Tesla's New Car, Mazda's New Car, Hellcat's New-Car Pricing

Your auto news roundup for the week of 07/11 - 07/18.

What happens when Ford poo-poos all over Tesla's decision to call its next car - the so-called "affordable" EV - the Model E? If you're Tesla, you throw shade in Dearborn's direction and flip the letter backwards. So now, after the Model X SUV is released, we'll have the Model III. According to Tesla, it should have a range above 200 miles, and at the ideal price point of about $35,000, it should make a formidable competitor to BMW's ubiquitous 3-Series.

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Volkswagen Confirms Mid-Size SUV

Chattanooga-built trucklet will give VW a presence in segment.

Up until now, if you wanted an SUV with seven seats and a Volkswagen badge, you were out of luck - both of the brand's SUVs, the Touareg and the Tiguan, only seat five. Now, though, VW has finally officially confirmed what it's teased for months - the addition of a mid-size, seven-seat crossover based on the CrossBlue Concept.

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Nissan's Battery, Porsche's Loaners, America's Traffic

Your auto news roundup for the week of 06/27 - 07/04.

Electric vehicles haven't been around very long, so we're still stuck wondering many things. Like, for example, the true cost of a replacement battery. Well, if you own a Nissan Leaf, wonder no more, as the automaker has just released info on replacing the battery in its electric car. If you need a full-on replacement of the whole battery pack, you'll pay $5,500, which doesn't include tax or installation costs.

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Is the Cadillac ELR a Failure? Or Simply Overpriced?

Poor pricing may be killing one of Cadillac's products.

Google "Cadillac ELR sales" and just about every link from the past six months is from one auto-journo outlet or another, reporting on just how slowly the ELR is selling. We can't say we're surprised, because the ELR seemed flawed from the start. The ELR is essentially a Chevrolet Volt extended-range electric with two fewer doors.

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Hyundai's Lawsuit, NHTSA's Query, Subaru's Good News

Your auto news roundup for the week of 07/04 - 07/11.

1,500 Hyundai Santa Fe owners have banded together to bring a lawsuit against Hyundai on its South Korean home turf. This lawsuit is a direct result of a government decree that stated Hyundai and one other automaker overstated the fuel mileage estimates for its crossovers. The owners want about $1,500 each, which is a little more than the plaintiffs might make, were this lawsuit underway in the American court system.

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Is a Federal Gas Tax Increase Unavoidable?

U.S. DOT financial shortfalls might remove any other options

Tuesday, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx sent letters to state transportation departments, outlining steps the Department of Transportation (DOT) will be forced to implement starting August 1, 2014, to combat the impending shortfall in the Highway Trust Fund. Recent projections have shown the trust fund will reach a critical point in the upcoming weeks. In the letters, Foxx mentions the need for Congress to act beforehand to prevent a shortage.

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