by Staff Writers
Beijing (AFP) May 25, 2012
Ferrari's reputation in China took another blow on Friday when the country's quality watchdog said the luxury sports car manufacturer would have to recall 56 imported vehicles because of a defect.
The recall by Ferrari Maserati Cars Sales and Services (Shanghai) Co. covers the 458 Italia, California and FF models, the official Xinhua news agency said, citing the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ).
Problems with the crankshafts for the engines of 458 Italia and California cars manufactured before October 7 last year could cause engine failure, which could lead to crashes, AQSIQ warned.
FF models manufactured before December last year were being recalled because of excessive oil lubrication circuit-processing residues, the report said, adding that Ferrari would replace the defective parts for free.
The famed Italian sports car has hit the headlines for the wrong reasons in China this year and has for some become a symbol of the worst excesses of the new super rich.
There was widespread fury earlier this month when a Ferrari left tyre tracks atop Nanjing's ancient city wall, possibly permanently damaging the protected landmark.
China's outspoken netizens heaped criticism on the automaker after a domestic sales agent allowed the car to be driven on the centuries-old wall in a promotional event.
Last month the son of disgraced leader Bo Xilai, who is being investigated for massive corruption, had to deny reports he drove a Ferrari.
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Tesla to launch electric sedan in US on June 22
San Francisco (AFP) May 22, 2012
Tesla Motors said Tuesday it would begin deliveries of "the world's first premium electric sedan" on June 22, slightly ahead of schedule. Several customers will receive their cars that day at an invitation-only event at the Tesla Factory in Fremont, California, said the company created in 2003 by Elon Musk, a co-founder of PayPal and SpaceX. The company, which already markets a sports ca ... read more
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