Review: 2016 Kia Sorento aims to hit sweet spot with size

The ideas behind 2016 Kia Sorento sport-utility vehicle are genius, a foolish gamble or insanity. Regardless, the execution is superb. Who’s gonna buy it? Goldilocks? Kia’s hope is the genius behind its “just right” rig will answer the prayers of families who find the five-passenger Ford Escape and Nissan Rogue too small and seven-passenger Hyundai Read More

Review: 2015 BMW 740Ld is the ultimate cruising machine

Is quiet comfort redundant? Thrifty performance an oxymoron? Big and agile exclusive? BMW’s long-wheelbase diesel 7 inspires those questions, has luxury’s requisites, and relegates the ActiveHybrid 7 to those who drive a few km per day. (Overall score: 8.1) Walkaround From blunt double-kidney prow and angel-eye headlights to rear pillar Hofmeister kink echoed in the Read More

Review: 2015 Mercedes-AMG C 63 S outguns competition with beastly V-8

The fight for compact-performance-sedan supremacy between luxury auto makers is back on, now that Mercedes-Benz has returned to the party with the rechristened Mercedes-AMG C 63 four-door, and its new, racier twin, the C 63 S. While rivals have been climbing down to smaller six-cylinder engines, the C 63 sedan continues to intimidate with big, Read More

Teen identified as eighth U.S. victim of exploding Takata airbag

A teen driver who died a few days after a July car crash near Pittsburgh has been tentatively identified by the government as the eighth death in the U.S. due to an explosive air bag inflator made by auto parts maker Takata, federal transportation officials said Wednesday. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration officials also Read More

Volkswagen likely to buy back 115,000 cars in U.S.: report

German auto maker Volkswagen assumes it will have to buy back about 115,000 cars in the United States as a result of the emissions scandal, a newspaper reported on Thursday. Without citing its sources, Germany’s daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung said the company expected it would have to either refund the purchase price of a fifth of Read More

U.S. regulators could waive some safety rules for self-driving cars

The U.S. Transportation Department said on Thursday it may waive some vehicle safety rules to allow more driverless cars to operate on U.S. roads as part of a broader effort to speed up development of self-driving vehicles. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx unveiled the new policy guidance for self-driving vehicle testing in Detroit. Major auto makers, Read More

Bombardier focuses on wind protection for future of snowmobile

Our Prototypes column introduces new vehicle concepts and presents visuals from designers who illustrate the ideas. Some of them will be extensions of existing concepts, others will be new, some will be production ready, and others really far-fetched. The Concept The Snowrama II concept is a continuation of a series of ideas pertaining to the Read More

Small supersonic plane to reach speeds of 25,000 km/h

Our Prototypes column introduces new vehicle concepts and presents visuals from designers who illustrate the ideas. Some of them will be extensions of existing concepts, others will be new, some will be production ready, and others really far-fetched. The concept The Antipod is a supersonic military aircraft concept capable of reaching 25,000 km/h. It uses Read More

Auto supplier Continental says 5 million vehicles may have defective air bags

Continental Automotive Systems said Thursday it supplied potentially defective airbag control units to 5 million vehicles used in Honda, Fiat Chrysler, Mercedes-Benz and other vehicles built over a five-year period, widening the auto industry’s airbag safety crisis. Honda Motor Co said late Wednesday it is recalling 341,000 Accord cars from model years 2008-2010 to replace Read More

Review: 2015 VW Golf wagon a sportier version of the average CUV

Long reputed for its country-rock bar scene and irresistible barbecue shacks, home at once to the state capitol buildings, 100,000-seat Texas Longhorns football stadium and South By Southwest music festival, this city embraces its eclectic character. T-shirts in the souvenir shops shout out, “Keep Austin weird.” Accordingly, Volkswagen chose the city to stage the debut Read More

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