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Hyundai USA to make rear-seat reminder standard from 2022
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1st Aug 2019
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Hyundai USA to make rear-seat reminder standard from 2022

Hyundai will fit 'rear occupant alerts' as standard across its North American range from 2022 onwards, as it looks to cut the number of kids left in hot cars. The announcement was made on National Heatstroke Awareness Day in the USA, and follows a similar move from Nissan. Debuted in the Santa Fe, the rear-seat reminder system knows whether the back doors were opened before the car was started, and reminds the driver to check the rear seats when the car is turned off again.
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Mercedes-Benz GLE580 joins US line-up
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23rd May 2019
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Mercedes-Benz GLE580 joins US line-up

Mercedes-Benz USA has added a new range-topping variant to the new GLE range, in the form of the GLE580 with EQ Boost technology. It's the first time we've seen the new-generation GLE with a V8 engine – though the new AMG 63 version will get one too – and this one is shared with the larger GLS580.
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Toyota to offer CarPlay and Alexa retrofit in the USA
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30th Apr 2019
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Toyota to offer CarPlay and Alexa retrofit in the USA

Toyota USA will allow 2018 Camry and Sienna owners to retrofit smartphone mirroring technology to their cars through a dealer-installed software update. The news follows the company's move to make CarPlay part of the C-HR package as standard in the USA, housed within a new 8.0-inch infotainment system. American buyers get Android Auto on the 2020 Sequoia, Tundra, Tacoma and 4Runner, while European buyers are offered the technology on the pint-sized Aygo and Yaris.
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SEC calls for Elon Musk to be held in contempt over tweet
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26th Feb 2019
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SEC calls for Elon Musk to be held in contempt over tweet

The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has reportedly asked a judge to hold outspoken Tesla CEO, Elon Musk, in contempt for violating his settlement with the agency with a tweet last week. Bloomberg reports that the tweet in question, made on February 19 (US time), violates the settlement Musk made with the SEC last year that required him to seek pre-approval from the company for social media posts and "other written communication that would be material to the company or investors".
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Ford recalls 1.48 million F-150 trucks in the US
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19th Feb 2019
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Ford recalls 1.48 million F-150 trucks in the US

Ford Motor Company has made three separate safety recalls in North America, the largest being 1.48 million F-150 pick-up trucks for potentially faulty transmissions. The manufacturer says F-150 models fitted with the six-speed automatic transmission from 2011-13 may experience an "intermittent loss of the transmission output speed sensor signal to the powertrain control module, potentially resulting in a temporary, unintended downshift into first gear".
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