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2017 Chrysler Pacifica, 2018 Lexus NX, 2017 Tesla Model X: What’s New @ The Car Connection
2017 Chrysler Pacifica, 2018 Lexus NX, 2017 Tesla Model X: What’s New @ The Car Connection

2017 Chrysler Pacifica Limited long-term road test: gas mileage update Spring has shaken out its living-room rug here in Georgia, and Mother Nature has something against our long-term Chrysler Pacifica minivan. Brand-new diesel-fueled 2015 Volkswagen TDIs now on sale More than $22 billion in fines...Read More»

2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid
2017 Chrysler Pacifica Limited long-term road test: gas mileage update

Spring has shaken out its living-room rug here in Georgia, and Mother Nature has something against our long-term Chrysler Pacifica minivan. It's been a few thousand miles of fighting her tooth and nail. In the first month in our driveway, the Pacifica sat under a vengeful flock of crows. It took...Read More»

Via Motors Vtrux extended-range electric pickup.
AAA: Interest in electric cars rivals interest in pickups

For months, the auto industry has been urging the Environmental Protection Agency to reconsider new, high emissions benchmarks for 2025 model-year vehicles. Automakers say that they don't want to roll back the regulations, they just want more time to implement them because today's low fuel prices...Read More»

The Jetsons Car
Study shows that people have concerns about flying cars for some reason

Today, much of the auto industry is working to create electric cars that can drive folks to the grocery store and back again without a hint of human input. But a few companies are aiming higher--like, 36,000 feet higher--by developing flying cars. It will shock you to learn that people have some...Read More»

Volkswagen TDI diesel vehicles owned by Phil Grate and family, Seattle, Washington
VW buybacks, 2018 Mercedes-Benz S-Class, New 2015 VW TDIs: What’s New @ The Car Connection

97.5 percent of Volkswagen diesel owners have chosen buyback, not repair When the Volkswagen Dieselgate scandal first began making headlines in September 2015, many diesel owners expressed concern--not that Volkswagen had equipped their cars with illegal defeat devices, but that they might be...Read More»

2015 Volkswagen Passat TDI
Brand-new diesel-fueled 2015 Volkswagen TDIs now on sale

More than $22 billion in fines and buyouts later, the first fully emissions-compliant 2015 Volkswagen turbodiesels are rolling into dealers right now—in mid-2017. The German automaker has completed the modifications necessary to certify one previously noncompliant 2.0-liter turbodiesel...Read More»

Volkswagen TDI 'clean diesel' television ad screencap
97.5 percent of Volkswagen diesel owners have chosen buyback, not repair

When the Volkswagen Dieselgate scandal first began making headlines in September 2015, many diesel owners expressed concern--not that Volkswagen had equipped their cars with illegal defeat devices, but that they might be forced to have their vehicles repaired, and the repairs would ruin their cars'...Read More»

UK flag (aka the Union Jack)
Diesel deathwatch? UK to offer owners £2,000 to scrap their diesels

Auto industry observers have long predicted the death of diesels in the U.S.--though to be fair, that's not a shocking idea. Diesels never really caught on with American motorists, and the fuel savings diesel cars offer have been diminished by hordes of hybrids and electric vehicles zipping quietly...Read More»

2017 Honda CR-V IIHS crash test
Safest cars for teens, 2018 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350, Solar cities: What’s New @ The Car Connection

IIHS names the best used cars under $20,000 (and under $10,000) for your teen If you don't have a teen living under your roof, you might not have noticed, but 'tis the season for buying cars for young drivers. Whether they're looking for a gift to suit a high school grad (good luck with that, BTW)...Read More»

2018 Volvo S90, 2017 New York auto show
The 2018 Volvo S90 boasts a back seat fit for a king

Don't bother calling shotgun if you're about to ride in the 2018 Volvo S90. The back seat is now the place to be thanks to a wheelbase stretch for leg-crossing room plus a new standard massaging feature. For 2018, Volvo is swapping out the American-market S90 with an extended-wheelbase version...Read More»

2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA200d (Euro-spec)
Mercedes diesels, NY auto show, Toyota Prius One: What’s New @ The Car Connection

Mercedes-Benz may stop selling diesels in U.S. In the wake of the Dieselgate crisis, selling diesels has become a dicey proposition--and not just for Volkswagen. The debate around diesels has been especially heated in the U.S., which has some of the planet's strictest emissions regulations and...Read More»

2017 Toyota Prius
Eco-cheap: New 2017 Toyota Prius One trims hybrid price

Toyota has quietly made a few changes to its 2017 Prius, including a new base model that's $1,210 cheaper than the base model offered just a few months ago. At $24,360, including a mandatory $885 destination charge, the 2017 Prius One is well-equipped but is missing a few key items that helps lower...Read More»

Nissan Rogue Dogue
Nissan Rogue goes to the dogs (in the best possible way)

Dog-lovers from coast to coast lamented the loss of the Honda Element. To some, its boxy design might've felt awkward or too "early aughts", but the Element's relatively low stance (at least for a crossover) and easy-to-clean interior made traveling with Charley, Fido, and Fifi a breeze. As...Read More»

2016 Mercedes-Benz E250 BlueTec
Mercedes-Benz may stop selling diesels in U.S.

In the wake of the Dieselgate crisis, selling diesels has become a dicey proposition--and not just for Volkswagen. The debate around diesels has been especially heated in the U.S., which has some of the planet's strictest emissions regulations and where diesels have never really caught on anyway...Read More»

Toyota Mirai emissions-scrubbing billboard
Emissions showdown, Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk, Genesis GV80: What’s New @ The Car Connection

Sensing trouble, automakers prepare to bargain with EPA, CARB on emissions For most new-car buyers, haggling is a necessary evil. Now, car companies themselves are learning just how unpleasant haggling can be, as they try to find common ground with the Environmental Protection Agency and the...Read More»

2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI, 2017 New York Auto Show
2018 VW Golf lineup gets a facelift and some new eyeliner

Volkswagen showed off its new Golf family on Monday, just two days ahead of its appearance at the 2017 New York auto show. The updated interiors and revised faces for the compact car touch them all; the Golf, GTI, SportWagen, Golf R, and Alltrack models get the new goods—the new e-Golf was...Read More»

2018 Subaru Outback, 2017 Detroit auto show
2018 Subaru Outback is heavy on capability, light on refresh

Subaru just revealed the 2018 Subaru Outback, lightly refreshed from last year's bestseller with a new grille, new headlights, and interior amenities. And we mean lightly—if it ain't broke, you know. The same trim levels from last year will be available this year: standard, Premium, Limited...Read More»

2016 Chevrolet Camaro’s exhaust tips
Sensing trouble, automakers prepare to bargain with EPA, CARB on emissions

For most new-car buyers, haggling is a necessary evil. Now, car companies themselves are learning just how unpleasant haggling can be, as they try to find common ground with the Environmental Protection Agency and the California Air Resources Board on the subject of auto emissions. A recap One...Read More»

2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT
Another lawsuit filed over shifter used in Chrysler, Dodge, and Jeep models

Good product design is easy to overlook. When a product is truly well crafted, the design becomes invisible because it's so intuitive. We think, "Well, of course it looks like that. How could it look any other way?" On the other hand, bad design--or sometimes, a radical redesign--can often...Read More»

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