The Volkswagen Golf was the original hot hatchback, but it's no longer a solo act as a class benchmark. Today's Mazda 3 and Ford Focus have nudged their way onto that particular stage, while Honda, Hyundai and Kia still take occasional swings at the Golf, albeit halfhearted ones.
Germany is known for many things -- some good, some bad. In the former category: beer, soccer, and precision engineering. In the latter: bureaucracy, sock/sandal combos, xenophobia.
Pagani HuayraEnlarge Photo
With Pagani’s first supercar, the Zonda, never officially being sold in the U.S., there was always going to be some pent-up-demand among the nation’s One-Percenters for the Italian marque’s latest model, the Huayra, which has been approved for local sale. What’s surprising is the level of that pent-up-demand.
These are the latest spy shots of a prototype for the convertible version of the new Mercedes-Benz C-Class, which has been confirmed by the automaker’s U.S. chief and expected on the market sometime in 2015, as a 2016 model. The car will be called a C-Class Cabriolet and will be joined by another generation of the C-Class Coupe.
Ferrari is currently testing its track-only LaFerrari XX at race tracks in Europe and one of the prototypes, seen recently at Monza, was cornering so hard that its right rear wheel suddenly gets some serious positive camber.
Nissan Frontier Diesel Prototype, Nashville, July 2014Enlarge Photo
As automakers seek to improve fuel economy across their entire lineups, diesel engines are beginning to trickle down from heavy-duty, full-size pickup trucks to lighter-duty models. Buyers will soon have multiple diesel options in the half-ton sector, as mid-size pickups seem poised to become the next domain of diesel.
If there's one area that electric vehicles still lag their combustion counterparts, it's in the distance you can travel between stops to recharge. It's one area that companies producing fuel-cell vehicles will be keen to capitalize on too, and Hyundai has proven that long-distance ability with its Tucson Fuel Cell.
Tesla is such a hot topic in the electric car world at the moment, the name itself has almost lost meaning. Luckily, Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk still appreciates the value of the Tesla name. To prove it, he's donating $1 million, and a Tesla Supercharger, to a museum dedicated to the company's namesake: Nikola Tesla.