Despite no longer cosying up to the warm bosom of the press fleet industrial complex, I still occasionally find myself behind the wheel of cars other than my own. Such was the case last week when I brought my own car, a C7 Corvette Z51, into the dealer for some warranty work and found myself sitting in the fortified bunker – aka cabin – of a loaner 2017 Camaro. Unlike the other sixth gen that I previously wrote up on these pages, which was option-laden but also saddled with the middling 2.0T Ecotec, this one featured nary an add-on save for the 3.6L LGX “High Feature” V6…a swap that made this drab-looking coupe immeasurably better to drive.
Category - Model News
Though Honda’s latest Civic has captured most of the (admittedly few) headlines there are in the compact car segment this year, two of the class’s perennial heavyweights just went under the knife for major reconstructive surgery, too. The Chevy Cruze and Hyundai Elantra are two takes on the small sedan theme that are aimed at the exact same buyer – rental fleets! Just kidding – let’s find out which of these revamps has proven to be the most successful.
Volkswagen is introducing a more powerful Golf GTI Clubsport in celebration of the GTI’s 40th birthday, and continues the tradition of GTI anniversary models which were released for the 20th, 25th, 30th, and 35th birthdays.
Is the Porsche Cayenne Turbo too peasant spec for you? Well, good news! After several long months of teasing, Bentley has officially revealed the new Bentayga SUV, which is based on the EXP 9 F Concept shown previously. Bentley says the Bentayga is the fastest, most luxurious, and most exclusive SUV in the world. It is, after all, a Bentley.
Toyota pulled the covers off the all-new fourth-generation Prius last night in Las Vegas. Toyota promises the new Prius will deliver ten percent better fuel economy on the core models, while an even more efficient ‘Eco’ model is to follow soon.
The fourth-generation Toyota Prius gets its boost in efficiency from lighter hybrid components, higher-energy density in the batteries, and an ICE that delivers over 40% thermal efficiency. Other highlights include a larger passenger cabin, more cargo room, a lower center of gravity and an improved suspension package. The Prius will also be one of Toyota’s first U.S. models with Toyota Safety Sense. TSS consists of pre-collision braking, lane departure alert and correction system, radar cruise control, and automatic high beams.
The fourth-generation Toyota Prius will hit showrooms in the first quarter of 2016.