In Taurus Inquiry, Safety Agency Requests Information on 1.52 Million Additional Vehicles

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has requested information on a further 1.52 million vehicles to assist in its investigation of 395,000 Ford Taurus and Mercury Sable models. The sedans became the subject of an investigation after owners claimed on the agency’s Web site that loose cruise control cables caused throttles to become stuck, resulting in unintended acceleration.

Some media outlets reported Monday that the initial safety investigation was expanded to include nearly two million sedans, but Karen Aldana, a N.H.T.S.A. spokeswoman, said that was not the case.

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• Though Porsche had referred internally to its coming compact crossover as the Cajun, the German automaker announced Thursday that the baby Cayenne would be called the Macan, Indonesian for “tiger.” Porsche is expanding its plant in Leipzig, Germany, to accommodate the Macan, which is scheduled to enter production there in 2013. The automaker did not announce a timetable for the vehicle’s formal debut. (Porsche)

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