2014 Porsche Panamera, Distracted Driving, 2015 WRX STI: What’s New @ The Car Connection

January 6, 2014
From The Car Connection:

2014 Porsche Panamera Review

Now in its second generation, the Porsche Panamera has matured into its spot in Porsche's lineup, neither striving too hard to be sporty nor apologizing too much for its roomier, more comfortable nature. In fact, in many ways, the Panamera combines the best of the brand's heritage into an eminently practical package that--in Hybrid and Diesel forms, at least--can even be surprisingly economical.

Experienced Drivers Are Safer Drivers -- Until They Reach For Their Phones (Video)

You probably don't need a research scientist to tell you that young drivers are more likely to be involved in auto accidents than their older, more experienced peers -- but just in case, the New York Times reports that a team led by Virginia Tech University's Charlie Klauer has conducted a study to prove it. In the process, Klauer & Co. uncovered some interesting stats about older drivers, too.

Uber Driver Kills Pedestrian, Uber Denies Fault: What Will The Courts Say?

On New Year's Eve in San Francisco, a six-year-old girl was killed and her family members were seriously injured when they were struck by a vehicle while crossing the street. According to TechCrunch, the driver of that vehicle, Syed Muzzafar, worked for Uber.

Teaser for 2015 Subaru WRX STI

Teaser for 2015 Subaru WRX STI

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From Motor Authority:

2015 Subaru WRX STI Confirmed For 2014 Detroit Auto Show

Subaru has confirmed that the STI-enhanced version of its new 2015 WRX will debut next week at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show. The new WRX STI will join the regular WRX in showrooms this spring, also as a 2015 model, and like the previous generation will build upon the regular car with stiffer suspension, increased output and more aggressive styling.

Prosecutors Seek Alleged Video Of Schumacher Skiing Accident

In this era of cell phone camera ubiquity, allegations of a video depicting Formula One legend Michael Schumacher’s recent skiing accident should come as no surprise. It is reported that French investigators are seeking a video taken by a 35-year-old man who was also at the Meribel ski resort at the time of Schumacher’s accident.

2015 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray To Get Hard-Wired Performance Recorder

Calling gearheads, gamers, and weekend track addicts: It might be time to step up to the real thing. On the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, General Motors will offer an industry-first Performance Data Recorder (PDR) option that lets you record video and audio, and interface it with numerous vehicle inputs and a professional-quality telemetry toolkit.

Nissan e-NV200 Taxi for London

Nissan e-NV200 Taxi for London

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From Green Car Reports:

Nissan e-NV200 Electric London Taxi Revealed, Arrives 2015

You might be unfamiliar with the name LTI TXII, but if you've ever visited London you've probably traveled in one at some point. It's best known as London's black cab or 'Hackney Carriage', and it's known the world over for its iconic shape.

Mazda Plans Next-Gen SkyActiv Engines For Even Better Gas Mileage

Mazda's Skyactiv fuel-efficient gasoline engines are already getting good real-world results, but the company isn't resting on its laurels. Instead, the Japanese automaker is already working on the next two generations of its Skyactiv engine line, ready to power its future vehicles.

Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-In Hybrid SUV Now Delayed Til 2015 In U.S.

The Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-In Hybrid has generated a fair bit of attention, as the only plug-in hybrid sport utility vehicle thus far that will be offered for sale in the U.S. But potential buyers will have to wait a little longer, it turns out, due to high demand in other parts of the world and a limited supply of lithium-ion battery packs.

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