The U.S. luxury-vehicle market is changing—and downsizing—rapidly; and the Audi Q3, the Mercedes-Benz GLA, and the upcoming, redesigned 2016 BMW X1 are some of the best examples of this trend.
America is great at many things, but one area where we could stand some improvement is our transportation infrastructure. According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, our nation's crumbling highways and byways cost drivers more than $500 per year -- and the situation's likely to get worse.
We are poised at the brink of a revolution. Dramatic as that may sound, it's true: autonomous vehicles are coming, and when they finally arrive, they will upend whole industries, force cities to reevaluate the way they earn money, and of course, bring about radical changes in the way that we get from place to place.
2015 Lamborghini Huracán first drive
Lamborghini has some busy weeks ahead of it. The Italian manufacturer of some of the world’s finest supercars will unveil its highly anticipated Aventador LP 750-4 SuperVeloce Roadster in less than a fortnight at the 2015 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, and we hear that there may be a new limited edition model along the lines of the previous Reventón and Veneno supercars shown in Monterey as well.
It was only last week that online retail giant Amazon confirmed that former Top Gear hosts Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May would be starring in a new motoring show on its Amazon Instant Video streaming service. The deal, estimated to be valued at a staggering $250 million, also included former Top Gear producer Andy Wilman, who like Hammond and May chose to quit the show after Clarkson was fired.
The fourth-generation Toyota Prius has been spotted testing in prototype form, revealing a familiar form for the latest version of the world’s most popular hybrid. However, while the exterior is likely to feature only evolutionary changes (much of the design is dictated by aerodynamics), under the skin we’re expecting plenty of advancements.
2016 Chevrolet Volt
The 2016 Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid has been rated by the EPA at 53 miles of electric range, a nice boost on Chevy's earlier promise of "at least 50 miles." The EPA also rates the 2016 Volt at 42 mpg combined when the engine is running, and 106 Miles Per Gallon Equivalent combined when operating solely on electricity.
Fresh off a strong showing at the Isle of Man TT electric motorcycle race, Victory Motorcycles has announced the 2016 Victory Empulse TT. This is the first foray into electric bikes by an established motorcycle manufacturer, which is exciting--and demonstrates the company is serious about producing electric motorcycles.
Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) rules require carmakers to achieve a U.S. fleet average of 54.5 mpg by 2025--meaning about 40 mpg on the window sticker. That has automakers working to improve their vehicles' fuel efficiency dramatically, including many more plug-in hybrids.