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VW's diesels, BMW's next Z3, Tesla Model 3: What’s New @ The Car Connection
VW's diesels, BMW's next Z3, Tesla Model 3: What’s New @ The Car Connection

EPA approves fix for 326,000 VW diesels, but will owners take it? If you live in the U.S. and you own one of the 475,000 or so 2.0-liter Audi or VW diesels affected by the Volkswagen Dieselgate scandal, we have good news and bad news. 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Limited long-term road test: putting it...Read More»

2017 Chrysler Pacifica long-term road test
2017 Chrysler Pacifica Limited long-term road test: putting it to the test with kids

We've now started the second half of our yearlong test with a 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Limited minivan, and it's road-trip season. The miles have clicked past quickly as we packed the Pacifica for weekend adventures. Whether it was weddings in Iowa or family time at the cabin in northern Minnesota...Read More»

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Another shipment of Fords arrive from Mexico packed with marijuana

Earlier this month, a dealership in Youngstown, Ohio received a shipment of Ford Fusions from the Ford plant in Hermosillo, Mexico. The cars came with all the features you'd expect to find on modern vehicles, with one major exception: instead of spare tires, they carried tire-shaped bundles of...Read More»

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EPA approves fix for 326,000 VW diesels, but will owners take it?

If you live in the U.S. and you own one of the 475,000 or so 2.0-liter Audi or VW diesels affected by the Volkswagen Dieselgate scandal, we have good news and bad news. Since it's Friday, we'll start with the good news: your car can probably be fixed. The Environmental Protection Agency and the...Read More»

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Congress kills border tax, Ford recalls, Rolls-Royce Phantom: What’s New @ The Car Connection

Congress kills border tax that could have piled thousands on to new car prices Congressional leaders have signaled that they will scrap a border tax on incoming goods, including cars, as part of a larger tax overhaul proposal. 2014 Ford F-150, 2014-15 Ford Escape, 2015 Lincoln MKC recalled to fix...Read More»

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Congress kills border tax that could have piled thousands on to new car prices

Congressional leaders have signaled that they will scrap a border tax on incoming goods, including cars, as part of a larger tax overhaul proposal. "While we have debated the pro-growth benefits of border adjustability, we appreciate that there are many unknowns associated with it and have decided...Read More»

2017 Tesla Model S
Tesla Model S regains Consumer Reports' love while the Model X flounders

We can all sleep a little easier tonight: Tesla and Consumer Reports have kissed and made up. The relationship between the ratings magazine and the electric car company led by serial entrepreneur Elon Musk hit a rough patch in April, following Tesla's decision in the fall of 2016 to disable...Read More»

2018 Chevrolet Traverse
2018 Chevy Traverse, GM's over-the-air updates, China's next star: What’s New @ The Car Connection

2018 Chevrolet Traverse starts at $30,875, tops out above $53,000 The 2018 Chevrolet Traverse aims for the heart of the three-row crossover SUV market in every way: style, substance, and, as it turns out, pricing. UK to outlaw gas and diesel vehicles by 2040 No fossil fuels, please--we're British...Read More»

2018 Chevrolet Traverse
2018 Chevrolet Traverse starts at $30,875, tops out above $53,000

The 2018 Chevrolet Traverse aims for the heart of the three-row crossover SUV market in every way: style, substance, and, as it turns out, pricing. Chevrolet today announced that the cheapest 2018 Traverse will start at $30,875 including a mandatory $945 destination charge. That's for the bare...Read More»

Waze and Android Auto
Waze coming to Android Auto, and it's excellent

In the next few weeks, Google will launch an update to its Android Auto service and make the popular Waze navigation service available directly through a compatible vehicle’s infotainment system. If you’re one of Waze’s many devotees, you’re probably doing a happy dance. And...Read More»

Mark Webber driving a 2016 Porsche 919 Hybrid in London
UK to outlaw gas and diesel vehicles by 2040

No fossil fuels, please--we're British. That's the message put out by the United Kingdom's Environment Minister, Michael Gove, earlier today. Speaking to BBC Radio, Gove said that the U.K. plans to outlaw the sale of vehicles that run solely on gas or diesel by the year 2040. Completely details of...Read More»

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Mercedes diesel woes, Electric Minis, Tesla Model S safety: What’s New @ The Car Connection

Daimler will 'upgrade' 3 million Mercedes-Benz diesels in Europe (and maybe some in the U.S.) The past couple of years haven't been kind to diesels or the companies that make them. Among the hardest hit have been German manufacturers like Volkswagen, which has coughed up over $22 billion in fines...Read More»

2014 Mercedes-Benz E250 BlueTec
Daimler will 'upgrade' 3 million Mercedes-Benz diesels in Europe (and maybe some in the U.S.)

The past couple of years haven't been kind to diesels or the companies that make them. Among the hardest hit have been German manufacturers like Volkswagen, which has coughed up over $22 billion in fines and fixes so far, with many more opportunities for payouts down the road. (That said, U.S...Read More»

2017 Chrysler Pacifica long-term road test, after 2,100-mile road trip, June 2017
Chrysler Pacifica vacuum, Mazda CX-8, VW's Electrify America plan: What’s New @ The Car Connection

2017 Chrysler Pacifica Limited long-term test: how much does the vacuum suck? You get to feeling old when you realize that, Back In Your Day, kids didn't eat in the car. 18th Takata death likely in Australia; Ford asks not to recall 2.5 million airbags deemed unsafe Another death may be linked to...Read More»

2017 Chrysler Pacifica long-term road test, built-in vacuum system, June 2017
2017 Chrysler Pacifica Limited long-term test: how much does the vacuum suck?

You get to feeling old when you realize that, back in your day, kids didn't eat in the car. But times change. Some cars now play movies inside, stop themselves before an accident, and offer as many as a dozen cupholders. Also, kids now eat and drink inside vehicles. Apparently quite a lot, which is...Read More»

Takata logo (photo by Flickr user jo.schz)
18th Takata death likely in Australia; Ford asks not to recall 2.5 million airbags deemed unsafe

Another death may be linked to Takata's fatally flawed airbags. An Australian motorist was killed after being hit in the neck by shrapnel from the airbag of his 2007 Honda CR-V. Honda has confirmed that the vehicle in question was part of the massive Takata recall. That recall currently affects...Read More»

Cadillac Virtual Reality Showroom
VR showrooms of the future, Jaguar XJR575, German diesel collusion: What’s New @ The Car Connection

Virtual Reality showrooms will change how we shop for cars I felt ridiculous as the bulky headset slipped onto my head. It was something that felt right out of a 1980s movie about the future. 2018 Subaru Crosstrek vs. 2017 Jeep Renegade: Compare Cars The 2018 Subaru Crosstrek and 2017 Jeep Renegade...Read More»

2017 Infiniti QX70 Limited
Infiniti drops quirky QX70 crossover from lineup

The crossover that can be credited with creating an entire niche of sloped-roof, tall-riding vehicles has left the stage. Don't look for a 2018 Infiniti QX70 in your local dealer's showroom. A follow-up may be a few years away, but it will probably be more about getting the look right than adopting...Read More»

Cadillac Virtual Reality Showroom
Virtual Reality showrooms will change how we shop for cars

I felt ridiculous as the bulky headset slipped onto my head. It was something that felt right out of a 1980s movie about the future. A controller was placed in my hand and I was given one simple instruction: Point where you want to go, click, and you'll be there. I opened my eyes and was instantly...Read More»

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