2014 Toyota Avalon, 2015 Hyundai Sonata Eco, Ferrari F12 TRS: What’s New @ The Car Connection

June 23, 2014
From The Car Connection:

2014 Toyota Avalon Video Road Test

The Toyota Avalon has been accused by some of stepping into Buick’s old shoes—catering to the crowd shopping for their final car. But Toyota’s given this latest Avalon some ambition. They're calling it a flagship now.

2015 Hyundai Sonata Eco Gets 38 MPG Highway

The redesigned 2015 Hyundai Sonata made a big splash when it debuted at the New York Auto Show, but Hyundai didn’t reveal all of its cards for its newest entry to the highly competitive mid-size sedan segment.

2005-2008 Toyota Tacoma Could Have Frame Rust, May Get Free Fix

Toyota has launched a limited service campaign for some 2005-2008 Toyota Tacomas currently registered in salt-belt-states due to rusting frames. Toyota has received multiple reports of Tacoma frames exhibiting "more-than-normal" corrosion.

Ferrari F12 TRS

Ferrari F12 TRS

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From Motor Authority:

Official Details On The One-Off Ferrari F12 TRS: Video

Ferrari has chosen to limit the number of cars it builds each year to just 7,000 units but to increase revenues the company is offering more personalization options, ranging from unique trim elements in the cabin right up to unique, coachbuilt cars. The latter option is offered through the ultra-exclusive Special Projects program, aimed at Ferrari’s most loyal customers, and the results of the program are stunning one-offs like this latest Ferrari F12 TRS.

Subaru May Lose BRZ As Toyota Turns To BMW For Future Sports Cars: Report

Toyota and Subaru worked together to develop their respective GT 86 (Scion FR-S) and BRZ sports cars, but that may not be the case for any replacement models. Toyota turned to BMW for development of its new flagship sports car, a spiritual successor to the Supra based on the FT-1 concept, and the automaker is reportedly considering using BMW’s help, as opposed to Subaru’s, to develop future sports cars including a next-generation GT 86.

Audi Wins 2014 Nürburgring 24 Hours

Just a week after its victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Audi has won the equally arduous Nürburgring 24 Hours. Audi and its partner team Phoenix Racing celebrated a hard-fought victory yesterday at the Green Hell after its #4 R8 LMS ultra, competing in the top SP9 GT3 class and driven by Christopher Haase, Christian Mamerow, Rene Rast and Markus Winkelhock, drove a total 2507.296 miles (159 laps), and in the process established a new distance record for the event.

BYD K9 All-Electric Bus

BYD K9 All-Electric Bus

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From Green Car Reports:

Portland Tests BYD K9 All-Electric Passenger Bus: Quick Ride

If Warren Buffett needed to catch a ride across town, we suspect he might do it exactly the way that we did this past week: in an all-electric BYD bus.

Hybrid & Hydrogen, Or Electric? Toyota, Nissan Battle Over Future Green-Car Tech

Japanese automakers Toyota and Nissan have always done things a little differently. But when it comes to company strategies for meeting future transportation needs, each firm's approach couldn't be more different.

Auto Dealers Try Charm: Why Tesla Direct Sales Hurt Buyers, They Say (Video)

The battle between Tesla Motors, which sells its electric cars directly to buyers over the Internet, and the nation's auto dealers--who want to make that practice illegal--is now in its fifth year. And for the very first time, the dealers' national trade organization has embarked on a charm offensive to make its case directly to the public.

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