VW Dieselgate update, 2016 Ram 1500, 2017 Ford GT: What’s New @ The Car Connection

June 20, 2016

From The Car Connection:

Volkswagen Dieselgate update: Fix deadline extended again, Muller promises 30+ electrics by 2025

Next Tuesday, June 21, is the big day: the day that Volkswagen has been ordered to reach an agreement with federal regulators regarding the company's plans to repair and/or buyback 2.0-liter diesel vehicles in the U.S.

2016 Ram 1500 Review

It's hard to go wrong when choosing a full-size pickup. The Ram 1500 competes with an all-new, lightened Ford F-150, a recently redesigned Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra, a 2-year-old Toyota Tundra, and an all-new Nissan Titan.

June 2016: Your Best New Car Deals

Don't sweat getting a good deal on a new car. (The scorching summer heat could be another story.) Our partners over at CarsDirect have a great rundown of what's hot on lots right now.

Production-spec Ford GT at the 2016 24 Hours of Le Mans

Production-spec Ford GT at the 2016 24 Hours of Le Mans

From Motor Authority:

2017 Ford GT in production guise surprises at Le Mans

There’s an assortment of cars racing around the Circuit de la Sarthe in this weekend’s 2016 24 Hours of Le Mans, which at the time of writing is led by Toyota and one of its TS050 Hybrid LMP1s, but one car in particular is creating plenty of excitement off the track.

Tire laced with gold and diamonds is world’s most expensive at $600,000 a set

A company based in the United Kingdom has unveiled the world’s most expensive car tire. A set of the special tires, which are based on the Z Tire performance rubber from Zenesis, will set you back a staggering $600,000.

2016 24 Hours of Le Mans: Wins for Porsche, Ford overshadowed by heartbreak for Toyota

It was the cruelest of endings on Sunday at the 2016 24 Hours of Le Mans, with car trouble costing Toyota the overall win in the closing minutes. Heavy rain prior to the race led to some flooding and saw the safety car on the track for almost the entire first hour.

2017 Volvo XC90 T8 Twin Engine with Polestar Performance Optimization

2017 Volvo XC90 T8 Twin Engine with Polestar Performance Optimization

From Green Car Reports:

Most powerful Volvo ever is a plug-in hybrid SUV. Really.

The Volvo XC90 T8 "Twin Engine" plug-in hybrid SUV is now the most powerful production Volvo ever, thanks to tweaks from in-house tuner Polestar. Polestar started out as an independent race team and Volvo tuner, and was bought outright by the Swedish carmaker last year.

Mercedes-Benz S550e plug-in hybrid to offer wireless charging

Some carmakers have experimented with wireless charging, and certain third-party suppliers offer systems that can be retrofitted to existing vehicles. But Mercedes-Benz may be the first automaker to offer the technology on a production model.

Tesla Model S can float, for short periods: Musk (video)

It's a grainy, jittery 44-second mobile-phone video, with the Blue Danube Waltz in the background. And it's suddenly relevant because that master of publicity, Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk, tweeted that the Model S "floats well enough to turn it into a boat for short periods of time."

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