Porsche — which has had great success with its SUVs – “expands” the capabilities of its Panamera to add some of the utility normally reserved for its crossovers.
It appears Nissan is going to the dogs … for advice.
It’s no secret that dog owners are a dedicated bunch; one survey indicated that more than 80 percent of those polled felt that it was just as important for their canine companions to be safe and comfortable in their cars as it was for their human passengers.
To that end, Nissan showed off its Rogue Dogue (get it?) project vehicle at the New York Auto Show.
Honda’s redesigned Clarity Fuel Cell debuted earlier this year as a 2017 model, at which time it was announced that electric and plug-in hybrid versions would soon be available. And true to its word, Honda introduced those models at the New York Auto Show.
Mercedes-Benz introduced the final member of the redesigned E-Class lineup at the New York Auto Show.
Subaru debuted its redesigned 2018 Crosstrek today at the 2017 New York Auto Show. Similar in appearance and concept to the outgoing model, the new one adds numerous features and a bit more power.
The Outback has been one of Subaru’s greatest success stories, long being the make’s best-selling model. Changes for the 2018 version shown at the New York Auto Show focus mostly on mild styling tweaks and additional features.
Toyota calls it a “four-wheel-drive toolbox,” and that seems an appropriate description of the company’s FT-4X concept shown at the 2017 New York Auto Show.
It’s still not often you see the words “Sport” and “Hybrid” in the same sentence – let alone in the same name – but the concept is growing in popularity. And few companies are leveraging the principle of using an electric motor’s instant low-speed torque to augment the high-end power of a gas engine as thoroughly as Acura.
Despite their current popularity, it has come to my attention that some people just don’t like SUVs. Even when branded with the cuter “crossover” tag, they strike some as too boxy, too tall … and too common.
One of the downsides of electric cars — as noted in our previous Kia Soul EV long-term update — is that cold weather really cuts into the driving range. That’s likely due in part to the battery being less efficient in cold temperatures, and certainly to the fact that creating heat from electricity is an extremely inefficient endeavor.