No doubt about it: 2013 was Tesla's year. Thanks to strong sales, ongoing court battles, and a few headline-grabbing pyrotechnics, Tesla has been on the tip of everyone's tongue. But don't just take our word for it: take Google's. According to the 800-pound search-engine gorilla, Tesla was the most-searched auto brand of the year in the U.S.A.
The redesigned 2014 Kia Soul hatchback has earned a five-star overall safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA). The five-star rating is the highest highest-possible vehicle safety rating from the government. It is determined after severe testing procedures as part of the NHTSA’s New Car Assessment Program (NCAP). Crash tests combine scores from frontal, side-impact and rollover crash tests.
Fast and Furious 7 to debut on April 10, 2015Enlarge Photo
Vin Diesel ended speculation that the as yet unfinished movie Fast and Furious 7 would be disbanded since the actor playing one of its main characters, Paul Walker, was killed while a passenger in a Porsche Carrera GT that crashed earlier this month. Diesel posted a message on his Facebook page that included a new release date for the movie.
The 2014 Cadillac CTS Vsport is a truly enticing upgrade from the already-brilliant base model: packing a twin-turbo 3.6-liter V-6 engine rated at 420 horsepower and 430 pound-feet of torque, the CTS Vsport is somewhere between a normal Cadillac and one of its ultra-potent V-series models--as its name implies.
Mercedes-Benz is providing a glimpse of one potential technology that enables greater connectivity between the driver and his or her car. The technology is a wrist watch that connects with a car through the internet and provides feedback on vehicle diagnostics and other vehicle-related notifications.
2014 Porsche Panamera S E-HybridEnlarge Photo
Contrary to published reports, no plug-in Porsches were sold in the U.S. last month. Whether the first one is handed over late this month or early next month--we'll know by Friday, January 3--the company is taking an unusual step with its 2014 Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid.
Recently, Tesla has had to deal with the latest in a line of high-profile fire events involving one of its cars. While the original events were triggered as the result of accidents though, the latest was a garage fire, the cause of which is still unconfirmed.
When Chevrolet was engineering the Volt range-extended electric car, it gave the car a battery just big enough for 40-50 miles of electric range. GM did this because it reasoned that this electric range would be most effective for most drivers--covering the average commute on electricity alone.