We're in the midst of a small-SUV explosion. Big-name automakers are slotting new utility vehicles at the entry position in their lineups, blending hatchback bodies with tall-wagon rooflines and SUV-style all-wheel drive.
On Friday, the auto world once again turned its attention to Tesla Motors and its outspoken CEO, Elon Musk. This time, however, we weren't waiting for an unveiling or news of a new battery, but watching a confrontation between Tesla and an unspecified number of Model S owners, with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration caught in the middle.
The list of cars that don't yet support Apple CarPlay is still relatively long, but the list of manufacturers who won't support it wholesale is remarkably short—with notable exceptions.
2017 BMW 330e i Performance
The current generation of BMW’s venerable 3-Series is now entering its sixth year on the market and even though a successor has been spotted there are still some significant updates to be found on the existing car.
Mercedes-Benz is spending up big on technology to reduce the average emissions of its fleet. The automaker has committed to spending almost $8 billion in just the next two years on green technology, including everything from clean diesels to fuel cells to next-generation batteries for electric cars.
Bad ideas aren't exclusive to the car business--but sometimes, they get mass-produced there. Not all of the cars on this list are bad, but they sure were short-lived.
Chevrolet Beat Activ
Sometimes, all it takes to turn a car into an "SUV" is a little extra body cladding and a slightly higher ride height. Subaru has relied on this formula for years with its Outback and Crosstrek, as has Audi with its Allroad wagon models, just to name three examples.
As with any auto manufacturer, the vehicle production rate at Tesla Motors is intensely scrutinized by shareholders, fans, financial analysts, and competitors. Almost two years ago, CEO Elon Musk had said that the electric-car maker expected to be operating at a "run rate" of 100,000 cars a year by the end of 2015.
Fuels produced from plant feedstocks are touted by many as a viable and lower-carbon alternative to traditional gasoline or diesel. But the need to dedicate large swaths of land to growing crops for fuel, and the need to ensure all vehicles are compatible with these "biofuels," has limited their practicality.