Mazda is celebrating the 25th birthday of the world's most popular two-seat sports car. The car is the Mazda MX-5 Miata. The very first version of the Miata was introduced in the US on February 9, 1989 at the Chicago Auto Show. Fast forward 25 years and Mazda has sold 920,000 Miatas since launch.
Typically, when we talk about autonomous vehicles, we are talking about Google and major automakers trying to get the tech ready for the roads around the nation. The US military is also looking to a future of autonomous vehicles that will allow convoys to deliver goods through hostile territory without putting soldiers at risk.
In Europe, cars that have diesel engines are very popular and are available to purchase in abundance. In the US with our cheaper gasoline, there are few cars that have diesel power from the factory, but that is changing. BMW has announced that it will have a new diesel-powered car heading to the US this year.
Google is working with a number of universities, researchers, engineers, and automotive manufacturers to bring the future to drivers around the world. Google is one of the biggest names in the autonomous car realm and has a fleet of vehicles on the roads around the country that can drive to a location with no input from drivers. Most see this is a good thing since autonomous vehicles can help the elderly or physically impaired be independent and reduce accidents on the roads.
Jeep has announced that the special Altitude editions of several of its popular vehicles will be debuting in 2014. The vehicles that get the Altitude treatment for the first time in 2014 will include the Cherokee, Grand Cherokee, and Wrangler. Those three new Altitude models join the existing Altitude Compass and Patriot models.
If you have never heard of Radical Sportscars, don't feel bad. This is a small car company that makes a lot of sports cars that aren’t street legal and are designed to be driven on a racetrack. The Radical line of cars are insanely, stupid fast. Radical has unveiled its latest concoction and the beast is even street legal in the UK.
Private transportation start-ups like Uber, Lyft, and Sidecar are chipping away at the foundation of the traditional taxi and the companies that operate the cabs. This has created some animosity between companies like Uber and taxi firms in some parts of the world. One example is the Uber driver and passengers that were reportedly attacked by Taxi drivers in Paris.
Subaru has officially unveiled the all-new 2015 Subaru WRX STI at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The unveiling of the higher performance STI version of the WRX comes after the standard WRX was unveiled back in November 2013. Whereas the standard WRX gets a 2.0L turbo engine, the STI version gets a larger 2.5L engine producing more power.
Automaker Hyundai Motor Group has teamed with SoundHound to bring a new music service into some of its 2014 model year Hyundai and Kia cars. SoundHound is a sound search firm that offers tech for an embedded music search and discovery system. The partnership will integrate SoundHound directly into the head unit of the car.