Tesla Model X testing on California road, Mar 2015 [Twitter: ModelXnews]
From The Car Connection:
If you love the idea of owning an electric vehicle from a start-up automaker but find the Tesla Model S too small for your rugged/schleppy/soccer-parent lifestyle, we have good news: according to Bloomberg, Tesla is on-track to deliver its new Model X crossover within the next three or four months.
Mid-size sedans tend to fit to a template quite closely; while sedan shoppers all want a sedan that looks distinctive and stylish, they also want one that doesn’t stray too far from an established formula—with a comfortable ride, a spacious interior, good safety, and plenty of features.
For some who want a little more driving excitement but don’t have the garage space—or the spare budget—to have a separate sports car in the garage, the idea of the hot hatch makes a lot of sense.
2016 BMW 7-Series
BMW’s new 7-Series has finally landed, bringing with it more space than ever, loads of technology and powerful yet frugal engines. The car arrives in U.S. showrooms this fall, as a 2016 model, initially in 740i and 750i xDrive variants and with the long-wheelbase bodystyle only. Pricing will start at $82,250 for the 740i and $98,350 for the 750i xDrive.
Honda gave us an early look at its all-new, 10th-generation Civic with the debut of the Civic Concept at the recent 2015 New York Auto Show. Although a coupe, the concept hinted at the styling expected for new versions of the Civic sedan and Civic Coupe and possibly a new Civic Liftback model.
Well, that escalated quickly. Just a month after Tesla Motors announced its new Powerwall battery-based energy storage system, Mercedes-Benz has come out with a rival system that's already available for pre-order in Germany. Deliveries are scheduled to commence in September and right now availability outside of Germany is yet to be announced.
2015 Volkswagen e-Golf - Long-term test car
Up until now, our experience with the Volkswagen e-Golf—the all-electric version of the VW Golf—has been a series of cursory encounters. In a short first drive last spring, followed by another city-loop drive, and then a brief-but-telling back-to-back drive with the Golf TDI, we found the e-Golf to be a surprisingly complete, compelling car on its own.
When General Motors CEO Mary Barra announced the Chevrolet Bolt Concept, it changed everything in the world of electric cars. She said it would have a battery range of 200 miles, cost $37,500 before incentives--putting it squarely into the mass market--and be sold in all 50 states.
Used electric cars starting to enter the market in higher numbers, letting advocates suggest that if the purchase price of a new plug-in car is too high, buyers can look at used options. The usual metric of retained-value calculations can be tricky for plug-ins, though because most buyers take advantage of Federal income-tax credits of $2,500 to $7,500.