From The Car Connection:
The 2016 Audi A3 is Audi's main weapon in the growing market of small luxury cars. Though part of a small-car segment, it's far from being a tiny automobile: Thanks to bracket creep, the A3 and its offshoots are about the same size as the first Audi A4 of 20 years ago, a car considered a compact at the time but which has now grown considerably larger.
The Cadillac ELR, GM's extended-range electric luxury coupe, looked promising at first. But the car's roughly $75,000 base price—more than twice that of the Volt—was simply too high.
For doubters, naysayers, and other haters of autonomous vehicles, the past few days have been depressing. Everyone knows that self-driving cars are coming, but these latest developments suggest that they may be running ahead of schedule.
2015 Porsche 911 Carrera Black Edition
There’s a new version of the Porsche 911 Carrera just around the corner but in the meantime dealers still need to move the current model. To help entice buyers to sign up now, Porsche is throwing in a few extras at barely any additional cost with new Black Edition trim.
If you want a little more driving excitement in your life, but you have to keep it practical and sensibly sized for urban commuting, then the Subaru WRX and Volkswagen GTI should be two possibilities near the top of your shopping list.
The 2016 Chevrolet Camaro may just have landed but it’s going to have some tough competition out of the blocks thanks to the Ford Mustang Shelby GT350. The bowtie brand doesn’t have a direct competitor for the Ford just yet, but anyone looking at a loaded Camaro SS will no doubt wonder what the track-focused Mustang is like behind the wheel.
Tesla Powerwall Home Battery
Tesla's Powerwall home batteries comprise a high-profile entry by the electric-car maker into a new segment of the energy industry that's expected to grow rapidly. Energy storage potentially allows homes and businesses to make greater use of renewable sources like solar and wind, and gives them a degree of flexibility in power rates.
The very word "gigafactory" makes Tesla Motors' lithium-ion cell fabrication and battery assembly plant sound quite large. But how huge it actually is can be hard to comprehend.
The top three battery makers for electric cars today are Panasonic, AESC, and LG Chem. But while Panasonic sells largely to Tesla, and AESC is a joint venture half-owned by Nissan, LG sells its cells to more carmakers than any other battery company.