March 28, 2014 |
Tesla Motors Inc. has announced plans to reinforce the undercarriage of about 16,000 cars with high-strength shields to reduce the risk of damage from a crash starting a fire. Elon Musk, the electric car company's chief executive, outlined the retrofit Friday morning, at the same time the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced it has signed off on the changes and was closing a probe into two fires that occurred in Tesla Model S sports sedans. The NHTSA said it has not identified a safety defect trend that would justify asking Tesla to issue a recall for the Model S. It said "consumers should have their vehicles serviced promptly once they receive notification from Tesla Motors.
March 14, 2014 |
It is a mix of emotions only an Italian car can evoke. Maserati's all-new Ghibli and redesigned Quattroporte sedans thrill with all the lusty performance and high style expected from a brand with a loose connection to Ferrari. But - mama mia! - pity anyone hoping to roll down the window or turn on the lights in either of these Maseratis. This poor soul encounters third-rate plastic pieces that Maserati grabbed out of Chrysler's corporate parts bin. After a week of testing both the 2014 Ghibli and the 2014 Quattroporte, we were left more than a little frustrated by how a shoddy interior can foul an otherwise delizioso dish.
March 5, 2014 |
Jaguar put months of rumors and speculation to rest Tuesday, confirming at the Geneva Motor Show that it is indeed developing an all-new compact sedan called the XE. The rear-wheel-drive sports sedan will target the likes of the BMW 3 Series, Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Audi A4, Cadillac ATS, Lexus IS and Infiniti Q50. Jaguar hopes the new XE will follow in its competitor's footsteps and be a volume-selling model for a brand keen on dramatically increasing...
February 21, 2014 |
Audi's A3 family just keeps growing. Starting with the all-new A3 sedan that's due on sale soon, Audi's new entry-level lineup will also include an A3 convertible, an A3 diesel model, an e-tron plug-in hybrid hatchback and an S3 performance sedan. And now we meet the S3 Cabriolet. Debuting at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show in early March, the S3 offers the mechanical bits of the S3 sedan without the roof. This means a turbocharged, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine sits under the aluminum hood, pumping out 300 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque.
February 21, 2014 |
They are the bad boys of Subaru's lineup. Offsetting the brand's otherwise crunchy mind-set, the WRX and WRX STI pocket rockets have worked hard to bring some tire-smoking street cred to a brand that otherwise markets its vehicles with love and puppies. Based on the humble Impreza compact sedan, both the everyman WRX and the rally-ready STI are new for 2015. The basics stay the same: turbocharging and all-wheel-drive. But both models get an overhauled chassis, a refined cabin and fresh styling.
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February 12, 2014 |
Oakland authorities said they are searching for a carjacked red sedan in connection with the kidnapping of an elderly man and 13-year-old girl Tuesday that set off an Amber Alert. Officials had initially said they were looking for a red Infiniti SUV. Oakland police spokeswoman Johnna Watson said authorities had tracked the SUV to the East Coast, meaning the license plate may have been switched. "It's difficult to say at this time, but we definitely want to make the key point on the license plate," she told reporters Tuesday night.