From The Car Connection:
The 2015 MINI Cooper hardtop is the third generation of the "new MINI" that launched more than 10 years ago, bringing the spunky British rollerskate-on-wheels to the U.S. for the first time since 1967. But now it comes in two versions: not only the familiar three-door hatchback, but a five-door hatchback as well. The only MINI offered that way to date has been all-wheel-drive Countryman model.
Back in April, we reported that British marque Aston Martin might be building a new factory -- one in the U.S. -- and that several Southern states were aggressively courting the luxury automaker. Though Aston hasn't yet confirmed its plans, reports claim the company is leaning heavily toward setting up shop in Alabama.
In May, Takata finally fessed up: the Japanese parts supplier admitted that its airbags were fatally flawed and that automakers should launch nationwide recalls to replace the devices with others less likely to explode upon deployment.
Koenigsegg One:1 at the track
Witness the power of the world’s first ‘megawatt’ car, the Koenigsegg One:1. The 1,341-horsepower supercar has just smashed the world record for the 0-300-0 kmh (0-186-0 mph) acceleration and brake test, requiring just 17.95 seconds to achieve the feat.
When Mercedes-Benz starting leaking info about all the technological highlights of its new, sixth-generation SL-Class back in 2011, we were thrilled, especially when we learned that the car’s aluminum-intensive structure was to net weight savings of around 220 pounds.
Porsche recently made a Facebook post highlighting its participation in this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans, where its latest 919 Hybrid LMP1 race cars finished first, second and fifth overall. The Facebook post talked about Porsche’s strong performance in Le Mans qualifying but more importantly it included three photos that represent the company’s past, present and future.
2015 Volkswagen e-Golf - Long-term test car
Several European countries--including Norway, The Netherlands, and France--aggressively promote electric cars as a way to reduce vehicular carbon emissions. But despite its large domestic car industry, Germany is not among them.
Detroit-area residents occasionally see camouflaged development prototypes from GM, Ford, and Chrysler testing on public roads. Similarly, Southern California residents often see Toyota, Honda, and Hyundai prototypes pass them clad in disguise.
There are relatively few confirmed facts relating to the 200-mile Tesla Model 3 electric car, but one known item is that it will be offered as a sedan. However, that may not be the only version of the $35,000 Model 3 Tesla decides to build.