on Tuesday that “dealer commentary has been upbeat on sales, particularly in the second half of September.”

“Floor traffic should remain elevated with GM and other [automakers] stepping up incentives as part of their annual promotion campaigns,” Jonas wrote in a report to investors, noting GM offered special deals on trucks in September.

On Monday, top Ford executives predicted U.S. light vehicle sales will probably rise for a rare sixth straight year in 2015 and may exceed 17 million for the first time since 2001.

Deliveries of new cars and trucks will rise to 16.8 million to 17.5 million, including about 200,000 medium- and heavy-duty trucks, Ford told investors.

U.S. light-vehicle sales haven’t exceeded 17 million since 2001, when automakers, led by GM, lured consumers to showrooms with no-interest loans following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

RECALL: Ford to recall nearly 1.4 million vehicles for power steering problems

Ford

Includes about 1.1M Escapes, Mariners and Explorers for power steering problems

DETROIT (Reuters) — Ford Motor Co. said today it is recalling nearly 1.39 million SUVs and sedans in North America, most for the possible loss of power steering.

Ford said it will recall 195,527 Explorer SUVs in North America from the 2011 to 2013 model years and 915,216 Ford Escape and Mercury Mariner SUVs from model years 2008 to 2011 on power steering issues.

Also, Ford said it will recall nearly 200,000 Taurus sedans in North America from the 2010 to 2014 model years on a corrosion issue.

Finally, the company also said it is recalling 82,576 sedans with floor mats that may interfere with the operation of accelerator pedals. The floor mats were put in 2006 to 2011 model year Ford Fusion and Mercury Milan and Lincoln Zephyr and MKZ sedans.

The loss of power steering can increase the risk of a crash when vehicles are traveling at lower rates of speed.

U.S. regulators have received consumer reports of six injuries and five crashes related to the Escape and Mariner models, Ford said.

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As of mid-April, Ford said it was aware of 15 accidents including two minor injuries believed to be related to the loss of power steering in Explorer SUVs. The accidents all involved vehicles moving at lower speeds, Ford said.

Ford adds to the almost 23 million cars recalled in the U.S. this year, exceeding last year’s total and approaching the 31 million high-mark set in 2004. General Motors Co. accounts for more than half the recalls this year, about 14 million, mostly because of an ignition-switch defect linked to 13 deaths.

Most of the Ford recalls are in the United States and Canada.

Ford did not say how much the recall campaigns are expected to cost the automaker. For the Mercury Mariner and Ford Escape recalls, dealers are to be notified today and letters to all affected U.S. owners will be sent by July 25, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said.

There may be additional vehicles included in the recall campaigns outside of North America, Ford said.

Bloomberg contributed to this report.

RECALL: GM recalling another 218k vehicles, YTD total 15.7 million worldwide

RECALL:  GM recalling another 218k vehicles,  YTD total 15.7 million worldwide

GM RECALL

DAVID SHEPARDSON – DETROIT NEWS WASHINGTON BUREAU

Washington — General Motors Co. said Wednesday it is recalling another 218,000 vehicles in two new campaigns for faulty components in daytime running lights that could cause a fire.

With the new recalls, GM has recalled nearly 13.8 million vehicles in the United States in 29 campaigns —a yearly record for GM — and more than 15.7 million vehicles worldwide. GM has announced 10 new recalls and expanded another campaign since Thursday as the automaker works to put any outstanding safety issues behind it. By contrast, GM recalled 757,000 vehicles in all of 2013.

GM said it is recalling 218,000 2004-08 Chevrolet Aveo small cars equipped with daytime running lights. GM said there may be heat generated within the running lights module located in the center console in the instrument panel, which could melt the module and lead to a fire.

GM is also issuing a second recall for the 2004-08 Chevrolet Optra, covering about 200 vehicles. GM said heat from the headlamp switch or daytime running lamp module, which are both located on or near the left side of the steering column, could melt the headlamp switch or running light module and cause a fire.?

GM told the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration it doesn’t yet have a fix. GM didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment on whether any fires have been reported.

The automaker on Friday agreed to pay a record-setting $35 million fine for failing to recall 2.6 million vehicles for ignition switch defects linked to 13 deaths and 32 crashes in a timely fashion. GM also agreed to a three-year consent order and will hold monthly meetings with NHTSA to go over all possible safety issues that the automaker is considering launching a recall.

