Chevy bets on diesel, Ford Focus RS driven, Electric Mini confirmed: What's New @ The Car Connection

October 12, 2016
 

Apparently diesel is not a dirty word in Detroit. The domestic automaker will offer not only one diesel-powered passenger car, but three by 2018.

It's no secret: in-car technology has become a massive weak spots for today's automakers. It's caused once-reliable brands to tumble in auto rankings; it's spawned more than a few lawsuits; and it's led us to wonder if most car companies shouldn't leave this technology to the likes of Google and Apple.

Shopping for a new car is often an exercise in frustration. Sure, researching your next ride can be enjoyable--even entertaining--but the fun abruptly stops when you have to schlep to the showroom. 

2016 Ford Focus RS

2016 Ford Focus RS

 

Ford couldn't have released the Focus RS at a better time. The Mitsubishi Evo is officially dead, and the Subaru WRX STI is getting long in the tooth. The most recent generation of the STI is only offered as a sedan, and an Evo hatchback was never offered in the U.S. 

It wasn’t long ago that Chevrolet’s Camaro consistently outsold the Ford Motor Company [NYSE:F] Mustang. In fact, the Camaro enjoyed a five-year streak between 2009 and 2014.

The 2017 model year marks the final run of the Dodge Viper. It's 25-year run is coming to an end, and that end might be happening right now as Dodge has just halted the ordering process for the American high-performance machine. According to The Detroit News, Dodge is examining just how many cars are left to be produced.

2017 Mini Cooper

2017 Mini Cooper

 

Electric Mini officially confirmed by BMW CEO, also electric BMW X3

It's increasingly evident that BMW will offer all-electric versions of existing models, departing from its previous strategy of building dedicated plug-in models under the "i" sub-brand.

Toyota has made it abundantly clear that it believes its hybrids and hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles are a better path to the future than battery-electric cars.

General Motors chief in North America confirmed that Chevrolet will bring its diesel compact car to the U.S. and "seize" on ground that VW has lost.

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