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What the heck is that? If you've been reading TheCarConnection.com for most of its online life -- more than 10 years online at this writing -- you'll recognize this very early logo. We forgive you if you think it looks like a car towing a computer. Back in the early days of the Web, towing a computer was better than not owning one at all. And, well...we were writers, not tech gurus and certainly not highly paid illustrators.

Times change, and so does the ethos of the Web. TheCarConnection.com is changing too, and in the next few weeks you'll discover more of what we have in mind for the most comprehensive re-think in TCC's history.

You've seen some of the changes so far. We launched an iPhone application that gives you an idea of the direction our new site will take. The clever readers will notice some minor tweaks to road tests this year. Recently we put our award-winning newsletters on hiatus while we come up with an even better way to deliver the car reviews and news you want directly to your inbox.

There's far more to come. We can't spill all the beans today, but when the changes start coming, you'll find reviews that are the most comprehensive on the Web. You'll get more photos, great pricing and shopping information, globe-spanning auto show coverage, and a slick new design that's easy to navigate. If I told you more, I'd be out of a job, and I'm no good at pulling espressos.

While our new reviews, blogs, and interface hide behind a firewall, we'll be posting less to the current site. We'll make this down time as quick as possible. In the meantime, please do stay tuned--everyone at the Car Advisory Network is proud of what we're ready to launch soon, and what we have planned for the next year.
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  1. iPhone? What about BlackBerry? Everyone I know who would read this site has a BB....iPhones are not for business professionals.
     
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  2. Must say my expectations are low about yet another change - seems like you've been drifting about for a couple of years at least. Updated information (content) seems to lag with breaks of a week, two weeks and so on.

    And don't brag about the iPhone - you must remember you're on the WORLD wide web - the iPhone isn't a business tool.

    What ever you do stick with it.......don't be flipping to another 'ethos' too soon.

    Good luck (again) - we'll see if you stay in 'my favorites'....
     
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  3. Yeah, but Flood, you complain about everything. :)

    The CrackBerry's days are numbered!
     
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  4. I was a regular reader of the original formart TCC, but when it changed I found it less convenient and ended up only writing in the blog, and once a month getting the detailed sales figures early from PR Newswire.

    Hopefully the 3rd incarnation will bring it closer to the convenient first one.
     
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  5. It seems over the last few years TCC has become more complicated to navigate. In the last couple of months there have been fewer new articles/reviews written often going for days with nothing new. I was beginning to wonder if TCC was going out of business. I hope the changes make TCC more like the old days.
     
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  6. I biggest beef is the blog articles are not at the top of the page. The article that changes twice a month is at the top. I liked the old design better....
     
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  7. Been reading TCC for years up until lately. Site looks more like an add agency for all the car brands now. What happened to Tails from the Goodwrench, mister? Q&A with the grumpy old mechanic? Anything BESIDES adds for new cars.
     
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  8. Agreed, I believe the iteration of TCC prior to this one was the best. It was easy to find content (which I believe was much better) -- so I will echo the same sentiments that other commenters have left, hopefully this version will be a major improvement upon TCC and will bring it closer to what it used to be.
     
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  9. get with ages... BB's are of the past, iphone is the future. I can't tell you how dificult it is to navigate the web with a BB. Way to be on top of things tcc.com!!
     
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  10. My work supplies be with a BB...iPhone does not have the support for push email....it was never designed to be this type of tool so iPhone will continue to be marketed to teenie boppers and people who think Macs are cool.
     
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  11. you kidding? The last format was the best with easy to find data. This current iteration bites, esp as your reviews have dropped off and the only thing fresh is this blog.

    Doesn't sound like the New TCC is going to be any better. If it is as bad as you make it sound, I will have to find my info elsewher.
     
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  12. The iPhone offers, hands down, the best mobile web platform. Palm & BB can't hold a candle to it. Other manufacturers are almost certain to copy it. It makes sense that websites would move towards making sites designed for it.

    I'm looking forward to the changes. At this point I prefer to get my car info online. Any improvement in that process is appreciated.
     
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  13. Totally agree with the navigation, it was so much better several years ago. I liked Matt Delorenzo's contribution to the website, but find it's not updated frequently enough, so I've migrated to other sites like Edmunds or Detroit News instead.
     
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  14. Er, Matt has never been a contributor to TCC.
     
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  15. Still, the original format was heads and shoulders better, and every single one of the posts here seems to agree.

    That should give you a huge hint and save you a load of work, if you have saved the settings of the original format, you can save a ton of $ that you would have paid the web designer, by just going back to the original.
     
