From The Car Connection:
The Chevrolet Impala has a classic name, but until the current version emerged, we'd have called it anything but a classic. The badge limped along through the last decade on a tired-looking derivative of one of GM's oldest platforms.
Every week, it seems like some pundit or other predicts the death of the auto industry. Most of the reasons they cite seem far-fetched, but a few have a ring of truth about them.
Taking on the Chevy Corvette at its own game is a difficult thing. After all, the Corvette’s been doing it, and doing it well, for more than 50 years. But Mercedes-AMG’s new GT sports car might just have what it takes.
Teaser for 2017 Mitsubishi Montero Sport debuting at 2015 Bangkok Auto Show
Mitsubishi has been hinting at a return of a legend, its Montero nameplate, for a couple of years, and now a teaser shot for a new Montero, a new Montero Sport to be exact, has surfaced. In other markets the SUV will be known as either a Challenger or Pajero Sport.
Audi unveiled the ninth generation of the A4 a couple weeks ago, and today the upscale brand made more information clear about how the U.S. models will be equipped to a small group of journalists in Ingolstadt, Germany. We were lucky enough to be among them.
Last October, we received the shock news that Fiat Chrysler Automobiles was planning to spin off Ferrari, which this week FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne said he thought was worth “at least” $11 billion as a standalone firm. Most of the new shares in Ferrari will end up in the hands of existing FCA shareholders, namely the Agnelli family-controlled Exor.
2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE550e Plug-In Hybrid
Until quite recently, luxury SUVs and plugging in didn’t really go together. Yet with the introduction of the 2015 Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid, the upcoming 2016 BMW X5 xDrive40e, and soon the 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE550e Plug-In Hybrid, this corner of the market has entirely changed.
As the cost of advanced technologies to reduce the carbon footprint of vehicle travel rises, car companies have increasingly partnered to share those technologies and their costs. Now BMW has shown the first hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle prototypes from its partnership of several years with Toyota, which aspires to be the global leader in fuel-cell cars just as it is today in hybrids.
New cars and trucks are selling at a blistering pace in the U.S. right now, adding to a seventh consecutive year of volume growth for the industry. But with half the year gone, sales of plug-in electric cars are in something of a holding pattern despite a surge last month, pending the launch of two key products.