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Jaguar XE hits a new milestone with 75MPG

The Jaguar XE has been introduced, and with it comes a new first for the maker: a projected fuel economy beyond 75MPG, something that is joined by a new modular architecture, RC5754 aluminium alloy, and environmentally friendly CO2 emission numbers. The car is set to be unveiled on September 8 in London.

Ford drops BlackBerry for iPhone

A Ford spokesperson spoke today on the next big internal transition for the company: one of phone switching. Ford’s Sara Tatchio suggested that by the end of this year, 3,300 Ford workers will no longer carry BlackBerry smartphones. Instead, they’ll be switching to Apple’s iPhone.

Toyota Mirai name tipped for fuel-cell car launch

Toyota’s fuel-cell car will launch as the Toyota Mirai, insiders claim, naming the hydrogen-powered vehicle after the Japanese word for “future”. The car, expected to go on sale sometime before April 2015, has so far only been known as the Toyota FCV (or “Fuel-Cell Vehicle”), polarizing trade show visitors with its distinctive looks.

Elon Musk to guest star in The Simpsons

Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk may have got an electric car company and – quite literally – rockets off the ground, but his biggest achievement is still in store: a guest appearance on The Simpsons. The billionaire inventor will be appearing as himself (in cartoon form, anyway) in one episode in upcoming Season 26 of the hit show, in … Continue reading

Honda axes Insight hybrid and Fit EV

Honda is quietly weeding out its eco-friendly car range, killing two models and retiring its fuel-cell vehicle as it reacts to disappointing sales. The Honda Insight – notable for being America’s first hybrid car – has been axed, after demand dwindled to just a small fraction of the number of comparative models Toyota and other firms are selling.

EV makers form Smart Grid platform for cleverer charging

The days of plugging a smart electric car into a dumb outlet may be numbered, with eight of the top auto firms joining forces with power companies to work out a universal “smart grid” standard for charging EVs and hybrids. The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) aims to build a common language for cars and utilities to speak, allowing them … Continue reading

First Drives and Reviews

2015 Lexus NX first-drive: Crossover Crunchtime

The 2015 Lexus NX isn’t your accountant’s Lexus. Aggressively designed, and breaking new ground for Lexus with its first turbocharged engine, the new NX attempts to distill what has worked for the RX into a package more appealing to hip urbanites, young families, and those who might more regularly find mountain bikes in their trunk than Whole Foods bags. True … Continue reading

First Drive: 2015 Porsche Macan S and Macan Turbo

We’re a long way from the outrage of the first four-door Porsche, and a compact SUV/crossover was almost inevitable. The 2015 Porsche Macan is a direct result of the successes of the Panamera and Cayenne, with a name derived from the Indonesian word for tiger and a surprisingly broad price range depending on your heavy-handedness with both the options sheet … Continue reading

2015 Hyundai Sonata first-drive: CarPlay & Android Auto onboard

Hyundai has something to prove in the midsized segment, and the 2015 Sonata is the car it’s aiming to do that with. Dropping the droopy design for a tauter, more sturdy appearance, and stepping up its game with more usable performance, clever electronic toys like smart cruise control, and interior space that belongs with a class above, the new Sonata … Continue reading

2014 Camaro Z/28 first-drive

Chevrolet has resurrected a legend, with the Camaro Z/28 finally granting its muscle car the badge enthusiast drivers have been crying out for. Building on the seven-liter V8 LS7 engine from the old Corvette Z06, Chevy’s engineers hand-squeeze out 505 horsepower and 481 pounds per foot of torque, mounted in an aero-treated body that’s been built for speed and downforce. … Continue reading

ST Octane Academy: Ultimate owner driving experience

Take a compact car, add a meaty engine, and you’ve got a recipe for success, and Ford is aiming to show drivers just how fun its high-performance small cars can be. Held at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah, the ST Octane Academy puts new Focus ST and Fiesta ST owners on the track with racing instructors to make sure … Continue reading

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