2016 Acura ILX - First Drive, February 2015
The Acura ILX has, up until now, required the use of a lot of qualifiers. That’s because while this compact entry-luxury sedan was quite well designed—and it could be quite appealing—the lineup has consisted of a mishmash of models, not all of them all that sporty or luxurious.
Over the weekend, news broke that Apple is seriously investigating the possibility of creating an all-electric, autonomous car. People the world over seemed shocked and awed, but among those who've been paying attention, the revelation isn't too surprising.
Safety might have been seen as a distant priority in the past for those buying pony cars like the Ford Mustang; but today there’s no reason to compromise on occupant protection in the interest of more muscle.
Kia Sportspace concept, 2015 Geneva Motor Show
Kia’s current Optima was all-new for the 2011 model year so we’re about due for a replacement. That replacement will be introduced later this year as a 2016 model, but we’ll get our first look at the car at next month’s 2015 Geneva Motor Show in the form of this thinly-veiled concept version, dubbed the Sportspace.
The all-new, sixth-generation Chevrolet Camaro is so close we can almost smell its fumes. Just days after a teaser shot was presented at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show and a photo turned up depicting what’s purported to be the car’s headlight, we now have a new photo showing one of the car’s body dies.
Lexus has stated it will unveil a new concept at next month’s 2015 Geneva Motor Show but beyond this confirmation we don’t have any further details on the vehicle. That may not be entirely accurate, however, as an image has surfaced that’s alleged to depict the new Lexus concept.
Mitsubishi Concept GC-PHEV
At today's Chicago Auto Show, Mitsubishi showed off a new concept for a full-size SUV with a plug-in hybrid powertrain. Called the Concept GC-PHEV, the large and angular design exercise had previously been seen at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show last fall, but its appearance in Chicago represented its North American debut.
Last month, a Tesla Model S P85D electric car stormed silently to a drag-race victory over a 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat, and became the talk of the Internet. The 691-horsepower all-wheel drive luxury sedan easily outpaced the Hellcat and its 707-hp supercharged V-8 through the quarter mile--proving the potency of the Tesla's electric powertrain.
The Soviets used to call it agitprop--various forms of media and art with an explicitly political message--but now it's paid for by large corporations, to backstop their lobbying efforts. The latest example is a truly delicious little Valentine-theme video that explains how wonderful and lovable fossil fuels are (they're female, it appears).