Today in Car News: Ford F-150 Safety, Mazda Pickup, and Volt

September 13, 2010

The Feds want to know if gas-tank straps on the popular Ford F-150 show cause for concern. So do we. We imagine, so does Ford. [New York Times]

Mazda's sent out illustrations that preview its next-generation small pickup truck. Only as with the Ford Ranger, it's built overseas and no, you can't have one. [PickupTrucks]

In Wisconsin, a last-minute deal between labor and management means 1,350 Harley-Davidson jobs are safe--and the legendary two-wheeled motorhomes will still be built in the U.S. of A. [Detroit News]

As reported yesterday, Volkswagen of America has named Jonathan Browning as its new CEO. Now, on with the NMS. [Detroit Free Press]

As Suzuki did before it, Nissan now says that Garmin navigation systems are causing a fire hazard in some of its vehicles--big sellers like Altima and Frontier. [Automotive News]

In a land far, far away, in a car culture where hatchbacks and sedans can intermarry all they want, a German automaker is giving smaller Web sites than ours the keys to a new luxury car. Are they concerned we'll think it looks like a Crosstour? [Automobile]

The same folks are happy to let you build a virtual version of their ubersedan online, but of course, they'll need real money before they wave a wand and deliver it. Killjoys. [Jalopnik]

While the whole world figures out how to plug in cars, supercar renaissance act McLaren is getting in on the hybrid chatter. Does the world really want an MPC-412 with more batteries? [Autoblog]

If you're worried your 2011 Chevrolet Volt will have stale gas from all that plugging in, don't: GM says the Volt will run its engine on occasion to keep things nice and fresh. [AutoblogGreen]

Chinese automakers are now and forever on the cusp of coming to America. This week it's Great Wall that wants to start importing cars, to which we say, it's a deal--so long as you bring some of those amazing sesame cookies with you. [TTAC]

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