2017 BMW 7-Series, Apple car rumors, LeEco lands in U.S.: What’s New @ The Car Connection

April 29, 2016

From The Car Connection:

2017 BMW 7-Series review

You can count on the BMW 7-Series to make a technological leap with each of its generations. And with the latest sixth-generation models that made their debut last year, the 7-Series is certainly no exception, as it benefits from some engineering lessons learned, inside and underneath, with the automaker's "i" electrified cars.

Will Apple ever sell cars? One analyst says no

Apple and Google are both interested in autonomous cars, but they're approaching them in very different ways. According to one analyst, Apple's plan is entirely unfeasible.

Volkswagen sets aside nearly $9 billion for diesel buybacks & fixes

Today, in Germany, Volkswagen held its annual news conference. Among the items that CEO Matthias Mueller discussed was an allocation of roughly $8.8 billion, which will pay for repairs and buybacks of diesel vehicles affected by the Dieselgate emissions-cheating scandal.

LeEco LeSee concept, 2016 Beijing Auto Show

LeEco LeSee concept, 2016 Beijing Auto Show

From Motor Authority:

LeSee concept heralds new electric car from China's LeEco

While the world debates whether American tech giants Apple and Alphabet (Google’s parent company) are actually developing cars, Chinese rivals have been upfront with their intentions and have already started parading concepts previewing their future plans.

201-horsepower Hyundai Elantra Sport revealed

Hyundai’s new Elantra has received a new performance range-topper in the automaker’s home market. The good news is that the car is headed to the United States with a debut expected to take place at the annual SEMA show the first week of November.

VW unveils 1.5-liter engine with variable turbine geometry

Volkswagen used this week’s 2016 Vienna Motor Symposium to present its next-generation 4-cylinder engine. The new engine, dubbed the EA211 TSI evo, is a turbocharged 1.5-liter unit equipped with variable turbine geometry (VTG) like that found on high-performance engines from Porsche.

2017 Ford Focus Electric, from presentation on Ford electrification plans, Dec 2015

2017 Ford Focus Electric, from presentation on Ford electrification plans, Dec 2015

From Green Car Reports:

Ford CEO Mark Fields confirms 200-mile electric car coming

What a difference a week makes. Just last week, Ford's director of electrification programs and engineering, Kevin Layden, told reporters that the company had no immediate plans to launch a 200-mile electric car.

High Tesla warranty costs show learning to make cars is hard

Tesla Motors has received high praise not just for its electric cars, but also for its high standard of customer service. Customers have been as impressed with the company's service centers and Tesla's swiftness in responding to problems as they have with the cars themselves.

Electric-car battery costs: Tesla $190 per kwh for pack, GM $145 for cells

Lithium-ion cells and the battery packs that hold them are the single most costly part of modern electric cars. And how fast their costs will fall remains the defining factor in making those cars affordable for the mass market.

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