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  16. BB lovers, please understand, the iPhone is becoming very business friendly. More and more apps are running on it everyday. For the record I am not an iPhone fanboy or owner.

    I miss the old format of the site as well, but as with all else, things change.
     
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  17. The iPhone is a personal choice for individuals. It is fine if a website wants to support a certain device. But, understand that it is going to be a long time before the internet, as a majortiy, is accessed over an iPhone or Blackberry.

    Home users and grass roots auto enthusiats are going to continue to use desktop and laptop computers for the foreseeable future. Data plans for individuals do not make financial sense most of the time, esp when you have a motorsports obsession to support. That is until internet digital storage is trusted and use by the majority.

    There are only a few great websites out there that are still free for autos and motorcycles. TCC is one of them. Hopefully that doesn't change.
     
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  18. Talk about looking a gift horse in the mouth...I love all the people who post these harsh criticisms and complaints about the site, as if they're a paying subscriber or something. Last I checked, this site is FREE and we ought to be thankful for it, because there aren't many others out there with this much quality content at ZERO COST. I say keep up the good work guys.
     
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  19. True, it's free, but if you don't have a relevant product your avertising funds dry up.
     
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  20. I meant advertising....doh
     
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  21. Every single Web site i check out every day is totally free to me. I appreciate that TCC was always free, but so were every single one Auto sites I also see. I did mention that I still use the TCC link to PR NEwswire for a convenient and very early look at the monthly sales figures in detail, it only omits one or two major makers who I look up in their own news sites. But apart from that and this blog, I never check out the main TCC site after it changed from its original format. I think this is valuable info to TCC from its viewers. If it were MY site, I'd appreciate to know how my viewers feel and make any changes I could to improve it.
     
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  22. The latest format is ridiculous. A banner ad across the top, a column of ads on the left, a column of ads on the right, and a bunch of ads inserted into the content. Ridiculous. If people can't easily access usable content, they won't came back and see the ads. It's obvious the effort was to maximize ad revenue with little or no regard to actual usability of the site. Sorry TCC, that's just how it looks to me. I hope the next makeover strikes a better balance.
     
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  23. Well Marty --- from what I'm reading sounds like I'm not the 'lone ranger' when it comes to complaints. Bottom line sounds to me like its' time to make with the changes and make 'em good and make 'em stick. A simple makeover won't do. The links and features have to be up to date - don't do something and ignore it for weeks/months as in the past year. Ya either is or ya aint - what's it gonna be?

    Don't do BB - there are other PDA types out there - my choice with my travels is the N95/8Gb

    Oh yeah, and when I complain - its usually cuz there is such fertile ground - take care Marty - you're off the 'favs' for now........I'll check back next month........maybe
     
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  24. Well I looked in my email last week and realized there wasn’t the normal Car Connection newsletter. And then I realized I hadn’t seen it yesterday. Nor the day before.

    Eventually I located the note sent earlier this week saying that it was going to go into “hiatus”.

    To the best of my recollection, “hiatus” is a break in a series so hopefully this is exactly what it is: a break and not an end. Because, let me be blunt, ending this newsletter is a BIG MISTAKE.

    I do not want to have my computer cluttered with RSS feeds, nor do I want to spend my time digging around on the internet finding stories. Your newsletter was a trove of potential news items for me, delivered in a quick, easily scanned form from which I could then choose which to click on and jump to the full story.

    It was quick, easy and convenient. What more can you ask? And it drove traffic to your website, your real product – why in heaven’s name would you want to drop it? This makes zero sense to me.

    Let me be clear. I do not have the time nor inclination to access another website to look for the news myself. I want it delivered in a concise, high-level analysis form in my email.

    And, while I’m on my soapbox, what’s happened to your incisive, detailed road tests and evaluations? You used to set the standard for this reporting among electronic media, frankly rivaling the specialist magazines and leading newspaper writers’ columns. But now the reporting is, to be frank, lightweight and sophomoric. The new writers (none of whom I’ve heard of: who are they and what training have they had?) simply don’t exemplify the breadth of knowledge and perspective that such a responsible position demands. I used to rely on these evaluations; increasingly, at best, I’m tempted to doubt them – at worst, forced to discount them.

    You asked for my feedback but I gain no pleasure in sending you this. I hope you take it to heart and do something about it. Come on guys, you’ve got a wonderful product. Don’t screw it up.
     
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  25. There's a lot of good feedback here. I will say that the times have changed in favor of blogs for news coverage -- and that the big interest online, by far, supported by readers and shoppers and advertisting, is for road tests and car news. It's safe to say the new design reflects those sensibilities. We're not far off - stay tuned.
     
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