2014 Fiesta ST, Highest Value Cars, Dartz Prombron Black Shark: What’s New @ The Car Connection

October 15, 2014
From The Car Connection:

2014 Ford Fiesta ST: Quick Drive

With nearly 200 hp for just 2,700 pounds of city-savvy hatchback goodness, and a base price of $22,195, the Ford Fiesta ST has to be one of the best-value driver's cars available today.

Volkswagen, Audi Top Other Brands In 2014 Total Value Index

For new vehicle shoppers, Volkswagen and Audi offer the highest value in the industry. So says one of the leading annual metrics that assess vehicle value.

27 Deaths Linked To Ignition Switch Flaw In GM Vehicles, Count May Rise Before December 31 Cutoff

When consumers affected by faulty ignition switches began filing claims against General Motors on August 1, there were only 12 deaths linked to the malfunctioning parts. According to Detroit News, however, at least 27 fatalities and 26 injuries have now been attributed to the flawed switches -- and those numbers could grow.

Teaser For Prombron Black Shark by Dartz

Teaser For Prombron Black Shark by Dartz

From Motor Authority:

Dartz Teases Mercedes GL-Based Prombron Black Shark, Promises 1,500 HP

Latvia’s Dartz is back with an all-new model for its Prombron brand based on the bones of the Mercedes-Benz GL-Class full-size SUV. However, don’t call the new Dartz an SUV because the company says it’s much more than that.

2017 BMW 5-Series Spy Shots

BMW’s current 5-Series has been around since the 2011 model year, and given a mid-cycle update for 2014. Now we have spy shots of a test mule for the car’s successor, which we expect on the market sometime in 2016, as a 2017 model.

Marchionne Promises Not To “Screw Up” Ferrari DNA Despite Increasing Production

Almost immediately after it was announced that current Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne would be replacing longstanding Ferrari chairman Luca di Montezemolo, there were fears production would be ramped up and the exclusivity of the brand tarnished.

2015 Toyota Prius Liftback

2015 Toyota Prius Liftback

From Green Car Reports:

Toyota Racks Up 7 Million Hybrids Sold Since 1997

Toyota not only invented the modern hybrid-electric vehicle, but it has sold more hybrid cars than any other automaker. Now the Japanese company has crossed a new milestone.

Volkswagen: Plug-In Hybrids A 'Bridge' To Pure Electric Cars In Future

It's often said that plug-in hybrids are the "gateway drug" to pure battery-electric vehicles, exposing drivers to the electric-car experience without looming range anxiety. Now it appears that a member of the powerful board of global automaker Volkswagen Group agrees.

Further Crackdowns On Diesel Emissions Only A Matter Of Time?

Both the U.S. and Europe have implemented tighter emissions or fuel-economy standards for gasoline-powered vehicles, but Europe's legion of diesel cars and trucks may get even closer scrutiny. As concerns over urban air quality grow, European analysts see diesel-exhaust emissions as the next major target of regulation.

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