Connected Green Car of the Year™
BMW’s innovative i3 adds a new i3s sport model this year with higher performance electric drive, sport suspension, and a wider track. A restyled front fascia gives the model a wider appearance. The i3 features innovative carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP) construction and is available as an all-electric vehicle or as an extended-range electric with a REx engine-generator. It’s packed with advanced and connected technology including Active Driving Assistant, Active Cruise Control with Stop & Go, Daytime Pedestrian Protection, Frontal Collision Warning with City Collision Mitigation, and Advanced Real-Time Traffic Information.
Cadillac CT6 Plug-In Hybrid
The Cadillac CT6 Plug-In is powered by a 265 horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine and twin 100 horsepower electric motors that provide exciting performance and efficiency. This luxury blended hybrid features extensive connected and driver awareness systems including Forward Collision Alert, a Following Distance indicator, Lane Keep Assist, Side Blind Zone Alert, Adaptive Cruise Control, and Forward and Reverse Automatic Braking that senses front or rear collisions and applies brakes as needed.
The all-new generation Nissan LEAF comes to showrooms with new styling, a 50-percent increase in driving range at 150 miles, and a full suite of Nissan Intelligent Mobility technologies. Nissan’s ProPILOT cruise control maintains a constant distance to the vehicle ahead and if necessary applies brakes to bring the LEAF to a full stop, then resumes driving with the touch of a switch or a light touch on the accelerator. The system also helps steer and keep the LEAF centered in its lane. Other driver-assist technologies include Intelligent Lane Intervention, Lane Departure Warning, Intelligent Emergency Braking, Blind Spot Warning, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, and Intelligent Around View Monitor.
Tesla Model X
Tesla’s Model X full-size luxury crossover SUV is a battery electric vehicle with a range of 238 to 289 miles. The model’s most obvious features are a panoramic windshield and ‘falcon wing‘ doors that articulate upward to enable easy access to second and third row seats. Tesla’s Autopilot allows the Model X to match its speed to traffic conditions, stay within its lane, and automatically changes lanes with a tap of the turn signal. Active safety technologies include side collision avoidance, parking sensors, and blind spot warning. Model X is designed to automatically apply brakes in an emergency. Over-the-air updates add safety and navigation features, enhance performance, and improve the driving experience.
Volvo S90 T8
The S90 T8 uses Volvo’s Twin Engine hybrid powertrain to provide satisfying power, efficiency, and all-wheel-drive. Front wheels are driven by a 2.0 liter, supercharged and turbocharged 4-cylinder engine. A 46-horsepower starter-generator augments combustion power, while a rear-mounted 87-horsepower electric motor drives the rear wheels. A 9.3-inch Sensus Connect touchscreen infotainment system offering tablet-like swipe-and-pinch gestures can interact with the S90’s 8-inch or 12.3-inch driver information displays and an optional head-up display. Pilot Assist combines a semi-autonomous drive system with Adaptive Cruise Control. The S90 T8 also features Blind Spot Information, Cross Traffic, City Safety, Run Off Road Mitigation, Automatic Braking After Collision, and Rear Collision Warning driver assist systems.
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