2017 Lincoln MKC
The United States has a mature car culture. For decades, private individuals have bought vehicles, automakers have analyzed trends, and regulators have set guidelines for development of new models.
The Lincoln MKC is aimed right at the center of the compact luxury crossover market. While the MKZ sedan is quirky and somewhat eccentric in its design, the MKC looks sophisticated but fits right into its class, performs with verve, and wows with a luxurious cabin and plenty of technology, all at a few grand less than the equivalent models from more established luxury brands.
Practicality and a storied performance pedigree don't often go together; but the Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG and Subaru WRX are two models that offer an impressive amount of both.
2017 Jaguar F-Pace
Montenegro is mostly off the radar of Americans. We kind of know Yugoslavia, even though it no longer exists.
Volkswagen is out testing a new version of its GTI. The car offers more performance than last year’s 261-horsepower (286 hp with overboost) GTI Clubsport and makes its world debut at the upcoming Wörthersee Tour GTI tuning fest in Austria.
The long road to getting the Fisker Karma back in production is approaching its end. It was in early 2014 that China’s Wanxiang bought the remains of Fisker, including the rights to the failed automaker’s handsome albeit somewhat flawed extended-range electric sedan.
2016 BMW i3
After much discussion, Germany appears poised to implement significant incentives to encourage the purchase of electric cars. This week, the German government announced an incentive program that will include rebates for both electric cars and plug-in hybrids.
Oil-rich Saudi Arabia is now starting to contemplate a future in which gasoline and diesel now longer power the majority of the world's cars. Over the next decade and a half, it hopes to transition its economy away from oil, largely by investing today's oil revenues in other industries.
When the Tesla Model S launched four years ago, the all-electric luxury sedan certainly had its critics. Many of them were executives at German luxury carmakers, quick to dismiss the upstart American carmaker as a quixotic but doomed effort.