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2011 Volkswagen Jetta Ad Pulled; Common Sense Goes With It
2011 Volkswagen Jetta Ad Pulled; Common Sense Goes With It

Sometimes, sadly, common sense goes right out the door and the greater good "saves" society.  This happened with a recent ad for the new 2011 Volkswagen Jetta, called “Shoot the Gap.” Apparently 400 or so people were upset enough for a Facebook group to be created calling for the...Read More»

2010 GMC Canyon 2WD Crew Cab 126.0" SLE1 Angular Front Exterior View
2010 GMC Canyon Versus 2010 Nissan Frontier

These two compact pickup trucks each have various pros and cons. The Nissan Frontier has always been a respectable contestant in the market since it was introduced over a decade ago. While the GMC Canyon has a stylish exterior and tends to appeal to drivers who want a truck that is tight and...Read More»

2011 Volkswagen Jetta
Today at High Gear Media: VW Jetta and a New Supra?

It's Friday at High Gear Media, just like it is around most of the globe. And to celebrate the weekend (is there a better reason?), TheCarConnection's team of reviewers is bringing you our first drive of the 2011 Volkswagen Jetta, the first VW to go down a new road driven by American tastes. Does...Read More»

2007 Ford Explorer 2WD 4-door V6 XLT Front Seats
Top Vehicles For Those Over 6 Feet Tall

I have been test driving several new vehicles and have a problem that many men (and some minority of women) have in terms of functional driving positions and overall "creature comfort". Those of us who are over 6 feet tall span several generations and few manufacturers' actually design vehicles...Read More»

2010 Cadillac CTS-V
Car Dealer Communications: Stick To The Facts

When you go to a car dealership, it’s easy to get swept off your feet by a smooth car salesman with a polished sales routine. Before you know it, you can be up-sold to an expensive model with extra bells and whistles instead of what you originally intended to buy. But as a savvy shopper, your...Read More»

Porsche 918 Spyder Concept
Today at High Gear Media: Nissan Leaf and Electric Porsches

We're turning a corner--in the automotive world and here at High Gear Media with the latest coverage on electric cars. Today across the HGM network, we're reporting about EVs and hybrid cars, starting with our first drive of the 2011 Nissan Leaf. Ride along with us as we tell you if the Leaf's a...Read More»

1997 Plymouth Neon
Hoopty Ownership: Conversation Piece Or Necessity

Forbes recently published a glossary of automotive technology. This was not meant to be all inclusive by any means but it did cover terms as diverse as deuce and tiptronic. The one that caught my eye was as follows: “Hoopty, Hooptie, Hoopdee: A piece-of-junk car. Driven as a badge of pride--or at...Read More»

2006 Ford Crown Victoria Standard
An Older Used Car With Low Mileage Can Be A Good Find

You won’t impress anyone by driving a ten year old vehicle that has very low mileage, but you just might solve your transportation needs very cheaply. These cars are the ones owned by people who drive them far below the 15,000 miles per year average. For example, I purchased a ten year old Chevy...Read More»

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Digital Death? Facebook Feud Ends In Fatal Car Crash

  Alesha Abernathy, 21, of Pontiac, Michigan was killed and her passenger Danielle Booth, 20, also of Pontiac, is in critical condition after a fatal car crash Wednesday afternoon near Rapid Drive and Woodward Ave. The accident stemmed from an ongoing dispute on Facebook when a 23-year-old Pontiac...Read More»

Woman driving
Breaking: Men Are Terrified Of Women Behind The Wheel

Mothers: remember the first time your son took you for a spin after he'd gotten his driver's license? Remember how you strapped yourself into the passenger's seat like Sally Ride heading into orbit, then braced yourself against the dashboard when your son got within 100 yards of a stop sign? Well...Read More»

Bolivia Road of Death North Yungas Road
The List: The Most Dangerous Roads in the World

Fans of TheCarConnection.com might remember our Weird, Wacky and Wild Street Names contest a few years back--with winning street  names like Psycho Path, Divorce Court and Farfrompoopen Road taking the day. Here's a set of roads famous for a very different reason. They're among the world's most...Read More»

2011 Ford Edge Sport
Ford Sync: Now You Can Utter Threats Legally

Somewhere in deep space or in California, which I guess is the same thing, William Shatner is channeling Gene Roddenberry’s spirit and laughing, saying to himself “I told you so” in between filming commercials for bran cereals and Priceline.com. So often is the case when we use Star Trek...Read More»

2010 Acura TL SH-AWD
Blind Spot Avoidance Systems: Take Your Pick

“Out, damned spot! Out I say!” What lady MacBeth couldn’t do, the automotive technology community may accomplish if their efforts to eliminate the ever dangerous blind spot come together. Responsible for possibly 395,000 crashes a year, the temporary visual black hole is now under assault on...Read More»

2010 Acura TL SH-AWD
Roadside Assistance: Needed Coverage Or Wasted Money?

Everyone likes the security of a roadside assistance program. Someone is there to help you regardless of the time of day or the weather conditions. It’s great to have someone to call when you are dressed to go out and the car won’t start or you come out to find a flat tire in the driveway. But...Read More»

Gran Turismo 5 at the Nurburgring
How To Sell Cars: Put Them In A Video Game

OK, let’s get one thing clear: I suck so bad at video games that I gave up on them at the tender age of 12 when my cousin whipped my derriere at Intellivision Battleship because he discovered that the little  cruiser could outrun and kill everything, and I kept getting my battleship sunk every...Read More»

2010 Volkswagen GTI
The Volkswagen Bug Got Into Me; Will It Get Into You?

You see them all over the road and driven by all types of people. The teenage girl in a Jetta, the aging hippie in a New Beetle, the family man in a Passat Estate, the Yuppie tech guru in his Golf diesel, and the tuner subculture rocking their GTIs with the sunroof vent popped, staring at you...Read More»

1969 MGB roadster
Your Taxes At Work: Congress Deems Today Collector Car Appreciation Day

Never let it be said that the U.S. Congress doesn't pay attention to car buyers and owners. The U.S. Congress has deemed today, Friday, July 9th, to be the first Collector Car Appreciation Day. The designation was created to raise public awareness of the "vital role" that the auto restoration...Read More»

2000 Mazda 626
How To Get Used Car Value

Buying someone else’s lemon is an old school expression when it comes to describing the purchase of a used car. Today, that’s where to find real value when buying a vehicle. Here are some ways to insure that the value is real. Identify Your Purchase: Take some time to figure out what kind of...Read More»

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Wear Your Seat Belt--Or I’ll Cry

Maybe it’s the unrelenting heat, maybe it’s the fatty deposits lodged in my brain from eating way too much butter and ice-cream, maybe it’s my meds. Or maybe it’s the fact that I am a sucker for an emotional commercial if done right, and one that I happen to agree with. I saw a great ad...Read More»

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