2016 Toyota Prius, global launch, Las Vegas, Sept 2016
The 2016 Toyota Prius made an official first appearance this past week—and with a new shape, more finely detailed design details, and a heightened driving experience, the fourth-generation Prius looks poised to stay relevant—and a leader in some respects, in a market where the Prius is no longer the green car.
Early this morning, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles issued three separate recalls covering a range of Ram trucks from the 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015 model years. Together, they affect well over 1.3 million pickups in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and in other countries around the globe.
The world is full of very strange people, and CEOs are no exception. Many top executives seem to focus so much of their energy inward, they're unwilling or unable to read the writing on the outer walls of their lush, gilded bubbles.
Teaser for Nissan Gripz concept debuting at 2015 Frankfurt Auto Show
A couple of weeks ago, we heard that Nissan was tossing up a radical change in direction for its next Z car, one that would ditch the conventional sports car format in favor of a small, sporty crossover body. As previously reported, the logic behind such a move is to get new, younger enthusiasts interested in the brand.
Shelby American’s first vehicle based on the Ford’s sixth-generation Mustang was the Shelby GT, which is built from a donor Mustang GT and delivers in excess of 600 horsepower thanks to a custom supercharger upgrade for the car’s 5.0-liter V-8. But as Shelby expands outside of North America for the first time, the tuner has had to accept that in some markets there is significant demand for its products minus the V-8 engine.
Hyundai’s all-new, sixth-generation Elantra compact sedan has been revealed in the automaker’s home market of Korea, where the car is known as an Avante. It will make its global debut at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show in November and reach showrooms sometime in 2016, as a 2017 model.
2016 Chevrolet Volt, first drive in California, July 2015
Chevrolet is rolling out its redesigned 2016 Volt, but initially it will be available only in limited numbers. The second-generation Chevy Volt will be sold in certain regions this year, but it won't be available nationwide until next year.
For green-car fans, the all-new Volvo XC90 seven-seat luxury crossover is most notable for its upcoming plug-in hybrid model. But that version will be just a small part of its sales, of which a majority in North America will have the company's supercharged and turbocharged Drive-E engine.
With European prestige-car makers scrambling to respond to the unexpected and disruptive arrival of electric-car company Tesla Motors, a host of luxury car brands have been showing off their electric concepts. The coming Frankfurt Motor Show will see design studies by Audi and Porsche, possibly others, that point toward future all-electric vehicles with ranges of 250 miles or more.