In February 2014, General Motors recalled 780,000 older Chevrolet and Pontiac cars to replace flawed ignition switches. It seemed like a very large recall, but we had no way of knowing just how large it would become.
All signs point to Google being a massively disruptive force in the auto industry, challenging beloved brands around the globe with its own line of intelligent, self-driving vehicles.
Among the growing plethora of compact hatchbacks, the Volkswagen Golf is the endurance champ, now more than 40 years old over seven generations. While the Mazda 3 is only on its third generation, Mazda has sold other small hatchbacks, so both are contenders of long standing on the sporty end of the small-car scale.
2016 Ford Focus RS, 2015 New York Auto Show
Ford is about to answer the dreams of many automotive enthusiasts here in the United States by bringing over the 345-horsepower Focus RS. The car goes on sale in the spring, as a 2016 model, and will start at $36,605, including an $875 destination charge.
Former Top Gear hosts Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May are confirmed to be starring in a new automotive-themed show being produced by Amazon Prime for its online instant video service. Now we have an idea what the new show might be called.
Tesla is currently the go-to machine for those looking to add electrified style and performance in their life. Other automakers have, of course, noticed and now more offerings are on their way.
2016 Chevrolet Cruze unveiling, Detroit, June 2015
For one reason or another, U.S. buyers have never quite taken to hatchbacks the way buyers in other markets have. So when carmakers introduce new compact cars in the U.S., they typically lead with a sedan model--and sometimes don't offer a hatchback at all.
North American buyers are eagerly anticipating the debut late next year of the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV, a 200-mile subcompact electric car promised to sell for $37,500 before incentives. That same car will also like be sold in Europe, under GM's German Opel nameplate--effectively replacing the Opel Ampera, a Chevy Volt-in-drag.
We're now in the middle of National Drive Electric Week, the largest ever, with events planned for almost 200 cities. But yesterday Los Angeles managed to pull off a double-header: Its event brought together the first production versions of the new 107-mile 2016 Nissan Leaf and a running prototype of the upcoming 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV.