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GM sells Opel/Vauxhall to PSA: is it a win-win?
GM sells Opel/Vauxhall to PSA: is it a win-win?

This morning, General Motors confirmed that it has sold both its Opel/Vauxhall subsidiary and its European financial arm to Paris-based PSA for a total of €2.2 billion ($2.3 billion). Naturally, GM has pitched this as a win-win for itself and for PSA (formerly known as PSA Peugeot Citroen)...Read More»

Volkswagen Plant, Wolfsburg, Germany (photo by Richard Bartz)
MIT: Volkswagen Dieselgate emissions will cause 1,200 (or more!) premature deaths in Europe

The ongoing Dieselgate crisis has been a major headache for Volkswagen employees, investors, vehicle owners, dealers, and diesel fans for nearly a year and a half. Though the scandal appears to be winding down--at least in the U.S.--a new study suggests that Volkswagen's troubles could be far from...Read More»

2017 Chrysler Pacifica - Best Car to Buy 2017
Chrysler Pacifica long-termer, GM's Opel sold, Lexus hybrids: What’s New @ The Car Connection

2017 Chrysler Pacifica Limited long-term road test: the kickoff The Car Connection picks one or two cars each year to road-test and review for more than the usual week. We grab long-term vehicles when we spot a car, truck, minivan, or SUV that deserves more time behind the wheel, and a more...Read More»

2017 Chrysler Pacifica - Best Car to Buy 2017
2017 Chrysler Pacifica Limited long-term road test: the kickoff

The Car Connection picks one or two cars each year to road-test and review for more than the usual week. We grab long-term vehicles when we spot a car, truck, minivan, or SUV that deserves more time behind the wheel, and a more thorough explanation of why we recommend it. In recent years, that...Read More»

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick
Newly humbled, Uber asks California for permission to test self-driving cars

For years, Uber has gleefully courted controversy, but the past few weeks have been especially brutal for the company and its manchild CEO, Travis Kalanick. New reports suggest that Kalanick & Co. have finally had their fill of humble pie and are ready to begin playing by the rules. Uber under...Read More»

Opel's new 1.0-liter 3-cylinder gasoline engine
Lousy fuel economy, 2018 Hyundai Sonata leaked, Nissan e-NV200 taxi: What’s New @ The Car Connection

Average fuel economy still terrible after 92 years The past century has brought an onslaught of innovation. Don't believe it? Try to imagine modern life without television, the internet, microwaves, or social media. Utah is about to lower its drunk-driving limit, is your state next? Utah may be the...Read More»

U.S. Navy drunk driving deterrence display
Utah is about to lower its drunk-driving limit, is your state next?

Utah may be the first state to lower its drunk-driving threshold below .08 BAC—and for the tl;dr crowd, yes, your state probably is next. A Utah State Senate committee forwarded a proposal that would lower the state's threshold for adults from .08 blood alcohol content (BAC) to .05, the Salt...Read More»

On-Road Fuel Economy of Vehicles in the United States: 1923-2015 (Sivak and Schoettle)
Average fuel economy still terrible after 92 years

The past century has brought an onslaught of innovation. Don't believe it? Try to imagine modern life without television, the internet, microwaves, or social media. But despite those and other technological advances, one thing hasn't changed too much: the distance that cars can travel on one gallon...Read More»

2018 Volkswagen Atlas
First ride: 2018 Volkswagen Atlas prototype

By Volkswagen’s own admission, its new seven seat midsize crossover is incomplete. That’s because the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas will go on sale later this spring and it was designed from the start to feature a fuel-sipping diesel engine as its headliner. Well, that’s not happening any...Read More»

Tesla Model S in IIHS testing
Tesla's tough week, Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo, Upcoming electric cars: What’s New @ The Car Connection

Tesla's tough week: overworked employees, sexist culture, and a stock downgrade Tesla's week hasn't been as rough as Uber's, but still, CEO Elon Musk is probably looking forward to Saturday. Audi, Porsche top Consumer Reports scorecard; Fiat, Jeep, not so much Consumer Reports has issued its annual...Read More»

Elon Musk
Tesla's tough week: overworked employees, sexist culture, and a stock downgrade

Tesla's week hasn't been as rough as Uber's, but still, CEO Elon Musk is probably looking forward to Saturday. 1. Things began simmering over last Thursday, when Musk responded to allegations that the company's workers in Fremont, California are overworked and underpaid. In an email to employees...Read More»

Sergio Marchionne
Fiat Chrysler warns investors of its own Dieselgate crisis

With Volkswagen's Dieselgate crisis dominating the auto news for over 17 months, you might've missed the fact that Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is facing a diesel disaster of its own--both in the U.S. and abroad. Now, the automaker has explained the nature of the problem and hinted at its potential...Read More»

2018 Audi RS 3 Sportback
Audi, Porsche top Consumer Reports scorecard; Fiat, Jeep, not so much

Consumer Reports has issued its annual Brand Report Card, and as interesting as it is, there aren't many surprises to be found. To issue its 2017 rankings, the magazine compiled data on 31 brands. That data came from a variety of sources, including Consumer Reports' own road test scores, predicted...Read More»

2017 Jeep Compass
Jeep Compass review, Takata admits guilt, Alpine A110: What’s New @ The Car Connection

2017 Jeep Compass Review Forget what you knew about the old Jeep Compass; this latest model is thoroughly modern, even if it doesn't exactly move the bar far forward in its segment. Takata formally admits guilt, agrees to $1 billion settlement It's been over a month since we heard about Takata's...Read More»

Takata logo (photo by Flickr user jo.schz)
Takata formally admits guilt, agrees to $1 billion settlement

It's been over a month since we heard about Takata's proposed billion-dollar settlement to end an investigation by U.S. officials into charges of criminal wrongdoing. Yesterday in Detroit, District Court Judge George Steeh formally approved that proposal. Most of the funds that Takata ponies...Read More»

2017 Volvo V90 Cross Country
Volvo recall, Mitsubishi Eclipse Sport Cross, GM diesels are back: What’s New @ The Car Connection

2017 Volvo XC90, S90, and V90 Cross Country recalled over airbag problems Volvo is recalling more than 5,500 cars in the U.S. to fix a problem with their airbags. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that some of the inflatable curtain airbags in those vehicles may have been...Read More»

2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross
The Mitsubishi Eclipse is back... and it's not what you expected

If you're of a certain age—the generation that grew up idolizing sporty coupes like the Mitsubishi Eclipse—it's time to grow up. This isn't a message sponsored by your mother (who does mean well); instead, it comes courtesy of Mitsubishi itself. After a more than a half-decade absence...Read More»

Waymo self-driving prototype
Waymo sues Uber, claiming former employee stole top-secret technology

We live in confusing times. Presenters dole out movie awards to films that didn't win. The last Republican president has been criticizing the current one. And two self-driving car start-ups are embroiled in a court battle over allegations of corporate espionage. Oh, and to make that last item even...Read More»

2018 Lexus LC500
J.D. Power, 2018 Volvo XC60, Sierra Club sues EPA: What’s New @ The Car Connection

Lexus, Porsche, Toyota, Buick: America's most dependable brands In the market for a car--maybe one that's a little gently used? You're in luck: this week, J.D. Power published its 2017 Vehicle Dependability Study, showing which brands are likely to cause the fewest headaches down the road. 2017...Read More»

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