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Takata airbag deaths, VW Dieselgate update, next-gen Audi A8: What’s New @ The Car Connection
Takata airbag deaths, VW Dieselgate update, next-gen Audi A8: What’s New @ The Car Connection

Honda confirms 11th Takata airbag-related death, renews warning to owners of older models Honda has just issued a statement about another fatality related to a Takata airbag inflator. This is the eleventh confirmed death in a Honda vehicle that's been linked to the fatally flawed devices. Waymo...Read More»

2001 Honda Accord
Honda confirms 11th Takata airbag-related death, renews warning to owners of older models

Honda has just issued a statement about another fatality related to a Takata airbag inflator. This is the eleventh confirmed death in a Honda vehicle that's been linked to the fatally flawed devices. The incident occurred in Hialeah, Florida on June 18, 2016 and involved a 2001 Honda Accord...Read More»

Waymo self-driving prototype
Waymo drops 3 out of 4 patent claims against Uber

If you read that headline and thought that Uber might be off the hook for making use of information stolen from Waymo/Google, think again. It's true that the autonomous car start-up has dropped 75 percent of its patent claims in the increasingly messy court battle. The suit has centered on...Read More»

Martin Winterkorn
Uh-oh: Volkswagen bosses learned about Dieselgate weeks before investors

In the U.S., much of the drama surrounding the Volkswagen Dieselgate scandal has begun dying down. In Germany, however, the probe into Volkswagen's misdeeds is going full tilt, and reports indicate that investigators are now focused on a damning bit of evidence involving the company's top brass...Read More»

Driving a 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV from Virginia to Missouri, June 2017  [photo: Bill Massmann]
The electric car revolution, Porsche 911 GT2 RS, Tesla Model 3: What’s New @ The Car Connection

Report: The electric car revolution will happen faster than expected Much of today's auto world is obsessed with a very important question: when will electric cars really take off? France will say au revoir to gas and diesel vehicles by 2040 Last summer, Paris banned older cars from its city center...Read More»

2017 Tesla Model X
Report: The electric car revolution will happen faster than expected

Much of today's auto world is obsessed with a very important question: when will electric cars really take off? A new report from Bloomberg New Energy Finance has an answer: sooner than anyone thinks. BNEF closely tracks electrification trends among today's automakers. In 2016, the firm predicted...Read More»

Eiffel Tower in Paris, France (photo by Rijin, via Wikimedia Commons)
France will say au revoir to gas and diesel vehicles by 2040

Last summer, Paris banned older cars from its city center in an effort to reduce pollution. Now, France has gone several steps further, announcing plans to ban the sale of gas and diesel vehicles in the country by the year 2040. The announcement came from France's Environmental Minister, Nicolas...Read More»

ZF's Wrong-Way Inhibit function
Self-driving cars, 2018 Ford Mustang, New electric car incentives: What’s New @ The Car Connection

ZF's Vision Zero concept shows how self-driving cars will be safer for everyone Computers aren't universally smarter than we are, but they're getting close. They lack emotion—Siri is not actually your friend—but they may be able to save more lives. The computers that will power...Read More»

Terrafugia TF-X
Rumor: Chinese automaker Geely to buy US flying car start-up Terrafugia

It's been a minute since we've heard from the flying car company known as Terrafugia. What have the staff been doing the past couple of years? Apparently, negotiating a buyout with major Chinese automaker Geely. A source familiar with the discussions says that talks between the U.S. start-up and...Read More»

Faraday Future FF 91
Faraday's future in doubt as Chinese court freezes founder's assets

With every passing day, Faraday Future's name seems increasingly ironic. Troubles have been brewing at the U.S.-based, Chinese-backed electric car start-up for more than a year, with very little good news to break up the bad. The latest headline involves the company's founder, Jia Yueting, who's...Read More»

2017 Lincoln Continental after performing well the IIHS' small-overlap front crash test
Latest crash tests, Subaru's Goodwood hill climber, Tesla slams IIHS: What’s New @ The Car Connection

Lincoln, Mercedes, Toyota ace latest IIHS crash tests; Chevy, Ford, Tesla less impressive Three large sedans are among the safest new cars you can buy, according to the IIHS. Three others, including two Detroit mainstays and the Tesla Model S? Not quite as impressive. By 2019, every new Volvo will...Read More»

Tesla Model S after IIHS small-overlap frontal crash test, Spring 2017   [frame from IIHS video]
Lincoln, Mercedes, Toyota ace latest IIHS crash tests; Chevy, Ford, Tesla less impressive

Three large sedans are among the safest new cars you can buy, according to the IIHS. Three others, including two Detroit mainstays and the Tesla Model S? Not quite as impressive. The insurance industry-funded crash-testing organization bestowed its top award upon certain versions of the 2017...Read More»

2016 Volvo XC90 T8 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid
By 2019, every new Volvo will run on batteries (well, kinda)

Volvo made a bold announcement Wednesday: within two years, every new Volvo will run on batteries... ...or rather, that's what many of the news headlines would lead you to believe. What Volvo actually said was this: "Volvo Cars, the premium car maker, has announced that every Volvo it launches from...Read More»

Tesla Model 3 design prototype  -  reveal event  -  March 2016
Tesla Model 3, Volvo goes electric, Chevy Colorado ZH2: What’s New @ The Car Connection

First Tesla Model 3 arrives Friday, two weeks ahead of schedule Well, this is interesting: late last night, Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced that the long-awaited Model 3 had been cleared for production, and the vehicle bearing the coveted "01" serial number will roll off the assembly line this...Read More»

Tesla Model 3
First Tesla Model 3 arrives Friday, two weeks ahead of schedule

Well, this is interesting: late last night, Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced that the long-awaited Model 3 had been cleared for production, and the vehicle bearing the coveted "01" serial number will roll off the assembly line this Friday. For those keeping track, that's a couple of weeks sooner than...Read More»

ZF's rear-wheel steering concept
Rear-wheel steering, 3-row Lexus RX L, Tesla Model 3: What’s New @ The Car Connection

Rear-wheel steering could radically change pickup trucks and SUVs As useful as pickup trucks are, there's one place they don't make much sense: in the city, where urban confines make long, unwieldy cargo haulers challenging to maneuver into tight spaces. 2014-2016 Mazda3, Mazda6 recalled over...Read More»

ZF's rear-wheel steering concept
Rear-wheel steering could radically change pickup trucks and SUVs

As useful as pickup trucks are, there's one place they don't make much sense: in the city, where urban confines make long, unwieldy cargo haulers challenging to maneuver into tight spaces. German car parts supplier ZF recently showed off a solution that it's marketing to automakers—a...Read More»

2018 Chevrolet Cruze
2018 Chevy Cruze, 2017 Chevy Silverado HD, BMW's 3-Series electric: What’s New @ The Car Connection

2018 Chevrolet Cruze Review The 2018 Chevrolet Cruze is a compact car offered in an especially wide array of configurations: sedan or hatchback, automatic or manual, gas or diesel. SUV sales soar where temperatures sink SUV sales are soaring like the mercury in our thermometers. Ironically, though...Read More»

2017 Toyota 4Runner
SUVs hot again, 2019 Audi A8, Nissan Leaf batteries: What’s New @ The Car Connection

SUV sales soar where temperatures sink SUV sales are soaring like the mercury in our thermometers. Ironically, though, a new study suggests that utility vehicles are hottest where the temperatures are cool. Southern women most likely to have bumper stickers; gun stickers are least popula Some car...Read More»

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