Toyota Fuel Cells, New OnStar Services, Mercedes F015: What’s New @ The Car Connection

January 6, 2015
From The Car Connection:

Toyota Frees Up Patents, Pushes For Hydrogen Fuel-Cell Future

With its upcoming 2016 Mirai sedan, Toyota is betting big on hydrogen fuel-cell technology—and a scenario that will include the hydrogen infrastructure that makes vehicles like it a convenient, viable option for those who want to drive free of tailpipe emissions.

OnStar Adds High-Tech Tools To Predict Maintenance Needs & Offer Insurance Discounts

America's biggest auto event -- the North American International Auto Show, better known as the Detroit Auto Show -- kicks off in just a few days, but General Motors is getting a jump on the fun by announcing two upgrades to its onboard infotainment service, OnStar.

GM's 2014 Recall Tally Tops 30 Million With Recall Of Cadillac Escalade, Chevrolet Silverado, More

Last Wednesday, December 31, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration confirmed General Motors' final recall for 2014. Affecting more than 92,000 Cadillac, Chevrolet, and GMC vehicles around the globe, the recall pushes GM's total recalls for 2014 north of the 30.4 million mark.

Mercedes-Benz F015 Luxury in Motion concept, 2015 Consumer Electronics Show

Mercedes-Benz F015 Luxury in Motion concept, 2015 Consumer Electronics Show

From Motor Authority:

The Future Arrives Early With Mercedes-Benz F015 Autonomous Car Concept: Video

The new autonomous car concept Mercedes-Benz has been teasing for this week’s 2015 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas has been revealed as the F015 Luxury in Motion, a self-driving, fully-connected, hydrogen-electric plug-in hybrid that offers a vision of driving in the future.

Audi, BMW And Mercedes-Benz All Achieve Record U.S. Sales In 2014

Germany’s three major luxury automotive brands experienced record sales in the U.S. in 2014, with BMW ending the year as the most successful. In 2014, BMW sold a staggering 339,738 vehicles here, up 9.8 percent on the record 309,280 it sold in 2013.

Jay Leno Encounters The Boys In Blue In The 2015 Corvette Z06: Video

We’ll be bringing you our first drive report on the all-new 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 very soon, but Jay Leno already had some time behind the wheel and has posted up a video of his experience on his YouTube channel.

Tesla Model X

Tesla Model X

From Green Car Reports:

Will Tesla Model X Success Depend On Women Buying The Electric SUV?

There's no denying that SUVs and crossover utility vehicles are popular--and getting more so, if 2014 sales charts are any indication. So the upcoming Tesla Model X all-electric seven-seat SUV should do very well when it finally hits the market this year after numerous delays.

Ford 'EcoBeast' Trademark: The Performance Side Of Green?

The drive to raise new-car fuel economy in the face of tightening global emissions standards has brought a glut of green brand names for fuel-saving technologies and powertrains.

Plug-In Electric Car Sales Continue Rise In 2014: 100,000-Plus Last Year

Plug-in electric car sales for calendar year 2014 rose above the 100,000 level, the third annual increase in full-year sales in the U.S. since modern electric cars first went on sale in December 2010. The highest-selling electric car in the world, the Nissan Leaf, set a new U.S. record for plug-in sales of a single vehicle in one year, logging 30,200 deliveries during 2014.

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