The LAPD last year began road-testing two Tesla Model S P85D cars as well as BMW i3 extended-range EVs, mainly for handling and performance. Earlier this year, the department ordered 100 of the i3 subcompacts.
CEO Elon Musk has long sought to evolve Tesla into more than a manufacturer and seller of automobiles and position it as part of a greater campaign to promote clean energy. That could explain his recent bid to purchase, and fold into the Tesla brand, the largest installer of residential solar-power systems in the U.S., SolarCity.
The inclusion of Android Auto and Apple CarPlay infotainment systems in the 1.2L, 3-cyl. Mirage offers functionality “today’s young buyers are absolutely going to love,” Mitsubishi Motors North America executive Don Swearingen says.
Spokesman Michael McHale calls the Impreza Sedan Concept the first example of a new generation of vehicles developed on a modular, less angular platform and employing the automaker’s Dynamic x Solid design language.
Nick Sugimoto, the Honda lab’s senior program director, compares high-tech innovators’ entrepreneurial spirit with that of Honda founder Soichiro Honda, whose vision saw his fledgling auto-parts supply company grow into the global automaker it is today.
Perhaps the main difference “between Fisker then and now is that we’re not under this enormous pressure for money that they were in the fundraising,” marketing chief Jim Taylor says. ‟So, we can take the time to do it properly.”
Tim Bajarin, a leading high-tech industry strategist, takes exception to results of a national online survey suggesting most female consumers would not be interested in driverless cars and, as a result, could prove an obstacle to market adoption.
Regulators are granting Volvo, Mitsubishi, Mazda, JLR and Subaru an added hybrid option and a later compliance date of Jan. 1, 2018, by which time each company will be expected to have an approved pure ZEV or hybrid transitional ZEV on the market.
Even as California dealers face an enormous volume of recalls through actions by Takata, General Motors and other companies, their sales numbers continue to rise. A spokesman suggests some of the credit goes to consumers who appear not to be panicked over the recalls.
The impetus behind EPIC is concern the auto industry will lack manufacturing expertise in coming years, either because current workers’ skills will become outdated or the number of new mechanics and engineers will fall short of demand.
We call out vehicles with problematic fit-and-finish, materials, ergonomics or unfortunate design choices. Each of these items resulted in points deducted as WardsAuto editors selected the 2016 Wards 10 Best Interiors.