From The Car Connection:
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is recalling more than 121,000 Dodge Dart sedans from the 2013 and 2014 model year. The automaker says that problems with the Dart's braking system could increase the risk of accidents.
Just a few years ago, a mainstream mid-size sedan model line with only two small turbocharged four-cylinder engine choices and a hybrid version would have been a horrible misstep. Yet for 2016, Chevy’s realistically eyeing sales growth with no V-6 option, and not even an engine over 2.0 liters in the works.
For months, Sergio Marchionne has spoken very publicly about wanting to merge Fiat Chrysler Automobiles with General Motors. Some have worried that FCA's CEO might resort to drastic measures to achieve his dream, but it appears he's finally given up -- at least for the next five years.
2016 Buick Envision
It’s been rumored for some time that General Motors could import its Chinese-made Buick Envision to the United States, and now the automaker has made it official. The small crossover, which has been in production at a plant in China’s Shandong province since 2014, will arrive in local showrooms next summer, as a 2016 model.
Previously only a high-end brand for various cabin trims used in Mercedes-Benz’s cars, Designo is now being transformed into a standalone personalization program for the German automaker. The new program, called Designo Manufaktur, allows customers to personalize their cars in ways not possible at the factory.
Land Rover’s iconic Defender off-roader will finally cease production next month. The vehicle, which features a design that’s barely budged from the original boxy shape of the utilitarian-and-mechanically-bulletproof ‘Land Rover’ unveiled in 1948, has been in production since 1983 but needs to be phased out due to emissions and crash safety.
2016 Chevrolet Volt Vs. 2016 Toyota Prius
They're both green-car leaders--in the public eye and in EPA energy-efficiency ratings. But the new 2016 Toyota Prius and 2016 Chevrolet Volt take very different approaches to delivering that efficiency.
As with any pursuit meant to enhance a single quality or area of performance, the drive toward greater fuel economy sometimes requires compromises in other areas. There's often give and take when it comes to increasing efficiency, whether it entails downsized engines, more complex electrified powertrains, or higher sticker prices.
It's official now: Porsche will put its striking and all-electric Mission E concept car into production within three to five years. One of the hits of the Frankfurt Motor Show held in September, the low, sleek, four-door Mission E concept represented Porsche's take on an all-electric luxury sport sedan.