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List of manufacturer recalls for April 2016

List of manufacturer recalls for April 2016

The manufacturing of an automobile requires years of research and huge investment just to ensure the fine quality of the product that gets delivered to the final customer. But things are not always picture-perfect if we take the degree of complexity into consideration. Apply Murphy’s law — which states “Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong” — to such complex machinery, and there’s bound to be trouble. If a potential safety issue is detected, carmakers take it quite seriously and recall every example that contains the fault and rectify it, one by one. Here are the recalls that occurred in April 2016,

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First drive: 2016 Chrysler 300S in the UAE

First drive: 2016 Chrysler 300S in the UAE

When we drove the redesigned second-gen Chrysler 300C about four years back, we wanted to like the car, but it was a bit of a boat in terms of handling, even though its sister-model, the Dodge Charger, was a pretty decent corner-carver. Fast-forward to 2015, and the Chrysler 300 range has received a facelift to inject some aggression into the car’s overall character. And there’s a new trim level — the Chrysler 300S.

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So we got a 2016 Chrysler 300 SRT

So we got a 2016 Chrysler 300 SRT

Guess what? We’re special. Special enough that Chrysler is offering a car here that is not offered in North America. The 2016 Chrysler 300 SRT is still built there, but will only go on sale in a handful of overseas markets such as South Africa, Australia and Japan as well as all the GCC countries. And we got our hands on a fresh example.

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Cars getting hacked is major news now, but don't worry just yet

Cars getting hacked is major news now, but don’t worry just yet

Cyber-security researchers Chris Valasek and Charlie Miller were in the news earlier this week after a Wired magazine story showed the two programmers access critical vehicle controls on a Jeep Cherokee that allowed them to remotely control critical vehicle functions. The Fiat-Chrysler group had already been alerted to the issue and were quietly offering a software fix to customers in a bid to not alert malicious hackers. However, Chrysler is not the first brand to be vulnerable to hacking, as Chevrolet and BMW were in the news for the same reason this year.

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First drive: 2015 Jeep Wrangler Sahara at Jeep Jamboree UAE

First drive: 2015 Jeep Wrangler Sahara at Jeep Jamboree UAE

“I. Am. Invincible!!!!!” That’s what I was shouting when, yet again, we accepted an invitation to the annual Jeep Jamboree back in December, and came out of it alive and in one piece. This year’s event was murder, to the point where about 99% of the participants came in with just Wranglers, whereas previous events have had a mix of Cherokees and Grand Cherokees as well. The course was that tough. And we were provided with a bone-stock 2015 Jeep Wrangler Sahara by the local dealer in Dubai.

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First drive: 2015 Dodge Charger V6, R/T and Pursuit in Washington D.C. USA (video)

First drive: 2015 Dodge Charger V6, R/T and Pursuit in Washington D.C. USA (video)

With all the hype over the Dodge Charger Hellcat, people seem to have forgotten that there is an entire range of 2015 Charger sedans positioned below it. At the end of the day, the biggest sellers are going to be the Charger V6 and Charger R/T models, and while everyone was busy playing with the SRTs like little kids, we snuck out with the “regular” Chargers for a spin during our recent trip to the United States. Heck, we even drove the police “Pursuit” model as well.

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