October 16, 2013 |
Cadillac had announced just how much juice you'll need to buy its upcoming ELR plug-in. The all-new, two-door coupe will start at $75,995 when it goes on sale in January. The front-wheel-drive model is largely based on the four-door Chevy Volt, which General Motors put on sale in 2011. Like the Volt, the ELR uses an electric motor powered by a lithium-ion battery. The Cadillac has an electric-only range of 35 miles, which is three less than the Volt. Once the battery is depleted, a 1.4-liter, four-cylinder engine kicks in to act as a generator for the battery.
October 12, 2013 |
The Nissan Leaf is cruising at 35 mph when a pedestrian jumps into the roadway. But there's no one at the controls. Instead, radar, lasers and cameras recognize the pedestrian - actually a dummy shoved into the road by an engineer. Computers order the car to slam the brakes and swerve, avoiding a collision. The recent demonstration, at a former military base in Irvine, underscored just how far automakers have come in developing cars that drive themselves. Car companies including Nissan, General Motors and Mercedes have logged thousands of miles of successful tests, with an eye toward selling autonomous vehicles by 2020.
October 11, 2013 |
Toyota announced Thursday that it was voluntarily recalling about 10,000 new cars to fix a faulty windshield wiper switch. The recall affects the 2013 and 2014 Camry and Camry Hybrid, the 2013 Avalon and Avalon Hybrid, and the 2014 Corolla. Due to a manufacturing flaw, the switch could short out, causing the wipers to stop working, Toyota said in a statement. PHOTOS: Has your vehicle been recalled? The issue was noticed by Toyota technicians during a routine inspection, said Toyota spokeswoman Cindy Knight.
September 26, 2013 |
If you stepped into any U.S. car in the first half of the 20th century, it's likely the late Harley Earl directly or indirectly influenced its design. Now a well-heeled buyer will be able to step into one of his actual cars. Mecum Auctions has announced it will offer Earl's own custom-built 1963 Chevrolet Corvette convertible at its Chicago auction Saturday, Oct. 12. The pre-sale estimate for the car is $1.5 million to $2 million. Earl worked at General Motors from the 1920s through the 1950s and rose to vice president.
September 12, 2013 |
In a pair of news conferences on either side of the country Thursday, General Motors pulled the covers off the latest generation of its very large -- and very profitable -- lineup of full-size SUVs. In New York, GM's everyman brand Chevrolet debuted the all-new 2015 Tahoe and Suburban. Simultaneously in Los Angeles, the more upmarket GMC label had the 2015 Yukon, Yukon XL, and Yukon Denali on display. GM promised greater efficiency, safety and refinement for the entire lineup when it goes on sale in the first quarter of 2014.
September 4, 2013 |
Strong August auto sales numbers revealed a problem last month that Ford, General Motors and Chrysler once would have begged for -- not enough cars to sell. All three automakers posted double-digit gains in sales last month and they reported tight inventories on some models. For Ford Motor Co. it's the Fusion sedan and Explorer and Escape crossovers; they just can't build them fast enough enough. In Los Angeles, San Francisco and Miami, a Fusion is lasting just 13 days at a dealership before being sold.