Record Fuel Economy, Lower Blood Alcohol, 2015 Lexus RC F: What’s New @ The Car Connection

September 8, 2014
From The Car Connection:

2015 Buick Verano Review

The Buick Verano was a timely addition to GM's premium-brand lineup. Audi and Mercedes-Benz were cued up to deliver their own compact sedans, and both chose a sporty direction for their entry-level offerings.

New Vehicle Fuel Economy Hits 25.8 MPG In August, Another All-Time High

In October 2007, when the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute began tracking the fuel economy of new vehicles sold in the U.S., it stood at 20.1 mpg. As of last month, the figure had reached 25.8 mpg, and it's possible that as newer, more fuel-efficient 2015 models roll out, we could see averages closer to 26.1 by October -- a full six-mpg gain in seven years.

NTSB Pushes To Lower Blood Alcohol Limits For Drivers To 0.05, Restaurant Industry Freaks Out

Traffic fatalities have been on the decline for several decades, but despite such improvements, alcohol has remained a contributing factor in roughly one-third of roadway deaths. For example, in 2001, 32 percent of America's 42,196 traffic fatalities were linked to drunk driving.

2015 Lexus RC F

2015 Lexus RC F

From Motor Authority:

2015 Lexus RC F First Drive

At some point in the early 2000s, Lexus approached peak grandma. Cars like the SC convertible and the ES sedan were arguably its best efforts, just when Cadillac was brewing up a revival and BMW putting out some of its best machinery before electronic controls became a generation's voodoo curse.

Cadillac Autonomous And Connected Car Tech Coming For 2017: Video

Cadillac has confirmed that from the 2017 model year some of its vehicles will be available with autonomous and connected car technology. The announcement was made by General Motors CEO Mary Barra last night at the Intelligent Transport System (ITS) World Congress in Detroit.

2016 BMW 7-Series Spy Shots

These are the latest spy shots of a prototype for the 2016 BMW 7-Series, the next generation of BMW’s flagship sedan. The automaker is taking an evolutionary approach with the styling of its next 7-Series, code-named the G11, although the latest prototype does reveal a slightly sporty demeanor characterized by its low and wide front.

2015 Chevrolet Colorado Z71

2015 Chevrolet Colorado Z71

From Green Car Reports:

Will Smaller Pickups Be More Popular Than Carmakers Expect?

Sometimes it's the throwaway lines that carry the most interesting news. In a routine report on August sales of new cars and trucks last Wednesday, The Detroit News had an interesting nugget about the upcoming 2015 Chevrolet Colorado mid-size pickup truck.

Carbon Fiber Wheels Proposed To Cut Weight, Boost Efficiency

You probably don't think about your car's wheels that much, but to state the exceedingly obvious they're an essential part of every car. They're also surprisingly heavy, as you'll know if you've ever rotated your tires or had to change to a spare at the side of the road.

Drive Electric Week, Starting Next Monday, Set To Break Records

As an example of how far the reach of electric vehicles has grown, you need to look little further than the growth of National Drive Electric Week. Now in its fourth year, Drive Electric Week began life as National Plug In Day.

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