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Tesla Model 3 will debut with only two options: color and wheels
Tesla Model 3 will debut with only two options: color and wheels

Henry Ford famously told people that they could order a Ford Model T in any color they liked, so long as it was black. More than a century later, Tesla seems to be taking a page from Ford's playbook. Speaking with investors yesterday, Tesla's CEO, Elon Musk, said that the company will initially...Read More»

2018 Buick LaCrosse
Buick's mild hybrid, 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia on track, Toyota out of Tesla, What’s New @ The Car Connection

2018 Buick LaCrosse: changes where you can't see them With its 2018 LaCrosse, Buick is making some notable changes just a year after the latest version brand's flagship four-door went on sale. You won't see anything at first glance, but the changes under the LaCrosse's hood add up to better fuel...Read More»

Texting while driving
Texas bans texting while driving

Texas has become one of the nation's last states to enact a ban on texting and driving. After numerous attempts over the course of a decade by lawmakers to ban texting while behind the wheel, this latest bill was signed into law today by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott. It goes into effect Sept. 1, after...Read More»

2018 Buick LaCrosse
2018 Buick LaCrosse: changes where you can't see them

With its 2018 LaCrosse, Buick is making some notable changes just a year after the latest version brand's flagship four-door went on sale. You won't see anything at first glance, but the changes under the LaCrosse's hood add up to better fuel economy and a significantly lower base price. But the...Read More»

2018 Toyota Camry
Toyota bets on Linux, Faraday Future, Hyundai Kona Electric: What’s New @ The Car Connection

Toyota owners to get Linux system instead of Apple CarPlay, Android Auto. Hooray? Nearly two years ago, Toyota stunned much of the auto world when it revealed that it had no plans to offer Apple CarPlay or Android Auto on any of its vehicles. Instead, Toyota said that it was going to build an...Read More»

2018 Volvo XC60, 2017 Geneva auto show
2018 Volvo XC60 redesigned, priced from $42,495

Looking like a scaled-down version of the automaker's XC90 crossover, the 2018 Volvo XC60 will arrive in dealers early this fall with a starting price that significantly undercuts its dated predecessor when they're optioned up to the same level. The 2018 XC60, available in Momentum, R-Design, and...Read More»

Revenue projections for the passenger economy through 2050 (via Strategy Analytics)
Study: Self-driving cars will be a $7 trillion industry by 2050

In the 1960s, it was plastics. In the 1990s, it was ecommerce. And in the 2040s, many of the world's movers and shakers will likely be working on autonomous cars--at least according to one new study. That study is called Accelerating the Future: The Economic Impact of the Emerging Passenger...Read More»

2018 Toyota C-HR
Toyota owners to get Linux system instead of Apple CarPlay, Android Auto. Hooray?

Nearly two years ago, Toyota stunned much of the auto world when it revealed that it had no plans to offer Apple CarPlay or Android Auto on any of its vehicles. Instead, Toyota said that it was going to build an infotainment system of its own. New reports indicate that work on that system is...Read More»

Lyft car with trademark pink mustache (via Wikimedia)
Consumers giving up cars?, Porsche Panamera 4S driven, Cadillac CT6 driven: What’s New @ The Car Connection

Auto industry nightmare: consumers are giving up cars for good Unprecedented changes are taking place in today's auto industry. Companies old (e.g. Ford, Toyota) and new (e.g. Tesla, Waymo) are working overtime to make cars that run on battery power, drive themselves, and function as taxis. 2017...Read More»

Uber driver (photo by Uber)
Auto industry nightmare: consumers are giving up cars for good

Unprecedented changes are taking place in today's auto industry. Companies old (e.g. Ford, Toyota) and new (e.g. Tesla, Waymo) are working overtime to make cars that run on battery power, drive themselves, and function as taxis. They're doing all that to prepare for a future 10 or 20 years down the...Read More»

2017 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring
Mazda CX-5 driven, Dodge Challenger SRT Demon deep dive, Paris climate pact: What’s New @ The Car Connection

2017 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring first drive At last count, there are roughly 75 billion different compact crossovers on the market vying to become your next family car. Elon Musk is ready to ditch Donald Trump over Paris Agreement pull-out Today at 3pm Eastern Time, Donald Trump will announce whether...Read More»

Elon Musk
Elon Musk is ready to ditch Donald Trump over Paris Agreement pull-out

Today at 3pm Eastern Time, Donald Trump will announce whether he intends to withdraw the U.S. from the 2015 Paris Agreement or stay the course on climate change. While breaking the Agreement would undoubtedly please some of Trump's base, it wouldn't endear him to one of the highest-profile members...Read More»

2018 Volkswagen Tiguan
VW's new 4-cylinder engine, next-gen Rolls-Royce Phantom, Electrics vs. hybrids: What’s New @ The Car Connection

Front-line four: Driving the 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan's next 4-cylinder engine A new Volkswagen Tiguan is coming, and with it, a new generation for the German brand's lauded line of 2.0-liter, turbocharged 4-cylinder engines. Still part of what VW calls the EA888 family, the new Gen 3B will...Read More»

2017 Chrysler Pacifica MPG compare
2017 Chrysler Pacifica Limited long-term test: Irish-twin mpg showdown

Minivans aren't beach-body types and fuel-economy talk doubles down as birth control. When we picked up our long-termer in Dallas and drove to Denver, the empty stretches of plains had our minds wandering to chaste matters. Our 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Limited had a near-twin last year, months after...Read More»

Gavel. Image: Brian Turner
Uber fires former Waymo engineer, but can it stay in the self-driving car race?

It's been nearly three weeks since the messy legal battle between ride-sharing giant Uber and self-driving car company Waymo made headlines, but rest assured, all is not quiet on the West Coast front. Yesterday, Uber finally fired the engineer at the center of the contentious court case, Anthony...Read More»

2016 Ford Fiesta
Ford Fiesta, Focus owners sue over faulty transmissions

Ford Fiesta and Focus owners are so unhappy with the PowerShift transmissions in their cars, they're taking the automaker to court. Sadly, it won't be the first time that Ford has been sued over the dual-clutch transmission, which was first installed in new vehicles back in 2010. Previous cases...Read More»

car crash at intersection after running red light
Highway fatalities, Ford Focus RS Limited Edition, BMW i5 canned?: What’s New @ The Car Connection

The economy's on a roll--and so are highway fatalities The U.S. economy has come a long way over the past decade, from the highs of the housing bubble to the lows of the Great Recession and slowly, surely back again. Report: Electric cars will be cheaper than gas models by 2025 It's clear that an...Read More»

U.S. auto fatality stats and projections (IIHS, May 2017)
The economy's on a roll--and so are highway fatalities

The U.S. economy has come a long way over the past decade, from the highs of the housing bubble to the lows of the Great Recession and slowly, surely back again. The good news is, America's financial health continues to improve (even though some have begun sounding alarms about another potential...Read More»

Tesla Model 3 design prototype  -  reveal event  -  March 2016
Report: Electric cars will be cheaper than gas models by 2025

It's clear that an electric car revolution is brewing and that it's going to shake up the auto industry. Beyond that, however, details about the revolution are hard to come by. For example, how will the auto industry deal with the issue of range anxiety: better batteries? Faster charging?...Read More»

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