Cadillac’s ATS sedan is still relatively new on the market, but it’s getting a light update for the 2015 model year. The ATS will adopt Cadillac’s latest crest logo, which comes without the classic laurel wreaths. Models powered by the two-liter turbo four get a 14 percent increase in torque (now rated at 272 horsepower and 295 pound-feet), and the full range is available with some new tech goodies such as a wireless charging dock, OnStar with 4G LTE and Wi-Fi. The sedan is also joined by an ATS Coupe, which made its debut back in January at the Detroit Auto Show. Sales of both models start late this summer.
Mitsubishi has confirmed that its Lancer Evolution will bow out of the market after the 2015 model year, and at this point it’s not clear what will replace it. Mitsubishi has said in the past that any successor to the Evo will be very different to past generations of the car, with many suggesting it will be a hybrid. Unfortunately, it may be several years still until we see a proper successor launched, as Mitsubishi has also said it won’t start development of such a car until it has suitable technology.
Jaguar Land Rover has developed an advanced four-cylinder engine family, members of which will start appearing in its various models from 2015 onwards. Called Ingenium, the first recipient of the new engine family is expected to be the 2016 Jaguar XE, after which we should see the engines appear in several other models from Jaguar Land Rover including the 2016 Land Rover Discovery Sport and possibly even the F-Type sports car. The initial offering is a 2.0-liter four. Turbocharging, direct injection, variable valve timing and stop-start are to be fitted to all Ingenium engines.
In other new-car news, Volkswagen has ordered dealers in the U.S. and Canada to suspend sales of some 2015 Golf and GTI hatchbacks. In about 2500 new Golfs and GTIs, the stabilizer bars weren’t installed properly, which could loosen the links and in some cases, could allow them to detach from their mounting points. VW will fix the problem for free.
And finally this week, Germany has long been a driver’s heaven, and not just those willing to take on the infamous Nürburgring Nordschleife race circuit. Germany's Autobahn freeways are popular, too, since some stretches remain speed-limit-free. That freedom could soon come with a bill--if you're visiting from abroad. Germany’s transportation minister says the country plans to charge foreign motorists for use of the Autobahns. Initially, ten days will cost about $13; two months will be about $25, and a year’s permit will cost about $130.