2014 may go down in history as the Year of the Recall. Every time you refreshed your favorite news feed, it seemed like another automaker was asking owners to bring in vehicles for service.
It doesn't take any stretch of the imagination to understand why vehicles like the Audi Q5 and BMW X3 are so popular today. Compact luxury crossovers are testimonials to economic realities, as families have turned to more sensibly sized vehicles with less potential for burning up the budget when gas prices rise again; and they're more manageable, and more enjoyable to drive than many of the larger alternatives.
Over the past several years, the Hyundai Elantra and Toyota Corolla couldn't have been more emblematic of how far the Korean automakers have come in a short time, while some long-respected Japanese brands have towed an especially conservative line.
Koenigsegg Agera R
Koenigsegg is bringing a new, presumably more potent version of its Agera supercar to next month’s 2015 Geneva Motor Show. The new version will be called the Agera RS and right now all we have is the design of the car’s badge.
These are the first photos of the updated 2016 Lotus Evora in testing ahead of its unveiling at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. Revealing a car that keeps the current Evora’s proportions and major styling cues, the photos also show some of the updates to the look—and hint at more.
Remember the six Lightweight E-Type continuation models Jaguar was working on with its new performance and personalization department Special Vehicles Operations? Well, the automaker may be about to embark on similar project, this time for the sultry XKSS.
Kia Trail'ster Concept teaser image, 2015 Chicago Auto Show
Kia has now issued another teaser photo of the "rugged runabout" crossover utility vehicle concept it will unveil next week at the Chicago Auto Show, and it now has a name: the Kia Trail'ster Concept. The photo shows the rear of the vehicle on a dirt road, with an upswept black bumper shield and the same extroverted five-spoke wheel design as in the first teaser, which showed the front of the car in a snowstorm.
The 2016 Toyota Mirai hydrogen fuel-cell car hasn't yet gone on sale--it'll arrive in limited regions of California in the second half of this year--but already it's been the focus of a great deal of attention. As Toyota's first production hydrogen vehicle, and the cornerstone of its future plans for zero-emission vehicles, the company often compares the Mirai to the first generation Toyota Prius sold from 1997 through 2003.
Europe is set to adopt tougher emissions standards intended to produce results closer to what cars achieve in real-world driving. And despite strong efforts by carmakers to delay or dilute the proposed new testing rules, they are expected to take effect in 2017.