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Tesla sued for its "half-baked" Autopilot software
Tesla sued for its "half-baked" Autopilot software

Since Tesla Autopilot debuted in the fall of 2015, it's earned plenty of fans and foes. The former love the safety and convenience offered by the semi-self-driving system, while the latter complain that Tesla foisted dangerous beta software on owners who didn't ask for it. This week, Autopilot...Read More»

2018 Buick Enclave
Buick's makeover, Smaller Volvos, Genesis dropping V-8s: What’s New @ The Car Connection

Buick reworks its image, again Buick's decades-long makeover from purveyor of land yachts to Euro-inspired value-luxe brand is mostly working. But, as we saw at last week's New York auto show, the brand's long-term strategy has us scratching our heads. AAA gets into the car-sharing game with Gig...Read More»

Gig car-sharing
AAA gets into the car-sharing game with Gig

Yesterday, we wrote about J.D. Power's 2017 U.S. Tech Choice Study, which suggested that consumers may be fine with semi-autonomous features in their next cars, but aren't so interested in fully self-driving vehicles. One other interesting bit of news to come out of the study, though, was that...Read More»

2018 Buick Regal Sportback
Buick reworks its image, again

Buick's decades-long makeover from purveyor of land yachts to Euro-inspired value-luxe brand is mostly working. But, as we saw at last week's New York auto show, the brand's long-term strategy has us scratching our heads. It may be a case of too much, too quick—or it may be just what Buick...Read More»

Map of Venezuela
Venezuela gets desperate, seizes a GM plant and vehicles

The political climate in America may be tense at the moment, but it's nothing compared to what's happening in Venezuela. The South American nation is in such a state of chaos that authorities in the city of Valencia have seized a General Motors plant, forcing the automaker to suspend operations...Read More»

Jeep Yuntu concept, 2017 Shanghai auto show    [photo: Ronan Glon]
Shanghai auto show, Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro driven, 2018 Honda CR-V Hybrid: What’s New @ The Car Connection

Luxury brands display wares at Shanghai show At this week's Shanghai auto show, upscale German and Japanese automakers unveiled several new models designed to appeal to China's booming upper middle class—whose tastes nearly mirror those of American consumers. J.D. Power: Consumers wary of...Read More»

Lynk & Co 03 concept, 2017 Shanghai auto show
Chinese start-up Lynk & Co. to offer lifetime warranties on new cars

Remember Lynk & Co., the new car brand from Chinese automaker Geely (which, incidentally, now owns Volvo)? The start-up has just debuted a new concept car at the Shanghai Auto Show, as well as a production version of its first model, a crossover. And it's revealed a bit more info about its...Read More»

Distracted driving
Everyone is awful: new study shows that 88 percent of us use our phones while driving

The history of humankind has been fraught with tension--not tension between tribes or fiefdoms or nation-states, but between our desire to avoid death and our innate urge to scream, "Look, ma, no hands!" Case in point: texting and driving. It's dumb. It's dangerous. It's deadly. We all know that...Read More»

Blind driver Steve Mahan in Google's Self-Driving Toyota Prius, March 2012
J.D. Power: Consumers wary of self-driving cars but totally okay with semi-autonomous technology

Once upon a time, self-driving cars seemed like a dream--a pipe dream, maybe, but a dream nonetheless. People thought, "Oh, wouldn't that be nice to have a car to chauffeur you around town?" Then, they'd look wistfully at their Crystal Pepsi and go back to reading the latest issue of Spy magazine...Read More»

2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid
2017 Chrysler Pacifica, 2018 Lexus NX, 2017 Tesla Model X: What’s New @ The Car Connection

2017 Chrysler Pacifica Limited long-term road test: gas mileage update Spring has shaken out its living-room rug here in Georgia, and Mother Nature has something against our long-term Chrysler Pacifica minivan. Brand-new diesel-fueled 2015 Volkswagen TDIs now on sale More than $22 billion in fines...Read More»

Jeep Yuntu concept car, 2017 Shanghai auto show
Luxury brands display wares at Shanghai show

At this week's Shanghai auto show, upscale German and Japanese automakers unveiled several new models designed to appeal to China's booming upper middle class—whose tastes nearly mirror those of American consumers. Chinese buyers like luxury at a reasonable price point and they prefer sedans...Read More»

2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid
2017 Chrysler Pacifica Limited long-term road test: gas mileage update

Spring has shaken out its living-room rug here in Georgia, and Mother Nature has something against our long-term Chrysler Pacifica minivan. It's been a few thousand miles of fighting her tooth and nail. In the first month in our driveway, the Pacifica sat under a vengeful flock of crows. It took...Read More»

