2015 Chevrolet Volt
From The Car Connection:
Together, the Chevrolet Volt and the Nissan Leaf are the two best-selling plug-in electric cars in the U.S.--and have been since both cars went on sale in December 2010.
The 2016 Audi S3 is one of the first members of a new family of Audi small cars, now in their second year on sale. They are all badged A3 in some way or another. The family will eventually include the e-tron hatchback wagon, with plug-in hybrid technology; and it is currently offered as the cute A3 Cabriolet convertible; and the four-door A3 sedan, outfitted with diesel or gasoline engines.
Sergio Marchionne hasn't exactly been quiet about his desire to merge Fiat Chrysler Automobiles with another car company. Last summer, he floated the idea of joining forces with Volkswagen, but that deal was subsequently sunk.
2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R
Ford will have a new performance bargain on its hands if leaked pricing information for the new Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 proves accurate. When it goes on sale later this year, the latest Mustang variant will bring to the table a new 5.2-liter V-8 with a flat-plane crank, unique body modifications, more than 500 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque, plus much, much more—including perhaps a very reasonable $49,995 price tag.
The 2015 Consumer Electronics Show Asia is taking place this week in Shanghai, China, and there to give a keynote address on the opening day was Audi CEO Rupert Stadtler who talked about the car becoming an integral part of the networked world, and who also presented a version of the new R8 e-tron electric supercar equipped with Audi’s upcoming autonomous driving technology.
Buyers looking for an entry-level luxury coupe are going to be spoiled for choice come the 2016 model year as there are some exciting new entrants on their way. At the 2015 Detroit Auto Show we were given a preview of Infiniti’s next Q60 coupe in the form of a thinly-veiled concept and now we have our second look at the next-generation Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe thanks to the recent sighting of a near-complete prototype.
2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid - First Drive, May 2015
What if you could restore your charge in a plug-in hybrid, on the fly, just by driving? It’s a feature that’s unparalleled in mass-market plug-in hybrids—that in the 2016 Hyundai Sonata Plug-In Hybrid you can enter not the charge-sustaining mode that some models have, but a mode that actually regains charge.
Electric cars are still a rarity in most of North America, and for that matter most of the world. But California, which has led automotive trends pretty much since the Second War, is different.
The 2016 Toyota Mirai hydrogen fuel-cell sedan will go on sale in limited regions of California later this year, but it's already available in Japan. On a recent trip to Japan, your correspondent had a chance to head to downtown Tokyo to take a look at the combination of a dedicated Mirai showroom and hydrogen fueling station that Toyota recently announced.