Next-Gen Tesla Roadster Planned For 2019

Last week, Tesla announced it would be adding a Ludicrous mode to certain versions of the Tesla Model S. In that same press release, they noted a higher performance level was planned for the new Roadster due in four years. 

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Ford Focus’ Struggles Lead to Departure from Michigan Assembly

Due to tepid demand within the U.S. small car market Ford Motor Company recently announced their Focus compact would cease production at its Michigan Assembly Plant in 2018. With the factory suffering from underutilization, the Blue Oval may possibly move future production to another country. Formal labor talks are scheduled to commence between the automaker and the United Auto Workers union on July 23, yet there is speculation the announcement is merely a negotiating tactic employed by Ford to improve its bargaining position. Time will tell whether the announcement is a legitimate factor or not, but a look into the Focus’ manufacturing and market performance suggests the company has concerns ― especially with regards to opportunity cost ― when deciding to produce its compact car in the United States or elsewhere.

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Quick Spin: 2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Limited

Hyundai tossed us the keys to their latest update of the Sonata Hybrid. Our initial impression? In Hybrid form, the Sonata exudes a more grownup, refined attitude due to its mid-cycle refresh. We’ve already driven its updated, fully gasoline-dependent brethren, so we were surprised how unique an experience the Hybrid creates. 

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Review: 2015 Ford Mustang GT Premium Fastback

With a 5.0-liter V8, racy Recaro seats, and a six speed short shifter, the 2015 Ford Mustang GT made our reviewers want to solely eat red meat, clothe themselves in denim, and drive fast everywhere they went. If you know someone who thinks a car can’t influence the personality of its driver, they obviously haven’t driven the newly redesigned ‘Stang.

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Volvo Purchases Polestar’s Tuning Division

 Volvo is looking to add some spice to their current lineup with new performance offerings to compete with BMW’s M and Mercedes AMG models. According to Automotive News, the company has purchased Swedish race car maker Polestar’s tuning arm. 

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California Pulls the Plug on EV Incentives for the Wealthy

Over the past several years, rebates and tax credits have been an effective tool used by automakers to sell electric vehicles (EVs) to lower the MSRP potential consumers face. The use of these incentives has helped narrow the price gap between EVs and comparable internal combustion engine (ICE) models, ultimately getting more buyers into the seats of EVs.

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BMW and Toyota Working on Fuel Cell Vehicle

On the heels of its i3 model, BMW is now working with Toyota to develop its second alternatively-powered vehicle. According to Automotive News, BMW will begin testing a new hydrogen fuel cell vehicle that they expect to be ready for customers in 2020. 

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Lexus Reviving SC Name for Large Luxury Coupe

The original Lexus SC coupe was a car that many believed to be ahead of its time. It was wildly successful and still maintains a strong following of loyalists. The SC nameplate was discontinued in 2010 after the second generation failed to share the same success as the first. A report from Autoblog indicates that after five years on the shelf, Lexus is looking to bring back the SC with a bang. Rumors indicate a large, powerful, luxury coupe that will be built on the next-generation LS platform.

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Ford Collaborating on Autonomous Vehicle Tech

Ford has taken the next step toward autonomous vehicle production this week, as it has moved from a research effort to an advanced engineering program. According to Ford’s PR representatives, Ford has created a global team to work on the Autonomous program, with efforts headed by Randy Visintainer. 

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General Motor’s Gamble on Mid-Size Pickups is Paying Off

General Motor’s reentry into the mid-size pickup segment, which materialized in the form of the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon, was greeted with a modicum of skepticism. The eyebrow-raising wasn’t without merit, as the once thriving small pickup market that had routinely toyed with 1 million sales per year had been gutted by the shift toward crossover utilities (mid-size pickup sales were roughly 250,000 in 2014). 

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