Apple's car, Ford Fusion Sport driven, Samsung vs. LG: What's New @ The Car Connection

September 8, 2016
 

Yesterday, we told you about a new survey gauging the public's interest in cars that might be made by tech firms like Apple and Google. The results were a little surprising, so we decided to do some further research.

In late 2014, the Iowa Department of Transportation announced that it was building an app that would allow motorists to store their driver's licenses on their smartphones. No one seemed especially fazed by the idea, since everything from music to movies to credit cards has been steadily migrating to our phones for years.

Akustikfunktion: that's not a typo, it's the code name for the defeat device that Bosch allegedly developed for Volkswagen diesels. According to a newly revised lawsuit, Bosch insisted that Volkswagen provide it with legal protections in exchange for making the device. 

2017 Ford Fusion Sport

2017 Ford Fusion Sport

 

A couple of premium automakers have tried tossing pedestrian engines in their premium cars, and the results were disastrous. Acura shoved a 150-horsepower 2.0-liter 4-cylinder in the ILX, and buyers stayed away in droves. Cadillac plopped the Malibu's 202-horsepower 2.5-liter 4-cylinder in the ATS and undercut its own mission of challenging the BMW 3-Series.

Volvo V90 Cross Country coming soon

Volvo’s new mid-size luxury wagon, the V90, has already won us over. 

 

Mercedes-Benz today unveiled a futuristic van concept powered by an electric drive system.

Samsung SDI battery plant in Xi'an, China

Samsung SDI battery plant in Xi'an, China

From Green Car Reports:

The market for lithium-ion battery cells for electric cars is currently dominated by a handful of companies.

General Motors' European marketing people appear to be taking a different tack with the upcoming Opel Ampera-e electric car.

While U.S. vehicle sales last month are expected to fall overall as data rolls in, August has traditionally been a very good month for sales of plug-in electric cars.

 
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