2017 Smart Fortwo Cabriolet - First Drive, January 2016Enlarge Photo
Following closely on a full redesign this past year, the 2017 Smart Fortwo Cabrio arrives to bring a little more open-air enjoyment to the lineup. The Fortwo Cabriolet isn’t the only model that had been carried over in the previous body style for 2016; an all-new 2017 Smart Fortwo Electric Drive is also expected to arrive later in the model year.
Auburn-Alabama, Green Bay-Chicago, Coke-Pepsi, Hatfields-McCoys. These are some history's greatest rivalries, and in the automotive world nothing surpasses F-150 versus Silverado. It's actually been a one-sided fight as the Ford F-150 has been America's best-selling pickup truck for 39 consecutive years, and it's our pick as well.
It's nearly official: 2015 was likely the busiest year ever for automotive travel in the U.S. According to the Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration, data from the end of November put America well within range of record territory.
2017 Porsche 718 Boxster SEnlarge Photo
From Motor Authority:
Back in December Porsche announced that the updated Boxster (and Cayman) will adopt the 718 name and swap the current naturally aspirated flat-sixes for turbocharged four-cylinder engines, albeit still with a flat "boxer" design. At the time, we could only speculate on the power output, and now we know.
Buyers of GMC’s Sierra lineup of pickups looking for a little extra off-road capability can look forward to the new Sierra All Terrain X. The special edition truck goes on sale this spring, as a 2016 model.
These are the first spy shots of a prototype for the new Rolls-Royce Phantom. We had previously only seen test mules but now prototypes wearing the final body are out and about. The car is based on a new aluminum spaceframe architecture that will eventually underpin Rolls-Royce’s entire range, including an upcoming SUV, and is due on the market in early 2018.
2016 Tesla Model SEnlarge Photo
From Green Car Reports:
Electric-car maker Tesla Motors has been quite busy over the past few months. Among other accomplishments, the company released its long-awaited "Autopilot" autonomous-driving feature and other new automation capabilities via over-the-air software updates.
After years of enthusiastic support, China's national government may soon discontinue its electric-car subsidies. Seeing electric cars as a way to solve the country's serious air-pollution problem, China's local, state, and national governments enacted various generous incentives to entice an indifferent public.
Like many automakers, Volkswagen Group has had a research facility in Silicon Valley for many years. In 2011, Its Electronics Research Laboratory--first launched in 1998--tripled its size and moved northward from Palo Alto to Belmont. It now has almost 100 people.