2016 Scion iA, Takata recall, VW mid-size SUV: What’s New @ The Car Connection

May 5, 2016

From The Car Connection:

2016 Scion iA second drive review: sub-$18k sedan extraordinaire

The 2016 Scion iA is one of the best small car picks on the market. It’s quite a turnaround for Scion, which previously had the lackluster xA and xD models in this size category.

Takata recall expected to swell by 35 - 40 million, announcement could come today

If you're tired of hearing about Takata's fatally flawed airbags, we have some bad news. Though the Takata recall fiasco has fallen out of the headlines in recent weeks--eclipsed by scandals at Volkswagen and Mitsubishi, no doubt--it's about to return in a very big way.

Chevy Cruze vs. Hyundai Elantra: Compare Cars

Today's economy cars are do-it-alls. They're practically mid-sizers, with styling that has set trends, and features that sometimes outpoint much more expensive rivals.

Pre-production body for new Volkswagen mid-size SUV

Pre-production body for new Volkswagen mid-size SUV

From Motor Authority:

Volkswagen teases mid-size SUV to be built in U.S.

Volkswagen has given us our first official look at a new mid-size SUV with third-row seats the automaker plans to build at its plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Production is due to start later this year but pre-production examples are already being built to gear up for the final version due in showrooms sometime next year.

Tupac's Hummer comes up for sale

Although decidedly modest by today's customizing standards, the 1996 Hummer H1 that Tupac Shakur picked out just a few months before he was gunned down in Las Vegas is full of surprises fitting with the rapper's taste.

Country club racetracks evolving to offer more than just track time

We’re all pretty familiar with the concept of the country club racetrack. Starting about a decade ago these members-only tracks started popping up across the country. Instead of golfing, they offered racetrack facilities where well-heeled members could take their toys to do some unfettered performance driving.

2016 Tesla Model S

2016 Tesla Model S

From Green Car Reports:

Updated 2016 Tesla Model S also gets new 75-kWh battery option

The 2016 Tesla Model S electric car will soon offer the 75-kilowatt-hour battery pack that debuted recently on the Model X crossover. The addition was supposed to be announced later this week, but was revealed in an update of the California Air Resources Board (CARB) website Tuesday.

Nissan Leaf ads poke fun at Tesla Model 3 reservation queue

The Tesla Model 3 may be getting a lot of attention, but the company that's sold more electric cars than any other is hardly out of the game just yet. With production not expected to start until late 2017 at the earliest, most Model 3 reservations holders are in for a long wait of several years.

VW diesel 'defeat' software built by Audi, which never used it

The Volkswagen Group's work with illegal "defeat device" software goes back even further than originally thought, a recent report found. Audi developed software to alter the emissions of diesel engines in 1999, but apparently never put it into production vehicles.

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