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What’s in a name? The Dodge Neon and Chevy Trailblazer’s international double life
What’s in a name? The Dodge Neon and Chevy Trailblazer’s international double life

Today, the Dodge Neon and the Chevy Trailblazer are in the automotive equivalent of the international witness protection program. You won't find a new one in a showroom in the United States, but venture across a border or two and a Dodge or Chevy dealer will be happy to sell you a new four-door...Read More»

2017 Fiat 500X Trekking
Fiat 500X, Dodge Demon driven, Tesla Model Y: What’s New @ The Car Connection

2017 Fiat 500X Trekking first drive: an underrated, if overpriced, crossover You can be forgiven for not remembering the Fiat 500X. Underneath its cheeky body, the 500X is basically the same thing as the Jeep Renegade. Both share the same engines and transmissions, and their structure is largely...Read More»

2016 Honda Accord Sedan
2013-2016 Honda Accord recalled to fix battery glitch

Honda is recalling nearly 1.15 million Accord vehicles from the 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016 model years. A bulletin posted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that some of those vehicles could be at risk of catching fire. The Accord's problem is rooted in the case for the...Read More»

Lucid Air
Start-up electric car company Lucid Motors is looking for buyers: is it Faraday Future 2.0?

Start-ups have it rough. They've got to have stellar ideas, carry out loads of market research, design sexy prototypes, and schmooze their little tuchuses off to win money from venture capitalists. It's doubly hard to be a start-up in the complicated world of automobiles, and one of the newest kids...Read More»

2017 Ford Fusion Sport
Drug-smuggling Fords, Faraday Future, Formula E electric-car racing: What’s New @ The Car Connection

Wall, schmall: Ford Fusions arrive from Mexico with $1 million of marijuana With all the talk of healthcare bills and tax reform battles in Congress, Americans might've forgotten about another of Donald Trump's pet projects: a border wall with Mexico. Last week, however, the president revisited...Read More»

2017 Fiat 500X Trekking
2017 Fiat 500X Trekking first drive: an underrated, if overpriced, crossover

You can be forgiven for not remembering the Fiat 500X. Underneath its cheeky body, the 500X is basically the same thing as the Jeep Renegade. Both share the same engines and transmissions, and their structure is largely identical. Through the first six months of this year, 53,000 Renegades have...Read More»

2018 Subaru Crosstrek
Autos for non-majors; what cars we'd take back to school (and where)

Incoming college freshmen, take note: Your roommates should not be your friends, good shower shoes are indispensable, and leaving campus will become mandatory approximately four days after classes start. Reliable transportation comes in handy for 2 a.m. burrito dashes, 4 a.m. jam sessions, and 11...Read More»

OPEC's electric vehicle forecast for 2040 (via Bloomberg New Energy Finance)
OPEC thinks the electric car revolution is upon us, too

A couple of weeks ago, we wrote about a new report from Bloomberg New Energy Finance, which suggested that the electric car revolution may happen far more quickly than anyone expects. In 2016, BNEF's team of analysts thought that by 2040, 35 percent of the world's new cars would run on electricity...Read More»

2017 Ford Fusion V6 Sport
Wall, schmall: Ford Fusions arrive from Mexico with $1 million of marijuana

With all the talk of healthcare bills and tax reform battles in Congress, Americans might've forgotten about another of Donald Trump's pet projects: a border wall with Mexico. Last week, however, the president revisited that topic, declaring that he wants the wall to be transparent so that U.S...Read More»

2018 Hyundai Sonata Limited
2018 Hyundai Sonata driven, 2018 Mercedes S-Class, 2018 Honda Accord Hybrid: What’s New @ The Car Connection

2018 Hyundai Sonata first drive: Finally looking the part Beauty is no longer merely skin deep when it comes to the 2018 Hyundai Sonata. 1.3 million Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep vehicles recalled for alternator failure, sudden airbag deployment This morning, the National Highway Traffic Safety...Read More»

2018 Subaru Crosstrek first drive
2018 Subaru Crosstrek first drive: memories are made of these

You can remember your first car. I bet you don’t have to think hard. I’ll make another safe bet that the name of that car is clearer in your head than the name of your best friend from the same time. Like friends, memories, and first cars, we forget the flaws of things we love. Or, more...Read More»

2018 Hyundai Sonata Limited
2018 Hyundai Sonata first drive: Finally looking the part

Beauty is no longer merely skin deep when it comes to the 2018 Hyundai Sonata. Last year's dowdy model has given way to a more evocative, interesting design for 2018. It's a study in restraint—both fiscal and stylistic. The 2018 Sonata's basic design dates back only a few years, to 2015. That...Read More»

