Cars that function autonomously—that truly drive themselves—remain some years away; yet today, Tesla Motors [NSDQ: TSLA] released several key technologies that are essential building-block technologies for getting there.
Whether you're talking about the hatchback or sedan, the design, or the experience in the driver's seat, the 2016 Mazda 3 remains one of the most distinctive cars in the compact-car class.
When you think of eco-friendly car companies, you may not immediately think of Volkswagen. But that could change if policies proposed by the new Volkswagen Brand Board of Management come to fruition.
2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE450 AMG 4Matic
Mercedes-Benz has today unveiled the GLE450 AMG 4Matic. It joins the growing range of AMG sport models that already includes the GLE450 AMG 4Matic Coupe and C450 AMG 4Matic models. The AMG sport cars sit between the most potent of the standard Mercedes models and the dedicated Mercedes-AMG offerings.
BMW has already taken the wraps off its second-generation X1 compact crossover, but there’s a new seven-seat variant that’s yet to be revealed. This may look like one of the many prototypes that we previously saw for the five-seat X1, but if you look closely you’ll notice that this particular tester is longer.
Just as it has the SPA platform for its larger models, Volvo is working on another modular platform just like SPA that it will use for its range of next-generation compact cars. This second modular platform is called the Compact Modular Architecture, or CMA for short, and the first model to be based on it will arrive in 2017.
2016 Zero electric motorcycle range
The 2016 lineup of electric motorcycles from Zero Motorcycles features two new models, faster charging, extended range on all models and a new motor that won’t overheat. With continual effort form its R&D department, the entire lineup goes farther, and the company's sportiest bikes go faster for longer without the overheating issues riders have experienced in previous years.
Toyota was shy on specifics when it unveiled the redesigned 2016 Prius hybrid in Las Vegas last month. But at an event in Japan this week, the carmaker was more generous with details on the upcoming fourth-generation Prius.
As home-solar installations proliferate, electric utilities are worried about what affect that could have on their business. There's been much talk among analysts about whether distributed generation of electricity from renewable sources could threaten the traditional grid-based model.