September 2016

2017 Audi A5/S5 Sportback — Coming to the U.S.

By Christopher A. Sawyer
The Virtual Driver

(September 14, 2016) The A5 Coupe now has a brother, the A5 Sportback. Like the A7, the A5 Sportback follows the current trend for low-roofed, sleek four-door coupes with one difference. It has a hatch instead of a trunk lid. If you’re from a country other than the United States, you already know that.

Chevrolet Bolt EV has EPA-estimated 238 miles of range

(September 13, 2016) DETROIT — Chevrolet promised to offer the first affordable electric vehicle with 200 miles or more of range and will exceed those expectations when the 2017 Bolt EV goes on sale later this year. Chevrolet says that with the vehicle’s EPA-estimated range of 238 miles, owners can expect to go beyond their average daily driving needs — with plenty of range to spare — in the 2017 Bolt EV when charging regularly.

Renault-Nissan Alliance hits milestone 350,000 electric vehicles sold

(September 13, 2016) The Renault-Nissan Alliance, the world's leader in zero-emissions mobility, has sold its 350,000th electric vehicle since December 2010, when the Nissan LEAF went on sale. The Alliance achieved the historic milestone in August, while also setting an industry record of 100,000 EVs sold in a single year.

The Alliance today accounts for half of the EVs sold worldwide. The Nissan Leaf remains the industry's best-selling EV ever, with more than 230,000 units sold globally. Renault is the best-performing EV brand in Europe.

2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack ready for adventure

(September 13, 2016) HERNDON, Va. — The VW Golf Alltrack, the derivative of the Golf SportWagen, marries that vehicle’s practicality and fun-to-drive nature with the capabilities of 4Motion all-wheel drive and rugged exterior styling. Volkswagen says the Alltrack offers an affordable yet upscale alternative to existing all-wheel-drive wagons that are on the market.

A new Armada — Your ship has come in

By Jim Prueter

(September 12, 2016) The Nissan Armada has been around for a long time, having first been introduced in late 2003 as a 2004 model known as the Pathfinder Armada. Later, the Pathfinder name was dropped and since then, it has simply been known as the Armada.

Prestigious road art collection coming to auction

(September 12, 2016) More than 1,200 of the finest collectible Road Art items ever offered at public auction will come together this Oct. 20-22 in Walworth, Wis., as Mecum Auctions hosts The Road Art Collection Auction at the company’s Badger Street Facility.

This assemblage comprises an array of investment-grade porcelain signs, neon signs, gas pumps and globes, oil cans and other such automobile-related relics.

Nissan announces turbocharged engine for 2017 Sentra

(September 12, 2016) MIAMI — The new 2017 Sentra SR Turbo made its world debut Saturday at the 46th annual Miami International Auto Show.  The new Sentra SR Turbo joins the popular Sentra sedan lineup later this fall in Nissan showrooms nationwide.

Sentra is Nissan's third best selling vehicle in the United States with sales up 11.2 percent this year (through August). The new Sentra SR Turbo is expected to help keep the sales momentum going by expanding its market reach.

GM recalling 3.64 million vehicles over airbag non-deployment

(September 12, 2016) DETROIT — GM is voluntarily recalling approximately 3.64 million 2014-17 model year vehicles in the United States. The sensing and diagnostic module (SDM) in these vehicles, which controls airbag and pretensioners deployment, contains a software defect that may prevent the deployment of frontal airbags and pretensioners in certain rare circumstances when a crash is preceded by a specific event impacting vehicle dynamics.