Ford: Aftermarket parts often inferior
A comparison of aftermarket replacement parts for critical safety components such as bumpers and vehicle supports found they often are inferior to parts made by automakers, Ford reported last week. The company says it will push for some sort of review and standardization of aftermarket parts, as well as for consumer warnings when the cheaper, non-standard pieces have been used to repair their vehicles. The automaker compared copy bumper beams, bumper isolators, bumper brackets and radiator supports made for 2005 to 2009 Mustangs and 2004 to 2007 F-150 trucks and found some of the replacement parts were made from plastic instead of steel or magnesium.
--The Associated Press
GM predicts sales spike in Brazil
General Motors expects sales in Brazil to grow by 68 percent to 1 million vehicles by 2014 as growth in Latin America's largest economy stokes demand for fancier cars, the automaker recently announced. GM is investing more than $2.8 billion in Brazil through 2012 when total car sales are expected to reach 4 million. GM is the third-biggest automaker in Brazil, just behind Volkswagen and Fiat.