Auto News for June 25

A test of a driverless car came to a halt in Washington, DC yesterday when the 2011 Cadillac SRX backed by Carnegie Mellon University shut down. Published reports were not clear on why that occurred, but one television report said a member of Congress who was on board punched an emergency cutoff switch. That ended the test that had been in the planning stages for six months.

2015 Ford Edge

Ford took the wraps off the 2015 Edge that it said would be sold not only here in the U.S. but in Europe and more than 100 markets around the world. It will be offered with a choice of 2.0-liter EcoBoost four, a 2.7-liter Ecoboost V6 or a 3.5-liter V6. The Edge fits in between the Escape and Explorer size wise and will go on sale early next year. It is now based on the same global platform as the Fusion. One feature is adaptive steering that makes it easier to park by reducing the number of steering wheel turns a driver has to make.

Consumer Reports really likes the BMW M235i. After extensive testing the magazine gave the Bimmer a score of 98 out of a possible 100. By a matter of three points that is a better showing than the Porsche 911 Carrera S and six points ahead of the Corvette LT3. It called the M235 an inspiring sporty car.

When looking for a set of new wheels, buyers rank safety and information features high among “must have” technologies for their next purchase, according to Kelly Blue Book. That includes back-up/blind spot cameras; recall advisor, stolen vehicle recovery and collision sensors. But 43 percent rated USB/auxiliary ports as the top “must have” feature.

Toyota_FCV

Toyota has revealed the exterior design of its hydrogen fuel cell sedan that may make it to the U.S. in the summer of 2015.

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