2016 Infiniti Q50, 2017 Kia Sportage, 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class: What’s New @ The Car Connection

March 9, 2016

From The Car Connection:

2016 Infiniti Q50 review

The successor to the G37, the Q50 was completely redesigned for the 2014 model year. Now, just two years later, it gets a new engine lineup, a revised version of its "steer-by-wire" Direct Adaptive Steering system, and an available adjustable suspension.

2017 Kia Sportage review

The 2017 Kia Sportage isn’t quite the most spacious, the sharpest-performing, or the most fuel-efficient vehicle in its class. But it’s shaping up to be the one that’s just right—sporty-driving, but without a sacrifice in ride; versatile and accommodating in all the right ways; and far quieter and more refined than its predecessor.

2015-2016 Dodge Dart recalled for unexpected 'torque event'

The Dodge Dart may be headed for the graveyard (again), but it's not going gently into that good night. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is recalling more than 1,200 Darts from the 2015 and 2016 model-years because of a software issue that could result in an unexpected "torque event".

2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class (E300)

2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class (E300)

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From Motor Authority:

2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class first drive

The car world is hurtling off on new and exciting and in some cases, highly speculative vectors. From Tesla to Google to Apple, a batch of new auto arrivals are owning the tech mantle without having built generations of backstory. Or even a business case.

2018 Audi A5 Sportback spy shots

Audi is working on a new generation of its A5 and once again there will be three separate bodystyles: coupe, convertible and hatchback.

Rimac Concept_One electric supercar debuts in production trim, is joined by track-focused model

Croatian firm Rimac first presented the Concept_One at the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show. Even back then the company, which at the time few knew about, was confident that its electric supercar would enter production, complete with a promised four-motor, 1,088-horsepower output and 82-kilowatt-hour battery.

Mercedes-Benz energy storage system

Mercedes-Benz energy storage system

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From Green Car Reports:

Daimler to spend $500 million on electric-car battery factory

As global automakers gear up to produce higher volumes of plug-in electric cars, their battery strategies vary. Some buy in both lithium-ion cells and complete battery packs, some purchase cells but design and assemble them into packs in-house, and some own part of the cell maker.

Maserati Levante SUV to get plug-in hybrid version via Pacifica minivan

At the 2016 Detroit Auto Show, Fiat Chrysler unveiled its first production plug-in electric model, the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivan. Perhaps not surprisingly, its plug-in hybrid powertrain won't be unique to the Pacifica, though.

VW delayed on diesel cheating to try to cut deal with regulators, lawyers say

On September 3, Volkswagen admitted to U.S. regulators that it had used illegal "defeat device" software in hundreds of thousands of its TDI diesel cars. But that information did not become public until September 18, when the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced VW's cheating in a press conference.

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