Kia Sportage recalled, Mercedes backs off of diesel, Prius Prime takes on Volt: What's New @ The Car Connection

November 23, 2016

Kia has announced a recall of the 2008 and 2009 Kia Sportage crossover. According to documents from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, some of those vehicles may suffer from an electrical problem that could create a fire hazard.

When Barack Obama was sworn into office in 2008, the auto industry was in turmoil. The U.S. economy was tanking, and though Obama's predecessor, George W. Bush, had offered some assistance to Detroit automakers, at least two of those companies were at risk of going belly-up if they didn't receive additional help.

 
Believe it or not, the Jeep Renegade and the Kia Soul are frequently compared by buyers seeking a small, square-ish, carry-all utility vehicle. While they're both upright five-door hatchback shapes, each has a distinct personality, and they could hardly be more different.

2014 Mercedes-Benz E250 BlueTec 4Matic

2014 Mercedes-Benz E250 BlueTec 4Matic

Mercedes-Benz begins to back off diesels for the US

Diesel engines have always faced an oily, uphill challenge here in the United States. While some see them as a choice that provides great torque and strong fuel economy figures, others still assume they're clattery, smelly engines best left for large trucks. That's unfortunate because a good diesel engine is a wonderful thing.

As it continues to deal with its diesel emissions scandal and push into electric cars, the Volkswagen Group in the past week has been making statements on future strategy.

Support this Lego Jeep Wrangler to make it a reality

Lego car kits have been springing to life across the Internet for the last few years, and the enthusiasm with which they're purchased is impressive.

2017 Toyota Prius Prime and 2017 Chevrolet Volt with Green Car Reports editor John Voelcker

2017 Toyota Prius Prime and 2017 Chevrolet Volt with Green Car Reports editor John Voelcker

 

 

They are two high-volume plug-in hybrids, but they take different approaches to energy efficiency.

The Renault Zoe electric car isn't sold in the U.S., but it will make an appearance on the streets of one U.S. city very soon.

 
Congressional efforts to cap the amount of ethanol blended with the U.S. fuel supply are gaining momentum.
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