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What's New for 2017: Nissan
What's New for 2017: Nissan

Walk into a Nissan dealership and you'll find a lot that's new for 2017, mostly centered around the automaker's trucks, crossovers, and SUVs. But that doesn't mean that what the company's PR department calls its "year of the truck" (referring to all the refreshed models that debuted during the 2016...Read More»

2017 Ferrari GTC4 Lusso
What's New for 2017: Ferrari

Should you be fortunate enough to find yourself ready to place an order for a 2017 Ferrari, you'll have the Italian automaker's most advanced lineup to pick between. Then again, odds are that you're already on the list if you want to buy a new Ferrari—after all, the Prancing Horse mostly...Read More»

2017 Nissan Murano
2017 Nissan Murano gets a mid-year update, adds Apple CarPlay

In a somewhat unusual move, the 2017 Nissan Murano has been updated halfway through the year to offer some popular—and worthwhile—features. The mid-year update to the Murano, also called a "2017.5 Nissan Murano," was spotted by our eagle-eyed colleagues at CarsDirect.com. Notably, the...Read More»

Subaru Crosstrek teased
2018 Subaru Crosstrek to debut next month

The all-new 2018 version Subaru's remarkably popular Crosstrek quasi-crossover will make its debut next month at the Geneva Motor Show in Europe. To whet the appetites of those eager to take the new Crosstrek to their local ski slope, the automaker has released a single teaser image that gives us a...Read More»

Police officer with radar gun
Survey: White men get out of traffic tickets most often. Black women, not so much.

In the U.S., racial tensions have been on the rise the past several years--particularly tensions between African American communities and police officers. The tensions have been fueled by shocking videos of alleged police brutality against black suspects and equally shocking reports of police...Read More»

Faraday Future FF 91
Faraday's lack of a future, Subaru BRZ, Nissan Rogue Hybrid: What’s New @ The Car Connection

Faraday Future teeters on the brink of collapse say insiders The photo above was taken last April at the groundbreaking ceremony for Faraday Future's $1 billion plant in Nevada. VW embeds Amazon's Alexa in its cars Volkswagen will become the first automaker to make Amazon's Alexa concierge service...Read More»

2018 Volkswagen Tiguan
VW embeds Amazon's Alexa in its cars

Volkswagen will become the first automaker to make Amazon's Alexa concierge service a factory-installed part of its new cars. The German automaker joins several other automakers—namely Ford, BMW, and Hyundai—in including Alexa capability, but VW is the first to actually install Alexa...Read More»

2018 Chevrolet Traverse
GM's future SUVs and crossovers: Light-truck based, heavy sales

Crossovers and SUVs at General Motors don’t die—they multiply. After the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse made its official debut at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, a better picture of the automaker's plans for the next generation of crossovers came into view. Bookended by...Read More»

2018 Ford Mustang convertible
Ford takes lid off 2018 Mustang convertible

Hot on the horseshoes of the 2018 Ford Mustang coupe's debut earlier this week, the automaker has shown off an updated Mustang convertible. Like the coupe, the droptop dispenses with the formerly-standard V-6 engine, leaving a 2.3-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder and an updated 5.0-liter V-8 engine...Read More»

Audi A3 IIHS crash test
IIHS awards 2017 Audi A3, BMW 2-, 3-Series with Top Safety Pick+

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has bestowed it (new and improved) Top Safety Pick+ status on BMW's 2-Series and 3-Series models and the Audi A3 for 2017. However, there are some caveats, as the IIHS says that the award only applies to certain specifications of all three German cars. The...Read More»

General Motors ignition assembly parts, packaged and shipped Thursday, April 17, 2014
GM Switchgate scandal, Tesla Autopilot probe both wind down

Last week, Volkswagen and Takata reached major settlements with the U.S. government over their respective misdeeds, and many suggest that the timing--coming one week before the swearing in of Donald Trump as president--was no coincidence. By most accounts, the companies wanted to finalize those...Read More»

At the groundbreaking for Faraday Future's production facility in North Las Vegas (April 13, 2016)
Faraday Future teeters on the brink of collapse say insiders

The photo above was taken last April at the groundbreaking ceremony for Faraday Future's $1 billion plant in Nevada. In light of new reports from company insiders, it could double as a shot of folks shoveling dirt on the company's grave. Those reports suggest that Faraday faces several major...Read More»

IIHS crash tests 2016 Ford Mustang
Top Safety Pick+ explained, Dodge Demon, 37 mpg diesel pickup: What’s New @ The Car Connection

How to be sure you're buying an IIHS Top Safety Pick+ car You've seen the TV spots. You've read the ads. You've visited the automaker's website. That new car you want is very safe, they proclaim. It has received top marks from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety—the Top Safety Pick+...Read More»

2017 Kia Niro
What's New for 2017: Kia

Kia's lineup grows for the 2017 model year with the addition of a new hybrid model: the Kia Niro. Unlike the automaker's other hybrid—the Optima—the Niro isn't available with a gas-only powertrain. That's a big step for Kia and one that should help the brand prepare for increasingly...Read More»

Change in fatalities between the first 9 months of 2015 & the first 9 months of 2016 (NHTSA est.)
Traffic deaths continued sharp increase in 2016: highest number of fatalities since 2007

It's only January, and official stats on traffic fatalities for 2016 aren't expected for at least 10 more months. However, early estimates from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration suggest that auto-related deaths surged during the first nine months of last year. If those stats prove...Read More»

Uber self-driving prototype in San Francisco
Self-driving cars, 2018 Bentley Continental GT spied: What’s New @ The Car Connection

Self-driving cars could put 2 million people with disabilities to work, save $1.3 trillion each year Motorists of all ages are concerned about self-driving cars. Uber and Lyft drivers are worried about losing their jobs, while others simply doubt that computers can drive as well as humans. (Fun...Read More»

Gavel. Image: Brian Turner
German court slams Volkswagen, and the bill for Dieselgate could soar

Earlier this month, we told you about the German owner of a VW Eos who had sued Volkswagen over the company's Dieselgate lies in the hope of having VW buy back the car. That case is still working its way through the courts, so far as we know, but a similar one has just been decided by three judges...Read More»

2018 BMW 4-Series Gran Coupe
BMW 4-Series, Mini Countryman JCW, '18 Nissan Leaf : What’s New @ The Car Connection

2018 BMW 4-Series arrives with updated look, stiffer suspension BMW has given us some details about what's to come for its 4-Series coupe, sloped-roof sedan and convertible lineup for 2018. While they may not look much different from the 2017s currently on dealer lots, the 2018s gain a stiffer...Read More»

Blind driver Steve Mahan in Google's Self-Driving Toyota Prius, March 2012
Self-driving cars could put 2 million people with disabilities to work, save $1.3 trillion each year

Motorists of all ages are concerned about self-driving cars. Uber and Lyft drivers are worried about losing their jobs, while others simply doubt that computers can drive as well as humans. (Fun fact: they can. And how.) But what's often left out of discussions around autonomous vehicles are the...Read More»

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