Ford Compact Pickup, Distracted Driving, Porsche 911 GTS: What’s New @ The Car Connection

October 8, 2014
From The Car Connection:

Ford Reconsidering A Compact Pickup, Ranger Redux For U.S.

Could compact trucks be on the verge of catching a second wind in the U.S.? After several years of saying that the Ranger wouldn't be replaced in the U.S. by a new compact truck, it appears that the automaker might be having a change of heart—and at the very least investigating the possibility of a new small pickup.

Toyota, Hyundai Ace AAA's Distracted Driving Study; Mercedes, Ford, Apple Fare Poorly

The National Transportation Safety Board may have been right all along, and former Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood may have to eat a little crow. That's because the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety has released data from a new study that confirms what the NTSB and others have already claimed -- namely, that hands-free calls can be just as distracting as those made while drivers hold a device.

2010-2012 Ford Fusion, Lincoln MKZ, 2011 Mercury Milan Investigated For Power Steering Loss

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has launched an investigation of five recent Ford, Lincoln, and Mercury models. According to a bulletin posted to the agency's website, more than 500 owners have complained that these vehicles have lost power steering, and a few allege that the loss resulted in a collision.

2015 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS

2015 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS

From Motor Authority:

2015 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS Revealed

The Porsche 911 family has been expanded with new Carrera GTS coupe and Carrera GTS Cabriolet models, which are aimed at buyers seeking something sportier than the regular Carrera and Carrera S models but aren’t quite ready to hop into the hardcore GT3 or Turbo.

2016 Jaguar XF Spy Shots

Jaguar’s next-generation XF sedan has been spotted testing once again, this time wearing the sheet metal and lights of the final production version. Earlier shots showed the car as a test mule, with the new mechanicals hidden beneath the makeshift body of the current XF.

More Powerful Venturi America Electric Crossover Debuts In Paris

If you happen to be in the market for an all-electric beach buggy, then Venturi, based in Monaco, may have you're ideal ride. It’s called the America, even though it isn’t officially sold here, and at the 2014 Paris Auto Show last week its maker Venturi rolled out an even more powerful version of the car.

2015 Subaru Legacy 2.5i, Catskill Mountains, NY, Sep 2014

2015 Subaru Legacy 2.5i, Catskill Mountains, NY, Sep 2014

From Green Car Reports:

2015 Subaru Legacy Gas Mileage: We Test Both 2.5i And 3.6R

Subaru sales have surged over the last decade, taking the quirky Japanese brand from its Snow Belt niche into more and broader markets. This year, the redesigned 2015 Subaru Legacy is a viable contender to go head to head with the most mainstream mid-size sedans: Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, Ford Fusion, Hyundai Sonata, and more.

2017 Nissan Leaf: Will Less 'EVness' Make It More Appealing?

What will the next-generation 2017 Nissan Leaf electric car look like? No actual photos, or even teasers, have yet been released. Despite that, we're gradually getting a better picture.

Volvo's Triple-Turbo Four-Cylinder Engine: 450 HP From 2.0 Liters

As carmakers downsize internal-combustion engines, they have to balance increased efficiency with the performance that many buyers demand. Volvo is proving that there is plenty of performance to be wrung out of its four-cylinder Drive-E engines.

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