From The Car Connection:
While Volvo launched a new wagon for 2015 (it's called the V60), the role that its big, boxy, slab-sided wagons used to play in U.S. family garages has been taken over by a more modern iteration of the utility vehicle. It's the 2015 Volvo XC60, the third member of a trio of mid-sized Volvos built on the same underpinnings that forms the core of the Swedish brand's lineup in North America.
Not all vehicles with the same shape and exterior measurements are created equally—or built with the same accommodations inside. If you’re exceptionally tall, it’s quite likely you can cite vehicles from your past (or ones you’ve recently test-driven) for which this was painfully true.
Jaguar Land Rover is recalling select Land Rover LR4 SUVs from the 2015 model year. According to a bulletin from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, some of those vehicles suffer from a software flaw that could make them harder to control and increase the risk of accidents.
2016 Mercedes-Benz G-Class
We recently reported that Mercedes-Benz, in an effort to curb the emissions on its G-Class, was planning to replace the current 5.5-liter V-8 in the G550 (a G500 in other markets) with a smaller yet more powerful 4.0-liter mill. Well, the German automaker has now confirmed the news while also announcing a series of other updates for the 2016 model year.
Honda’s all-new, 10th-generation Civic is just around the corner, and this time around we’ll be seeing more than just sedan and coupe versions. Honda has confirmed that the Civic Hatchback sold overseas will be part of the U.S. lineup, including the car’s potent Type R variant, but there could be yet another bodystyle in the works.
Pagani’s planned 100-car production run for the Huayra supercar will soon come to an end (all 100 build slots are already sold), after which the company will turn its attention to an open-top Huayra Roadster that will also be built in a limited run of 100 cars.
2016 Chevrolet Volt
The 2016 Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid will be priced from $33,995 when it goes on sale sometime this fall, a GM executive said this morning. The price, which includes delivery, is $1,175 lower than that of the outgoing 2015 Volt.
Tesla Motors strives not only to build electric cars that compete against established luxury brands, but also to provide the service that customers in that market tend to expect. However, there's one area Tesla hasn't gotten involved in so far.
Since it bought the remains of Fisker Automotive last year, Chinese parts giant Wanxiang has promised to restart production of the Karma extended-range electric sedan. And while Fisker hasn't quite been brought back to life yet, it is at least beginning to twitch.