From The Car Connection:
When the 2015 Volvo V60 sport wagon arrives in January 2014, it will be the first model from Volvo to arrive with the automaker's new Drive-E powertrains, which will transition the automaker away from in-line five- and six-cylinder engines and toward an all-four-cylinder lineup that could be up to 30 percent more fuel-efficient.
By most accounts, the conventional gasoline engine's days are numbered. Long before electric cars become commonplace, automakers expect to wean themselves off gas-powered powerplants, replacing them with fuel-efficient alternatives. 2014 Jeep Cherokee Live Photos
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Jeep’s long-awaited subcompact crossover has finally been spotted, although at present the vehicle is still in its very early stages of development. Pictured above is a test mule for the vehicle, with the final version expected in showrooms late next year or in early 2015.
BMW just yesterday began production of its carbon-fiber-bodied i3—a vehicle that makes some major advances in the way lightweight, mass-produced vehicles are made. But for now, BMW appears to be going it alone. Audi R8 e-tron track drive, Berlin Tempelhof Airport
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Yes, Audi earlier this year did say that it won't be building its electric supercar, the R8 e-tron. But the plug might not have been pulled completely. According to Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, the member of the Audi AG board of management in charge of technical development, the R8 e-tron was an important development step for electric vehicles; and for now it's merely dormant.
Electric-car maker Tesla has released a bit more detail about its plans to jump on the self-driving car bandwagon. Tesla will build a self-driving car within three years, CEO Elon Musk said in a recent interview.