2016 Mercedes Metris, 2016 BMW 7-Series, Aston Martin Vantage GT8: What’s New @ The Car Connection

April 15, 2016

From The Car Connection:

2016 Mercedes-Benz Metris preview

Although the name "Metris" is new, the Spanish-built Mercedes-Benz is not. It's known everywhere else as the Vito, a name roundly rejected by U.S. market research.

BMW issues recall and stop-sale for 2016 7-Series models

BMW North America has announced a recall and stop-sale of select 7-Series sedans from the 2016 model year. The recall affects more than 6,000 vehicles in the U.S.  and stems from a problem with the airbag control module, which was manufactured by Continental. 

2016 Toyota Camry, Avalon recalled for safety system glitch

Toyota is recalling the 2016 Toyota Camry and 2016 Toyota Avalon to address a problem with the cars' safety systems. The automaker estimates that nearly 59,000 vehicles registered in the U.S. are affected.

2017 Aston Martin Vantage GT8

2017 Aston Martin Vantage GT8

From Motor Authority:

2017 Aston Martin Vantage GT8 revealed, limited to 150 units

Aston Martin’s new hardcore version of the V8 Vantage has been revealed. The car is the Vantage GT8, and it’s to be built in an extremely limited run of just 150 examples.

2018 Porsche 911 GT2 spy shots

Porsche is out testing what appears to be a more extreme version of its latest 911 GT3 RS. However, a number of details suggest the car is actually an early mule for a new 911 GT2.

Fourth Ferrari theme park might be in U.S.

As Ferrari seeks new avenues of growth to satisfy investors and at the same time maintain the exclusivity of its sports cars, the company—or at least the brand name—continues to crop up in areas not usually associated with cars or motorsports.

2016 Nissan Altima 2.5SL

2016 Nissan Altima 2.5SL

From Green Car Reports:

2016 Nissan Altima 2.5 SL gas mileage review

Nissan made big waves a few years ago when it introduced its then-new 2013 Altima. On the side of a barn not too far from its Franklin, Tennessee, headquarters, the automaker painted "38 mpg"—referring not to its combined EPA rating, but its highway number.

Tesla Model 3 demand startled everyone, even Musk; now what?

To say that the auto industry has been startled by the volume of deposits on the Tesla Model 3 would be an understatement. The number of potential buyers worldwide who have sent Tesla Motors $1,000 to reserve a place in line to buy the car is now approaching 400,000, said longtime executive Diarmuid O'Connell.

Which electric cars offer different battery options, ranges?

It's a fairly common practice for internal-combustion cars to be offered with multiple engine and transmission options. But it is far rarer for electric cars to be offered with different battery-pack alternatives.

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