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Emissions rules in other countries could help keep EPA regs in place
Emissions rules in other countries could help keep EPA regs in place

On Friday, the Environmental Protection Agency stunned many observers by finalizing emissions standards* for new cars through the year 2025. While environmental groups praised the ruling--which came more than a year before it was due--automakers grumbled that the new benchmarks would force...Read More»

2018 Lexus LS, 2017 Detroit auto show
Takata recall expanded, BMW 5-Series driven, BMW launches its diesels: What’s New @ The Car Connection

Lexus to offer hybrid version of LS luxury sedan When Lexus took the wraps off of its revamped flagship last week at the Detroit auto show, it did so without mentioning anything about a hybrid version—something that the brand has become associated with. Here's when the Chevrolet Bolt EV goes...Read More»

2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV
Here's when the Chevrolet Bolt EV goes on sale in your state

It's the vehicle that could finally make electric cars mainstream: the Chevrolet Bolt EV, with its ability to go upwards of 230 miles without having to be recharged. But unless you live in one of just two states, you can't march down to your local Chevrolet dealer this week to buy one. As Green Car...Read More»

2018 Lexus LS center console with “EV MODE” button
Lexus to offer hybrid version of LS luxury sedan

When Lexus took the wraps off of its revamped flagship last week at the Detroit auto show, it did so without mentioning anything about a hybrid version—something that the brand has become associated with. It turns out that the brand's radio silence was hiding something. Close scrutiny of one...Read More»

2017 Ford Explorer XLT Sport Appearance Package
Why do people buy SUVs, and why do 76% of shoppers avoid them?

Here's an interesting irony: according to J.D. Power's 2017 Auto Avoider Study, just 24 percent of U.S. consumers shopped for SUVs last year, and yet SUVs accounted for 42 percent of all vehicles sold, up from 34 percent in 2012. Why are SUVs so popular now? And why have 76 percent of consumers...Read More»

2017 Toyota 4Runner
Takata recall expanded, BMW 5-Series driven, BMW launches its diesels: What’s New @ The Car Connection

Toyota adds 543,000 Lexus, Scion, Toyota vehicles to Takata recall roster One week before a new U.S. president is sworn into office, a second major automotive scandal--the one involving Takata's fatally flawed airbags--is coming to an end. Report: Justice Department to probe Fiat Chrysler over...Read More»

2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel, Bear Mountain, May 2014
Report: Justice Department to probe Fiat Chrysler over EPA's diesel claims

According to a report published today, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles faces a criminal investigation by the United States Department of Justice over the EPA's claim that diesel engines in Jeep Grand Cherokees and Ram 1500 pickups violated the Clean Air Act. Citing "people familiar with the matter,"...Read More»

Takata logo (photo by Flickr user jo.schz)
Takata to pay $1 billion fine, admit wrongdoing in proposed settlement

This is turning out to be a big week for automotive scandals. On Wednesday, the 16-month-long Dieselgate saga came to an end--or at least the end of its current chapter--when Volkswagen agreed to shell out $4.3 billion in fines to the U.S. More shocking, Volkswagen agreed to formally admit...Read More»

2016 Ram 1500 HFE, Denver, CO, April 2016
Jeep/Ram diesel violations, Mercedes beats BMW, Tesla P100D Ludicrous: What’s New @ The Car Connection

EPA: Diesel Jeep SUVs, Ram trucks violate Clean Air Act Calling it a "clear and serious violation" of the Clean Air Act, the Environmental Protection Agency said today that Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) installed emissions control devices on certain Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs and Ram 1500 trucks...Read More»

2015 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel HFE
EPA: Diesel Jeep SUVs, Ram trucks violate Clean Air Act

Calling it a "clear and serious violation" of the Clean Air Act, the Environmental Protection Agency said today that Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) installed emissions control devices on certain Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs and Ram 1500 trucks that allowed them to skirt federal emissions standards...Read More»

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Dieselgate probe snares 5 more Volkswagen executives

Yesterday, Volkswagen and the U.S. government reached an agreement that could mark the beginning of the end of the Dieselgate scandal. Volkswagen will pay $4.3 billion in criminal and civil fines, and the company agreed to do something that most corporations accused of wrongdoing avoid these days...Read More»

2017 Detroit Auto Show Walkaround
Detroit auto show, Dodge Challenger Demon, Prius Prime confusion: What’s New @ The Car Connection

2017 Detroit auto show: Here's what debuted The city of Detroit—at least its central core—is bustling now more than it has in years, but was the same true within the walls of its sprawling convention center for the 2017 Detroit auto show? Volkswagen pleads guilty to felonies, to pay...Read More»

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Volkswagen pleads guilty to felonies, to pay $4.3 billion, in Dieselgate pact (updated)

Volkswagen has now reached final agreement on a deal with the U.S. government that brings the long, complicated Dieselgate investigation closer to the finish line. One major focus of that deal has been the fines that Volkswagen would pay for deceiving consumers and regulators about roughly 555,000...Read More»

GM & Lyft launch Express Drive program
Taxis going extinct, Porsche Mission E, Green car deals : What’s New @ The Car Connection

Uber, Lyft could cut NYC taxi fleet by 85 percent because they're more efficient Love them or loathe them, there's no denying that companies like Uber and Lyft are attractive to many consumers. Unlike most taxi fleets, ride-sharing services are app-based, they provide detailed estimates of when a...Read More»

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick
Uber, Lyft could cut NYC taxi fleet by 85 percent because they're more efficient

Love them or loathe them, there's no denying that companies like Uber and Lyft are attractive to many consumers. Unlike most taxi fleets, ride-sharing services are app-based, they provide detailed estimates of when a car will arrive, they facilitate carpooling to cut down on fares, and of course...Read More»

2018 BMW 530e iPerformance
Ford’s future showroom, 2018 BMW 5-Series, 2018 Jaguar F-Type: What’s New @ The Car Connection

Bronco and more: Ford’s crossover showroom of the future Ford's confirmation that two iconic nameplates will return to the U.S. on Monday is the latest sign of the brand's efforts to reshuffle its crossover/SUV lineup. “Bronco is one of five all-new global utilities coming by...Read More»

2018 BMW 530e iPerformance
2018 BMW 530e priced from $52,395

Opting for the plug-in hybrid version of BMW's new 5-Series will set buyers back an additional $1,200 over the gas-only variant. BMW announced today that the 530e iPerformance will sticker from $52,395, including a mandatory $995 destination charge. That's for the rear-wheel drive variant; the...Read More»

Volkswagen Plant, Wolfsburg, Germany (photo by Richard Bartz)
Volkswagen Dieselgate update: 2.0-liter fix approved, $3 billion settlement pending, U.S. arrest

This week, much of the auto world's attention will be focused on the Detroit auto show, but elsewhere in America, in courtrooms and around conference tables, one of the biggest car stories of the past several years--the Volkswagen diesel scandal--is finally, maybe, kinda-sorta coming to an end. Or...Read More»

2018 GMC Terrain, 2017 Detroit auto show
2018 GMC Terrain, 2018 Lexus LS, F-150 goes diesel: What’s New @ The Car Connection

2018 GMC Terrain video preview GMC has a one-two punch when it comes to crossovers segment with its larger Acadia, which is available with three-rows of seats, and its smaller Terrain. Cadillac launches BOOK, a $1,500-per-month car-sharing service Within three months of taking the corner office at...Read More»

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