Tesla production, 2016 Chevrolet Cruze, 2017 Porsche 911: What’s New @ The Car Connection

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Tesla ramps up production, promises 500,000 cars per year by 2018

Tesla Motors and its CEO Elon Musk have spent a good bit of time talking about their plans to boost production in the near future. Now Musk and others have said that they want production to reach 5000,000 cars annually by 2018.

2016 Chevrolet Cruze review

The 2016 Chevrolet Cruze is a new version of the compact sedan that put Chevy back on the map with a top-tier entry that took on the likes of the Toyota Corolla, Honda Civic, Ford Focus, Volkswagen Jetta, and many others back in 2011. It competes with the latest versions of those cars, and comes in several trim levels, from the base L through to the high-volume LS and LT models and on up to the top-of-the-line Premier versions.

Report: Fuel economy standards for 2025 will save consumers up to $8000

Despite today’s low fuel prices, consumers continue to rate fuel economy as one of their top criteria when shopping for a new car. That’s likely because they understand that gas prices can change quickly, and more efficient vehicles provide protection against future fluctuations.

From Motor Authority: 2017 Porsche 911 first drive review

The Porsche 911 isn’t just a car. It’s car history, one of the foundation garments on the body of work that includes everything from the Model T to the Beetle to the Corvette.

Toyota unveils 86 Shooting Brake concept

Toyota’s habit of unveiling cool concepts with no chance of production continues with the 86 Shooting Brake. The design was penned by the automaker’s Australian arm and proved to be a major hit with 86 chief engineer Tetsuya Tada, so much so that he ordered the car be built.

Report: BMW working on Audi A1 rival

BMW could be working on a new model positioned below its compact 1-Series Hatchback. The new car would be about the size of the Mini Hardtop, whose front-wheel-drive UKL platform it would borrow, and the main target would be premium subcompacts such as Audi’s A1.

General Motors' Dan Ammann (center) with Lyft's John Zimmer (right) and Logan Green (left)

General Motors’ Dan Ammann (center) with Lyft’s John Zimmer (right) and Logan Green (left)

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From Green Car Reports: Chevy Bolt EV electric car to be GM-Lyft self-driving car testbed

It’s the season of autonomous-car announcements, apparently. This week Google and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles announced that the Silicon Valley giant would use the Detroit automaker’s 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans for its self-driving car research.

BMW loses electric-car staff to Chinese startup, says it’s unaffected

It seems that China is fast becoming a breeding ground for startups planning new electric cars. Many have been inspired by Tesla Motors, and hope to follow in the Silicon Valley company’s tire tracks by offering products radically different from those of established automakers.

VW e-Golf likes, dislikes, and surprises: the wrap-up

We have to admit, the Volkswagen e-Golf had us rather charmed from the start. Even based on early Euro-spec prototypes, and when we pitted all-electric against diesel with our back-to-back e-Golf vs. Golf TDI test drive review nearly two years ago, we found a lot of potential in the all-electric hatchback.


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