Mitsubishi scandal, Nissan home energy, Hennessey Venom GT: What’s New @ The Car Connection

May 12, 2016

From The Car Connection:

All Mitsubishi cars in Japan may be affected by fuel economy scandal

Less than a month ago, Mitsubishi admitted to lying about fuel economy stats for roughly 620,000 cars sold in Japan. The scandal affected another major automaker, too, because Mitsubishi produced 482,000 of the affected vehicles for Nissan.

Nissan takes on Tesla (again) with xStorage home battery

Historians may look back on this era and see two car companies at the forefront of the electrification revolution: Tesla Motors and Nissan. Back in 2010, the Tesla Roadster and the Nissan Leaf became the first two electric cars to generate significant interest among 21st century consumers.

Chevrolets can now predict when they'll need service, thanks to OnStar

At the Consumer Electronics Show in January 2015, General Motors announced a new suite of tools to help car owners get a jump on maintenance needs before they become maintenance headaches.

2016 Hennessey Venom GT Spyder, Naval Air Station Lemoore

2016 Hennessey Venom GT Spyder, Naval Air Station Lemoore

From Motor Authority:

Hennessey Venom GT Spyder was down on power when making record run

Last month we saw the Hennessey Venom GT Spyder enter the record books as the world's fastest open-top production car. The all-American hypercar reached 265.6 mph during a scheduled run at California's Naval Air Station Lemoore.

First full-scale Hyperloop test is a success

Progress surrounding development of the Hyperloop high-speed transport system originally proposed by Tesla CEO Elon Musk took a major step forward today with a full-scale test taking place outside Las Vegas, Nevada. Doing the testing was Hyperloop One (formerly Hyperloop Technologies).

2018 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 prototype crashes on the ‘Ring

Chevrolet this week started testing a prototype for a new version of its Camaro, one even more hardcore than the recently revealed ZL1. Believed to be for a new generation of the Z/28, the prototype was seen testing on the Nürburgring and some of the surrounding streets.

Audi e-tron Quattro concept, 2015 Frankfurt Auto Show

Audi e-tron Quattro concept, 2015 Frankfurt Auto Show

From Green Car Reports:

Audi CEO pledges one electric (or electrified) car each year

Audi is a little behind fellow German automaker BMW in the area of electrified autos, but it has a plan in place to address this shortcoming. Speaking during Audi’s annual general meeting in the automaker’s home of Ingolstadt, Germany, CEO Rupert Stadler outlined a plan to introduce at least one electric car per year.

French oil company Total agrees to buy battery maker Saft

Energy storage has never been the subject of more research, capital investment, and business interest than it's experiencing in this decade. With lithium-ion cells at the forefront of both electric cars and stationery batteries used to store renewable energy for later use, batteries are hot.

2017 Chevy Bolt EV sales could go as high as 80,000, says analyst

The question of how many electric cars can be sold in a single year remains a topic of hot debate as the U.S. market awaits the launch of the 200-mile Chevy Bolt EV at the end of this year. The world's best-selling electric car, the Nissan Leaf, had its highest-sales year in the U.S. in 2014, when just over 30,000 Leafs were delivered

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