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Tesla's tough week, Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo, Upcoming electric cars: What’s New @ The Car Connection
Tesla's tough week, Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo, Upcoming electric cars: What’s New @ The Car Connection

Tesla's tough week: overworked employees, sexist culture, and a stock downgrade Tesla's week hasn't been as rough as Uber's, but still, CEO Elon Musk is probably looking forward to Saturday. Audi, Porsche top Consumer Reports scorecard; Fiat, Jeep, not so much Consumer Reports has issued its annual...Read More»

Elon Musk
Tesla's tough week: overworked employees, sexist culture, and a stock downgrade

Tesla's week hasn't been as rough as Uber's, but still, CEO Elon Musk is probably looking forward to Saturday. 1. Things began simmering over last Thursday, when Musk responded to allegations that the company's workers in Fremont, California are overworked and underpaid. In an email to employees...Read More»

Sergio Marchionne
Fiat Chrysler warns investors of its own Dieselgate crisis

With Volkswagen's Dieselgate crisis dominating the auto news for over 17 months, you might've missed the fact that Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is facing a diesel disaster of its own--both in the U.S. and abroad. Now, the automaker has explained the nature of the problem and hinted at its potential...Read More»

2018 Audi RS 3 Sportback
Audi, Porsche top Consumer Reports scorecard; Fiat, Jeep, not so much

Consumer Reports has issued its annual Brand Report Card, and as interesting as it is, there aren't many surprises to be found. To issue its 2017 rankings, the magazine compiled data on 31 brands. That data came from a variety of sources, including Consumer Reports' own road test scores, predicted...Read More»

2017 Jeep New Compass
Jeep Compass review, Takata admits guilt, Alpine A110: What’s New @ The Car Connection

2017 Jeep Compass Review Forget what you knew about the old Jeep Compass; this latest model is thoroughly modern, even if it doesn't exactly move the bar far forward in its segment. Takata formally admits guilt, agrees to $1 billion settlement It's been over a month since we heard about Takata's...Read More»

Takata logo (photo by Flickr user jo.schz)
Takata formally admits guilt, agrees to $1 billion settlement

It's been over a month since we heard about Takata's proposed billion-dollar settlement to end an investigation by U.S. officials into charges of criminal wrongdoing. Yesterday in Detroit, District Court Judge George Steeh formally approved that proposal. Most of the funds that Takata ponies...Read More»

2017 Volvo V90 Cross Country
Volvo recall, Mitsubishi Eclipse Sport Cross, GM diesels are back: What’s New @ The Car Connection

2017 Volvo XC90, S90, and V90 Cross Country recalled over airbag problems Volvo is recalling more than 5,500 cars in the U.S. to fix a problem with their airbags. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that some of the inflatable curtain airbags in those vehicles may have been...Read More»

2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross
The Mitsubishi Eclipse is back... and it's not what you expected

If you're of a certain age—the generation that grew up idolizing sporty coupes like the Mitsubishi Eclipse—it's time to grow up. This isn't a message sponsored by your mother (who does mean well); instead, it comes courtesy of Mitsubishi itself. After a more than a half-decade absence...Read More»

Waymo self-driving prototype
Waymo sues Uber, claiming former employee stole top-secret technology

We live in confusing times. Presenters dole out movie awards to films that didn't win. The last Republican president has been criticizing the current one. And two self-driving car start-ups are embroiled in a court battle over allegations of corporate espionage. Oh, and to make that last item even...Read More»

2018 Lexus LC500
J.D. Power, 2018 Volvo XC60, Sierra Club sues EPA: What’s New @ The Car Connection

Lexus, Porsche, Toyota, Buick: America's most dependable brands In the market for a car--maybe one that's a little gently used? You're in luck: this week, J.D. Power published its 2017 Vehicle Dependability Study, showing which brands are likely to cause the fewest headaches down the road. 2017...Read More»

2017 Tesla Model X
Tesla now offers insurance and maintenance for life

Self-driving cars are going to ruin everything--in a good way. If all goes as planned, they'll dramatically reduce auto accidents and highway fatalities; boost fuel efficiency; minimize traffic jams; and maybe even cut the number of vehicles we own. Autonomous vehicles are likely to wreak havoc on...Read More»

J.D. Power 2017 Vehicle Dependability Study
Lexus, Porsche, Toyota, Buick: America's most dependable brands

In the market for a car--maybe one that's a little gently used? You're in luck: this week, J.D. Power published its 2017 Vehicle Dependability Study, showing which brands are likely to cause the fewest headaches down the road. The Dependability Study is a bit like Power's equally popular Initial...Read More»

2017 Jeep New Compass
2017 Jeep Compass driven, Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid, Honda WR-V: What’s New @ The Car Connection

2017 Jeep Compass first drive: fitting in Finally, with the introduction of the all-new 2017 Jeep Compass, the Jeep lineup has something for everyone, everywhere. America's bridges are crumbling: here are the iffy ones near you It's no secret that America's highways and byways are falling apart...Read More»

2017 Jeep New Compass Trailhawk
2017 Jeep Compass priced from $22,090; delivers 30 mpg plus

At $22,090, the all-new 2017 Jeep Compass is about $1,000 more than its predecessor—but it delivers far more standard features and improved fuel economy ratings. Confusingly, Jeep dealers will have two different 2017 Compass models in their showrooms this spring when the all-new model begins...Read More»

New York City's Manhattan Bridge (photo by Ludovic Bertron)
America's bridges are crumbling: here are the iffy ones near you

It's no secret that America's highways and byways are falling apart. Sometimes, the issues are painfully obvious: potholes, eroded shoulders, faded and missing lane markings. Other times, the trouble spots are harder to see, especially on bridges, where the problems may lie in crumbling supports or...Read More»

New York City's Manhattan Bridge (photo by Ludovic Bertron)
Failing infrastructure, 2018 Audi S4, Tesla Model 3: What’s New @ The Car Connection

Another Chinese electric car startup hits snags When you hear the phrase "Chinese electric car startup," you probably think of Faraday Future, an ironically named enterprise with no past and diminished future prospects. Feds investigate auto lenders who track borrowers by GPS Ever had the feeling...Read More»

Nissan NV Cargo X, 2017 Chicago auto show
Nissan's CEO steps aside, but not to retire

After nearly two decades at the helm of Nissan, Carlos Ghosn has announced that he will hand over control of the Japanese automaker to an executive who worked his way up the brand's ranks in its home market. Ghosn will remain as Nissan's global CEO until April 1, at which time Hiroto Saikawa will...Read More»

China
Another Chinese electric car startup hits snags

When you hear the phrase "Chinese electric car startup", you probably think of Faraday Future, an ironically named enterprise with no past and diminished future prospects. But Faraday is far from the only Chinese company that's set its sights on the electric car market. At last count, there were at...Read More»

GPS satellite
Feds investigate auto lenders who track borrowers by GPS

Ever had the feeling you were being watched? If you've taken out an auto loan in recent years, your hunch may have been correct, and now, the U.S. government is investigating. It's not uncommon for lending institutions to require that borrowers equip their new vehicles with GPS devices and other...Read More»

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