Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing (Toyota) is recalling 192,347 2016-18 Toyota Prius vehicles.

A portion of the engine wire harness connected to the hybrid Power Control Unit (PCU), could contact the cover at this connection and wear, causing an electrical short circuit.

Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the engine wire harness assembly and replace it if damage is found. A protective sleeve or protective tape will be included to prevent any future damage.

These repairs will be performed free of charge. The recall is expected to begin Sept. 28.

Toyota's number for this recall is J0T.

Spireon Upgrades Kahu

September 23, 2018

Spireon is adding several enhancements to its Kahu connected car solution, designed to provide automotive dealer groups with the tools they need to optimize operations, improve sales results and mitigate risk.

New features include streamlined portfolio and inventory management, account transfer for dealer trades, mobile views of inventory age, new test-drive analytics, and more.
 Kahu turns any vehicle into a connected car, empowering dealers to view and manage vehicles from their desktop, tablet or smartphone.

Standard lot management features like real-time location tracking, geofencing and battery management streamline operations and improve sales efficiency. Stolen vehicle recovery mitigates risk for dealers and makes Kahu a profitable add-on when sold through to consumers.

Dealers can also utilize mileage data from customer vehicles post-sale to better target them for servicing, lease renewals and trade-ins.

Carvana Co. has launched as-soon-as-next-day vehicle delivery in New York City.

To celebrate entering its largest market to date, Carvana is maximizing its marketing presence in Manhattan with a one-day integrated campaign to tell New Yorkers all about the new way to buy a car. Carvana is parading its services through New York with a caravan of five signature Carvana car haulers carrying vehicles. Three of the haulers feature vehicles prepped for NYC-style delivery in gigantic takeout delivery bags, emphasizing that a buyer can order a car online and have it delivered, just like everything else in New York.

The parade will cross the Manhattan Bridge from Brooklyn and tour through the city, passing signature areas like Soho, Columbus Circle, Midtown and Washington Square Park.

Throughout the day, more than 250 digital on-street LinkNYC units will display Carvana advertising along the parade route, as well as a live social feed of those using the campaign hashtag #TheNYCWayToBuyACar. Those who spot the parade are encouraged to snap a photo and post to their social handles using the hashtags #TheNYCWayToBuyACar and #sweepstakes for a chance to win a year of free Postmates (up to $5,000).

Copart Inc. reported a pre-tax loss of $12.8 million for its latest fiscal year, which ended July 31.

The operating results were adversely affected by abnormal costs of $79.7 million incurred as a result of Hurricane Harvey.

These costs included temporary storage facilities; premiums for subhaulers; labor costs incurred from overtime; travel and lodging due to the reassignment of employees to the affected region; and equipment lease expenses to handle the increased volume, as well as cost of vehicle sales. These costs exceeded the associated revenues of $66.9 million.

DealShield’s DS360 Return Guarantee now offers dealers a 30-day return option. Clients that subscribe to DealShield can choose to take a full month and up to 500 miles to ensure that their purchase meets their expectations. This optional upgrade from the existing 21-day guarantee will further help them reduce recon costs, eliminate costly mistakes, redeploy capital faster and gain greater peace of mind. DealShield, which has covered 1.3 million vehicles to date, is available at over 100 auction locations in the continental U.S.
 With the DS360 guarantee, dealers can purchase a vehicle at a participating auction, and if it doesn't meet their expectations, return it to any location in the DealShield network for a full refund.

DS360 subscribers can extend their protection window even further when they transport their purchases with Ready Logistics through a partnership solution called “Ready. Set. Pause.”

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