Via Motors Vtrux extended-range electric pickup.
AAA: Interest in electric cars rivals interest in pickups

For months, the auto industry has been urging the Environmental Protection Agency to reconsider new, high emissions benchmarks for 2025 model-year vehicles. Automakers say that they don't want to roll back the regulations, they just want more time to implement them because today's low fuel prices...Read More»

The Jetsons Car
Study shows that people have concerns about flying cars for some reason

Today, much of the auto industry is working to create electric cars that can drive folks to the grocery store and back again without a hint of human input. But a few companies are aiming higher--like, 36,000 feet higher--by developing flying cars. It will shock you to learn that people have some...Read More»

Volkswagen TDI diesel vehicles owned by Phil Grate and family, Seattle, Washington
VW buybacks, 2018 Mercedes-Benz S-Class, New 2015 VW TDIs: What’s New @ The Car Connection

97.5 percent of Volkswagen diesel owners have chosen buyback, not repair When the Volkswagen Dieselgate scandal first began making headlines in September 2015, many diesel owners expressed concern--not that Volkswagen had equipped their cars with illegal defeat devices, but that they might be...Read More»

2015 Volkswagen Passat TDI
Brand-new diesel-fueled 2015 Volkswagen TDIs now on sale

More than $22 billion in fines and buyouts later, the first fully emissions-compliant 2015 Volkswagen turbodiesels are rolling into dealers right now—in mid-2017. The German automaker has completed the modifications necessary to certify one previously noncompliant 2.0-liter turbodiesel...Read More»

Volkswagen TDI 'clean diesel' television ad screencap
97.5 percent of Volkswagen diesel owners have chosen buyback, not repair

When the Volkswagen Dieselgate scandal first began making headlines in September 2015, many diesel owners expressed concern--not that Volkswagen had equipped their cars with illegal defeat devices, but that they might be forced to have their vehicles repaired, and the repairs would ruin their cars'...Read More»

2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport
2016 Mitsubishi Outlander, Outlander Sport recalled to fix door latch glitch

Mitsubishi Motors North America is recalling nearly 36,000 Outlander and Outlander Sport vehicles from the 2016 model year. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that the doors on some of those crossovers may not properly latch, creating the possibility that they could open while...Read More»

UK flag (aka the Union Jack)
Diesel deathwatch? UK to offer owners £2,000 to scrap their diesels

Auto industry observers have long predicted the death of diesels in the U.S.--though to be fair, that's not a shocking idea. Diesels never really caught on with American motorists, and the fuel savings diesel cars offer have been diminished by hordes of hybrids and electric vehicles zipping quietly...Read More»

2017 Honda CR-V IIHS crash test
Safest cars for teens, 2018 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350, Solar cities: What’s New @ The Car Connection

IIHS names the best used cars under $20,000 (and under $10,000) for your teen If you don't have a teen living under your roof, you might not have noticed, but 'tis the season for buying cars for young drivers. Whether they're looking for a gift to suit a high school grad (good luck with that, BTW)...Read More»

Teen driver
IIHS names the best used cars under $20,000 (and under $10,000) for your teen

If you don't have a teen living under your roof, you might not have noticed, but 'tis the season for buying cars for young drivers. Whether they're looking for a gift to suit a high school grad (good luck with that, BTW) or something to send off a college-bound kid, parents across the country are...Read More»

2018 Volvo S90, 2017 New York auto show
The 2018 Volvo S90 boasts a back seat fit for a king

Don't bother calling shotgun if you're about to ride in the 2018 Volvo S90. The back seat is now the place to be thanks to a wheelbase stretch for leg-crossing room plus a new standard massaging feature. For 2018, Volvo is swapping out the American-market S90 with an extended-wheelbase version...Read More»

2018 Buick Regal TourX
2018 Buick Regal video preview

Are the days of the four-door sedan numbered? Take a look at the Buick stand at the New York Auto Show and you might ask the same question—especially when you go looking for the new Regal sedan. Instead, for 2018, Buick has this pair of mid-size, five-seat cars. One's a hatchback, and one's a...Read More»

2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA200d (Euro-spec)
Mercedes diesels, NY auto show, Toyota Prius One: What’s New @ The Car Connection

Mercedes-Benz may stop selling diesels in U.S. In the wake of the Dieselgate crisis, selling diesels has become a dicey proposition--and not just for Volkswagen. The debate around diesels has been especially heated in the U.S., which has some of the planet's strictest emissions regulations and...Read More»

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