From The Car Connection:
The 2015 Hyundai Sonata is a completely different vehicle than last year's model. Now fully redesigned and in its seventh generation (the third built in Alabama), the Sonata competes against a squadron of well-qualified family four-doors—Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, Nissan Altima, Ford Fusion, and Chevy Malibu—as well as the VW Passat, Kia Optima, Chrysler 200, Subaru Legacy and Mazda 6.
April tends to be the time of the year when business at dealerships really starts to perk up. And after a particularly harsh winter for some regions of the U.S., it’s likely that rebound will happen with a little more uptick than usual.
Safety is no longer a back-burner priority for new-car shoppers. Across most types of vehicle shoppers, it’s one of the top concerns. Many families, as we recommend, start their shopping process by weeding out potential vehicles that simply don’t make the cut in occupant safety.
Lyons Motor Car LM2 Streamliner concept, 2015 New York Auto Show
When Lyons Motor Car failed to show up as promised with its LM2 Streamliner supercar concept at the April 1 opening day for the 2015 New York Auto Show, many put this down to the whole affair being one giant April Fools’ Day stunt. After all, Lyons was only established in 2011 and yet is promising a 1,700-horsepower supercar that can shatter acceleration and top speed records.
Mercedes-Benz’s SLK-Class is now one of the oldest models in the automaker’s fleet, having been on the market in its current form since the 2012 model year, but soon an updated version will arrive on the scene, and in line with Mercedes’ new naming strategy it will be classified as an "SLC".
When Maranello revealed its latest hypercar would be called "LaFerrari," the reaction from auto media and fans alike was withering.
Elio Motors 84 mpg 3-wheeler [Image: Elio Motors]
Startup automaker Elio Motors put on its first-ever car-show press conference last week, taking the last slot on Thursday's media schedule at the New York Auto Show. Founder and CEO Paul Elio appeared at a simple podium in front of a bright-orange prototype Elio three-wheeled vehicle.
It hasn't been a particularly good year so far for electric-car purchase incentives. As feared by advocates, last week Georgia passed a highway-funding bill that killed its $5,000 income-tax credit for purchase of a battery-electric vehicles.
Electric cars may still make up just a tiny percentage of the vehicles on world roads, but the batteries that power them are already a big business. As with most industries, that occasionally means big lawsuits, as companies try to protect valuable intellectual property they've spent years or decades refining.