From The Car Connection:
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.