2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class - First U.S. Drive, August 2014Enlarge Photo
The 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class isn't just departure from what the C-Class has been. It feels like a clear break with the past; and that's a very good thing. Mercedes-Benz has added to its model line, then rejiggered it where the C-Class is a better fit for today’s market. There’s the new coupe-like CLA sedan, and the upcoming GLA small crossover. That made more room for what’s not quite a radical remake, but a serious rethink for the C-Class -- and a result that will simply be a better fit for the U.S. market.
On January 31, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration launched an investigation of the 2008 Honda Accord sedan. At the time, the agency had received a total of 28 complaints from consumers who claimed that the Accord's side curtain and/or torso air bags had deployed when they'd shut the car doors. Apparently, NHTSA's Preliminary Investigation turned up enough evidence to warrant further study of the Accord, because a bulletin posted to NHTSA's website (PDF) indicates that the probe has been upgraded to an Engineering Analysis.No, You Can't Drive Better Than An Autonomous Car
Some people are happy about the slow, steady arrival of self-driving cars. Others are terrified. But in one new survey, people on both sides of the divide say that they're unlikely to let autonomous cars do all the driving, despite humankind's demonstrated penchant for accidents. The survey was conducted by the folks at Insurance.com, who polled 2,000 licensed drivers in June 2014.
2015 Aston Martin V12 Vantage S RoadsterEnlarge Photo
The fastest roadster Aston Martin has ever built will join the family on August 14 as part of the festivities leading up to the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in Monterey, California. Powered by a 565-horsepower 6.0-liter AM28 V-12 engine, the V12 Vantage S Roadster joins the hardtop V12 Vantage S coupe in the range, offering its top-down take on a 201-mph top speed and 0-60 mph acceleration in just 3.9 seconds.
The mind-boggling speed of Hennessey Performance Engineering’s Venom GT is well-established. But for John Hennessey and crew, 270 mph just isn’t enough. Now they’re shooting for 290 mph. How? With a modified and updated version of the Venom called the Venom F5.
The racetrack isn't the natural habit of a Land Rover, but the upcoming 2015 Range Rover Sport SVRis a very special Land Rover indeed. The British carmaker decided to tease the Internet with the sound of the SVR roaring down a track's main straight ahead of its August 14 unveiling at the 2014 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. Not surprisingly, it sounds pretty mean.
2013 Hyundai TucsonEnlarge Photo
Whoever invented the crossover must have been a marketing genius. Few segments have grown as quickly over the last decade than these SUV-like cars that offer greater utility without the efficiency sacrifices of a larger vehicle. Which are most efficient? We've picked the ten best fuel-sippers in the compact crossover class. There are a few surprises here and the omission of a few--like the Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V--that you may have expected to do better.
Electric-car advocates often take it as an article of faith that electric propulsion will one day compete directly with vehicles powered by fossil fuels. Many would go further, arguing that electric cars are already competitive with those using an internal-combustion engine, or ICE, in the consumer marketplace. But for battery-electric cars to compete directly, they will need to be as good as--and probably better than--their ICE counterparts on most of the key metrics by which consumers judge cars.Buying A New Car Is Greener Than Driving An Old One...Really
You've probably heard it at some point: A friend claims his older vehicle is far greener than the new car with much higher fuel economy you just bought. That's because, he says, the old car didn't require all the energy and natural resources your car consumed as it was built. But is that older car really greener? The short answer: No.___________________________________________