Autonomous Chrysler minivan, Mercedes-AMG GLC63 spied, BMW 530e iPerformance: What's New @ The Car Connection

December 20, 2016

For years, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne has been searching for a partner--a company to help FCA develop and build tomorrow's cars. He first tried hooking up with General Motors and Ford, both of which shot him down. Then in April, he hit up Google.

The minivan wars are heating up this winter. Honda will take to the stage at next month's Detroit auto show with its fifth-generation Odyssey minivan, which arrives just months after arch-rival Chrysler reinvigorated its people-carrier lineup with the new-for-2017 Pacifica.

In September 2015, Volkswagen's Dieselgate scandal first began making headlines. Now, more than a year later, the gift that's given both nonstop headlines and harmful levels of pollutants is giving something else: $200 million in federal fines.

2018 Mercedes-AMG GLC63 spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

2018 Mercedes-AMG GLC63 spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

 

Mercedes-AMG engineers are in the final stages of development of a new GLC63, a model confirmed by the Affalterbach tuner’s boss Tobias Moers in March.

Bugatti has named Stefan Ellrott as its new development boss. Ellrott was previously in charge of development at the Volkswagen brand. He starts his new role at Bugatti on January 1, 2017, replacing the retiring Willi Netuschil who has been Bugatti’s development boss since 2012.

Our friend Jason Fenske of Engineering Explained has been teaching us all about the engineering behind cars. His lessons range from maintenance considerations like how to change your oil to describing automotive systems like how rotary engines work to the physics of speed, best exemplified by his explanation of how the Viper ACR broke 13 track records.

2018 BMW 530e iPerformance

2018 BMW 530e iPerformance

From Green Car Reports: 

The latest model in BMW's expanding lineup of plug-in hybrids sold in the U.S. is a version of its new 5-Series sedan, with a plug.

Last Friday night, I arranged to meet my wife for dinner in Newburgh, New York, at a restaurant that has a Tesla Supercharger.

With its EPA-rated 238-mile range and a base price of $37,495, the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV is a serious foray by General Motors into mass-market, long-range electric cars.

 
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