2015 BMW X6 xDrive35i - Quick Drive
Is the BMW X6 a niche vehicle, with space and versatility compromised in favor of a more rakish roofline? Some will rush to that conclusion. But anyone who makes such claims is more than a little misguided—and they clearly haven’t crawled around inside the latest X6, let alone taken one for a drive.
The chances of dying in a car crash, if you’re behind the wheel of a newer vehicle, have dropped dramatically over the past several years. In just three years, studying a corresponding four-year window of late-model used vehicles, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) found that the driver death rate dropped 42 percent.
Last summer, General Motors created a compensation fund for motorists and passengers who'd been injured or killed in accidents linked to the automaker's flawed ignition switches. By December, the fund's administrator, Kenneth Feinberg, had approved a total of 42 wrongful death claims and 58 to cover injuries.
Tesla Model S P85D, 2015 Detroit Auto Show
With an established 0-60 mph time of just 3.2 seconds, Tesla says its all-wheel drive Model S P85D electric car is already the quickest production sedan in the world, but it may be about to get even quicker. CEO and co-founder Elon Musk tweeted yesterday that a software update for the P85D is in the works, and that it will improve acceleration times.
Nissan has released the first photo of its all-new race car that will compete this year in the premier LMP1 category of the World Endurance Championship, which also means racing alongside the likes of Audi, Porsche and Toyota at the prestigious 24 Hours of Le Mans. Nissan first confirmed its intention to compete in WEC a year ago, and soon the covers will come off the automaker’s first top-level endurance racer since 1999’s R391.
Spyker was finally forced into bankruptcy late last year by a Dutch court after it was determined the struggling sports car brand, already behind in its payments, wouldn’t be able to pay back creditors. Fast forward to today and Spyker is no longer in bankruptcy thanks to a bridging loan that will keep the company going for the time being.
BMW i3 and Volkswagen e-Golf electric cars using Combined Charging System (CCS) DC fast charging
Last week at the DC Auto Show, BMW, Volkswagen, and ChargePoint jointly announced they would install about 100 DC fast chargers for electric cars. Their goal is to create “Express Charging Corridors,” on both the East and West coasts, by the end of this year.
Most car buyers don't think a lot about transmissions. In the U.S., more than 9 out of 10 of them opt for an automatic, and that's that. But transmission technology turns out to be one of the major ways automakers are boosting gas mileage to meet tougher fuel-economy rules.
It's been roughly eight years since stricter Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) diesel-engine emissions standards took effect. After a hiatus, significant numbers of cleaner diesel engines are now being sold each year in new vehicles on U.S. roads.