2016 Chrysler 200, 2016 Chevy Equinox, Henrik Fisker yacht: What’s New @ The Car Connection

April 8, 2016

From The Car Connection:

2016 Chrysler 200 review

The Chrysler 200 made its debut last year, and is a dramatic improvement over the former model of the same name (and yes, the Sebring nameplate, too). For 2016, these stylish mid-size sedans return for their second model year with just a few feature changes, some interior improvements, and three new exterior colors.

2016 Chevrolet Equinox review

The Chevrolet Equinox is the brand's second-best selling vehicle in North America and has been holding steady in a sweet spot for crossover-vehicle popularity. Only the Silverado full-size pickups are better sellers for Chevy.

11th Takata airbag death confirmed

Another death has been conclusively linked to exploding airbags manufactured by Japanese supplier Takata. It's the eleventh fatality worldwide, the tenth in the U.S., and the tenth to occur in a Honda vehicle.

Ed Welburn and Michael Simcoe

Ed Welburn and Michael Simcoe

From Motor Authority:

GM design chief Ed Welburn to retire July 1

General Motors today announced that design chief Ed Welburn will retire effective July 1. Welburn, 65, spent 44 years at GM.

2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio spy shots

Here’s our best look yet at Alfa Romeo’s new Stelvio. The compact crossover SUV is scheduled to enter production in the fourth quarter of 2016.

Charlize Theron to play villain in Fast 8

The latest bit of information about the upcoming eighth installment of the Fast and the Furious franchise is that Charlize Theron will play the villain. The information was revealed overnight in a Twitter post that also reaffirmed the movie’s April 14, 2017 release date.

Tesla Model 3

Tesla Model 3

From Green Car Reports:

Tesla Model 3 reservations rise to 325,000 after one week

Getting more than a quarter of a million people around the world to put down $1,000 apiece for a car they won't get for another two years is a remarkable feat. When Elon Musk took the wraps off the Tesla Model 3 last Thursday evening, a screen on stage showed more than 100,000 deposits.

Next Nissan Leaf to be followed by electric SUV, sports car?

While the Tesla Model 3 and Chevrolet Bolt EV have gotten the lion's share of electric-car press lately, the Nissan Leaf remains the best-selling plug-in vehicle in history. The 200,000th Leaf was sold globally sometime in January, putting the electric hatchback at roughly twice the volume of any other plug-in electric car to date.

Diesel scandal to hurt plug-in hybrids, former Fiat exec says

The Volkswagen diesel scandal has led to calls for more real-world emission testing outside laboratory conditions, in order to catch future cheating. That could be bad news for hybrids and plug-in hybrids, claims a former Fiat executive.

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