Tesla's Model S can travel well over 200 miles, the new Chevy Bolt has a 238 mile driving range and even the Nissan Leaf has a 107 mile range. While every other automaker is looking at longer range electric vehicles, Honda is about to buck that trend with the new Clarity EV, with its short 80 mile range.
February 2017 Archives
Volvo has announced that the all-new XC60 crossover is going to debut next week at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. Volvo hasn't released any significant details about the new XC60, but from this single teaser photo, it's obvious that the design will be close to the larger XC90.
Just like that headline says, Chevy has unveiled the most track-capable Camaro ever with the debut of the 2018 Camaro ZL1 1LE. The Camaro ZL1 1LE is ready to beat ever other vehicle in its way thanks its racing-based suspension and aero technologies, as well as exclusive Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar 3R summer-only tires.
Ford has unveiled a new lighter version of the GT - the GT Competition Series. The goal of the GT Competition Series was to ultimately drop its weight from the standard version - where it matters, higher in the vehicle, shifting the center of gravity closer to the track.
VW is getting ready to release a successor to the CC - the Arteon. The name may be a bit weird, but the Arteon will follow in the CC"s footsteps with its coupe-like roofline with an extra dose of style thrown in to position it above the more plebeian Passat.
Mercedes-Benz has announced its plans for the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, which kicks off next month. In addition to completing the new E-Class lineup with the debut of the E-Class Cabriolet, the Mercedes-AMG brand is also going to reveal a new concept car at the show.
Audi has unveiled the all-new 2018 S4, which now packs more power, thanks to its upgraded 3.0L turbocharged V6 that now generates 354-hp and 369 lb-ft. of torque.
Land Rover is adding another SUV to the Range Rover lineup - the Velar, which is going to have its world debut next week on March 1. The Velar's name dates back to the first Range Rover prototypes of the 1969 and will slot in the current lineup between the Evoque and Range Rover Sport.
The compact segment continues to be dominated by the Civic and Corolla, something that hasn't changed in years. But who says that the top sellers are always the best in the segment? I mean, the Camry has been the best-selling sedan for years, but how many times has it been at the top of a comparison test? Enter the Hyundai Elantra. Just like the Mazda3, the Elantra sits quietly on the side lines grabbing sales from anti-Civic and anti-Corolla buyers, but you're asking yourself, should I really add the Elantra to my test-drive list? Yes!
With 650 horsepower on tap, the 2017 Camaro ZL1 easily reaches 60 mph in 3.5 seconds and the quarter mile in 11.4 seconds. Now Chevy has announced that the ZL1 can easily reach speeds over 200 mph!
Honda has announced that it will reveal the production version of the 2018 Civic Type R, next month at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show.
We're getting closer to next month's reveal of the much anticipated 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon. Dodge continues to release weekly teasers of its "new ultimate performance halo," which is going to debut at the 2017 New York Auto Show. In this latest teaser, called "Multiplication," Dodge explains how the Challenger SRT Demon generates more than 35 percent higher launch force than a Challenger Hellcat.
Hyundai has announced the pricing for the hybrid and electric versions of the 2017 Ioniq. The Ioniq will be the first vehicle to be offered with hybrid, plug-in hybrid and full-electric powertrains.
The name Mitsubishi Eclipse brings back memories of a happier time for Mitsubishi - when the automaker offered more noteworthy models and was also actually on buyer's radar. Today the Eclipse name is gone, but next month the name will reappear on a new model, too bad it's nothing like the last model it was last used on.
Diesel fans won't be able to walk into a VW dealer anymore to buy a diesel powered car, but that doesn't mean that diesels are dead. Several automakers still offer them and Chevy has announced that its new Cruze diesel sedan has received a 52 mpg highway rating.
Lexus has announced that the 2018 Lexus LS 500h hybrid is going to debut early next month at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show.
A $70k Hyundai? Say what?! Ok what about a $70k Genesis? - Ears perk up. What is a Genesis?
