Nine-Speed Autos, 2016 Mazda 3, 2017 Mercedes E-Class: What’s New @ The Car Connection

July 8, 2015

From The Car Connection:

2016 Mazda 3 Review

The 2016 Mazda 3 remains one of the most distinctive cars in the compact-car class—and that holds true whether you're talking about the hatchback or sedan, the design, or the experience in the driver's seat. 

Jeep, Chrysler, Acura 9-Speed Automatics: Supplier ZF Offers Tips

The arrival of nine-speed automatic transmissions—with some hiccups in tuning—in several mass-market models this past year has led some to wonder whether more speeds is necessarily a step forward.

Love It Or Hate It, The Jeep Cherokee's New Look Isn't Going Anywhere

As much as humankind hungers for variety and change, there's a part of us that appreciates consistency. We cherish having our tailgate cookouts at the same spot before every home game, we love the soup that our great aunts make for Thanksgiving, even though it's not as good as it used to be -- all the little traditions that keep the changing world in balance.

2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class in camouflage, Tech Day presentation, Germany, Jul 2015

2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class in camouflage, Tech Day presentation, Germany, Jul 2015

From Motor Authority:

2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class To Expand Safety, Self-Driving, Self-Parking Capabilities: Video

The 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class sedan will be officially unveiled next January at the Detroit Auto Show, but from the number of spy shots already published, it's pretty obvious that it'll have a strong family resemblance to the S-Class and C-Class before it.

2017 Lamborghini Aventador LP 750-4 SuperVeloce Roadster First Look

It was less than a fortnight ago that Lamborghini CEO Stephan Winkelmann confirmed an open-top version of the Aventador LP 750-4 SuperVeloce was coming, and now we have our first look at the beast courtesy of peerless automotive photographer Jordan Shiraki.

2017 Ford F-150 Raptor Attacks The Dunes

When it debuted at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show back in January, the 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor looked like a serious piece of kit. But a Raptor needs to do more than look good on an auto show stand, so Ford did what many potential buyers are probably planning to do: hammer it through the desert in the southwestern United States.

2012 Fisker Karma

2012 Fisker Karma

From Green Car Reports:

New Fisker Targets Mid-2016 For U.S. Production Of Luxury Plug-In Hybrid

Production of the Fisker Karma plug-in hybrid will resume next year, according to a new report. The "new Fisker" is making preparations to restart production in California, a major milestone in its comeback from bankruptcy.

BMW To Add Another Plug-In Hybrid? If So, Not For U.S. Sale

BMW already has four plug-in hybrids in production or on the way, but apparently that isn't enough for the Bavarian carmaker. At its Innovation Days 2015 event in Miramas, France, BMW unveiled a prototype of yet another possible plug-in hybrid.

New Stella Solar Electric Car Produces More Energy Than It Uses

Back in 2013, a group of students from the Eindhoven University of Technology built a solar-powered car for the World Solar Challenge race held in Australia. Called Stella, the Dutch vehicle was built to somewhat resemble a conventional family car.

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