2015 Honda Fit, test drive around Ann Arbor, Michigan, Apr 2014Enlarge Photo
The 2015 Fit is a completely new, third-generation version of Honda's subcompact five-door hatchback, and it packs more interior volume into the same footprint, and sports crisper, more aerodynamic lines and a new and more fuel-efficient powertrain. Most important, the Fit retains the "Magic Seat" rear seat that gives it simply unparalleled interior flexibility.
For many years, SUVs and crossovers have been strong sellers in the U.S. -- heck, they're one of the reasons that Volkswagen hasn't been able to keep up with its competitors. Still, sales of SUVs and crossovers have never quite managed to outpace those of the reliable sedan. Until now.
General Motors is recalling 2008 Chevy Malibu, Pontiac G6, and Saturn Aura for electric power steering (EPS) problems.
2015 Ford MustangEnlarge Photo
The 2015 Ford Mustang is a fine-looking automobile to most eyes, and it moves the nameplate forward in important ways: independent rear suspension across the line, a turbocharged four-cylinder performance version, and more. But many of the key specs have been only vaguely outlined—until today.
The 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class is a brilliant car, but the variant we’re most interested in is yet to make its debut. We’re of course talking about the version built by the tuning gods at Mercedes-AMG: the all-new C63 AMG.
Last summer, Nissan said it would launch a vehicle with revolutionary autonomous car technology by 2020, saying that the technology at present can detect and respond to certain emergency situations and that in the future it will allow drivers to use their time behind the wheel more productively. Nissan went on to state that the technology will also eventually allow the aged and those with disabilities to gain "true independence and mobility".
Airbus E-FAN electric aircraftEnlarge Photo
Aircraft--larger ones, at least--are surprisingly fuel-efficient ways of moving people around. They are however quite noisy, and aren't subject to nearly as many pollution controls as road vehicles, so there's still plenty room for improvement.
The 2015 Lexus NX is the first compact crossover from Toyota's luxury brand, and it's been a long time coming. Unlike the mid-size Lexus RX, which helped to launch the luxury crossover category 15 years ago, the smaller NX faces established competitors from the German luxury brands.
Two years ago, we described the difference between high-volume electric cars and "compliance cars"--those built in very limited numbers solely to meet California rules that require a certain number of zero-emission vehicles to be sold each year.