From The Car Connection:
Until this year, the mid-size pickup market was almost completely stagnant for the better part of a decade. The Ford Ranger died, and the Nissan Frontier and the Toyota Tacoma were hardly updated. Now, GM is shaking things up with a pair of new mid-size trucks--the GMC Canyon and this, the new 2015 Colorado.
Volkswagen has announced that in about two years it will launch a three-row version of its Tiguan compact crossover, for sale in the U.S. market and built in Mexico. To achieve that, the company is investing another one billion dollars into its Puebla plant, and for tooling that will be used by the plant. It’s anticipated to employ 2,000 additional people in Mexico due to the move.
Our roads are in terrible shape, and we are largely to blame. All that could soon change -- not at the federal level, where partisan politics are perhaps at their worst, but at the state level. As Auto News reports, this summer, Oregon will launch a program called OReGO that allows residents to choose between paying a state gas tax or paying a fee based on the number of miles they drive.
BMW app displayed on the Apple Watch on 9-9-14 (via The Verge)
From Motor Authority:
What does Carroll Shelby have to do with Swiss watches? We’re really not sure—but we’re sure it has to result in a better product than the compromised and overpriced Apple Watch. Baume & Mercier, a Swiss watchmaker (and part of the Richemont Group) will partner with the Shelby brand for a limited-edition run of watches celebrating the 50th anniversary of the 427 Shelby Cobra’s unveiling as well as its first winning of the FIA Sports Car World Championship.
If you’re a fan of formula cars, or just want a minimalist, utterly pure driving experience, then you might want to check out the BAC Mono. There are no DVD players or Burmester audio systems here. It’s a pure, simple, functional performance car.
Acura’s RLX flagship sedan has been around since the 2014 model year. Launched as the replacement for the RL, the car offers a decent hit of luxury and in Sport Hybrid trim you also snag V-8-like performance combined with the thirst of a four-cylinder. For the 2016 model year, Acura has implemented a few tweaks to improve the overall package.
Solar Impulse 2 solar-powered airplane
From Green Car Reports:
The history of aviation is full of circumnavigations of the Earth meant to prove the mettle of pilots and technology. Now, it's time for solar power to be tested in this way.
After more than four years of modern electric-car sales, it's clear that some areas are more favorable for plug-ins than others. Whether it's local incentives, available charging infrastructure, or just a cultural climate more attuned to green-car ownership, some parts of the U.S. have embraced electric cars more than others.
It's common for automakers to preview new styling or technology elements with concept cars, but now tire companies are doing the same with their wares. At the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, Goodyear unveiled a pair of new concept tires--both of which should be of particular interest to drivers of green cars. The first concept features the innocuous-sounding name BHO3, and the more interesting ability to generate electricity.