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Breaking: Americans still hate haggling over car prices
Breaking: Americans still hate haggling over car prices

Another day, another survey suggesting that Americans would prefer to buy cars online. This time, the data comes from an Autolist poll. While most respondents say that they're okay with the current car sales model, a significant number dislike the muss and fuss of salespeople and haggling. To...Read More»

Uber’s Volvo XC90 autonomous car prototype
Uber's self-driving software fails about once per mile

Remember how Uber launched a fleet of self-driving vehicles in San Francisco last December, and the California Department of Motor Vehicles flipped out because the company hadn't applied for the proper $150 permit and shut down the program within a week? Turns out, the DMV was right to be...Read More»

US Air Force airmen install a fence along the US-Mexico border east of San Luis, AZ
Volkswagen, Ram could get hit hard by Trump's border tax

With all the recent headlines about healthcare, Russian hackers, and missing handshakes, the Trump administration has been a bit quieter about its proposed border tax (or possibly, border tariff) than it was a few weeks ago. That's cause for relief among many automakers, especially those who import...Read More»

Volkswagen Plant, Wolfsburg, Germany (photo by Richard Bartz)
Dieselgate raids, Audi A8, Toyota C-HR driven: What’s New @ The Car Connection

Germany ramps up Dieselgate probe, searching Audi offices, Volkswagen HQ, law firm The ongoing scandal known as Dieselgate appears be winding down in the U.S.--at least as far as the federal government is concerned. In Germany, however, things look to be getting worse, not better, for Europe's...Read More»

2017 Tesla Model S
Tesla drops base Model S 60, 60D from lineup

When it comes to electronics, obsolesce arrives quickly. Such is the case with the Tesla Model S, which is about to see its lineup pared from four to three battery configurations. Tesla is quietly discontinuing the Model S 60 and 60D from its range. Frugal buyers looking for a Tesla under $75,000...Read More»

Volkswagen plant
Germany ramps up Dieselgate probe, searching Audi offices, Volkswagen HQ, law firm

The ongoing scandal known as Dieselgate appears be winding down in the U.S.--at least as far as the federal government is concerned. In Germany, however, things look to be getting worse, not better, for Europe's biggest automaker, and that could mean renewed troubles for Volkswagen on this side of...Read More»

Volkswagen T-Roc concept
Are you ready for the Volkswagen T-Roc? (It's coming in 2019.)

Way back in 2014 at the Geneva Motor Show, Volkswagen debuted the cute but curious VW T-Roc crossover concept. This summer, a production version of the T-Roc will roll into European showrooms, and the automaker has confirmed that it'll come to the U.S. in 2019. When it, does, VW will have at least...Read More»

2018 Lexus LS500h
Service departments, Ferrari 812 Superfast, Tesla Model S: What’s New @ The Car Connection

Buick, Lexus top service satisfaction study, while Fiat, Land Rover bring up the rear Another month, another survey from J.D. Power. The firm's 2017 U.S. Customer Service Index examined how satisfied (or unsatisfied) vehicle owners and lessees were after taking their cars in for service. The...Read More»

J.D. Power 2017 U.S. Customer Service Index Study
Buick, Lexus top service satisfaction study, while Fiat, Land Rover bring up the rear

Another month, another survey from J.D. Power. The firm's 2017 U.S. Customer Service Index examined how satisfied (or unsatisfied) vehicle owners and lessees were after taking their cars in for service. The brand-by-brand rankings probably won't surprise you, but let's take a look anyway. To gather...Read More»

2017 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid
2017 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid, Lexus UX, Porsche Mission E: What’s New @ The Car Connection

2017 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid to top range, start from $52,935 The terms "sport," "hybrid," and "crossover" have seemed incongruous, but luxury brand Acura hopes to change that with its 2017 MDX Sport Hybrid. Set to go on sale soon from $52,935 (including a mandatory $975 destination charge), the...Read More»

California state capitol, Sacramento
California calls Trump's EPA review a 'cynical ploy', vows to fight for its emissions rules

Yesterday, Donald Trump authorized the review of a controversial decision by the Environmental Protection Agency--a decision finalized during the last days of the Obama administration. Officials in California made it abundantly clear that they weren't happy about the review, and they've vowed do...Read More»

International Paper Company mill, 1973 [From EPA Documerica series]
EPA changes, Lucid Air, VW electrifies America: What’s New @ The Car Connection

Trump to reconsider EPA rules but let California continue setting its own regs Donald Trump is heading to Michigan, where he's expected to announce a review of federal emissions regulations that were approved by the Environmental Protection Agency just one week before the president took office...Read More»

Vintage Valentine
Match game: Volkswagen may be interested in merging with Fiat Chrysler, too

A week ago, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' merger-minded CEO, Sergio Marchionne, said that he fully expected Volkswagen to come a-courtin' "at the relevant time". This week, Volkswagen CEO Matthias Muller confirmed that, yeah, he might be interested in a hook-up, too. That's a rapid about-face for...Read More»

Donald Trump
Trump to reconsider EPA rules but let California continue setting its own regs

Donald Trump is heading to Michigan, where he's expected to announce a review of federal emissions regulations that were approved by the Environmental Protection Agency just one week before the president took office. That should make some auto industry employees very, very happy, but perhaps they...Read More»

Teaser for 2018 Buick Enclave debuting at 2017 New York auto show
New Buick Enclave, Audi Q4, Luxury electrics: What’s New @ The Car Connection

The 2018 Buick Enclave is almost here Ahead of its big family crossover's formal debut next month at the New York auto show, Buick has given us a little hint of what's to come for the 2018 Enclave. VW pleads guilty in U.S. over dieselgate; what's next? Since Volkswagen is deep in the midst of...Read More»

Volkswagen TDI diesel vehicles owned by Phil Grate and family, Seattle, Washington
VW pleads guilty in U.S. over dieselgate; what's next?

Since Volkswagen is deep in the midst of buying back from consumers hundreds of thousands of diesel-fueled cars with non-compliant emissions software, you might think that the German automaker has already apologized and moved on. That's not quite the case, as it turns out. Last week, VW pled guilty...Read More»

Teaser for 2018 Buick Enclave debuting at 2017 New York auto show
The 2018 Buick Enclave is almost here

Ahead of its big family crossover's formal debut next month at the New York auto show, Buick has given us a little hint of what's to come for the 2018 Enclave. The Enclave is the last remaining three-row crossover in parent company General Motors' lineup to be redesigned. Just a year ago, the...Read More»

Exhaust tips
Trump goes to Detroit, probably to announce review of EPA emissions regulations

This week, Donald Trump will pay a visit to the Detroit area. Insiders report that while he's there, the president will give car companies something they've wanted for weeks: a review of the Environmental Protection Agency's auto emissions regulations, which cover vehicles made through the 2025...Read More»

Honda Autonomous Vehicle Technology
Self-driving cars in California, VW pleads guilty, Volvo's electric future: What’s New @ The Car Connection

No driver's license? No problem under California's proposed self-driving car laws Back in 2014, Google unveiled its first self-driving car, and boy, did it turn heads. The company's autonomous technology wasn't the only thing that got people's attention, it was also the car's design--specifically...Read More»

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