We've all encountered rude drivers. Some have behaved aggressively, cutting us off and flipping the bird as they zoomed ahead. Others have been more passive, like the kind of self-absorbed numbskulls who putter along in the passing lane, leisurely enjoying a cell phone chat.
When we look back on 2014, the automotive story of the year will almost certainly be the huge number of recalls -- particularly, those from General Motors, intended to fix faulty ignition switches.
To help promote its all-new NX, Lexus has teamed up with actor, musician and wannabe designer Will.i.am, real name Williams Adams, to develop an “extremely stylized” version of the compact crossover. The custom NX will be revealed on September 24 at Paris Fashion Week and later appear in a television spot in Europe alongside its creator.
Mercedes-Benz’s current E-Class has been on sale since the 2010 model year, and for 2014 it was given a major update. In Mercedes tradition, we’ll see the next generation of the popular luxury sedan introduced for the 2017 model year, meaning it will be unveiled in the next 18 months or so.
Audi was one of the pioneers in the area of autonomous cars, having built a TT prototype that in 2010 tackled Colorado’s Pikes Peak Hill Climb entirely on its own. A year ago Audi demonstrated some of its more advanced autonomous car technology; called Piloted Driving by Audi, the technology included a system that allowed a car to park itself in a garage and a system that could handle traffic jams.
Renault Eolab Concept for future plug-in hybrid vehicle, 2014 Paris Motor Show
French carmaker Renault hasn't sold cars in North America in almost 30 years. But as half of the global Renault-Nissan Alliance--and Europe's earliest volume electric-car maker--its cars and concepts are important to watch for clues to future Nissan offerings.
The 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class compact sedan isn't much like the other cars that wear the three-pointed star badge. In contrast to most Mercedes models sold in the U.S., the CLA is small, based on a front-wheel drive platform, and powered exclusively by four-cylinder engines.
In the state-by-state war between Tesla Motors and car-dealer associations, the electric-car maker has now added another victory to its tally. Massachusetts' highest court ruled this week that the state dealer association does not have standing to sue Tesla for operating one of its company-owned stores there.