2016 Ford Explorer, 2016 Chrysler Pacifica, 2017 VW Golf Alltrack: What’s New @ The Car Connection

March 21, 2016
2017 Ford Explorer XLT Sport Appearance Package

2017 Ford Explorer XLT Sport Appearance Package

From The Car Connection:

2016 Ford Explorer review

The 2016 Ford Explorer has received for this year a significant refresh, including smoother bodywork, an improved feature set, quieter interiors, and a stronger, more widely available 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine that joined the lineup.

2017 Chrysler Pacifica first drive video

Minivans were invented in the 1980s, and since then, they’ve have had a certain…reputation. Call them big-box bores. They’re functional to a fault, but sporty? Sexy? Not so much.

Volkswagen Dieselgate update: Dealers' Susan Powter moment, worker alleges diesel data deletion

It's Friday, and that means it's time for a review of the week's headlines related to Volkswagen's ongoing Dieselgate crisis.

2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack

2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack

From Motor Authority:

2017 VW Golf Alltrack to debut in New York, start sales this fall

It was at the 2015 New York Auto Show that Volkswagen showed off a rugged version of its Golf SportWagen called an Alltrack, and confirmed the vehicle would be on sale in the United States sometime in 2016.

Porsche 918 Spyder turns up at salvage auction

Porsche fans look away as a 918 Spyder looks to have been involved in a serious crash. All that’s left is a hulking heap of wires, metal and carbon fiber.

VW ends Phaeton production, plans to repurpose Transparent Factory

Volkswagen has finally ceased production of its Phaeton, a full-size luxury sedan first shown at the 2002 Geneva Motor Show and discontinued in the United States midway through the last decade due to poor sales performance.

2016 Cadillac CT6

2016 Cadillac CT6

From Green Car Reports:

2017 Cadillac CT6 Plug-In Hybrid: technical details revealed

The second-generation Chevrolet Volt is important not only as a high-volume plug-in hybrid, but also because components from its Voltec powertrain are designed to be used in other GM models. Last year, General Motors unveiled the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid, with a powertrain very similar to the Volt's.

Tesla plant-capacity increases point to Model 3 preparations

In less than two weeks, the Tesla Model 3 electric car will be shown to the public for the first time. With an anticipated 200-mile range and base price of $35,000 before incentives, the Model 3 is a key part of Tesla's plan to produce 500,000 electric cars per year by 2020.

Chinese investors make 'long bets' on electric-car companies

China's aggressive promotion of electric cars is turning into boon for a few U.S. companies. The Chinese government offers generous incentives for new electric cars, and is pushing companies to develop and sell more of them.


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