Archive for September, 2015
For what should have been a quiet year for the all-electric Nissan Leaf, 2016 brings an available higher-capacity battery that extends the car’s EPA-estimated range by 27 percent.
The 2016 Scion iA and the 2016 Scion iM began arriving in dealerships nationwide last week, ushering in an important new chapter in Scion history. The iA (a subcompact sedan) and iM (a compact hatchback) are really the first “mainstream” Scions aimed at addressing the shifting demographics of Scion’s target market (70 percent of which didn’t even have a driver’s license when the brand was introduced).
Class: Premium Compact Crossover
Miles Driven: 312
Fuel Used: 14.3 gallons
Driving mix: 70% city, 30% highway
Chicago radio legends Steve and Johnnie take the 2015 Hyundai Genesis V8 for a video test drive. What did they think of their test vehicle? Watch and find out.
On the surface they may seem like slivers of a 50-year Hollywood career, but the two starring roles that Martin Milner landed in the 1960s put him in the car-buff-television hall of fame. Mr. Milner, who died September 6 at age 83 in California, sought adventure across America in a Corvette from 1960 to 1964 on Route 66, then protected and served Angelenos with a succession of Los Angeles Police Department “black-and-whites” between 1968 and 1975 on Adam-12.
Here’s an eye-opening then-and-now comparison for you. The 1981 Lincoln lineup’s sole engine choice was Ford’s corporate 5.0-liter V8. In Lincoln trim, it produced a tepid 130 horsepower, and in the Town Car, it returned a leisurely 14.9 second 0-60 time. Fast-forward 35 years, and Lincoln’s largest sedan, the MKS, scoots to 60 mph in just over five seconds when equipped with the available 365-horsepower 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6.
Although Volvo has used the “Cross Country” and “Inscription” monikers in the past, they’ve never been used like this.
Cross Country has long been applied to an SUV-flavored version of a Volvo station wagon, while Inscription has been used of late to denote a high-end trim level. But Volvo will now be using those established names in a somewhat different manner. New for 2016 are the S60 Cross Country, which applies the designation’s traditional formula to a raised S60 sedan, and the S60 Inscription, which “expands” the use of that name to indicate a stretched S60 sedan.
Hornet is the likely name of a forthcoming subcompact hatchback that would give Dodge a direct competitor to the Chevrolet Sonic, Honda Fit, and other fuel-efficient pint-sized cars.
Expected in 2018 as an early ’19 model, the 2019 Dodge Hornet would be positioned in Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) showrooms between the Fiat 500 and 500L, and comfortably below the compact Dart, the Dodge brand’s smallest and least expensive current offering.
Class: Premium Midsize Crossover
Miles Driven: 366
Fuel Used: 19.2 gallons
Driving mix: 65% city, 35% highway