2017 Chevy Bolt EV debuts - w/video

This was an intro that I was looking forward to...and why not? A good-looking EV (electric Vehicle), with style and a dedicated EV platform from a major US manufacturer for $30k. I got most of what I wanted (the Detroit Auto Show is this week so maybe more info...). The Bolt (does this mean I'm the nut when driving it?) is very attractive, of a decent size, looks well built, has gloss-black grille inserts instead of the shiny bits (is this just for the production concept?), and has a lot of interior room for its size which is where that special platform comes in. The platform mounts the batteries below the floor lowering the car's center of gravity and maximizing space utilization. Expect to see more new GM models use this base. Yes Monica, the EV is the future (whether you like it or not, I mean we will run out of oil one day). The Chevy Bolt is a very well-done addition to add to their line up of electrified models. Here's the down side. According to early reports, the Bolt's prices will start at $37,500. Now Chevrolet likes to say that the Bolt costs $30,000 when you factor in the government's $7,500 tax incentive (some states have incentives as well) for EVs, but unless your tax situation allows for the use of the incentive, you might get no tax break from Uncle Sam. How about direct down payment cash like the "cash for clunkers" incentives (with new rules to stop shady dealer practices). If the Bolt had the lower starting price point, many fence sitters might have taken the EV plunge, cause really, an EV can meet the needs of many folks. Oh yeah, and the Bolt is expected to have a 200 mile range. So the questions I have for the Detroit intro are, Is the car shown what you get for your $37,500 or is it heavily optioned? Is the 200 mile range standard or are updated battery packs required as an optional extra? and so on... Check back for updates in this space...

Source: Chevrolet - Press release and video after the "read more" jump.

2017 Lincoln MKZ gets updated look, a new engine, and new interior - w/videos

Well the winged grille is dead, long live the new Lincoln grille (first shown on the all-new Continental) that features a mesh that mirrors the Lincoln logo (see pic after jump). The new front fascia looks more aggressive and goes better with the rest of the car (the tail was always popular in these parts). The interior seems more refined and the slider controls are gone but the giant sunroof is still available. The MKZ's safety suite gets new equipment like Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection and more. Infotainment systems are updated and add Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The top-of-the-line "Black Label" themes Chalet, Vineyard, and the newly available Thoroughbred allow you to spec-out your MKZ with the best, although the regular cars are not slouches, by any stretch. You can even equip your MKZ with concert-quality Revel® audio. The big news is under the hood with a new 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 (400 hp, 400 lb./ft. of torque) that can be mated to all-wheel drive and a new Driver's Package. The regular V6 (about 305 hp) and the hybrid model (where's the plug-in?) continue. As you can see, you can get the MKZ of your dreams as long as your budget agrees. Lots of good stuff for a car that has deserved better for some time. Better is here. For more info, check out the press release and videos (the reveal video tells a lot about Lincoln marketing) after the jump. The new 2017 Lincoln MKZ will be at your local dealer this summer.

Source: Lincoln - Press release and videos after the "read more" jump.

Nissan announces new prices for the refreshed 2016 Sentra - w/video

Nissan's popular Sentra compact sedan gets a new look and new equipment for 2016. Prices go up a touch as well with the value edition Sentra S with the six-speed manual transmission starting at $16,780 (plus $835 destination and handling, taxes, license, fees, and options). The top-of-the-line Sentra SL Xtronic starts at $22,170 (plus...) with FE+S, SV, and SR trim livels (with Xtronic) priced in between. Nissan does a better-than-average job of applying the styling cues from their large(r) cars to the little(r) ones and the new Sentra is no exception with new front and rear fascia and interior appointments that have a more upscale look (higher trim levels, natch). Who said that due to the fact that you don't have a lot to spend that you must suffer? Newly available safety equipment includes Forward Emergency Braking (FEB), Intelligent Cruise Control (ICC), Blind Spot Warning (BSW) and Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) and the mid-level and above models include Advanced Drive-Assist™ Display (ADAD) with 5.0-inch screen, Siri Eyes Free™ Voice Recognition, and much more. All models are equipped with a 1.8-liter engine that is mated to a six-speed manual (S model only) or the Xtronic CVT. Average fuel economy (city and highway) hovers around 30 mpg with 40 mpg highway available on the FE+S model. If the new(er) Sentra looks like your thing or for more info, check out the press release and video after the jump.

Source: Nissan - Press release and video after the "read more" jump.