Week in Review: First Looks, Price Cuts, and Awards
Another week filled with lawsuits, recalls, new models, production delays, and more has come to an end. And that's just breaking the surface. Catch up on the most noteworthy stories of the week including glimpses of the new 2015 Cadillac Escalade showcasing some notable new features, new driving technologies from Ford, price cuts on popular hybrids, awards, and new vehicle pricing. We know you're busy and don't have time to read every word we write, so check out our highlights from the week below. Monday, October 7 General Motors has stepped up its game with the introduction of the 2015 Cadillac Escalade, helping to push the luxury brand into becoming a world-class competitor. The exterior alone sets it apart from the similar Chevrolet Tahoe and GMC Yukon, with new headlights and LED accent lights, new grille, and vertical taillights that extend to the roof. Inside, the Escalade takes some styling cues from the CTS, including real wood trim, LED accent lights, and seats engineered for comfort and appearance. Powered by a new 6.2-liter V-8 engine that produces 420 horsepower, the 2014 Cadillac Escalade is finally worth its $75,000-plus price tag. Tuesday, October 8 Autonomous driving is no longer something that is decades away from mass production. With the introduction of new driver assist technologies, cars are slowly taking over basic driving functions from the driver. Ford unveiled two new technologies, the Fully Assisted Parking Aid system and the Obstacle Avoidance system. The first works at the push of a button to control steering, braking, forward and reverse motions, as well as gear changes, whether the driver is inside the car or not. The second uses automatic braking and steering to avoid accidents with both other vehicles and pedestrians. Are you willing to leave all these decisions up to your car? Ford sure thinks you should. Wednesday, October 9 Sales for the Prius plug-in have been down so far this year, so in an effort to increase sales numbers, Toyota has cut the price of the 2014 model by $2,010. This makes the starting price below $30,000, dropping the Prius plug-in into the realm of affordability for potential hybrid-buyers on a budget. Even the Advanced model has seen a price reduction. The 2014 Prius Plug-in Advanced model now starts at $34,905 after a $4,620 reduction. Thanks to its status as the highest-volume seller in California, Toyota has been tasked with selling the most low-pollution vehicles in the state. Last year, the automaker missed its target number, and this year isn't proving much different. Thursday, October 10 Once again, the Subaru Forester has managed to claim the title of Motor Trend's Sport/Utility of the Year. Of the last six years, a Subaru has managed to top this category three times. Competing against twelve other new or significantly refreshed vehicles, the 2014 Subaru Forester pulled ahead of the pack when testing began. All vehicles were judged based on six categories, including design, engineering, performance, efficiency, safety, and value. Even during a recent comparison test, we noticed the Forester slowly make its way to the top of the pack as the day progressed. Big enough to replace any midsize sedan, the 2014 Subaru Forester is functional, refined, fun, and frugal at the pump. Friday, October 11 Cadillac has priced its latest model to grace its 2014 lineup. The new 2014 Cadillac ELR is the first electric vehicle from the luxury automaker, and is set to arrive by early next year. The new model is powered by an advanced electric drive propulsion system and backup gas-powered generator shared with the Chevrolet Volt. The range-extender generator gives owners peace of mind from the ever-present range anxiety many have with electric vehicles. Cadillac has set the price for the 2014 ELR at $75,000 before tax credits, putting it in the same price point as the popular Tesla Model S.
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