October's Paris Motor Show is due to see the first public appearance of the Opel Ampera-e. This electric-powered five-door hatchback, which apparently will offer “a fun-to-drive experience”, is essentially a rebadged Chevrolet Bolt.
A credible concept car needs to combine spectacular styling with technical progress. The Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6, which has appeared at the Monterey Car Week, fulfils both of those criteria.
Nissan has tweaked the 2.3 litre, four-cylinder diesel engine that powers its NP300 Navara pick-up. Output is still either 158 bhp (118 kW / 160 PS) in single turbo guise or 187 bhp (140 kW / 190 PS) with twin turbos, but reduced emissions now mean Euro 6 compliance.
In what is a sign of changing tastes, Honda is getting ready to offer its tenth-generation Civic in five-door hatchback form across North America. This new addition to the range, which will arrive in dealers later this year, joins the existing sedan and coupé models.
Volkswagen subsidiary MAN is about to launch its first light commercial vehicle. The new TGE, which will be available with gross weights of between 3.0 and 5.5 tonnes, is essentially a rebadged 2017 Volkswagen Crafter.
Compared to the existing Seven 270, the new Seven 310 benefits from an extra 17 bhp (13 kW / 18 PS). That increase – which results from revised mapping and high-performance camshafts – takes output from the 1.6 litre Ford Sigma engine up to 152 bhp (113 kW / 154 PS).
Earlier this year, Nissan announced that it was developing a solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) using bio-ethanol as a primary fuel. Now the technology has appeared in a prototype vehicle.
Unlike its predecessor, the second-generation Crafter won't share a bodyshell with the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter. This all-new model, which takes many styling cues from the smaller Transporter, is going to be manufactured at a specially-constructed plant in Poland.
BMW Motorsport is developing a racing version of the M4 Coupé for customer teams and its own Junior Programme. This new competition car will comply with GT4 regulations, but deliveries aren't due to begin until the second half of 2017.
Growing concerns about worsening city-centre air quality might eventually lead to severe restrictions for diesel-powered vehicles in municipal areas. Of course, such curbs would probably affect delivery trucks too, so manufacturers are starting to explore alternatives.
Fly fishing usually involves lots of gear, which can end up getting wet, dirty and smelly. It's probably not the kind of cargo that a Bentley Bentayga owner would want to carry around in their vehicle without taking certain precautions.
It remains to be seen what impact the current political unrest in Turkey will have on the country's motor industry. If there's disruption, the new Mégane Grand Coupé – which is being built at the Oyak-Renault plant in Bursa – is one model that could be affected.
Ford has created its ninth unique aviation-themed Mustang. This latest iteration is a tribute to a North American P-51D Mustang named 'Ole Yeller', which has been a regular sight at air shows and the Reno National Championship Air Races for many years.
Golf carts exist because some people are too lazy to walk a course's eighteen holes. Quite a few of them probably drive a Mercedes-Benz, so it seems appropriate that their favourite car brand has collaborated with Garia to develop a vehicle for the fairways.