The Mazda 3 has always been one of the best-driving compact cars. It’s never been what we'd call beautiful--but now it has to be, now that it's up against eye-catching shapes like the Hyundai Elantra, Dodge Dart, and especially the Ford Focus and its hot ST edition. Does this year's new Mazda 3 finally pull it all together?
Tesla is America's golden child. Its Model S sedan is hugely popular (and hugely stunning). Its earnings and stock prices are up.
Hard as it may be to believe, the 2014 Chevrolet Volt is now four years old, and it's part of the landscape on the roads and on showroom floors at Chevy dealers. Its radical and revolutionary design--the first plug-in car offered by General Motors since its EV1 a decade ago--still isn't widely understood, and sales volumes have stayed steady despite a substantial price cut for this year.
Gumpert Tornante by Touring Superleggera
After coming close to becoming yet another failed supercar startup, Germany’s Gumpert Sportwagenmanufaktur, the maker of the Apollo range of supercars, managed to secure a new investor, and at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show last week rolled out a brand new model.
A senior Volkswagen official has confirmed that the company is pressing ahead with a new generation of its Phaeton flagship sedan but has no intention of reviving plans for a small sports car based on 2009’s BlueSport concept car despite recent reports saying otherwise.
Lamborghini has revealed the 2014 calendar for its one-make Blancpain Super Trofeo racing series, which is expected to be the last season before a new race car based on the Huracán LP 610-4 arrives. Currently, Blancpain Super Trofeo drivers use a Gallardo-based car, called the Gallardo LP 570-4 Super Trofeo, but a Huracán-based car will start testing midway through the 2014 season.
Magna-Steyr Mila concept - 2014 Geneva Motor Show
Major manufacturer launches are only one part of the annual Geneva Motor Show. Tear yourself away from the glitzy stands and the smiling girls who recline against the newest launches, and a host of smaller companies showing eco-friendly concepts is always present.
The green car scene has never had more variety than it does today. You could, if you wanted to, walk into a dealership today and buy regular gasoline and diesel cars, natural gas vehicles, hybrids, plug-in hybrids, electric vehicles and soon, hydrogen cars.
Scrambling to do a bit of damage control after news broke last month that production of its Insight hybrid will end this year, Honda issued a press release touting its renewed commitment to hybrid technology.