GM also faces investigations from the Justice Department, Securities and Exchange Commission and at least one state attorney general. Congress plans to hold a new round of hearings and the automaker is expected to release findings from its internal investigation in early June. The automaker has also retained a victims compensation expert, Ken Feinberg, to assess whether it should make payments for crashes that took place before its bankruptcy restructuring in 2009.

The company has taken $1.7 billion in charges to account for the costs of recalls.

Citi analyst Itay Michaeli lowered his earnings forecast for GM for the year from $3.03 per share to $2.88 on the latest recalls. He said analysts had hoped “GM had ‘cleaned house’ on recalls” in the first quarter, “but this latest escalation clearly says otherwise.”

He said in a research note that the “risk of more recalls persists and is tough to quantify…. The headline risks from these recalls is something we’ll continue monitoring with frequent sales and pricing checks.”

Through the end of April, it doesn’t appear that GM’s recalls have hurt the automaker’s sales.

Windshield washer fluid linked to deadly Legionnaires’ disease

Windshield washer fluid linked to deadly Legionnaires’ disease

Windshield washer fluid bacteria linked to deadly Legionnaires' disease

NEW YORK (Bloomberg) — Windshield washer fluid may be a breeding ground for bacteria that causes the deadly pneumonia known as Legionnaires’ disease.

Previous studies have tied riding in automobiles to the illness, though researchers didn’t know how or why it happened. An investigation into fluid dispersed by school buses in Arizona seems to have provided the answer, according to research released Sunday by the American Society for Microbiology at its meeting in Boston.

Three-quarters of the buses tested in one district in Arizona were positive for the bacteria, the study found. When the contaminated fluid was sprayed, the researchers detected levels of the bacteria that spread within a range that could be contracted and cause outbreaks of Legionnaires’ disease.

“Washer fluid has the traits a potentially dangerous source of Legionella exposure needs,” Otto Schwake, a microbiology Ph.D. student at Arizona State University in Tempe and the study’s lead author, said in an e-mail. “It is aerosolized, heated and people are regularly exposed to it. The results from this study support previously demonstrated epidemiological evidence for a link between automobiles and Legionnaires’ disease by providing microbiological data on survival, presence and transmission of Legionella in washer fluid.”

The study is the first to find the bacteria Legionella in an automobile’s washer fluid and aerosolized in the spray, Schwake said.

Hot tubs

The Legionella bacteria are found naturally in the environment, most commonly in water. They are associated with hot tubs and cooling towers found in large-scale air conditioners and are transmitted through a mist or vapor, not person to person.

The airborne bacteria are contracted by inhaling small drops of contaminated water. Cases often involve air conditioning and heating systems in buildings or public showers. The disease was named after an outbreak at a meeting of the American Legion in Philadelphia in 1976.

Most of the people exposed don’t become sick, the authors said. Those most at risk include the elderly, smokers and those with weakened immune systems, Schwake said.

The researchers in the study first measured Legionella survival by growing samples of the bacteria in washer fluid in the lab. They then examined Legionella in washer fluid collected from school buses in central Arizona.

They found that the amount of Legionella in the washer fluid was higher in the summer than winter months.

Calculating risk

Researchers are working on a model to calculate the risk of Legionnaires’ disease from windshield washer spray. Schwake said more data is needed before any safety precautions can be given.

“We are exposed to an enormous number and variety of microbes every day from countless sources, the overwhelmingly vast majority of which are harmless,” he said. “That being said, unknown sources of pathogen transmission certainly exist and need to be studied. Due to the sheer lack of data, I believe any study examining the relationship between Legionella and automobiles would be greatly useful.”

 

 

 

Legionnaires’ disease

Definition

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Legionnaires’ disease is a severe form of pneumonia — lung inflammation usually caused by infection. Legionnaires’ disease is caused by a bacterium known as legionella.

You can’t catch Legionnaires’ disease from person-to-person contact. Instead, most people get Legionnaires’ disease from inhaling the bacteria. Older adults, smokers and people with weakened immune systems are particularly susceptible to Legionnaires’ disease.

The legionella bacterium also causes Pontiac fever, a milder illness resembling the flu. Separately or together, the two illnesses are sometimes called legionellosis. Pontiac fever usually clears on its own, but untreated Legionnaires’ disease can be fatal. Although prompt treatment with antibiotics usually cures Legionnaires’ disease, some people continue to experience problems after treatment.

