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London kicks Uber out, BMW's M, Mongol Rally in a Nissan Leaf: What’s New @ The Car Connection
London kicks Uber out, BMW's M, Mongol Rally in a Nissan Leaf: What’s New @ The Car Connection

London denies Uber’s license due to “public safety and security implications” If you're in London, the next Uber you hail may be the last to whisk you past the Tower, the Bridge, and Westminster Abbey. China may open its borders to foreign electric car builders China may relax...Read More»

London anti-Uber taxi protest: June 11, 2014 (photo by Flickr user David Holt)
London denies Uber’s license due to “public safety and security implications”

If you're in London, the next Uber you hail may be the last to whisk you past the Tower, the Bridge, and Westminster Abbey. London's transportation department has refused to renew Uber’s private hire operator license, which expires at the end of September, meaning the ride-sharing giant could...Read More»

Proterra Catalyst electric bus
New electric bus runs 1,100 miles on a single charge

A Silicon Valley mass-transit vehicle builder claims it has set a world distance record for an electric vehicle on a single charge — with a 40 foot city bus. Proterra's Catalyst E2 max covered 1,102.2 miles at a testing facility in Indiana, a distance verified by an independent third party...Read More»

2018 Nissan Leaf
China may open its borders to foreign electric car builders

China may relax strict rules requiring foreign automakers to partner with Chinese companies before building electric vehicles within its borders. If such a change occurs, it carries potentially large ramifications for most of the world’s car manufacturers. As the government pushes for an...Read More»

2018 Honda Odyssey Elite
Feds, IIHS score new 2018 Honda Odyssey with top safety marks

The redesigned 2018 Honda Odyssey earned top marks for crash and advanced safety from federal and independent safety officials, the automaker announced Thursday. The minivan earned a top five-star overall federal safety score, including five stars for front- and side-impact crash safety with a...Read More»

2018 Chrysler Pacifica
2018 Honda Odyssey vs. 2018 Chrysler Pacifica: Compare Cars

Minivans hardly get the recognition they deserve as functional family utensils. They're big, comfortable, relatively frugal, and can take toddler temper tantrums in stride. Two of the biggest names in the minivan world are fresh from complete overhauls and ready to vie for families attentions. The...Read More»

Waymo self-driving prototype
Self-driving car tech, Hellcat Durango, Porsche Mission E: What’s New @ The Car Connection

Intel, Waymo team up to design self-driving car computers Google spinoff-slash-self-driving technology firm Waymo is partnering with Intel to develop new computing platforms. The companies announced the partnership this week, and revealed that Intel technologies have featured in Waymo’s...Read More»

Mercedes-Benz C-Class production in Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Report: Mercedes-Benz building $1B electric battery, SUV plant in Alabama

The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday that Mercedes-Benz parent-company Daimler AG will spend $1 billion on a battery and electric SUV plant near the company's facilities in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. A company spokeswoman said the automaker would make an official announcement later in the day. The...Read More»

Waymo self-driving prototype
Intel, Waymo team up to design self-driving car computers

Google spinoff-slash-self-driving technology firm Waymo is partnering with Intel to develop new computing platforms. The companies announced the partnership this week, and revealed that Intel technologies have featured in Waymo’s self-driving Chrysler Pacifica minivans and their predecessors...Read More»

2018 Volvo S60 Polestar
Before it even opens, Volvo nearly doubles investment in US plant

Before its new South Carolina plant slated to open next year even builds its first car, Swedish automaker Volvo is expanding its plans for the factory. CNBC is reporting that the company plans to hire an additional 1,900 employees and up its total investment in the facility to $1 billion. Earlier...Read More»

2018 Chevrolet Cruze
Leasing deals, Mitsubishi Evo returns, Electric cars in China: What’s New @ The Car Connection

Study: Cheap cars don't always make great lease deals If you’re looking for a great lease deal on a new car, you might want to avoid the bottom tier of the market. That’s CarsDirect's conclusion after analyzing over 560 leases to see which ones stood out as supremely bad deals...Read More»

2017 Mazda MAZDA6
2017 Mazda 6 gains more standard safety tech

According to dealer spec sheets obtained by Cars Direct, the 2017 Mazda 6 will gain a few important standard safety features in the middle of its production run. The changes amount to different option combinations, rather than entirely new features, and are likely intended to make Mazda’s...Read More»

