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California calls Trump's EPA review a 'cynical ploy', vows to fight for its emissions rules
California calls Trump's EPA review a 'cynical ploy', vows to fight for its emissions rules

Yesterday, Donald Trump authorized the review of a controversial decision by the Environmental Protection Agency--a decision finalized during the last days of the Obama administration. Officials in California made it abundantly clear that they weren't happy about the review, and they've vowed do...Read More»

International Paper Company mill, 1973 [From EPA Documerica series]
EPA changes, Lucid Air, VW electrifies America: What’s New @ The Car Connection

Trump to reconsider EPA rules but let California continue setting its own regs Donald Trump is heading to Michigan, where he's expected to announce a review of federal emissions regulations that were approved by the Environmental Protection Agency just one week before the president took office...Read More»

Vintage Valentine
Match game: Volkswagen may be interested in merging with Fiat Chrysler, too

A week ago, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' merger-minded CEO, Sergio Marchionne, said that he fully expected Volkswagen to come a-courtin' "at the relevant time". This week, Volkswagen CEO Matthias Muller confirmed that, yeah, he might be interested in a hook-up, too. That's a rapid about-face for...Read More»

Donald Trump
Trump to reconsider EPA rules but let California continue setting its own regs

Donald Trump is heading to Michigan, where he's expected to announce a review of federal emissions regulations that were approved by the Environmental Protection Agency just one week before the president took office. That should make some auto industry employees very, very happy, but perhaps they...Read More»

Teaser for 2018 Buick Enclave debuting at 2017 New York auto show
New Buick Enclave, Audi Q4, Luxury electrics: What’s New @ The Car Connection

The 2018 Buick Enclave is almost here Ahead of its big family crossover's formal debut next month at the New York auto show, Buick has given us a little hint of what's to come for the 2018 Enclave. VW pleads guilty in U.S. over dieselgate; what's next? Since Volkswagen is deep in the midst of...Read More»

Volkswagen TDI diesel vehicles owned by Phil Grate and family, Seattle, Washington
VW pleads guilty in U.S. over dieselgate; what's next?

Since Volkswagen is deep in the midst of buying back from consumers hundreds of thousands of diesel-fueled cars with non-compliant emissions software, you might think that the German automaker has already apologized and moved on. That's not quite the case, as it turns out. Last week, VW pled guilty...Read More»

Teaser for 2018 Buick Enclave debuting at 2017 New York auto show
The 2018 Buick Enclave is almost here

Ahead of its big family crossover's formal debut next month at the New York auto show, Buick has given us a little hint of what's to come for the 2018 Enclave. The Enclave is the last remaining three-row crossover in parent company General Motors' lineup to be redesigned. Just a year ago, the...Read More»

Exhaust tips
Trump goes to Detroit, probably to announce review of EPA emissions regulations

This week, Donald Trump will pay a visit to the Detroit area. Insiders report that while he's there, the president will give car companies something they've wanted for weeks: a review of the Environmental Protection Agency's auto emissions regulations, which cover vehicles made through the 2025...Read More»

Honda Autonomous Vehicle Technology
Self-driving cars in California, VW pleads guilty, Volvo's electric future: What’s New @ The Car Connection

No driver's license? No problem under California's proposed self-driving car laws Back in 2014, Google unveiled its first self-driving car, and boy, did it turn heads. The company's autonomous technology wasn't the only thing that got people's attention, it was also the car's design--specifically...Read More»

Google autonomous car prototype
No driver's license? No problem under California's proposed self-driving car laws

Back in 2014, Google unveiled its first self-driving car, and boy, did it turn heads. The company's autonomous technology wasn't the only thing that got people's attention, it was also the car's design--specifically, its lack of a steering wheel or pedals for acceleration and braking. Google's...Read More»

2017 Mazda CX-5 First Drive
2017 Mazda CX-5 driven, New Enzo Ferrari movie, 2017 Hyundai Ioniq driven: What’s New @ The Car Connection

2017 Mazda CX-5 first drive: Better, but is that good? Look closely to spot the “all new” in the all new Mazda CX-5. 7 things to know about the new 2017 Mazda CX-5 Small SUVs and crossovers are a big deal. The deluge of all-new crossovers this year from Volkswagen, Honda, and others...Read More»

2017 Mazda CX-5
2017 Mazda CX-5 priced from $24,985, which is the same as everyone else

The compact crossover game is one of inches, and no one dare go the extra mile to alienate potential buyers. For that reason, the 2017 Mazda CX-5 is priced exactly the same as a 2017 Honda CR-V and $810 less than a new Toyota RAV4: $24,985, including a mandatory $940 destination charge. With the...Read More»

Cadillac's Vehicle-to-Vehicle communications technology
Awkward: Cadillac launches vehicle-to-vehicle tech as Wikileaks shares docs on CIA car snooping

Vehicle-to-vehicle communications systems are a Very Big Deal that few people are talking about. This week, Cadillac tried to change that by announcing the roll-out of V2V technology on new models. Unfortunately, the timing of Cadillac's news was a little awkward. A recap When we think of major...Read More»

2017 Mini Cooper Countryman
'17 Mini Cooper Countryman, Mercedes-AMG Project One, Chevy Bolt EV road trip: What’s New @ The Car Connection

2017 MINI Cooper Countryman Review It might share its name with the Mini Cooper Countryman that went on sale half a decade ago as the brand's first foray into the crossover world, but the model is all-new for 2017—and there's more than meets the eye. Good news, bad news for Uber and its...Read More»

2018 Volkswagen Tiguan
Hinrich J. Woebcken and the case of the two VW Tiguans

Hinrich J. Woebcken smiles early in the morning, even though he might not have much reason to. It’s early at the 2017 Geneva motor show. The next 24 hours will be a grueling combination of endless interviews, internal meetings, and if he’s lucky, a break for currywurst. He wolfs down an...Read More»

Uber self-driving prototype in San Francisco
Good news, bad news for Uber and its self-driving cars

Uber's public relations team has been working overtime the past couple of months, thanks in large part to the antics of Uber's brash bro of a CEO, Travis Kalanick. In January, the man at the top of Uber's org chart did a lousy job of justifying his participation on Trump's business council...Read More»

2017 Fiat 500X
Automotive M&A, Dodge Demon, Nissan Juke to go hybrid: What’s New @ The Car Connection

Marchionne: Volkswagen might buy Fiat Chrysler to protect itself Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' CEO Sergio Marchionne is still on the lookout for a business partner. He has a hunch, though, that the partner may come looking for him. GM's Maven follows Cadillac's lead and offers monthly rentals Back in...Read More»

GM launches personal mobility brand: Maven
GM's Maven follows Cadillac's lead and offers monthly rentals

Back in January, General Motors and Cadillac launched a monthly car-sharing service called BOOK. Users pay $1,500 per month, and in exchange they receive access to an array of Cadillac vehicles, including the XT5, CT6, Escalade, and V Series. Now, GM has launched a similar program called Maven...Read More»

Sergio Marchionne
Marchionne: Volkswagen might buy Fiat Chrysler to protect itself

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' CEO Sergio Marchionne is still on the lookout for a business partner. He has a hunch, though, that the partner may come looking for him. Speaking on the floor of the Geneva Motor Show earlier this week, Marchionne indicated that he'd be open to pursuing a merger with...Read More»

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