2017 Audi A7 (European spec)
If Game of Thrones has taught us anything, it's that success depends on strategic partnerships. Sergio Marchionne has taken that message to heart: after wooing Volkswagen and General Motors (and getting shot down both times), he tried to hook-up with Apple (no response), then swiped right on Apple's favorite frenemy, Google.
The Audi A7 makes no bones about its beauty. The mid-size hatchback puts its four-door A6 sibling on the trailer when it comes to styling, and it also skips the base-level powertrain and instead reaches for a higher-end customer. It's the closest thing to a gasoline-powered Tesla Model S you can drive.
Autonomous cars are causing problems--not on the road, where we've seen only one instance of a self-driving vehicle being blamed for a collision, but at the regulatory level. However, a new study suggests hurdles like that will soon be overcome, paving the way for 21 million self-driving vehicles to roam highways and byways by 2035.
2017 Mercedes-Benz G550 4x4² (European spec)
One of the biggest, baddest SUVs in production, Mercedes-Benz’s stoic G-Class, is about to get a whole lot tougher with the arrival of the new G550 4x4² variant. The boxy off-roader has been confirmed for sale in the United States as a 2017 model.
Fifty years ago, Fiat sought the help of the legendary Pininfarina design firm to turn its somewhat stodgy 124 sedan into a stylish convertible sports car. The result was a simple but attractive droptop that would enjoy a 19-year production run of more than 200,000 cars, roughly 170,000 of which were sold in the United States.
A Bentley Bentayga and Porsche 911 Turbo recently lined up at the drag strip. Considering the Porsche is one of the quickest sports cars in production and the Bentley is a big brute of an SUV, you don’t have to be a genius to predict the results.
2017 Chrysler Pacifica Touring-L Plus
They say you never really forget how to ride a bike, but if you're Chrysler, you may temporarily forget how to build a minivan. That's just what happened for the company that invented the multi-purpose vehicle more than 30 years ago.
Daimler's Car2Go carsharing service recently expanded to China, and it's already proving very popular there. Car2Go has steadily grown to serve 29 North American and European cities over the past five years, and it just added the Chinese city of Chongqing to its network.
Chinese-backed carmaker Faraday Future is still likely a few years away from releasing its first electric car, but the company is quickly expanding its operations and footprint. Faraday broke ground on a factory in North Las Vegas, Nevada, earlier this year, and is reportedly looking into a second factory site in Vallejo, California.