Many Americans looked at the loans that the federal government handed out to help usher in green vehicles using electricity rather than oil dubiously. The problem with many of the companies that received the loans was that the cars they were working on were well out of the price range most Americans can afford and the technology was unproven. One of the major disappointments came from Fisker.
Toyota has dispatched a small fleet of its i-Road electric "personal mobility vehicles" into public testing, the first of a multi-city trial to see just how practical tiny tilting three-wheelers could be for urban users. The i-Road, announced last year, will show up on Tokyo streets first, with ten of the 300kg two-seaters having been specially modified from the initial version we tried in Japan recently.
Cadillac has announced a new trim package for its ATS called the Crimson Sport Edition. This special edition of the ATS will only be produced during the spring of 2014 and features a unique Crimson Red Metallic exterior. Cadillac will offer the Crimson Sport Edition with a number of options.
BMW and Toyota have teamed up to share hybrid vehicle technologies and announced their partnership for a sports car late last year. The first car to come of the partnership is tipped to be a replacement for the BMW Z4 sports car. Toyota also says that the car will be a spiritual successor to the Supra. Perhaps Toyota will get a version along the lines of the FT-1 concept from Detroit.
No chances are being taken with the 2015 Audi A3. While the outgoing model never quite achieved the same cachet in the US as it did in Europe in five-door hatchback form, the new car targets the US from the outset with an A3 Sedan leading the charge. Starting just under $29,900 but promising Teutonic refinement - and a typically lengthy options list, including what may be the best infotainment system we’ve used so far - the A3 aims to follow in the footsteps of its well-received bigger siblings, not to mention return fire against other recent entrants in the premium C-segment niche. Read on for our first drive report.
It is the future and the joy of going to work involves a quick car booking and then off to office in a driver-less car. To put things into perspective, you probably belong to the urban landscape where carpools and owning a car are redundant. To realize this scene, a team of researchers at MIT, Stanford, and the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology suggest that the best way to cut down commuting time and city cars is to implement Autonomous Cars.
Honda has announced a very impressive milestone for its US vehicle manufacturing operations. Honda has now built the 20 millionth car in the US. Honda has built the 20 million cars in four plants that it operates in the US and the build number is cumulative from all those locations.
Anyone who has watched the Barrett-Jackson car auction on TV knows that the auction will see hoards of awesome cars cross the auction block. The next Barrett-Jackson auction is set to kick off on April 11 and end on April 13. The auction will have some very notable cars among the wares being sold under the gavel.