Symptoms

Legionnaires’ disease usually develops two to 10 days after exposure to legionella bacteria. It frequently begins with the following signs and symptoms:

  • Headache
  • Muscle pain
  • Chills
  • Fever that may be 104 F (40 C) or higher

By the second or third day, you’ll develop other signs and symptoms that may include:

  • Cough, which may bring up mucus and sometimes blood
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pain
  • Gastrointestinal symptoms, such as nausea, vomiting and diarrhea
  • Confusion or other mental changes

Although Legionnaires’ disease primarily affects the lungs, it occasionally can cause infections in wounds and in other parts of the body, including the heart.

A mild form of Legionnaires’ disease — known as Pontiac fever — may produce signs and symptoms including fever, chills, headache and muscle aches. Pontiac fever doesn’t infect your lungs, and symptoms usually clear within two to five days.

When to see a doctor

See your doctor if you think you’ve been exposed to legionella bacteria. Diagnosing and treating Legionnaires’ disease as soon as possible can help shorten the recovery period and prevent serious complications. For people at high risk, prompt treatment is critical.

 

The bacterium Legionella pneumophila is responsible for most cases of Legionnaires’ disease. Outdoors, legionella bacteria survive in soil and water, but rarely cause infections. Indoors, though, legionella bacteria can multiply in all kinds of water systems — hot tubs, air conditioners and mist sprayers in grocery store produce departments.

Although it’s possible to contract Legionnaires’ disease from home plumbing systems, most outbreaks have occurred in large buildings, perhaps because complex systems allow the bacteria to grow and spread more easily.

How the infection spreads

Most people become infected when they inhale microscopic water droplets containing legionella bacteria. This might be the spray from a shower, faucet or whirlpool, or water dispersed through the ventilation system in a large building. Outbreaks have been linked to a range of sources, including:

  • Hot tubs and whirlpools on cruise ships
  • Cooling towers in air conditioning systems
  • Decorative fountains
  • Swimming pools
  • Physical therapy equipment
  • Water systems in hotels, hospitals and nursing homes

Although legionella bacteria primarily spread through aerosolized water droplets, the infection can be transmitted in other ways, including:

  • Aspiration. This occurs when liquids accidentally enter your lungs, usually because you cough or choke while drinking. If you aspirate water containing legionella bacteria, you may develop Legionnaires’ disease.
  • Soil. A few people have contracted Legionnaires’ disease after working in the garden or using contaminated potting soil.

Risk factors

Not everyone exposed to legionella bacteria becomes sick. You’re more likely to develop the infection if you:

  • Smoke. Smoking damages the lungs, making you more susceptible to all types of lung infections.
  • Have a weakened immune system as a result of HIV/AIDS or certain medications, especially corticosteroids and drugs taken to prevent organ rejection after a transplant.
  • Have a chronic lung disease such as emphysema or another serious condition such as diabetes, kidney disease or cancer.
  • Are 50 years of age or older.

Legionnaires’ disease is a sporadic and local problem in hospitals and nursing homes, where germs may spread easily and people are vulnerable to infection.

Complications

Legionnaires’ disease can lead to a number of life-threatening complications, including:

  • Respiratory failure. This occurs when the lungs are no longer able to provide the body with enough oxygen or can’t remove enough carbon dioxide from the blood.
  • Septic shock. This occurs when a severe, sudden drop in blood pressure reduces blood flow to vital organs, especially to the kidneys and brain. The heart tries to compensate by increasing the volume of blood pumped, but the extra workload eventually weakens the heart and reduces blood flow even further.
  • Acute kidney failure. This is the sudden loss of your kidneys’ ability to perform their main function — filtering waste material from your blood. When your kidneys fail, dangerous levels of fluid and waste accumulate in your body.

When not treated effectively and promptly, Legionnaires’ disease may be fatal, especially if your immune system is weakened by disease or medications.

 

Preparing for your appointment

You’re likely to start by seeing your family doctor or a primary care provider. However, in some cases, you may be referred to a doctor who specializes in treating lung disease (pulmonologist) or infectious diseases, or you may be advised to go to an emergency department.

What you can do
  • Write down key information about your illness, including all the symptoms you’re experiencing. Record your temperature.
  • Tell your doctor if you’ve recently been away from homeand where you stayed. If anyone you regularly associate with has an illness similar to yours, mention that to your doctor as well.
  • Write down personal information, including recent hospitalizations.
  • Make a list of all medications, vitamins and supplements you’re taking.
  • Bring a family member or friend along, if possible. Someone who goes with you may help you remember the information your doctor provides.
  • Write down questions to ask your doctor.

