Tesla at Nordstrom, 2017 Chevy Trax, 2017 Nissan 370Z: What’s New @ The Car Connection

June 16, 2016

From The Car Connection:

Who needs dealers? Tesla wants to sell cars at Nordstrom

In many parts of the U.S., Tesla Motors has had to fight tooth and nail to set up shop and show off its all-electric cars. Those efforts haven't always been successful.

2017 Chevrolet Trax Review

After just a couple years on the market, the subcompact Chevrolet Trax gets a midcycle update for the 2017 model year, with revised styling, an updated interior, and new safety features. Chevrolet's smallest crossover, and a platform-mate to the Buick Encore, the Trax is based on the Chevrolet Sonic's architecture.

Germany could follow Norway and the Netherlands, banning gas & diesel cars

Last week, we told you about plans to end the sale of gas and diesel vehicles in Norway and the Netherlands by the year 2025. Could Germany follow suit? At least one government official hopes so, and he'd like to see it happen by 2030.

2017 Nissan 370Z

2017 Nissan 370Z

From Motor Authority:

2017 Nissan 370Z preview

Walk up to the counter, tell the Nissan dealer the trim model of the 2017 Nissan 370Z you want, take two steps to the left, hand the cashier your money, take your keys and go home.

2018 Audi A8 spy shots

Audi's next-generation A8 has been spotted once again. The car is confirmed for a market launch in 2017, which means we'll likely see it arrive as a 2018 model.

Rolls-Royce Vision Next 100 previews future of ultra-luxury

BMW turned 100 this year and as part of the celebrations unveiled a forward-looking concept aptly named the Vision Next 100. But BMW isn’t celebrating alone as the German automaker’s subsidiaries Mini and Rolls-Royce have Vision Next 100 concepts of their own.

2010 BMW 740d

2010 BMW 740d

From Green Car Reports:

Diesel BMW 7-Series won't be sold in U.S., company confirms

For U.S. buyers who want diesel cars, German luxury brands have traditionally offered the widest array of model choices. But in the wake of the Volkswagen emissions scandal, some of those carmakers now appear less enthusiastic about bringing new diesel models to the U.S.

Elio Motors' new marketing partner is...The Onion ?!?!? Yep.

Is it possible to use political satire to sell a car? In the age of social media and viral marketing, carmakers have tried some pretty unusual stunts in order to sell their vehicles (think Matthew McConaughey's deadpan stoner Lincoln ads).

Tesla can look at owners' driving behavior any time; is that legal?

It happens every so often: a driver claims that a car accelerated out of control just before it crashed into something or other. Only in the last 10 years have automakers had data to investigate the claims, usually from a "black box" that captures a car's most recent few seconds of operating information.

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