The best new cars of the 2015 model year are springing to life--cars like the Subaru Legacy, the Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG, and the BMW i8. But what about the walking dead--the cars that are meeting their demise, timely or untimely?
As with many professions, writing about cars has busy seasons and slow ones. Fall, winter, and spring are fast and furious, with countless auto shows demanding coverage and new models rolling into showrooms every day. In summer, on the other hand, we usually see a steep drop in the number and quality of press releases that cross our virtual desks.
U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx made an appearance at the National Press Club yesterday. According to Detroit News, he told the assembled crowd that no one at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has been fired or even disciplined for failing to spot trouble signs at General Motors prior to the automaker's massive, headline-grabbing ignition switch recall.
2015 Buick Envision (Chinese spec)
After a relatively quiet past 12 months, Buick is about to embark on a new model explosion that will see all-new crossover and convertible models added to its lineup. The new crossover has just been revealed in China as the Envision and is due in U.S. showrooms in the second half of 2015, as a 2016 model.
Concept versions of Acura’s second-generation NSX supercar have been hitting the auto show scene since early 2012 but now we finally have our first look at the production version that will be hitting showrooms next year, most likely as a 2016 model. This is still a prototype but it differs to previous prototypes of the car and is almost certainly wearing the design we’ll see on the final product.
The current Lexus LS flagship sedan has been with us since the 2007 model year. It was given a major update for 2013 that will see the car up to the end of its life, expected to be the 2016 model year. The good news is that a new generation of the LS is planned for the 2017 model year.
Tesla Model X at 2013 Detroit Auto Show
Tesla Motors has halted production of the Model S electric car while it upgrades the assembly line for its next vehicle--the Model X crossover. A two-week production hiatus will give the firm enough time to complete a full $100 million upgrade to the plant, before production restarts at increased speed.
It's been a while since full-size trucks have used engines as small as 2.7 liters, but that's exactly what the 2015 Ford F-150 will use when you tick the Ecoboost box in the dealership. It's not just 2.7 liters, of course--you also get six cylinders and two turbochargers, and it's those that Ford says gives it capability and performance to match the V-8 variants.
The last time you could buy a gallon of gasoline in the U.S. for 75 cents was around the late 1970s. If you own an electric car today though, the price you're paying for electricity is equivalent to about 75 cents per gallon.