Well after almost ten years, Hyundai has finally moved its luxury brand into its own sub-brand, called Genesis. That means that the original Hyundai Genesis sedan is now called the Genesis G80 and the old Hyundai Equus is all-new and now called the G90. Even though Hyundai has finally taken the Hyundai badge off its luxury models, should BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Lexus buyers even pay attention? Yes!
Audi is upgrading the RS 3 Sportback, with many of the same upgrades that the RS 3 sedan debuted last fall. That means that the 2018 RS 3 Sportback now packs 400 horsepower!
Hyundai has unveiled the all-new 2018 Elantra GT at the Chicago Auto Show. The new Elantra GT joins a growing list of compact hatchbacks and is now more aggressive on the outside and larger on the inside than before.
Nissan is expanding its Midnight Edition equipment package, which until now has only been available on the Maxima SR, to five additional models - the Sentra, Altima, Maxima, Rogue, Murano and Pathfinder. The package adds black wheels, black spoiler, and black mirror caps.
The much anticipated three-row VW Atlas SUV is going to arrive in showrooms this spring. To show off how the Atlas can be accessorized, VW is showing off the Atlas Weekend Edition this week at the Chicago Auto Show.
Ford has unveiled the all-new 2018 Expedition. Like the F-150 pickup, the Expedition gets an aluminum-alloy body and high-strength steel frame. Thanks to the use aluminum body, the all-new Expedition is up to 300 pounds lighter than its predecessor.
Dodge has unveiled the 2018 Dodge Durango SRT, which is the most powerful three-row SUV with its 475-horsepower 392-cubic-inch Hemi V8 engine. It reaches 60 mph in an insanely fast 4.4 seconds and has a quarter-mile time of 12.9 seconds.
It's not a surprise to call the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport, dated or past its prime, since the compact crossover has been on the market largely unchanged since 2011. A refresh for the 2016 model year barely improved things, but Mitsubishi continues to try to keep it fresh and is introducing a new Outlander Sport Limited Edition model this week at the Chicago Auto Show.
Ford F-150 Raptor fans in China will be excited to hear that the all-new F-150 Raptor is now on its way. Ford has started shipping the 2017 F-150 Raptor to customers in China, marking the first time any U.S.-built F-Series truck has been officially exported to China.
Sedans continue to lose market share thanks to the growing number of crossovers that they have to compete with. This is especially true for the midsize sedan segment and even more of a problem for full size sedans. The once popular segment now either has to compete with their midsize counterparts, who aren't that much smaller or midsize crossovers, so why are they still around? Today full size sedans are positioned less as a family hauler like in the past and now as a more luxurious flagship for an automaker's lineup.
Hyundai is going to reveal the all-new 2018 Elantra GT next week at the 2017 Chicago Auto Show. The good news is that we've already seen it, since it's sold as the i30 in Europe and the new i30 debuted last fall.
Subaru is bringing an updated 2018 Legacy to the Chicago Auto Show next week, which is getting a slightly updated exterior, more tech and some suspension tweaks.
It's too bad that U.S. buyers still hate wagons, since Mercedes-Benz, Volvo and BMW all have new wagons. Since buyers here don't love wagons, Volvo's new V90 can only be specially ordered and BMW doesn't even have plans to bring the new 5 Series Touring to the U.S. Either way, buyers in other markets will surely love the new 5 Series Touring that is going to debut at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show.
Mercedes-AMG has unveiled the 2018 E63 S wagon, which like the sedan version, is powered by an impressive 4.0-liter V8 biturbo engine with 603-hp and 627 lb-ft. With a 0-62 mph time of 3.4 seconds and all that power hitting the ground via the AMG Performance 4MATIC+ all-wheel system, the E63 S wagon is now one of the most awesome wagons you can buy today.
For years Honda fans have been begging Honda to build a successor to the S2000 and there have even been off and on again rumors of a successor. Now Car and Driver is reporting that Honda is working on a new roadster and we may even get to see it in 2018 - just in time for Honda's 70th birthday.
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