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WOT 3 Years Ago: Altima, e-Golf, Open-Top Veyron Make Headlines

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 3/22/2015 Kelly Pleskot

Every now and then, we enjoy looking back at what was happening in the automotive industry of yesteryear. Here are some of the stories that we published exactly three years ago today:

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Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse Exclusive Development Drive : We recommend you go back and take a look at this one. Three years ago today, one of our correspondents had the chance to get behind the wheel of the open-top version of the Grand Sport. This opportunity came about back when Bugatti was testing prototypes of the 1184-hp convertible in South Africa. Sadly, the Veyron is now on its way out and will soon be replaced by the Chiron. This new supercar will reportedly pump out 1500 hp.

2013 Nissan Altima Sedan Teased Again Before New York Debut : The New York auto show comes around this time every year like clockwork. Along with the Subaru XV Crosstrek, the show also brought out a Nissan Altima Sedan Teased Again Before New York Debut" target="_blank">next-generation Altima. This model features much better fuel economy and a completely new look from the previous model. Sometime soon, we think a refreshed Altima is due to make its way to the auto show floor.

We Hear: Infiniti Showing LE Electric Concept Car in New York : Along with the Altima, Nissan also brought out an electric luxury car concept under the Infiniti name. It was intended to give a look at what a future compact Infiniti EV would look like. Infiniti put the production version of the Nissan Leaf-based LE concept on hold in 2013. The brand is going ahead with the Q30 compact hatchback and QX30 small crossover, however.

Not a Golf Cart: Volkswagen e-Golf Test Fleet Set to Launch in U.S. : Three years ago, Volkswagen was still feeling out the waters before launching an e-Golf in the U.S. The automaker began a nine-month pilot program that tested 20 e-Golf cars around major cities around the country. These test models came with a 26.5-kWh lithium-ion battery and an estimated range of 93 miles. It looks like VW was onto something, as now the e-Golf is offered in the U.S. and even contributed to the 2015 Golf lineup being picked as our Car of the Year.

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