2015 Ford Edge, Initial Quality Study, Grand Cherokee Trackhawk: What’s New @ The Car Connection

June 19, 2015

From The Car Connection:

2015 Ford Edge Review

Diversifying its lineup of utility vehicles was one of the smartest product moves Ford made in the past years. The Ford Edge, one of those calculated moves into a growing crossover market, has really paid off—pulling in shoppers who wouldn’t quite want the brand’s Explorer or Escape SUVs, and those who decided they didn’t need squared-off ruggedry (and faux-ruggedry) to get a higher seating point and a little more comfort and versatility.

JD Power 2015 Initial Quality Study: Good News For U.S., South Korea, Europe, Bad News For Japan

Research powerhouse J.D. Power has released its 2015 Initial Quality Study of U.S. vehicles, and it's full of interesting info for anyone in need of a new car.

Supreme Court Nixes Texas Confederate-Flag License Plates

Specialty license plates have become big business in recent years, but they've brought their share of troubles, too. While some plates feature innocuous school crests or happy, friendly natural landscapes, others court controversy with politically charged slogans.

2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT

2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT

From Motor Authority:

Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk/Hellcat Confirmed

Rumors have been swirling, and earlier this month we talked about the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk receiving the Hellcat powertrain. Our sources have confirmed that it’s coming, and have also confirmed some details.

Extreme Mercedes-Benz G500 4x4² Confirmed For Production

Mercedes-Benz is expanding its G-Class lineup with a new variant aimed at the serious off-roader. The vehicle is the awesome G500 4x4², first shown as a concept at March’s Geneva Motor Show and now headed for production.

2017 Buick Encore Spy Shots

Buick’s Encore subcompact, launched in early 2013, arrived just in time to take advantage of a splurge in demand for smaller, more fuel-efficient crossovers. Buick sold 138,218 of them globally in 2014, a staggering 42 percent rise on sales numbers just one year prior, and this year is shaping up to be even better.

2016 BMW X5 xDrive 40e

2016 BMW X5 xDrive 40e

From Green Car Reports:

2016 BMW X5 xDrive40e Plug-In Hybrid SUV Starts At $63,095

The 2016 BMW X5 xDrive 40e plug-in hybrid SUV won't arrive in U.S. showrooms for a few more months, but we now have some new details--including pricing information. The plug-in X5 will start at $63,095 (including destination), making it the second most expensive X5 model, behind only the $71,695 X5 xDrive 50i with its V-8 engine.

Small Cars Now Deliver Fuel Efficiency of Big Motorcycles: How'd That Happen?

How are fuel-efficient are some of today's smaller cars? It turns out that they now actually equal the fuel economy of larger motorcycles--which is pretty amazing for a four-seat vehicle weighing more than a ton.

Tesla Success Shows 'Weakness' Of CA Zero-Emission Rules, Company Says

California's zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) rules will become more stringent soon, extending to more carmakers and requiring more battery-electric or hydrogen fuel-cell cars to be sold. While the new set of regulations won't take effect until 2018, carmakers have already requested changes that could make the rules more lenient or easier to comply with.

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