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Florida dealer sues another for selling cars with recalled Takata airbags
Florida dealer sues another for selling cars with recalled Takata airbags

The long, sad saga of Takata and its fatally flawed airbags recently took a strange turn in Florida, which has been known to corner the market on strange news. It involves West Palm Beach used car dealer Earl Stewart, who's decided to sue a competing dealership called Arrigo Enterprises--not...Read More»

2009 BMW X6
BMW recall, McLaren P14 spied, emissions testing: What's New @ The Car Connection

BMW recalls 136,000 vehicles in the U.S. to fix stalling & fuel leaks BMW is recalling a wide range of cars and crossovers from 2007 to 2012 to address a problem with their fuel systems, which could cause vehicles to leak fuel and stall. What's New for 2017: Buick The Buick lineup operates...Read More»

2017 Buick Cascada ST
What's New for 2017: Buick

The Buick lineup operates something like a bridge between the automaker's American headquarters and its global operations, drawing heavily from products designed and engineered for other markets. And for 2017, there's even a new crossover built elsewhere but sold here—the Chinese-market Buick...Read More»

Downey 5 Min. Car Wash (Los Angeles, California)
Today's high-tech safety systems can't quite handle car washes

Modern cars come with a huge array of safety systems to keep drivers and passengers safe. These systems are good at spotting obstacles like pedestrians and other vehicles, but some things confuse them--things like car washes, for example. That might sound like an absurd shortcoming, but if you look...Read More»

2018 Volkswagen Atlas
2018 VW Atlas, Lincoln Continental driven, Hyundai targets diesel VWs: What's New @ The Car Connection

2018 Volkswagen Atlas first look There is some wry irony behind the name given to Volkswagen’s newest SUV, the 2018 Atlas, as Volkswagen’s fate in the United States may indeed rest on its shoulders. The company’s largest-yet sport-ute debuts on the heels of news of the massive...Read More»

2018 Volkswagen Atlas
2018 Volkswagen Atlas first look

There is some wry irony behind the name given to Volkswagen’s newest SUV, the 2018 Atlas, as Volkswagen’s fate in the United States may indeed rest on its shoulders. The company’s largest-yet sport-ute debuts on the heels of news of the massive buyback settlement, in which the...Read More»

2016 Mazda CX-9
2016 Mazda CX-9: Best Car to Buy Nominee

It's the answer to the question that every car enthusiast with a family has ever asked: The Mazda CX-9 is a truly polished, fun-to-drive crossover capable of seating six in comfort or seven in a pinch. Sure, this isn't the first go-around for the CX-9, which was genuinely enjoyable to hustle...Read More»

Angry Driver with Road Rage
The pricier your car, the more aggressive a driver you are

In movies, people who drive expensive cars are usually jerks. That's often designed to make us root for the down-to-earth, middle-class hero, but data suggests that there may be some truth to the cliche. Numerous studies have shown that a person's financial status can predict her ability to...Read More»

Distracted pedestrian, walking and texting
Ford's pedestrian detection system knows where you're walking, even when you don't

If you own a mobile phone--especially a smartphone--you may have noticed some changes in yourself the past few years. Maybe you've begun communicating exclusively in emoji. Maybe you've become incapable of interacting with non-touchscreens. But one thing's nearly certain: that mini computer in your...Read More»

Volkswagen TDI diesel vehicles owned by Phil Grate and family, Seattle, Washington
Dieselgate update, new Ferrari spied, Chevy Bolt video: What's New @ The Car Connection

Volkswagen Dieselgate update: settlement package finally approved, Audi may buy back 25,000 Q7s Many Americans reported hearing a long, heaving sigh yesterday afternoon. While initial reports suggested that the noise might've been caused by a great ebbing in The Force, further investigation has...Read More»

Mazda CX-5 teaser
2017 Mazda CX-5 headed to LA Auto Show

A new Mazda CX-5 is set to debut next month at the Los Angeles Auto Show—and it's coming an entire model year before we expected it. The current CX-5 has been a genuine (and much needed) success for Mazda, which has sold more than 80,000 through the end of September this year, so it comes as...Read More»

2017 Kia Optima Hybrid
2017 Kia Optima Hybrid priced from $26,845

Kia dealers will soon stock the automaker's revamped Optima Hybrid mid-size sedan, and although its base price is the same as it was last year, the story isn't quite as simple once you start adding options.. All told, the cheapest 2017 Kia Optima Hybrid stickers for $26,845 including a mandatory...Read More»

2017 Genesis G90
What's New for 2017: Genesis

What's new with Genesis for 2017? How about everything? Genesis is the newest car brand in the United States, but it's not quite as "all-new" as you might think. The idea of Genesis has been in the making for a while—initially as a pair of upscale models in Hyundai's lineup (one of which was...Read More»

Volkswagen Plant, Wolfsburg, Germany (photo by Richard Bartz)
Volkswagen Dieselgate update: settlement package finally approved, Audi may buy back 25,000 Q7s

Many Americans reported hearing a long, heaving sigh yesterday afternoon. While initial reports suggested that the noise might've been caused by a great ebbing in The Force, further investigation has shown that it's more likely the collective sound of relief being uttered by 475,000 VW and Audi...Read More»

2018 Lexus LC 500h
Reliability report, Mercedes-AMG E63, New Fisker: What's New @ The Car Connection

Consumer Reports' most reliable brands: Toyota, Lexus, and...Buick? Critics are a lonely bunch, and the folks at Consumer Reports are no exception. While many shoppers trust what the magazine has to say, more than a few think it's been unduly judgy when it comes to Detroit car brands. Subaru WRX...Read More»

2017 Buick Cascada ST
Consumer Reports' most reliable brands: Toyota, Lexus, and...Buick?

Critics are a lonely bunch, and the folks at Consumer Reports are no exception. While many shoppers trust what the magazine has to say, more than a few think it's been unduly judgy when it comes to Detroit car brands. If you're one of those people, this will come as something of a shock. Consumer...Read More»

2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro
Pickup headlamps, Corvette ZR1 spied, VW buyback a good idea?: What's New @ The Car Connection

Most new pickup trucks feature poor headlights, IIHS says The road ahead may not be very clear if you're driving a new pickup truck—even if you've optioned one up to mega truck status with fancy extra cost headlights. Mercedes-Benz GLC vs. Lexus NX: Compare Cars It’s likely that the...Read More»

2017 Honda Ridgeline Black Edition
Most new pickup trucks feature poor headlights, IIHS says

The road ahead may not be very clear if you're driving a new pickup truck—even if you've optioned one up to mega truck status with fancy extra cost headlights. In its latest test, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety found that nearly every new pickup truck available today features...Read More»

2017 Fiat 500X
What's New for 2017: Fiat

Reintroduced to the American market a few years ago thanks to its parent company's acquisition of Chrysler, Italian brand Fiat bursts with style and personality—if not necessarily buyers. A new addition to Fiat's lineup for 2017 revives an historic nameplate, and even if it isn't likely to...Read More»

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