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What's next for Tesla? More stores, more repair centers, and the Model Y crossover
What's next for Tesla? More stores, more repair centers, and the Model Y crossover

Plenty of insults have been hurled at Elon Musk. Tesla's CEO has been accused of being self-aggrandizing, thin-skinned, and, given the number of projects he seems ready to tackle, a dilettante. Tesla fans and foes can debate those labels as much they like, but one thing they can't accuse Musk of...Read More»

2016 Ford Explorer 4WD 4-door Limited Engine
Engine noise app, Shaq's monster truck, Hyundai Ioniq: What’s New @ The Car Connection

Start-up builds an app to figure out how much that new engine noise is going to cost you It's happened to all of us: you're driving down the street on a beautiful spring day with the windows down, and something unusual catches your ear. A new squeal, a squeak, or maybe a clunk is coming from...Read More»

Old gas station, now auto repair shop, Liberty City, Miami, Florida (pic by Phillip Pessar)
Start-up builds an app to figure out how much that new engine noise is going to cost you

It's happened to all of us: you're driving down the street on a beautiful spring day with the windows down, and something unusual catches your ear. A new squeal, a squeak, or maybe a clunk is coming from underneath the hood. Perhaps it's something simple to repair, like an aging belt. Then again...Read More»

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The auto lending bubble seems to be getting bigger

So, we have bad news and bad news. Which would you like first? Fine, we'll start with the bad news. The U.S. auto market is cooling off. April's light vehicle sales were down 4.7 percent compared to those of April 2016, and year-to-date sales are off 2.4 percent across the board. Nearly all...Read More»

Department of Transportation vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) program
V2I connectivity, living with the Raptor, Plug-in electrics: What’s New @ The Car Connection

Texas city takes big step toward self-driving cars with vehicle-to-infrastructure communication The road leading toward self-driving cars has made it to Texas, where a Dallas suburb is set to become the nation's second city equipped with vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) communication. Towing a boat...Read More»

Audi Traffic Light Information System, Las Vegas
Texas city takes big step toward self-driving cars with vehicle-to-infrastructure communication

The road leading toward self-driving cars has made it to Texas, where a Dallas suburb is set to become the nation's second city equipped with vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) communication. That means that cars equipped with V2I technology in Frisco, Texas, will soon be able to talk to the sprawling...Read More»

Apple car conceived by children's book author Richard Scarry
What do we really know about Apple's self-driving car, now that it's been seen?

Late last week, an eagle-eyed car fan in California spotted a self-driving vehicle on the roads of Silicon Valley. That in itself wasn't weird--after all, plenty of start-ups in the area are trying their hand at autonomous technology. What made this unusual was that the car was owned by Apple. The...Read More»

Chrome exhaust pipe
Smog testing, GAC Trumpchi, Tesla Model 3: What’s New @ The Car Connection

Why you [well, some of you] must have your car smog tested You may not think much about that little sticker affixed to a corner of your license plate or the inside of your windshield, but it signifies an achievement for your clean-running car: passing your area's emissions test. California raises...Read More»

Smog over Los Angeles, courtesy Flickr user steven-buss
Why you [well, some of you] must have your car smog tested

You may not think much about that little sticker affixed to a corner of your license plate or the inside of your windshield, but it signifies an achievement for your clean-running car: passing your area's emissions test. It's an annual event for many car owners across the U.S. that involves a trip...Read More»

California state capitol, Sacramento
California raises gas tax and charges electric car owners $100 per year

America's infrastructure is in desperate need of repair, but despite promises made by President Trump back in February, there's been little-to-no movement on the issue in Washington, D.C. Until there is, states will have to take action themselves if they want to fill in their expanding potholes and...Read More»

2018 Volkswagen Atlas, Boerne, Texas
VW Atlas, BMW 540d, EPA takes on climate-change: What’s New @ The Car Connection

2018 VW Atlas won't be easy to find as a 4-cylinder Saving money by buying the base engine in the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas won't be as easy as it looks on paper. Kia Forte Koup officially killed off Another compact coupe has bitten the dust, narrowing the field of inexpensive coupes to just two. Next...Read More»

2014 Kia Forte Koup
Kia Forte Koup officially killed off

Another compact coupe has bitten the dust, narrowing the field of inexpensive coupes to just two. Next year, the Kia Forte Koup will be but a distant memory. The slow-selling compact two-door that accompanies the Forte sedan and Forte5 hatchback wasn't renewed for the 2017 model year and is...Read More»

Uber self-driving prototype in San Francisco
Uber's self-driving car guru steps aside in wake of lawsuit

Uber's race to develop fleets of self-driving cars and big rigs has hit another speed bump: yesterday, the head of its autonomous vehicle program stepped down from his post in the wake of a complicated lawsuit. The move isn't especially surprising. A recap For nearly nine years, Anthony Levandowksi...Read More»

2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro
Toyota Tacoma recall, Raptor vs. Hellcat, 2018 Chevy Volt: What’s New @ The Car Connection

2016-2017 Toyota Tacoma pickup recalled: 228,000 U.S. vehicles affected Toyota has announced a recall of 2016 and 2017 Toyota Tacoma pickups. The automaker says that some of those vehicles could experience oil leaks, reduced acceleration, and in extreme cases, the truck's drivetrain could seize...Read More»

2018 Volkswagen Atlas, Boerne, Texas
2018 VW Atlas won't be easy to find as a 4-cylinder

Saving money by buying the base engine in the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas won't be as easy as it looks on paper. That's because VW is making the base engine, which runs $1,400 to $1,730 less than the optional V-6 an order-only item for all but the very base model of the Atlas, its long-anticipated...Read More»

Highway sign: 'Expect delays'
America, we have an infrastructure problem, and this documentary is here to explain it

Infrastructure isn't a sexy topic. When many people hear the word, their eyes glaze over and they begin thinking about to-do lists or vacation plans or anything other than the state of our highways and byways. But ignore it all you want, the fact remains that America's infrastructure has been rode...Read More»

Concept drawing for Uber Elevate flying taxi service
Flying Ubers, Nismo's growth, Apple's self-driving car: What’s New @ The Car Connection

Uber to launch flying autonomous taxis in Dallas and Dubai within 10 years (or less) Flying cars are April's flavor of the month. Aeromobile recently showed off an awkward prototype in Monaco, clips of a Larry Page-backed levitating jet ski have gone viral, and studies have even been published...Read More»

2017 Chrysler Pacifica - Best Car to Buy 2017
Chrysler plumps up 2017 Pacifica with new value-oriented Touring Plus

Chrysler has added a little more meat to its 2017 Pacifica minivan with a new, feature-packed Touring Plus trim level. At $33,455, the Touring Plus adds a power tailgate, triple-zone automatic climate control, projector headlamps, LED tail lamps, a universal garage door opener, and sunshades for...Read More»

Concept drawing for Uber Elevate flying taxi service
Uber to launch flying autonomous taxis in Dallas and Dubai within 10 years (or less)

Flying cars are April's flavor of the month. Aeromobile recently showed off an awkward prototype in Monaco, clips of a Larry Page-backed levitating jet ski have gone viral, and studies have even been published about the things, even though serious talk about flying cars seems pretty premature. Now...Read More»

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