Nissan has recalled 51,000 Qashqai models following a steering wheel fault. The recall, which concerns 7,300 cars in the UK, was triggered by a low-speed incident in Finland where a steering wheel came off in a driver’s hands. The fault has been traced to a defective batch of steering wheel bosses, fitted to around one per cent of the cars being recalled. Nissan dealers are already contacting owners to have the defective part replaced in a procedure that takes around half an hour.
Lamborghini has issued a recall on 1,491 examples of its Gallardo Coupé and Spyder model in the United States. Lamborghini says power steering pipes on cars built between May 2003 and April 2008 can corrode and in rare cases leak fluid onto the engine, causing a fire hazard. No fires, injuries or accidents have been reported, and Lamborghini dealers will replace the defective parts free of charge.
Ferrari has posted record financial results for the first half of 2012, with revenues close to £1bn. The Maranello carmaker saw net profits rise by 10 per cent on the back of increased demand from the United States, Germany and the United Kingdom, with deliveries up by 7.4 per cent worldwide.
Toyota’s latest electric vehicle, the RAV4 EV, goes on sale on 24 September through selected dealers in California. It is the result of Toyota’s collaboration with Tesla Motors. Retailing from $49,800 (£30,600), the RAV4 EV has a range of 103 miles and achieves the equivalent of 91mpg on the combined cycle.