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Diesel fuel is making a comeback
Diesel fuel is making a comeback

Rumors of diesel's demise have been greatly exaggerated, it turns out. The fuel that has come under so much scrutiny thanks to Volkswagen's admission that it intentionally and systematically cheated federal emissions regulations is actually in the midst of something of a resurgence right now. In...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»

2016 Opel Mokka X
GM sells its European Opel division to French automaker PSA

Just weeks after confirming it was in negotiations with French automaker PSA, the parent company of brands Citroen and Peugeot, General Motors said today that it has reached an agreement to sell its European division, Opel, for about $2.33 billion. PSA's acquisition includes Germany-based Opel and...Read More»

A Honda dealership in Erie, Penn.
If Trump axes NAFTA, new car prices could go up

If the Trump administration renegotiates or even pulls out entirely from the North American Free Trade Agreement, new car buyers may be forced to pay considerably higher prices. Among all the rumors swirling around President Donald Trump's plan to scrap NAFTA and tax products imported into the U.S...Read More»

2017 Toyota Highlander
Toyota pumping $600 million into Indiana SUV/crossover plant

Strong sales for its crossovers and SUVs have prompted Toyota to invest $600 million into a major Midwestern assembly plant. The automaker says that its $600 million investment will create about 400 new jobs in Princeton, Indiana, where it builds its Highlander crossover. The move should boost...Read More»

IIHS crash tests 2016 Ford Mustang
Crash-test results mixed for Mustang, Camaro, Challenger

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) took America's three iconic performance coupes and, instead of hustling them down a curvy road or heading to the drag strip, the crash testing agency smashed them into a wall. The findings may surprise you. CHECK OUT: Ford Mustang Vs. Chevrolet...Read More»

2015 Jeep Cherokee
Jeep, Chrysler, Acura 9-Speed Automatics: Supplier ZF Offers Tips

The arrival of nine-speed automatic transmissions—with some hiccups in tuning—in several mass-market models this past year has led some to wonder whether more speeds is necessarily a step forward. While the better mileage and stronger acceleration that more speeds can allow...Read More»

2015 Hyundai Sonata
2015 Hyundai Sonata to Equal Record Sales Level, Says U.S. CEO

The 2015 Hyundai Sonata has been redesigned, and the company is brimming with confidence about the new mid-size sedan. The automaker's U.S. chief, Dave Zuchowski, says the company expects the 2015 Sonata to reach the record sales levels of the 2011 and 2012 models. The mid-size Sonata is currently...Read More»

2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray first drive
October 2013 Car Sales Survive The Government Shutdown

Car sales rebounded in October from September's lull, despite the government shutdown. Most of the major automakers represented in the U.S. market posted big gains year-over-year in October, though not as strong in some cases as hoped. Among the Big Six automakers, the domestic brands--GM, Ford and...Read More»

2013 Nissan Leaf at Nissan U.S. Headquarters, Franklin, Tennessee
September 2013 Car Sales: Government Shutdown, Meet Sales Slowdown

Car sales hit the skids in September, as the major automakers saw double-digit gains from summer turn to single digits--and head in the wrong direction, in some cases. Numbers are trending downward for many mass-market nameplates as the Federal government shutdown enters its first day, the...Read More»

2014 Cadillac ATS
August 2013 Car Sales: Summer Ends On A Hot One

It's the tail end of summer, but the car industry hasn't lost its heat just yet--numbers are trending upward for most manufacturers, and economic indicators are looking good. The largest volume car makers, including General Motors, Ford, Toyota, and Chrysler, are all seeing strong sales gains, most...Read More»

2014 Ford F-150 fitted with natural-gas readiness package
Ford F-150 To Be Offered Ready For Natural-Gas Conversion

Ford announced today that it would offer an optional natural-gas readiness package the 2014 model of on its popular F-150 pickup truck, equipping the truck to be converted to natural-gas or bi-fuel operation by qualified third-party installers. It's the first half-ton pickup truck to be offered...Read More»

Alan Batey
Chevrolet U.S. Sales Chief Alan Batey To Head Brand’s Global Operations

To oversee Chevrolet’s operations worldwide, General Motors has created the new role of global chief for the brand and appointed one of its top U.S. executives, Alan Batey, to serve in the role. Batey is currently the U.S. sales, service and marketing chief for Chevrolet, Buick and GMC, where...Read More»

Cadillac dealership
October Auto Sales: Battered By Sandy, But Still Strong

The fury of Superstorm Sandy--wreaking havoc on New York, leaving disaster in its path in swaths of the Northeastern U.S., and spreading foul weather as far as the upper Midwest--left many Americans shaken, and holding onto loved ones this week. Estimates on the financial impact and the aftermath...Read More»

The projector-beam headlamps of the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
2014 Chevy Silverado Gets December Reveal In Detroit

The Chevrolet Silverado is consistently the second-best selling full size pickup truck in America, so Chevy knows it needs to proceed with extreme caution when it comes to redesigns. A redesign is in the works, though, and an all-new 2014 Chevy Silverado 1500 will debut at a special event in...Read More»

2013 Ford F-150 Lariat
Best & Worst Sellers, Ford Escape Recall, Police Car Of The Future: Car News Headlines

Today at The Car Connection, we bring you the best and worst of August’s new vehicle sales, tell you about (another) recall for the new Ford Escape and speculate on what the police car of the future may look like. Here’s Thursday’s car news that’s fit to print, as covered by...Read More»

2013 Dodge Dart Rallye
August 2012 Car Sales Still In The Fast Lane

Sales of new cars and trucks in August were a bright spot in the economic greige, continuing a year-long trend that analysts say will only diminish mildly by year's end. All the Detroit-based automakers reported double-digit sales increases for the month, joined by ebullient numbers at Toyota...Read More»

2013 Ford Explorer Sport
July 2012 Car Sales: Summer Heat Brings Surprising Numbers

Even as the global economy continues to flounder amid debt crises and high unemployment, car sales in the U.S. ride the tide of an aging fleet that needs replacing and rising consumer confidence numbers. Overall, car sales for July were down slightly from June, but J.D. Power and Associates...Read More»

2013 Ford F-150 Lariat
Next Ford F-150 To Get Aluminum Body For Better Gas Mileage

Ford's history, while not founded on the F150 pickup and its predecessors, has certainly been built around it over the last 60 years. From its debut in 1948 to the present, the truck has evolved radically in design, features, and capability, but it has remained all-steel in frame and body. That's...Read More»

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