Hyundai Elantra crash test, Ford Focus RS, Tesla gigafactory: What's New @ The Car Connection

July 28, 2016

From The Car Connection:

IIHS rates 2017 Hyundai Elantra a Top Safety Pick+

Hyundai's redesigned compact sedan has received the highest possible crash test rating by the independent Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS)—Top Safety Pick+

45 million U.S. vehicles recalled between 2013 & 2015 haven't been fixed

Thanks in part to Takata and General Motors, recalls have occupied front-page headlines for the past couple of years. In fact, from January 1, 2013 to December 31, 2015, roughly 109 million cars, trucks and SUVs registered in the U.S. were recalled. 

Consider the Cadillac CT6 a down payment on the GM luxury brand's future.

From Motor Authority:

Ford Focus RS Winter Tire Package

Ford Focus RS Winter Tire Package

Given its combination of performance, practicality and pricing, coupled with the fact it’s built at only one location, in this case a plant in Saarlouis, Germany, supplies for Ford Motor Company’s [NYSE:F] Focus RS was always going to be a little tight.

Ferrari [NYSE:RACE] is close to finalizing development of a modular platform that will underpin its next generation of cars starting with a replacement for the California due out in the next year or two.

The Hellcat-powered Ram 1500 lives

One Ram owner has given up on waiting for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles [NYSE:FCAU] to offer the supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 known as the Hellcat in a pickup truck, so he went out and had Master Technician Kevin Byrnes of Midland Chrysler in Midland Ontario, Canada build him one.

From Green Car Reports:

2016 Tesla Model S

2016 Tesla Model S


If it's built out to the full size in the original plans, the Tesla gigafactory outside Reno, Nevada, will cover 10 million square feet.

The success of Tesla Motors has made quite an impression on the main German luxury carmakers, all of which plan future products that can compete with the automaker from Silicon Valley.

Earlier this year, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles updated its five-year plan, with the Italian-American carmaker focusing more heavily on trucks and SUVs.



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