Questions you might ask your doctor include:

  • What is likely causing my symptoms?
  • What are other possible causes?
  • What tests do I need?
  • What is the best course of action?
  • What are the alternatives to the approach you’re suggesting?
  • I have other health conditions. How will this illness affect them?
  • Is it possible to avoid hospitalization? If not, how many days will I be hospitalized?

Don’t hesitate to ask any other questions you have.

What to expect from your doctor

Your doctor is likely to ask you a number of questions, including:

  • When did you begin experiencing symptoms?
  • Have your symptoms been continuous?
  • Have your symptoms been worsening since their onset?
  • What, if anything, seems to improve your symptoms?
  • What, if anything, appears to worsen your symptoms?
What you can do in the meantime

To keep from making your condition worse, follow these tips:

  • Don’t smoke or be around smoke.
  • Don’t drink alcohol.
  • Stay out of work or school, and rest as much as you can.
  • Drink plenty of fluids.

If you get sicker before you see a doctor, go to an emergency room.

ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM DROPHEAD COUPÉ WATERSPEED COLLECTION

 

ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM DROPHEAD COUPÉ WATERSPEED COLLECTION

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For the next act in its Bespoke Collection, Rolls-Royce has found one of its own to celebrate with the Phantom Drophead Coupé Waterspeed Collection, noting the achievements of British land and water record-holder Sir Malcolm Campbell. Like a few other racers of his era in the 1920s and 1930s, Campbell used his Bluebird Motor Company and Bluebird Garage to fund his interest in motorsports. He would break the waterspeed record in 1937 in his Bluebird K3 powered by a Rolls-Royce R engine, traveling 126.33 miles per hour on Italy’s Lake Maggiore.

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We’ve seen sketches of what Rolls-Royce intended with the Waterspeed Collection, and the real thing is just as handsome, and the new model includes a number of firsts for the marque. The Maggiore Blue exterior paint is also used for highlights on the engine, the polished wheels, two-tone steering wheel and the dashboard. The tonneau cover normally finished in teak is instead done in hand-finished brushed steel, a closer contrast to the Windchill Grey interior. The Abachi wood veneers have also been bookmatched so that their grain evokes the wake of a speeding boat.

The droptop will be shown first at the Bluebird Garage Cafe in London on the site of the original garage, after which it will get its first wider showing at the Concorso D’Eleganza at Villa D’Este later this month. The press release below has a lot more detail on the finer detailing of the Drophead Coup

News Source: Autoblog via  Rolls-Royce

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Press Release

ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM DROPHEAD COUPÉ WATERSPEED COLLECTION SET FOR UK AND EUROPEAN DEBUTS

13.05.2014 — Two highly fitting locations have been selected for the UK and European debuts of the latest Bespoke Collection from Rolls-Royce Motor Cars.

The Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupé Waterspeed Collection will be previewed to selected UK press and customers at an exclusive event on the site of the original Bluebird Motor Company – now the Bluebird Restaurant – on the King’s Road, London on Tuesday 13 May 2014.

The Bluebird Motor Company building was commissioned in 1923 to be Europe’s largest garage and was built in the era’s characteristic Art Deco style, a style which it preserves today. The business would ultimately help fund Campbell’s pursuit to wrest the Waterspeed record from its American holders.

The car will then head to the world-renowned Concorso D’Eleganza at Villa D’Este on the shores of one of Italy’s world-famous lakes, Como, where it will be unveiled to the public for the first time. It was on the adjacent Lake Maggiore where, on 1 September 1937, Campbell established his legend, setting a world-record speed of 126.33 mph in the famous Bluebird K3 boat powered by a Rolls-Royce R Engine.

The Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupé Waterspeed Collection:
Waterspeed Collection Phantom Drophead Coupés feature a number of exclusively created Bespoke design and engineering features, perfectly executed to create a thoroughly contemporary tribute to Campbell’s famous craft.

“This very special motor car serves to pay a perfect homage to my grandfather’s remarkable acts of British daring and endeavour,” said Donald Wales, grandson of Sir Malcolm Campbell. “The extraordinary attention-to-detail and commitment to engineering excellence so evident in these motor cars perfectly echoes the lengths my grandfather and his colleagues went to in their pursuit of the waterspeed records.”

The car is finished in a specially developed ‘Maggiore Blue’ exterior paint, inspired by Bluebird’s famous colour scheme. Nine layers of paint are applied before an exhaustive process of hand-sanding and the application of a cutting-edge powdered lacquer is undertaken to ensure an impeccable finish. For the first time in Rolls-Royce history the exterior finish extends to the engine, creating a visually striking homage to the power behind Campbell’s records. The finish also adorns the car’s specially developed, fully-polished eleven-spoke wheels for the first time, providing a subtle decorative accent.

