The 2015 Toyota Tundra is not a primary player in the ultra-competitive pickup world. In fact, it’s more of a loyalty offering to Toyota fans—it’s not winning away many buyers from Ford, GM, or Ram trucks. Although it doesn’t stand out in any of the categories that pickup buyers are keen on, a range of updates to last year’s model help it compete on the upscale end of things.
What would a world without auto dealerships look like? A generation ago, the question would've seemed absurd, but today, we may be on the way to finding out.
Ford has announced five different safety recalls, affecting a total of 200,000 vehicles, including some Ford F-150, Flex, Transit, and Transit Connect models. Four of the five issues are new and affect those models, while the fifth revisits repairs on a previous issue affecting several older models.
Volvo V60 Cross Country
Volvo has revealed its all-new V60 Cross Country ahead of the vehicle’s debut later this month at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show. It’s similar in concept to the Subaru Outback and Audi A4 Allroad in that it offers buyers the option of going off-road without them having to resort to a more conventional SUV.
Audi is set to reveal a concept at the upcoming 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show that lays out the design strategy of its new design chief Marc Lichte, who only took over the design reins at the German automaker late last year. The concept is thought to be in the form of a grand four-door coupe.
A facelifted version of the Porsche Panamera was only introduced last year, but development of a successor is well underway, as evidenced by the previous sighting of test mules and now some prototypes.
2015 Chevrolet Volt
Now that the 2015 model year is fully upon us, the decade is half-over. And those kinds of milestones always lead writers to look back and assess how far we've come.
The electric-car sales figures for October showed that one single 2015 Volkswagen e-Golf was delivered to a buyer last month,--even though the car hasn't yet arrived at the VW dealers that will initially offer it. But that single electric Golf hatchback turns out to be a special case.
The battle between Tesla Motors, which sells its electric cars directly to customers over the Internet, and the nation's car dealers--which want to make that practice illegal--has raged for four years. Now, it seems to be starting to breed a wider conversation about the role of franchised dealers.