Chevy Equinox, Toyota Avalon, Top Gear Sidelined: What’s New @ The Car Connection

March 11, 2015

From The Car Connection:

2016 Toyota Avalon Review

The Toyota Avalon isn't a lot of things: it isn't overtly sexy, it's not sporty by any stretch, and it doesn't beg you to own or drive it. What it does, is neatly grab all the folks who used to shop Buicks. It has tomb-like quiet down pat, it's comfortable as a pillow-top bed, and it does a fair job of convincing us out of the lower-priced Lexus sedans.

2016 Chevrolet Equinox

Over the past several years, the Chevrolet Equinox has been maintaining a sweet spot in crossover-vehicle popularity—and it’s paid off, in that it’s now Chevy’s second-best-selling vehicle in North America, after only the Silverado full-size pickups. And now the 2016 Chevy Equinox doesn’t get all that much that would disrupt its appeal. Rather, it gets a light refresh that brightens and sharpens this crossover’s exterior look, warms up the cabin look and feel, and makes the feature set a little more straightforward and safety-conscious.

Tesla Gains Ground In The Garden State: New Jersey Pols Support Direct Sales

In Hollywood, celebrities often burst onto the scene, becoming household names overnight. In most industries, though, the road to world domination is strewn with potholes and speed bumps. Tesla Motors' CEO Elon Musk knows that as well as anyone. However, Auto News reports that Tesla may soon overcome at least one of the obstacles in its path. If so, the start-up automaker could be positioned for success in a key U.S. market: New Jersey.

Top Gear's Jeremy Clarkson

Top Gear's Jeremy Clarkson

 

From Motor Authority:

Top Gear’s Jeremy Clarkson Suspended By BBC For Alleged Punch Thrown, No Show This Week

The bravado and buffoonery that have become Jeremy Clarkson’s trademark style have landed him in hot water with the BBC once again—and this time, he’s been suspended. On top of that, Top Gear will not be broadcast this Sunday as a result.

McLaren Says It’s Too Smart To Need An SUV

Like any good racing team, the road-going side of McLaren has thrown down a gauntlet for its major competitors, including Porsche and Aston Martin, declaring a complete lack of any need for an SUV to generate profits. As McLaren Automotive CEO Mike Flewitt told Automotive News (subscription required), his company’s business plan is smart enough to negate the need for a brand-diluting SUV.

Watch The Lamborghini Aventador LP750-4 SuperVeloce Rev & Launch: Video

With 739 real American horsepower and all four wheels driving the 110-pounds-lighter chassis forward, the new Lamborghini Aventador LP750-4 SuperVeloce (SV) can warp spacetime just enough to hit 62 mph in 2.8 seconds.  Here, it looks even faster than that.

2014 BMW i8

2014 BMW i8

From Green Car Reports:

2015 BMW i8 Video Road Test

The BMW i8 is sleek and stunning, but it's no V-8-powered supercar. Is it the car that will give plug-in hybrids sex appeal? We examine its complex appeal in our latest video road test.

2016 Chevrolet Spark Teaser Photo Previews New York Auto Show Debut

The current Chevrolet Spark. launched in North America for 2013, has been a sales success for General Motors. Offered in 71 markets and originating in South Korea, the Spark is also one of the company's most globalized models. That means there will be a lot riding on the tiny wheels of the next-generation 2016 Spark, which Chevy says will be unveiled April 2.

Audi Q6 (Tesla Model X Competitor) Confirmed: Sleek Electric SUV May Beat It On Range

With the all-new 2016 Audi Q7 now launched at last week's Geneva Motor Show, and a diesel plug-in hybrid model to follow, luxury maker Audi can turn its attention to its next utility project. That would be a stylish all-electric crossover SUV that takes direct aim at the Tesla Model X, which is currently scheduled to start deliveries before the end of this year.

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