California King: All-New Nissan Leaf Tested!

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There’s no more favorable climate for an electric car than Southern California. The year-round temperatures are right in the happy zone for lithium-ion-battery function, and the winter is so mild that neither range-sapping heat nor A/C is needed for about five months of the year. The political climate is also right, with the state and many of its cities offering additional incentives to buy an EV—atop the federal spur that can return up to $7500 to a buyer’s pockets. From using the carpool lane when driving solo to no-cost meter parking in Santa Monica to free charging when parked at LAX while you’re winging off to somewhere with worse weather, California would really think it was swell if you’d stop driving your fossil-fuel burner. There’s even a bill in front of the State Assembly that, if passed, would require new passenger vehicles in California to be zero-emission by 2040. Oh, and there’s another $1000 to $1500 for you if you get rid of your pollution machine; and how about a $500 rebate to make that home charger more affordable? READ MORE ››

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California King: All-New Nissan Leaf Tested!

2019 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Gets Powertrain Tweaks, Updated Styling

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We waited years for Mitsubishi’s plug-in hybrid version of the Outlander to reach U.S. shores, but we might not have to wait very long for the gasoline-electric SUV to receive some updates. Mitsubishi is releasing a 2019 Outlander PHEV for Europe with some significant tweaks to the powertrain, and we presume these changes will make their way to the U.S.-spec car.

The biggest change is to the gasoline engine, which swaps from a 2.0-liter four-cylinder to a 2.4-liter four-cylinder running the Atkinson cycle. Official numbers aren’t yet available, but the company says it provides more torque and improved efficiency. (The 2018 U.S. version is EPA rated for 25 mpg combined.) A few of the electric components are tweaked as well: battery capacity goes from 12.0 kWh to 13.8 kWh, which should improve all-electric driving range—the current car offers an EPA-rated maximum of 22 miles—and the rear-mounted electric motor and generator each get 10 percent greater output. There are new Sport and Snow drive modes for the all-wheel-drive system as well.

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The exterior of the 2019 Outlander PHEV is ever so slightly different than before, with new LED headlights, a larger grille, a front skid plate, a rear spoiler, and new wheel designs. Mitsubishi hasn’t released photos of the interior yet, but the company said the cabin benefits from new quilted leather upholstery, new front seats, some different switches and knobs, and a new gauge cluster.

The current Outlander PHEV just recently went on sale here as a 2018 model, so we’re not sure exactly when this updated version will arrive, but it will make its official debut at the 2018 Geneva auto show.

2018 Geneva Auto Show Full Coverage

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2019 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Gets Powertrain Tweaks, Updated Styling

2019 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Gets Powertrain Tweaks, Updated Styling

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We waited years for Mitsubishi’s plug-in hybrid version of the Outlander to reach U.S. shores, but we might not have to wait very long for the gasoline-electric SUV to receive some updates. Mitsubishi is releasing a 2019 Outlander PHEV for Europe with some significant tweaks to the powertrain, and we presume these changes will make their way to the U.S.-spec car.

The biggest change is to the gasoline engine, which swaps from a 2.0-liter four-cylinder to a 2.4-liter four-cylinder running the Atkinson cycle. Official numbers aren’t yet available, but the company says it provides more torque and improved efficiency. (The 2018 U.S. version is EPA rated for 25 mpg combined.) A few of the electric components are tweaked as well: battery capacity goes from 12.0 kWh to 13.8 kWh, which should improve all-electric driving range—the current car offers an EPA-rated maximum of 22 miles—and the rear-mounted electric motor and generator each get 10 percent greater output. There are new Sport and Snow drive modes for the all-wheel-drive system as well.

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The exterior of the 2019 Outlander PHEV is ever so slightly different than before, with new LED headlights, a larger grille, a front skid plate, a rear spoiler, and new wheel designs. Mitsubishi hasn’t released photos of the interior yet, but the company said the cabin benefits from new quilted leather upholstery, new front seats, some different switches and knobs, and a new gauge cluster.

The current Outlander PHEV just recently went on sale here as a 2018 model, so we’re not sure exactly when this updated version will arrive, but it will make its official debut at the 2018 Geneva auto show.

2018 Geneva Auto Show Full Coverage

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2018 Audi Q7 – In-Depth Review

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2018 Audi Q7 – In-Depth Review

2017 BMW M2 In-Depth Review: The Ultimate Driving Machine Reborn

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BMW—maker of the self-proclaimed ultimate driving machines—returns to its roots with the track-tastic M2. Based on the superb 2-series, this wide-body hot-rod version of the little 2 coupe caters to hard-core enthusiasts who prefer max performance over daily comfort. A 365-hp turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six churns the rear wheels furiously. A six-speed manual gearbox is standard; a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic costs extra. This car’s precise handling and tenacious attitude earned the red-hot M2 (and its milder M240i sibling) our 2017 10Best Cars award. Although BMW has alienated purists in recent years by producing an overload of crossovers and progressively subdued sports sedans, this smallest and purest machine in the company’s souped-up M lineup has resuscitated its reputation. READ MORE ››

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2017 BMW M2 In-Depth Review: The Ultimate Driving Machine Reborn

Bye Bye, E-ZPass: Audi to Offer Integrated Toll-Paying Module

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A white plastic E-ZPass stuck on the windshield is a fixture of cars in the Northeast, where bridge, tunnel, and highway tolls abound and cashless toll collection is increasingly the only workable option. Toll-paying transponders also are an increasingly common sight in California, Florida, and elsewhere as toll roads proliferate. Upcoming Audi models could clear that bit of clutter from the windshield, with the introduction of an Integrated Toll Module (ITM) transponder located within the rearview mirror.

With the ITM, the Audi owner registers the vehicle online in a similar way to how transponder tags are currently registered, except there will be one online portal to sign up for access to all toll roads, Audi spokeswoman Amanda Koons said. Gentex, which supplies the ITM mirrors, will manage the online interface on the back end. Drivers can use Audi’s Multi Media Interface (MMI) system to toggle the toll-paying system on or off, and they can also select the number of passengers in the vehicle for HOV/HOT carpool lanes.

When it launches later this year, ITM will be compatible with all toll roads in the United States and parts of Canada and Mexico. “Whereas now you have to have the SunPass in Florida and a FasTrak pass in L.A., you could do a cross-country road trip all without having multiple toll tags,” Koons said.

A unified electronic tolling system may seem like something that would already exist in the United States, and indeed a law passed in 2012 called for—although it did not require—such interoperability on federal highways by October 2016. So far, that hasn’t happened.

Audi hasn’t said in which model the ITM will launch, but the feature could be rolled out to most if not all future Audi vehicles, as Gentex supplies all of Audi’s automatic-dimming rearview mirrors.

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Bye Bye, E-ZPass: Audi to Offer Integrated Toll-Paying Module