Automatic braking, Audi S7 spied, Ford trucks versus electrics: What's New @ The Car Connection

September 22, 2016
 
 
 

For anyone who thinks that autonomous vehicles are the cars of the future, we hate to break it to you, but they're already here. In fact, they've been stealthily rolling into showrooms over the past several years, one feature at a time.

Toyota may not be a niche manufacturer, but its 2017 Land Cruiser is certainly a defined vehicle aimed at a very specific buyer. Built to tackle the world's most remote places, it is an awkward fit in America's suburban landscape—but this highly-refined SUV delivers an especially high level of composure wherever its owners may choose to take it. 

Nearly every vehicle in the Mercedes-Benz model lineup has become a little more emphatic and expressive over the past year or two; and with the arrival of a refreshed 2017 Mercedes-Benz SL lineup, the same applies to the luxury automaker's classic two-seater.

 
2019 Audi S7 spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

2019 Audi S7 spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

 
 
 

Audi’s A7 didn’t start the coupe-like sedan trend, but with its muscular proportions, beautiful surfacing and Kammback rear it managed to make us almost forget the segment’s progenitor, the Mercedes-Benz CLS.

Hyundai will use the upcoming 2016 Paris auto show to introduce its new i30, the hatchback of the latest Elantra range and the likely replacement for our Elantra GT.

2017 Ford F-150 Raptor

2017 Ford F-150 Raptor

 

From Green Car Reports:

Ford's electric-vehicle strategy: absorb costs in most profitable trucks

Earlier this year, Ford announced that it would significantly expand its lineup of electrified vehicles—including mild hybrids with advanced start-stop systems, regular hybrids, plug-in hybrids, and perhaps a battery-electric model or two.

When the BMW i3 went on sale in the U.S. back in May 2014, it marked not only the debut of the German automaker's first mass-market electric car, but also a new sub-brand.

The Tesla Model 3, a mass-priced electric car that's not yet on sale, has had a huge impact on the auto industry.

 
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