Kia's known for its economy cars, and even for its mid-size Optima sedan--but luxury? That's an unknown, at least until next year, when the South Korean automaker adds a hulking luxury sedan to its lineup.
Three years ago, Lincoln promised a range of new cars and crossovers. The first of six new vehicles to come was a crossover concept introduced at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show--and now, the concept is now a production vehicle headed for showrooms in 2014 as the 2015 Lincoln MKC.
In America, auto sales are going strong, and as we mentioned earlier, they're poised to get even stronger this weekend. But if you're one of the many folks planning to purchase a new vehicle today -- or any day -- spend some time preparing for your shopping excursion.
2014 Saab 9-3 Aero
With NEVS’ acquisition of Saab and some of the bankrupt automaker’s few remaining assets complete, the consortium, made up of Chinese and Japanese interests, is now focused on the launch of its first Saab model. That first model is a 9-3 Aero sedan, production of which commenced today at Saab’s plant in Trollhättan, Sweden.
Co-star of the Fast & Furious franchise, car guy, and actor Paul Walker is dead after a fiery car crash in Santa Clarita, California today. Walker was 40. Walker's spokesperson has officially confirmed the death via the actor's Facebook fan page and Twitter.
Buyers of the new BMW 2-Series will soon be able to give their cars the M treatment, with BMW launching at this week’s 2013 Essen Motor Show in Germany a range of upgrades for the car lifted straight out of the M Performance parts catalog. M Performance is BMW’s mid-range performance branding, with the upgrades slotting in between those from the simpler M Sport range and those found on dedicated M cars.
2014 Lexus CT 200h
Lexus recently displayed its updated CT 200h compact luxury hybrid at the Los Angeles Auto Show, and now full details of the refreshed model have landed. It's disappointing news for anyone hoping for efficiency improvements though, as the 2014 CT 200h features identical economy to the 2013 model.
How much would you be prepared to pay for an electric car with similar day-to-day capabilities to your existing vehicle? $40,000 perhaps? Maybe you'd shoot lower for a $30,000 sticker price.
The month wouldn't be complete without another battery technology breakthrough, and this time it's the turn of lithium-sulfur technology. Researchers at the US Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory are experimenting with a lithium-sulfur battery design with twice the specific energy of lithium-ion batteries, and a usefully long life under repeated charging and discharging cycles.