2016 Ford Escape, 2016 Chevy Colorado, 2016 Audi A3 e-tron: What’s New @ The Car Connection

November 5, 2015

From The Car Connection:

2016 Ford Escape Review

Like most compact crossover SUVs, the 2016 Ford Escape is essentially a tall wagon. It's a sporty one, at that, and that informs everything from the way it drives to the way it doesn't quite coddle its passengers. It's rakish, sporty, and contemporary, and it stands as quite an about-face from what it was a few model years ago, when it made the transition from a much more boxy shape.

2016 Chevrolet Colorado Diesel: First Drive

If you’re one of those guys who’s a little turned off by ever more cumbersome, oversized full-size trucks, the 2016 Chevrolet Colorado Diesel, at least at first glance, looks like the sensible truck that puts a stop to the insanity.

Takata Hit With $200 Million Fine, Loses Honda As Biggest Client, Stops Using Ammonium Nitrate

After years of investigations and a confusing patchwork of recalls to replace its fatally flawed airbags, Takata has finally buckled.

2016 Ford Mustang Cobra Jet

2016 Ford Mustang Cobra Jet

From Motor Authority:

2016 Ford Mustang Cobra Jet Revealed, Runs 8.0-Second Quarter Mile: Video

After taking a break last year, the Ford Mustang Cobra Jet turnkey drag racer is back, and it’s quicker than ever. The latest version, which debuted this week at the 2015 SEMA show in Las Vegas, is based on the sixth-generation Mustang, and according to Ford it’s capable of an 8.0-second quarter mile straight from the factory.

First Two Models In Alfa Romeo’s Brand Renaissance Delayed: Report

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne is notorious for setting goals that end up being pushed back, particularly in the case of the struggling Alfa Romeo brand. So new reports of two upcoming Alfas being delayed don’t come as much of a surprise.

Lexus Rules Out Building Cars In China On Quality Fears

While many major automakers have been building cars in China for years, with Volvo even exporting a Chinese-built car to the United States, Lexus has resisted the move and is quite happy to stay that way for decades. This despite the potential for huge cost savings due to the high import duties China places on foreign-made cars.

2016 Audi A3 e-Tron Sportback, San Francisco Bay Area, Oct 2015

2016 Audi A3 e-Tron Sportback, San Francisco Bay Area, Oct 2015

From Green Car Reports:

2016 Audi A3 e-Tron Sportback: First Drive Of Audi's Plug-In Hybrid

The 2016 Audi A3 e-tron Sportback is the German luxury brand's first plug-in vehicle to go on sale in North America--and by all indications, the company is serious about making it a success. That goal clearly has nothing to do with the VW Group diesel-emission scandal that has engulfed Audi's A3 and Q5 TDI diesel models; the A3 e-tron has been a long time in the making.

Nissan's 60-kWh, 200-Mile Battery Pack: What We Know So Far

Will the next-generation 2018 Nissan Leaf offer an option that could provide 200 miles of more of real-world driving range? Based on the concept car and prototype battery pack that officially bowed this past week, coinciding with the Tokyo Motor Show, it’s increasingly likely.

Fourth Tesla Model X Said To Go To Google Founder Sergey Brin

Many Tesla supporters dismiss the company's continuing financial losses, claiming that Google could use its vast cash horde to rescue Tesla Motors, if need be. A biography of Tesla CEO Elon Musk, published earlier this year, claims a deal was struck with Google co-founder Sergey Brin to rescue Tesla at a time when the automaker was struggling to get its Model S electric car into production.

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