Paris bans older cars, 2016 VW Passat, 2018 Audi A5: What’s New @ The Car Connection

June 3, 2016

From The Car Connection:

Sacre vroom! Paris bans cars in the city center

Air pollution is a major problem in many city centers. So, what's the solution? The powers-that-be in Paris, France think it's banning older cars.

2016 Volkswagen Passat: fitting the family

While many American families have moved to SUVs and crossovers, our long-term 2016 Volkswagen Passat is so far proving that there's no reason to steer away from sedans.

Do ugly May car sales mean a recession is coming?

The numbers are in, and as expected, May's auto sales stats are nothing to write home about. Is this a sign that America's headed toward a recession repeat?

2018 Audi A5 Coupe (Euro-spec)

2018 Audi A5 Coupe (Euro-spec)

From Motor Authority:

Here are the new 2018 Audi A5 and S5 coupes

You'd be forgiven for thinking the new Audi A5 Coupe is the old Audi A5 Coupe, but that's neither here nor there. The newest iteration from Ingolstadt sports relatively the same profile as the old coupe that had been with us for about a decade.

2017 BMW 5-Series spy shots and video

BMW’s current 5-Series has been around since the 2011 model year and was given a mid-cycle update for 2014. Now we have a new set of spy shots of a prototype for the next-generation 5-Series, and this one's wearing the least camouflage gear yet.

BMW i’s focus changes to autonomous cars

With electric cars becoming mainstream, the BMW i sub-brand originally established for the zero-emission cars has changed its focus to autonomous driving technology. That’s the word of Klaus Fröhlich, BMW’s board member for R&D.

Cardboard 1959 Morris Mini Minor fits in Mini Countryman (Photo by 'Practical Classics')

Cardboard 1959 Morris Mini Minor fits in Mini Countryman (Photo by 'Practical Classics')

From Green Car Reports:

How big is a new Mini? Big enough to fit the old one inside

They may still be smaller than most other new cars, but today's lineup of Mini models aren't really all that "mini" these days. They're quite generously sized, in fact, when compared to the original Mini that inspired them all.

Tesla Model 3 owners will pay to use Superchargers, cost TBD

In the beginning, the use of Tesla's nascent network of Supercharger DC fast-charging sites wasn't going to be free. Not for owners of the less-expensive Model S 40 and 60 versions, at least: if they wanted to use the Supercharger network, they paid a $2,500 fee up front.

Electric-car battery costs not too sensitive to lithium prices

Relatively low lithium-ion battery-cell prices are crucial to keeping the prices of electric cars reasonable. But how much does the volatility of the price of lithium itself affect the prices of those cells?

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