2016 VW Jetta, 2017 Hyundai Elantra, Rolex 24 At Daytona: What’s New @ The Car Connection

February 1, 2016

From The Car Connection:

2016 Volkswagen Jetta Review

The 2016 Volkswagen Jetta is the best-selling VW in the States. It's a four-door sedan only these days, its five-door wagon having joined the Golf lineup. The Jetta still has fine handling and safety in its corner, but it's beginning to look quite dated.

2017 Hyundai Elantra Limited First Drive Video

The Hyundai Elantra has been a big success story for the South Korean automaker. A decade ago, it wasn't even mentioned in the same breath as Civic and Corolla.

Hyundai Adding Up To Four New Crossover SUVs In "Permanent Shift"

When FCA chairman Sergio Marchionne said last week that crossovers were the future--and killed the Chrysler 200 and Dodge Dart mid-size cars--he wasn't alone in seeing a utility-heavy future.

Number 2 Tequila Patrón ESM Ligier-Honda JSP2 prototype at 2016 Rolex 24 at Daytona

Number 2 Tequila Patrón ESM Ligier-Honda JSP2 prototype at 2016 Rolex 24 at Daytona

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From Motor Authority:

Honda-Powered ESM Prototype Powers To 2016 Daytona 24 Hours Victory, Corvette Takes GT Class

The number 2 Tequila Patrón ESM Ligier-Honda JSP2, driven in the premier Prototype class by Pipo Derani, Johannes van Overbeek, Scott Sharp and Tequila Patrón CEO Ed Brown, was the winning car at this past weekend’s Rolex 24 at Daytona, the opening race of the 2016 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

2017 BMW 1-Series Sedan Spy Shots

A prototype for BMW’s upcoming 1-Series sedan has been spotted yet again. Yes, after watching Audi and Mercedes-Benz have all the fun in the luxury compact sedan segment with their respective A3 and CLA, BMW now wants a piece of the action.

Another ‘Bandit’ Pontiac Firebird Crosses The Auction Block, Raises $550K

There’s been a bit of a frenzy in the market for Pontiac Firebird Trans Ams connected to the 1977 classic Smokey and the Bandit, though one could say it’s simply a reflection of the current mania in the world of collector cars. The mania certainly hasn’t hit its peak as we’ve just witnessed one of the original movie promo cars selling at auction for $550,000.

2015 Volkswagen Golf TDI SE

2015 Volkswagen Golf TDI SE

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From Green Car Reports:

Supplier Bosch Defends Diesels, Blames VW, Investigates Internally

Automotive supplier Bosch says it had nothing to do with Volkswagen's use of "defeat device" software to cheat on emissions tests. Almost immediately after news of the scandal broke in September, it emerged that Bosch had supplied some components in the affected TDI diesel models, including control software.

Test Tracks For Elon Musk's Hyperloop: Now There Are Three!

Elon Musk may not have much interest in making his futuristic "Hyperloop" transportation system a reality, but there are plenty of others who do. Since Musk first announced the concept, multiple entities have stepped forward to build functional versions of the Hyperloop--which uses capsules suspended in tubes to transport passengers at high speeds.

Self-Heating Lithium-Ion Battery Could Cut Winter Range Woes

For some electric-car drivers--and potential buyers--range loss in cold winter weather is a significant concern. "Range anxiety" is already an issue for many consumers, and the potential for a loss of up to one-third of the total rated range in cold weather compounds the problem.

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