2016 Toyota 4Runner, VW Stop-Sale Order, 650-HP Crate Engine: What’s New @ The Car Connection

November 6, 2015

From The Car Connection:

2016 Toyota 4Runner Review

Remember what SUVs used to be like? The Toyota 4Runner is one of the few remaining utility vehicles left on the market that keep to that old body-on-frame formula—with all the truck toughness, plus just enough refinement and modern ride-and-handling attributes thrown in.

'Made In China' May Be Fine For Volvo, But Not Lexus -- Or Chinese Shoppers

Lexus is one of the few luxury automakers that hasn't set up shop in China. That's undoubtedly lost the company plenty of sales, because vehicles imported to China carry high tariffs and cost around 30 percent more than cars made domestically.

New Audi, Porsche, VW Stop-Sale Includes More Diesel Models Than The EPA Red-Flagged

Earlier this week, the Environmental Protection Agency accused Volkswagen of installing emissions-test-cheating software on a new range of vehicles from VW, Audi, and Porsche. Those brands have now pulled suspect vehicles from showrooms until additional testing sheds light on the allegations.

Supercharged 6.2-liter LT4 V-8

Supercharged 6.2-liter LT4 V-8

From Motor Authority:

650-HP Corvette Z06 V-8 Available As Crate Engine, Previewed In 1970 Camaro: Video

One of the coolest cars at this week’s 2015 SEMA show was a custom 1970 Chevrolet Camaro RS. Built by Chevrolet Performance, the classic muscle car was fitted with a supercharged 6.2-liter LT4 V-8 just like the one in the latest-generation Corvette Z06. But this engine wasn’t lifted out of a Z06 donor.

W Motors Bringing New Fenyr Supersport To Dubai Motor Show

Arabian supercar marque W Motors shocked the world when it first announced plans for a car with a price tag of $3.4 million. The car was the Lykan Hypersport, and its production run would total just seven cars.

Tesla Plans Constraints For Autopilot System After Several Near Misses: Video

Tesla recently launched a software update for its Model S enabling the car to drive autonomously in certain situations, such as along a multilane highway. Naively, Tesla trusted that Model S owners would use the system according to certain rules, such as keeping their hands on the steering wheel.

2016 Toyota Mirai

2016 Toyota Mirai

From Green Car Reports:

All Hydrogen Fuel-Cell Cars Are Compliance Cars, For Now

When the first Honda Insight and Toyota Prius hybrids launched in 1999 and 2000, expectations for their sales were low. And hybrids indeed logged annual sales in the low thousands until the second-generation Prius came along for 2004.

'Clean Diesel' Is Dead Forever: Bob Lutz On VW's Culture Of Fear

Former General Motors product czar Bob Lutz has never been shy about sharing his opinions on the industry he's worked in for decades. So it's not surprising that he has a few thoughts on one of the biggest news stories of the past month.

Faraday Future Plans $1 Billion Electric-Car Factory, Site TBD

Mysterious electric-car startup Faraday Future said yesterday that it will invest $1 billion in a U.S. factory, which will begin producing cars within two years. The company has not selected a site, but said it is considering locations in California, Georgia, Louisiana, and Nevada.

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