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.
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
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 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.
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
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.
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.
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.