Subaru’s built its reputation as the king of all-wheel-drive wagons, but it hasn’t always been the king of fuel economy. That sticking point has led to the first Subaru gas-electric car, the 2014 XV Crosstrek Hybrid.
America doesn't do a great job of maintaining its highways and byways. At least a third of our roads are substandard, and our crumbling bridges need $3.6 trillion of repairs.
When it comes to pickup trucks, towing capacity has the same importance that fuel economy has with hybrids or driving range has with electric vehicles.
Mercedes-Benz C-Class production in Tuscaloosa, AlabamaEnlarge Photo
Mercedes-Benz on Wednesday started production of the 2015 C-Class at its plant in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, the same site where it builds the M-, R- (for Chinese market only) and GL-Class models. It was first confirmed that the Tuscaloosa plant would start C-Class production as far back as 2009, and now the first cars are rolling off the line, four months after production of the latest-generation C-Class started in Germany.
It was only a week ago that Jaguar Land Rover announced the formation of a new department called Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations, whose job will be to handle the personalization of vehicles as well as develop high-performance models and work on historic vehicles.
The stylish and high-tech Audi A3 and S3 range is soon to expand in the U.S., and based on pricing information released today, it’s fairly affordable, too.
2014 Audi A3 e-tron plug-in hybrid presentation, BerlinEnlarge Photo
Audi has promised plug-in models for some time, and towards the end of this year its first production plug-in will finally arrive. The 2015 Audi A3 Sportback e-tron will hit European roads in winter 2014, priced at 37,900 euros.
The Scion iQ has not been a success story for Toyota's youth-orientated brand. In 2013, just 4,406 iQs found homes in the U.S. That's half as many as were sold in 2012, hardly a stellar year itself.
As anyone with a smartphone, laptop or indeed a whole electric car will know, lithium-ion batteries degrade over time. Each time you charge and discharge the batteries, they lose a little capacity. Day to day you don't really notice, but over a year, or two, it means being able to use your phone (or car) a little less.