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Toyota's newest concept car decides when you get to drive it
Toyota's newest concept car decides when you get to drive it

Self-driving cars are so 2016. Self-aware cars are what's in for 2017. Toyota unveiled Wednesday its Concept-i technology showcase at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The future autonopod has all the hallmarks of fantasy auto show stuff: weird doors, no side mirrors, big wheels...Read More»

Chrysler Portal concept, 2017 Consumer Electronics Show
Chrysler's Portal concept is a connected room on wheels

Hidden behind its don't-call-me-a-minivan form, the Chrysler Portal concept unveiled this week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas shines as a beacon of hope for an automaker, and a division in particular, that has idly watched rivals pass it by. At its core, the Portal is an electric...Read More»

2013 Hyundai Sonata
2013 Hyundai Sonata investigated for seatbelt failures

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has launched an investigation of the 2013 Hyundai Sonata following two reports that the car's seatbelts failed to restrain passengers during collisions. You might think that NHTSA would require more than two complaints before initiating a probe...Read More»

Ford Sync 3 infotainment system
Automakers band together to push back on tech giants for infotainment

Some of the world's biggest automakers and suppliers are joining together to push back against tech juggernauts from dominating in-car infotainment systems. At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week, Ford and Toyota announced they would form a SmartDeviceLink Consortium to...Read More»

Faraday Future FF 91
Faraday unveils FF 91 electric car: can it salvage the company's future?

The past few months haven't been kind to Faraday Future, the new electric-car company launched by Chinese entrepreneur Jia Yueting. An aggressive start-up plan has left the company in a precarious financial position, causing many to question whether Faraday has a future at all. To some observers...Read More»

2017 Ford Mustang GT Convertible
Ford self-driving taxi, Ford Mustang Hybrid, Faraday Future FF 91: What’s New @ The Car Connection

Ford will sell self-driving taxi by 2021 Ford will build in North America and sell a self-driving hybrid taxi within 5 years, its CEO announced Tuesday. Mark Fields told a crowd at the automaker's Flat Rock, Michigan, assembly plant that Ford would redirect $700 million earmarked for a new plant in...Read More»

Ford Fusion Hybrid self-driving prototype
Ford will sell self-driving taxi by 2021

Ford will build in North America and sell a self-driving hybrid taxi within 5 years, its CEO announced Tuesday. Mark Fields told a crowd at the automaker's Flat Rock, Michigan, assembly plant that Ford would redirect $700 million earmarked for a new plant in Mexico back to the States for the...Read More»

2018 Ford Ecosport
Ford announces new, 300-mile electric SUV coming in 2020

Ford will build in Michigan and sell in North America, Europe, and Asia, an electric SUV capable of traveling more than 300 miles on a single charge, the automaker announced Tuesday. The electric car would go on sale by 2020. Ford chief Mark Fields outlined the automaker's wide-ranging plans for 13...Read More»

2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R
Ford announces new all-electric SUV, hybrid F-150, hybrid Mustang

Ford will invest $4.5 billion in new electric vehicles, including a new SUV with a reported 300-mile range, a hybrid F-150, and a hybrid Mustang, all of which will arrive by the end of the decade, the automaker announced Tuesday. Ford CEO Mark Fields announced the new cars and hybrid strategy at a...Read More»

Apple FaceTime
Texas couple sues Apple because FaceTime is a distraction to drivers

If you clicked on the headline above thinking you were in for a tongue-in-cheek, fake news story, we're sorry to disappoint you, but it's all too real and all too tragic. This is #notTheOnion. This is how the story goes: on December 24, 2014, Bethany and James Modisette were driving near Dallas in...Read More»

2015 Ford Mustang production at Flat Rock Assembly Plant, Michigan
Ford scraps Mexico plant, invests heavily in Michigan

Ford Motor Company [NYSE: F] announced today that it will spend $700 million to turn its Flat Rock, Michigan, assembly plant into a hub for electric and self-driving vehicle assembly. Separately, the automaker says that it is canning a $1.6 billion new plant it had intended to build in Mexico...Read More»

Volkswagen plant, Wolfsburg, Germany
German sues Volkswagen over Dieselgate compensation (or lack thereof)

Back in June, some 480,000 American owners of illegally equipped 2.0-liter Audi and VW diesels learned that they'd be receiving a fairly significant payout from Volkswagen. After months of negotiations, the automaker finally agreed to fix the cars in question or buy them back, and it also said that...Read More»

2017 BMW i8
Most beautiful cars, downside of self-driving cars, Porsche 917 replica: What’s New @ The Car Connection

Stop-traffic gorgeous: Here are the most beautiful cars of 2016 If beauty is pain, there are just some cars worth suffering. Alfa Romeo, Aston Martin, Lotus—we're looking at you. The downside of self-driving cars: fewer organs for transplants? Self-driving cars will change the world, and...Read More»

FDNY Ambulance
The downside of self-driving cars: fewer organs for transplants?

Self-driving cars will change the world, and according to most analysts, those changes will be for the better: fewer traffic accidents, fewer fatalities and injuries, smoother-flowing traffic, better fuel economy, and so on. However, there are a couple of downsides. For example, autonomous cars...Read More»

Driving Dogs
Californians can now legally break into cars to rescue animals

By now, everyone knows that it's a terrible idea to leave pets in cars, especially during the warmer months. And yet, we've all seen pets trapped in cars. Sometimes, owners crack their car windows thinking that will help keep interior temperatures low, but in fact, it doesn't do much. Even on a...Read More»

Infiniti QX50 concept, 2017 Detroit auto show
Infiniti previews next-gen QX50 with concept car

Infiniti's QX50 is starting to look and feel a little gray around its temples—but the automaker has a new model on its way. Before Nissan's luxury division shows off the next-generation QX50, which will likely arrive as a 2018 or 2019 model, a thinly-veiled concept car is headed to January's...Read More»

Takata logo (photo by Flickr user jo.schz)
Takata could agree to fines of $1 billion in the U.S.

Takata has been on a losing streak for the past couple of years, but new reports suggest that the beleaguered Japanese parts supplier could soon slide much, much deeper into the red. Insiders say that within the next few weeks, the company may agree to pony up $1 billion to settle a criminal...Read More»

2014 Ram Heavy Duty 6.7-liter Cummins diesel inline-6
FCA's diesel crisis, Infiniti QX50 concept, Trump on ethanol: What’s New @ The Car Connection

Fiat Chysler faces its own Dieselgate crisis: second lawsuit filed by Dodge & Ram truck owners Last month, we told you that owners of Dodge and Ram trucks were suing Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and one of its suppliers, Cummins, for equipping diesel pickups with defeat devices engineered to cheat...Read More»

2014 Ram Heavy Duty 6.7-liter Cummins diesel inline-6
Fiat Chysler faces its own Dieselgate crisis: second lawsuit filed by Dodge & Ram truck owners

Last month, we told you that owners of Dodge and Ram trucks were suing Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and one of its suppliers, Cummins, for equipping diesel pickups with defeat devices engineered to cheat on emissions tests. Now, a similar lawsuit has been filed by a second group of angry owners. Like...Read More»

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