Each year we spend thousands of miles in the year's crop of new cars, trucks, SUVs, and minivans. Some are brilliant pieces of engineering or marketing or styling--some all of the above.
For nine years, the Lincoln MKX crossover SUV has been the brand's biggest success story. Even positioned against heavyweights like the Lexus RX and Audi Q5, it's sold well and performed well as a premium-featured vehicle.
Look at any parking lot, and you'll notice two kinds of people: those who, upon finding back-to-back spots, pull through to the other side so they can drive straight out when their shopping errands are done, and those who stop at the dividing line, preferring to back out into traffic.
2017 Mercedes-AMG S65 Cabriolet
Given the overwhelmingly positive reception garnered by the G65, S65 and S65 Coupe models, it was only a matter of time until the Mercedes-AMG skunk works dropped its twin-turbocharged V-12 into the engine bay of the new S-Class Cabriolet.
Having managed to stave off its own bankruptcy by partnering with a handful of government-backed entities in China, National Electric Vehicle Sweden (NEVS), which acquired the assets of bankrupt automaker Saab in 2012, is now flush with cash and ready to proceed with its plans to launch a new generation of electrified cars.
An argument can be made that these are the salad days of luxury and performance cars. As fuel economy standards get stricter, automakers are looking to make their vehicles more efficient, but no so much so that there isn't still room for power and performance.
Volkswagen now blames a small group of engineers unable to meet stiff U.S. regulations for its diesel-emissions cheating. The company says a small group of engineers were responsible for the "defeat device" software that allowed diesel cars to cheat on U.S. emissions tests.
As world leaders met this past week in Paris to discuss carbon reductions on a global scale, mayors of four large West Coast cities—Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, and Portland—met in Portland for a two-day summit and united to reduce carbon emissions on a regional level.
Increasingly-aggressive emissions targets will soon force automakers to build more plug-in electric cars. Norway has proposed all but eliminating new internal-combustion car sales by 2025, and a consortium of regional governments called the International ZEV Alliance has proposed to do the same in its jurisdictions by 2050.