Volvo Cars will soon roll on without conventional gasoline-powered vehicles. The Swedish automaker recently announced every car it launches after 2019 will have an electric motor. The company plans to launch three new Volvos between 2019 and 2021. While details are scarce, the new vehicles will either be fully powered by a battery and electric motor or available as a hybrid, which uses electricity to boost the fuel economy in a car with an internal combustion engine. While electric vehicle sales are on the rise in Europe, they held less than a 1 percent of the U.S. market share in 2016, according to Kelley Blue Book.
It’s official. The Jeep Wrangler has been named the most American car in the annual Cars.com American-Made Index. The list ranks cars using metrics like assembly location, domestic parts and how many U.S. workers each sale supports. The Jeep Wrangler is built in Toledo, Ohio, and about 74 percent of its parts are built in the U.S. The Jeep Cherokee and Ford Taurus rounded out the top three. Cars.com eliminated sales volume from its factors for this year’s list, which hurt last year’s top three cars, the Toyota Camry, the Honda Accord and the Toyota Sienna.
Three full-size cars have received the Top Safety Pick Plus designation from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The Lincoln Continental, Mercedes-Benz E-Class sedan and the Toyota Avalon earned the coveted accolade for passing five safety tests and getting high marks for headlight ratings and front crash prevention.