The exterior is completed with a hand-painted coachline that culminates in a Bluebird motif with the design taking Rolls-Royce’s master coachline painter four hours to apply by hand.

Phantom Drophead Coupé’s traditional teak decking to the rear makes way for brushed steel. Each piece of material is individually panel-beaten by hand for 70 hours following initial mechanical pressing. A Rolls-Royce craftsperson will then hand-brush the metal for over 10 hours – showcasing the fastidious attention to detail and commitment to hand-craftsmanship that informs everything undertaken at the Home of Rolls-Royce.

The car’s Maggiore Blue exterior finish is subtly echoed on the interior via accents on the dash-board that perfectly complement the Windchill Grey interior leather scheme. The marque’s hallmark attention to detail extends to the application of hand-engraved door armrest tunnel caps featuring a new interpretation of Campbell’s famous Bluebird motif. The armrests alone take eight hours to complete. Abachi wood also makes its Rolls-Royce debut in Waterspeed. By nature the material is cool to the touch with a satin-like tactility, and is bookmatched at an angle to echo the wake left by a boat moving at speed.

Further reference to Campbell’s craft is made via a new interpretation of the famous ‘power reserve’ dial. As the driver presses on, the dial moves backwards towards a yellow and blue zone, echoing Campbell’s original K3 boat’s ‘going into the blue’ at maximum engine revolutions. A Bespoke front-lit clock adorned with Bluebird’s infinity symbol and dials hewn from a billet of aluminium evokes K3 further. Direct tribute to the records is paid in the glovebox, with a hand-embroidered panel expressing the records Campbell achieved at Lake Maggiore and Coniston Water. Finally, the steering wheel is presented in two-tone for the very first time, with Magiorre Blue accents balancing perfectly with traditional black leather to complete a beautifully conceived interior design scheme.

RECALL: GM recalling in 56k Saturn Aura sedans over shift cables

RECALL: GM recalling in 56k Saturn Aura sedans over shift cables

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General Motors may have made a few mistakes when it came to the whole ignition-switch debacle, and it will likely be dealing with the consequences for some time to come. But you have to hand it to Mary Barra and her team, because they’re determined to clean house and avoid the same mistakes. That’s why the biggest of the Big Three automakers in Detroit has been issuing recalls left, right and Renaissance Center. Aside from those vehicles fitted with the faulty ignition switches, GM has recalled over 50,000 Cadillac SRXs, another 50 heavy-duty pickups and some 51,000 full-size crossovers. There are bound to be more to come, and now it’s issued another 50k-unit recall over faulty shift cables in the transmission.

The recall affects 2007 and 2008 Saturn Auras fitted with the four-speed automatic transmission manufactured between April 24, 2006, and October 31, 2007. The recall doesn’t affect models equipped with the six-speed automatic, or for that matter any of the Aura’s Epsilon platform-mates like the Chevy Malibu, Pontiac G6, Opel Signum and Vectra, Saab 9-3 or – carrying over from Fiat’s aborted partnership with GM – the Fiat Croma, although many of those models used the same 4T40 transmission employed in the Aura.

In the affected vehicles, the shift cable might fracture while in motion, preventing the transmission from shifting into Park or the ignition from switching off, which the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration figures could lead to the car rolling away. Hence the recall of 56,214 units in the United States, owners of which can expect to hear from their dealership in due course to have the necessary components replaced.

 
RECALL Subject : Transmission Shift Cable may Fracture/Rollaway
Report Receipt Date: APR 30, 2014
NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V224000
Component(s):
Potential Number of Units Affected: 56,214
Manufacturer: General Motors LLC

SUMMARY:
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2007-2008 Saturn Aura vehicles manufactured April 24, 2006, through October 31, 2007, and equipped with a four speed automatic transmission. In the affected vehicles, the transmission shift cable may fracture.

CONSEQUENCE:
If the transmission shift cable fractures while the vehicle is being driven, when the driver goes to stop and park the vehicle, the driver will not be able to shift the lever to the “PARK” position, or remove the ignition key. If the vehicle is not in the “PARK” position there is a risk the vehicle will roll away as the driver and other occupants exit the vehicle or anytime thereafter. A vehicle rollaway increases the risk of injury to exiting occupants and bystanders.

REMEDY:
GM will notify owners, and GM dealers will replace the shift cable assembly and mounting bracket, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact General Motors at 1-800-553-6000. GM’s number for this recall is 14152.

NOTES:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.