From The Car Connection: 2016 Nissan Maxima Review As Nissan's Altima grew in size and stature, mainstream buyers wondered why the nearly-identical Maxima commanded a higher price. Luxury buyers, meanwhile, could get more style and prestige from an entry-level Infiniti. With the 2016 Maxima, Nissan hopes to clear up a years-long corporate identity crisis.
Unless you've paid close attention to the Volkswagen "Dieselgate" headlines, you might've missed the fact that Audi vehicles are also installed with emissions-test-cheating software. The fact that Volkswagen's popular, mass-market brand at the center of the scandal shares a name with its parent company has obscured the fact that other Volkswagen nameplates are affected by Dieselgate, too.
Last week, news broke that Volkswagen had submitted plans to repair most of its illegally engineered diesels in Europe. Now, reports have emerged that indicate the automaker will begin those repairs on its home turf.
2017 Porsche 911 Turbo S
Porsche has slowly been introducing updated versions of its 911 family, with most of the cars now featuring turbocharged engines—previously a bragging right of the actual ‘Turbo’ models only. However, to ensure that the 911 Turbo models still reign supreme, they’ve been given a power boost that sees them encroach on supercar territory.
Aston Martin is building just 24 examples of its 800-plus-horsepower Vulcan supercar, and three of them have been bought by customers in the United States. The first U.S.-bound car, a stunning burnt orange example, was recently delivered to businessman Bernie Moreno in Cleveland, Ohio.
Ford is working on a new generation of its Fiesta subcompact, as evidenced by this early test mule spotted testing in Europe recently. Engineers are using a modified version of the current Fiesta’s body to hide the new mechanicals, with the first prototypes dressed in the new body likely due in the next 6-12 months.
2016 Tesla Model S
When searching for a car, most teenage drivers operate on a limited budget--one often imposed by their parents or the limits of their own savings. But 16-year-old Haydn Sonnad was eyeing something beyond such restrictive financial limits.
Federal regulations that would require hybrids and electric cars to emit pedestrian-warning noises have been delayed, yet again. Because these cars operate near-silently on electric power, there has been concern among regulators that they constitute a greater safety risk to pedestrians than noisier internal-combustion cars.
This week, representatives from world governments are meeting in Paris for the much-anticipated United Nations summit on climate change. Ahead of those talks--which are intended to create a global strategy for radically reducing carbon emissions--some of the world's richest people announced their own plan to slow climate change.