2016 Kia Optima, buttons banished, BMW and Toyota sports cars: What’s New @ The Car Connection

May 16, 2016

From The Car Connection:

Clutter or clarity: How soon will automakers banish buttons?

You certainly wouldn't be an outlier to think that a vehicle dash that's cluttered with individual buttons looks so dated.

2016 Kia Optima video road test

The Kia Optima has officially arrived. Before 2011, it had lurked in the shadows of better mid-size sedans, but a big redesign gave it plenty of punch, and panache.

Apple gambles on ride-sharing with $1b investment in Didi Chuxing, China's Uber

Most of the recent talk around Apple and automobiles has centered on the company's highly secretive (but not especially secret) work on autonomous electric cars. When and if those vehicles will roll into showrooms is still anyone's guess, but one thing's certain: Apple is increasingly interested in transportation, and it's investing its huge stash of cash accordingly.

Toyota FT-1 concept, 2014 Detroit Auto Show

Toyota FT-1 concept, 2014 Detroit Auto Show

From Motor Authority:

Report: New BMW and Toyota sports cars to be built in Austria

BMW and Toyota have been collaborating on a new sports car platform since 2011. The new platform is to spawn successors to the BMW Z4 and Toyota Supra.

Zolland Design comes out with retro “Pagoda” conversion for 5th-gen Mercedes SL

Remember Zolland Design’s retro conversion for the latest Porsche 911? The Swedish design skunk works now has a new, much more ambitious conversion, this time for the fifth-generation Mercedes-Benz SL-Class.

Street-legal Porsche 911 GT1 Evo racer sells for $3.14 million

One lucky enthusiast now has a very special Porsche among his or her collection. This is the only Porsche 911 GT1 race car to be converted for street use, and it was just sold at an RM Sotheby's auction in Monaco for €2.77 million.

Tesla Model 3

Tesla Model 3

From Green Car Reports:

Tesla hires Audi veteran as new vehicle-production VP; predecessor took leave of absence

Following the departure of two top manufacturing executives, electric-car maker Tesla Motors has hired a manufacturing executive from German luxury maker Audi. The company announced the news late Friday in a release sent to news media.

Tesla wants to sell electric cars in Michigan; state couldn't care less

You don't see a lot of Teslas in Michigan. It's not because the three U.S. automakers headquartered there aren't interested in the electric cars produced by a Silicon Valley company founded just 12 years ago.

Nissan moves to take control of Mitsubishi

Nissan confirmed on Thursday it will acquire 34 percent of Mitsubishi in a deal worth 237 billion yen (approximately $2.17 billion). The deal, which still requires shareholder approval, will make Nissan the single largest shareholder in Mitsubishi and provide it with control of the company.

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