Consumer Reports has released the results of its Annual Auto Reliability ratings and rankings, and it's likely the results were met with a collective wince over at Toyota. That's because while the automaker—and its Lexus luxury counterpart—still ranked above all others in reliability, the consumer publication revoked its 'recommended' status for the best-selling Camry, as well as the Toyota RAV4 and Toyota Prius V hybrid.
Volvo built its reputation for safety and versatility here in the U.S. with its wagons, but for the time being there aren't any traditional wagons available in the current lineup. Instead, while we wait for the V60 wagon to arrive early in calendar-year 2014, we get the 2014 XC70.
Planet Earth is becoming homogenized. Thanks to advances in communications and transportation, boundaries between countries, continents, and cultures that were once firm are increasingly fluid.
Kia K900 preview
The Hyundai side of South Korea's largest automaker has had a notable measure of success with its large, luxurious Genesis sedan, and soon, the Kia portion of the empire will offer its own: the K900, set to debut at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show next month. In Kia's home market, the large luxury sedan is known as the K9 or Quoris; here in the U.S., it had been rumored to be named the K9, but the official announcement today names it the K900.
Jaguar’s mid-size luxury sedan, the XF, made its market debut in 2009 as the replacement for the S-Type. It was given an update for 2012 and a year later saw all-wheel drive added to its list of options.
The all-new 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class has been revealed in full thanks to these leaked photos. They show the car’s front styling for the first time, revealing a look that’s clearly been inspired by the elegant lines of the larger S-Class and one that should prove popular with buyers of small luxury sedans.
2014 Scion iQ
Scion's slow-selling iQ minicar might not be long for this world, and the news has come from an unusual source. Aston Martin chief Ulrich Bez has revealed that the Cygnet was canned because Toyota itself is stopping production of the iQ--sold in most markets under the Toyota brand, but badged Scion in the U.S.
Like many countries, Germany has set itself some pretty tough targets for encouraging electric vehicles. The government aims to have a million plug-in electric vehicles on the country's roads by 2020. While electric-vehicle sales in Europe are increasing, that's quite some work to do by the end of the decade.
California's dream of BYD electric buses may be starting to head toward nightmare territory. The state aggressively courted the Chinese electric-car maker, hoping it would create jobs and put electric vehicles on the road. But last month, California fined BYD almost $100,000.