2014 Ford Fusion Hybrid
Because of that, we're providing you this (hopefully insightful) wrap-up and roundup of auto-related news from the past week, looking back. May it inspire you to take that next step—or at the very least, a pleasant Sunday drive.
Here it is, The Week in Reverse, for June 13, 2014:
First off, it was a somewhat embarrassing week for Ford Motor Co., as the automaker made a blunder—a couple of mistakes, really—in calculating fuel economy on several of its small cars and hybrids, and so it's making good to current owners (possibly nearly 200,000 of them) with payments of up to $1,050.
GM did announce another round of recalls this week—including nearly 465,000 U.S. Camaros for an issue similar to the company's ignition-switch problems. And a huge recall of more than 844,000 Toyota, Lexus, and Pontiac models going back ten years or more aims at fixing flawed airbag components.
It's not even summer yet, officially, but it's definitely the time of year when new-model-year announcements and information are rolling in almost daily. This past week, we brought you details of the redesigned 2015 BMW X6, talked more doors for the MINI Cooper, and ran through details for the eagerly anticipated Alfa 4C sports car. And we added a Video Road Test of the luxurious 2015 Hyundai Genesis.
This was a big week for Tesla Motors in the news, as the California company is finally on the up-and-up for sales in New Jersey. Then CEO Elon Musk made a radical move, stepping back from its patents and welcoming collabopration—if not quite going 'open source.'
What car should you really drive? Anyone and everyone who drives probably asks themselves this question at some point—if not every time you read about cars or entertain the thought of a new one (because many of us think of the car-repair process as more painful than going to the dentist). We think you'll get some amusement—and possibly some insight—out of our new survey tool, which sends you out with an answer in hand.
And GM dropped horsepower figures for its upcoming Chevy Corvette Z06. At 650, it's the automaker's most powerful car ever. May the horsepower be with you as you head out this weekend.