Tesla Autopilot, Germans look to ban gas and diesel, Nissan Leaf upgraded: What's New @ The Car Connection

October 11, 2016
 

In the year since Tesla Autopilot debuted, it's acquired plenty of fans and foes. In the former column, Tesla CEO Elon Musk, hackers, and this guy. In the latter, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the National Transportation Safety Board, and Germany.

The most fuel-thrifty version of the Toyota Prius, the 2017 Prius Prime, has been rated using the EPA testing at an industry-leading 133 MPGe. 

On Friday, Volkswagen's Audi unit recalled more than 170,000 cars and crossovers to fix potential fuel leaks in those vehicles. As it turns out, another 110,042 VW and Audi cars are affected by a similar recall, which aims to resolve a different problem with their fuel systems. 

Duramax turbocharged 6.6-liter V-8 diesel engine

Duramax turbocharged 6.6-liter V-8 diesel engine

 

The sale of gasoline- and diesel-powered cars in Germany may end up being prohibited as early as 2030, if guidelines set out in a resolution passed by the German upper house are adopted.

Alfa Romeo’s new Stelvio SUV has been spotted ahead of its world debut at November’s 2016 Los Angeles auto show.

Audi's next-generation A8 has been spotted once again.

2015 Nissan Leaf, Denver, Colorado, Mar 2016 [photo: owner Andrew Ganz]

2015 Nissan Leaf, Denver, Colorado, Mar 2016 [photo: owner Andrew Ganz]


Nissan Leaf S quietly gets 30-kwh battery upgrade, higher price

For 2016, the model year just ending, the Nissan Leaf electric car got a larger-capacity battery for all but its lowest trim level.

Electric-car drivers can rely on several different locator apps to find nearby public charging stations as they travel.

 
As its new electric car gets closer to public sale, General Motors has apparently made its first allocations of 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EVs to Chevy dealers.
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