2013 Ram 2500 HD
494,000 diesel-fueled Ram Heavy Duty pickups recalled over faulty water pump

Nearly half a million 2013-2017 Ram Heavy Duty pickup trucks are subject to a new recall designed to correct a faulty water pump bearing, the automaker's parent company said on Tuesday. The recall covers 494,000 Ram 2500 and 3500 pickups, as well as 3500, 4500, and 5500 chassis cab configurations...Read More»

2017 Infiniti QX50
Crossover cross-up: 2018 Infiniti QX50 skipped; QX60 Hybrid shelved

Infiniti won't offer an updated QX50 crossover this year and quietly axed its slow-selling hybrid QX60, the automaker confirmed Tuesday. A redesign for the QX50 is expected next year, and according to an Infiniti spokeswoman, should look similar to the QX50 Concept unveiled at the Detroit auto show...Read More»

2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV electric cars outside dealership    [photo: Patrick Reid]
Study: Cheap cars don't always make great lease deals

If you’re looking for a great lease deal on a new car, you might want to avoid the bottom tier of the market. That’s CarsDirect's conclusion after analyzing over 560 leases to see which ones stood out as supremely bad deals. While at face value, logic would seem to dictate that cheap...Read More»

Chevrolet Bolt EV Cruise Automation test mule in San Francisco
GM's self-driving car test, Dodge Challenger and Charger makeover, VW's next Golf: What’s New @ The Car Connection

GM looking to let public test its self-driving cars GM’s Cruise Automation plans on letting members of the general public test its self-driving cars, pending regulatory approval. Cruise Anywhere is its ride-hailing service, which is currently limited to GM employees in the San Francisco area...Read More»

Car keys
BMW: Keys to be replaced by smartphone apps

The car key is set to follow in the path of the window crank, carburetor, and mother-in-law seat on the road to extinction. At least, that’s the word from BMW board member Ian Robertson, who told Reuters that the marque is considering using a smartphone app-based system to replace the...Read More»

Chevrolet Bolt EV Cruise Automation test mule in San Francisco
GM looking to let public test its self-driving cars

GM’s Cruise Automation plans on letting members of the general public test its self-driving cars, pending regulatory approval. Cruise Anywhere is its ride-hailing service, which is currently limited to GM employees in the San Francisco area. As with other early tests of autonomous technology...Read More»

Hyperloop One first full-scale test
Hyperloop One, Formula 1 update, Life with a Tesla: What’s New @ The Car Connection

Hyperloop One reveals four potential sites Hyperloop One has revealed ten potential sites for its first experimental Hyperloop. If successful, the company would mark a major step toward revolutionizing transportation with tubes hurling passengers from one city to the next at speeds of up to 670...Read More»

Hyperloop One test site in Nevada
Hyperloop One reveals four potential sites

Hyperloop One has revealed ten potential sites for its first experimental Hyperloop. If successful, the company would mark a major step toward revolutionizing transportation with tubes hurling passengers from one city to the next at speeds of up to 670 mph. After fielding over 2,600 proposals from...Read More»

2018 Nissan 370Z
Canada to mandate automatic taillights to eliminate “phantom vehicles”

Canada is set to introduce legislation requiring manufacturers to ensure that car taillights illuminate automatically in the evening within three years, according to a report from the CBC. The new regulations are a response to so-called “phantom cars,” in which a driver is unaware that...Read More»

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Semifinalists for North American Car and Truck of the Year awards announced

Jurors for the 2017 North American Car and Truck of the Year announced Friday semifinalists for the coveted annual awards. Finalists for the awards will be announced at the Los Angeles auto show in November and winners are crowned at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January...Read More»

2018 Volkswagen Atlas, Boerne, Texas
Amazon Prime test drives, Genesis G70, Nissan-Mitsubishi's electric plans: What’s New @ The Car Connection

Your Amazon Prime subscription now includes Volkswagen Atlas test drives (sort of) Volkswagen and Amazon are partnering to provide test drives of VW’s new Atlas crossover. The offer is open to Amazon Prime subscribers living in Los Angeles and Chicago, but only between September 22nd through...Read More»

2017 Nissan Frontier Pro-4X off-road
Nissan will finally replace its aging Frontier mid-size pickup

It's been a baker's dozen years since Nissan dealers last trotted out a new Frontier mid-size pickup truck, but that's all set to change. Eventually. Nissan confirmed to Car and Driver that the long-awaited replacement for its Frontier pickup is on the way, but that it's also "more than a year...Read More»

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