2018 Hyundai Elantra GT Sport
2018 Hyundai Elantra GT Sport first drive: chasing the VW GTI

As the more dapper and international of the automaker's two compact cars, the 2018 Hyundai Elantra GT speaks many languages. It wears a crisply tailored European suit not unlike the car that's in its sights: the Volkswagen GTI It mostly succeeds in imitating, but not besting, that German stalwart...Read More»

2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT
1.3 million Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep vehicles recalled for alternator failure, sudden airbag deployment

This morning, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration published two recalls from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. Together, the recalls affect more than 1.3 million Chrysler, Dodge, and Jeep vehicles worldwide, including over 805,000 vehicles registered in the U.S. RECALL #1: 2011-2014...Read More»

2016 Hot Wheels report from the National Insurance Crime Bureau
The 10 most-stolen vehicles in the U.S. are...

Every summer, the National Insurance Crime Bureau publishes a list of the most-stolen vehicles in America for the previous calendar year. This summer is no exception. As in previous years, the NICB compiled its list by gathering data submitted by law enforcement agencies to the Federal Bureau of...Read More»

2017 Tesla Model 3, in photo tweeted by Elon Musk on July 9, 2017
Tesla and GM running neck-and-neck to be the most highly valued automaker in America

April 2017 was such a simpler time. Philanderer Robert Bentley was moving out of the Alabama governor's mansion. Freshly approved Supreme Court justice Neil Gorsuch was moving into his new digs. And supermodels everywhere believed that Fyre Festival would be a glorious frolic in the sun instead of...Read More»

Takata logo (photo by Flickr user jo.schz)
Takata recall, Hyundai's GTI rival, Chevy Bolt EV road trip: What’s New @ The Car Connection

Takata recall to grow by 2.8 million Ford, Mazda, Nissan vehicles The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that over 2.8 million fatally flawed airbag inflators need to be added to the already-massive Takata recall. The vast majority of the devices are found in vehicles registered in...Read More»

Toyota Prius after car crash, July 2017
My car seats were in a crash, so I'm replacing them: why you should too

It's the call no parent ever wants to receive. But if you do, your heart skips a full five beats. "We were in a car accident," the voice cracked over the phone as I bolted straight up. "We are all alright. Here's our location." The good news: the car seats did their job to safely protect my...Read More»

2017 Volkswagen Touareg
Volkswagen Touareg axed from U.S. market

Don't look for a 2018 Volkswagen Touareg if you're in the market for a new car next year. You won't find one, at least in the U.S. After a decade of slow sales, VW's American-market arm has confirmed that it will drop the high-end Touareg crossover SUV from its lineup after the 2017 model year...Read More»

2017 Ford Fusion
Ford recalls 2017 Ford Edge, Fusion, and Lincoln MKZ

Ford has issued a recall for nearly 6,000 Ford Edge, Ford Fusion, and Lincoln MKZ vehicles from the 2017 model year. The majority of those vehicles are registered in the U.S. The recall is limited to vehicles with 2.0-liter gasoline engines and 6F35 transmissions. Ford says that the studs on the...Read More»

Inflated airbag
Takata recall to grow by 2.8 million Ford, Mazda, Nissan vehicles

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that over 2.8 million fatally flawed airbag inflators need to be added to the already-massive Takata recall. The vast majority of the devices are found in vehicles registered in the U.S. The news comes just hours after Honda confirmed an 11th...Read More»

2018 Kia Optima
Kia Optima review, Faraday Future troubles, Aston Martin Valkyrie: What’s New @ The Car Connection

2018 Kia Optima Review The 2018 Kia Optima represents what we like best in mid-size sedans: good features, handsome styling, admirable safety, and compelling value. Yeah, we don’t know what’s not to like either. This year, Kia added a sportier trim level to the Optima and made standard...Read More»

Waymo trains self-driving cars to identify emergency vehicles
Waymo's next trick for self-driving cars? Identifying emergency vehicles

Waymo may be winning the race to build fully autonomous cars (at least by some estimates), but it still has a long way to go before those vehicles can roll themselves into showrooms. Among the more challenging tricks that self-driving cars have to master next is recognizing emergency vehicles and...Read More»

At the groundbreaking for Faraday Future's production facility in North Las Vegas (April 13, 2016)
Following asset freeze, Faraday Future postpones Nevada plant indefinitely

Last week, we wrote (again) about Faraday Future and its ongoing cash struggles. As if things weren't bad enough for the Chinese start-up, the situation has been worsened by the Chinese government, which recently froze $2.5 billion in assets held by founder Jia Yueting, his wife, and subsidiaries...Read More»

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