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WOT 3 Years Ago: Maybach Axed, Chevy Volt Fires, Subaru BRZ Revealed

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 11/28/2014 Kelly Pleskot

If you think life can change a lot in three years, just think about how even more dramatic that change is in the auto industry with cars being refreshed every few years. Every now and then, we like to take a trip down memory lane to see what was happening long ago in the auto industry, and here are a few of the stories that made headlines three years ago to the date.

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November 28, 2011

No More Maybach: Mercedes-Benz to Replace Lux Brand with New S-Class Models : Way back when, Daimler revealed it would kill off the iconic Maybach brand to focus on making more expensive versions of the S-Class. Fast forward three years later, and Mercedes is beginning to execute that plan, but is recycling the Maybach name with the just-revealed 2016 Mercedes-Maybach S600, which will be available beginning in April 2015 for around $200,000.

Chevy Volt Investigated by NHTSA for Post-Crash Fire Risks : The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration opened a formal safety investigation into the Chevy Volt three years ago, and after a few rounds of crash tests, a couple of Volt plug-in hybrids went up in smoke or caught fire. The NHTSA closed its investigation in 2012, and ultimately found no defect with the car. Still, General Motors later modified the battery to better prevent coolant fluid from leaking and starting a fire. For the second-generation Volt that debuts for 2016 in Detroit early next year, expect an all-new battery pack that is lighter and more efficient. 2012-chevrolet-volt-8© Provided by MotorTrend 2012-chevrolet-volt-8

Subaru BRZ Official Photos, Details Released Ahead of Tokyo Debut : Three years ago, Toyota and Subaru were celebrating the completion of their jointly-developed sports coupe. The BRZ made its debut at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show for the first time in production form right after the introduction of the Toyota GT 86. It seems like this car turned out to be a hit, as a second-gen BRZ has reportedly been approved for production. 2012-subaru-brz-tokyo-motor-show-front-three-quarter© Provided by MotorTrend 2012-subaru-brz-tokyo-motor-show-front-three-quarter

Spied! Seventh-Gen VW Golf/GTI : When we first saw the seventh-gen Golf out testing long before its debut for the 2015 model year, we had high hopes for the model. And it looks like the new Golf hasn't disappointed. As we predicted three years ago, it features a smaller, more fuel-efficient engine and improved build quality. It also happened to be our pick for the 2015 Car of the Year. volkswagen-golf-seventh-gen-rear-three-quarter© Provided by MotorTrend volkswagen-golf-seventh-gen-rear-three-quarter

Mazda's Capacitor-Based i-ELOOP Regenerative Braking System : Three years ago, Mazda introduced its i-ELOOP tech, which uses regenerative braking to capture electricity to help power a car's electronics system. It is now a staple feature on Mazda cars, helping improve fuel economy on the Mazda6 by 2 combined mpg on models equipped with the technology. mazda-i-eloop-1© Provided by MotorTrend mazda-i-eloop-1

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