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2017 Chrysler Pacifica Limited long-term test: how much does the vacuum suck?
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»

2017 Mazda MAZDA3
2018 Mazda 3 adds safety tech, drops F1-inspired regenerative braking

The 2018 Mazda 3 will come with more active-safety equipment as standard, but it'll also have less in common with a Formula 1 car than before. According to CarsDirect, which sourced its information from an ordering guide, the 2018 Mazda 3 will come standard with low-speed automatic emergency...Read More»

2015 Mercedes-Benz GLK Class (GLK250 BlueTEC)
EU investigates whether Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, VW colluded on diesels

Many people assume that the upcoming movie about Volkswagen's Dieselgate fiasco will look a lot like Wall Street or The Insider: a tale of corporate greed run amok. If European investigators are proven right, though, the film could be more like The Matrix, because the plot is heading deeper and...Read More»

Porsche Panamera Diesel
Porsche may stop making diesels (but Audi is doubling down)

The four horsemen of the Diesel Apocalypse are saddling up. The signs are everywhere: Studies show that diesel emissions are responsible for tens of thousands of deaths each year; Automakers and suppliers the world over are being sued for not complying with clean-air laws; and, Many countries are...Read More»

US Air Force airmen install a fence along the US-Mexico border east of San Luis, AZ
NAFTA tax, 2018 Dodge Durango SRT driven, 2019 Volvo XC40: What’s New @ The Car Connection

Automakers rally to kill proposed border tax During the run-up to the 2016 U.S. presidential election, then-candidate Donald Trump made a lot of promises to voters--chief among them, vows to repeal the Affordable Care Act and to penalize companies that manufactured goods for the American market...Read More»

US Air Force airmen install a fence along the US-Mexico border east of San Luis, AZ
Automakers rally to kill proposed border tax

During the run-up to the 2016 U.S. presidential election, then-candidate Donald Trump made a lot of promises to voters--chief among them, vows to repeal the Affordable Care Act and to penalize companies that manufactured goods for the American market outside the U.S. This hasn't been a great week...Read More»

2017 Chevrolet Trailblazer (South American spec)
Global cars, Buick Regal GS, Self-driving cars: What’s New @ The Car Connection

What’s in a name? The Dodge Neon and Chevy Trailblazer’s international double life Today, the Dodge Neon and the Chevy Trailblazer are in the automotive equivalent of the international witness protection program. Start-up electric car company Lucid Motors is looking for buyers: is it...Read More»

2017 Fiat 500X Trekking
Fiat 500X, Dodge Demon driven, Tesla Model Y: What’s New @ The Car Connection

2017 Fiat 500X Trekking first drive: an underrated, if overpriced, crossover You can be forgiven for not remembering the Fiat 500X. Underneath its cheeky body, the 500X is basically the same thing as the Jeep Renegade. Both share the same engines and transmissions, and their structure is largely...Read More»

Lucid Air
Start-up electric car company Lucid Motors is looking for buyers: is it Faraday Future 2.0?

Start-ups have it rough. They've got to have stellar ideas, carry out loads of market research, design sexy prototypes, and schmooze their little tuchuses off to win money from venture capitalists. It's doubly hard to be a start-up in the complicated world of automobiles, and one of the newest kids...Read More»

2017 Ford Fusion Sport
Drug-smuggling Fords, Faraday Future, Formula E electric-car racing: What’s New @ The Car Connection

Wall, schmall: Ford Fusions arrive from Mexico with $1 million of marijuana With all the talk of healthcare bills and tax reform battles in Congress, Americans might've forgotten about another of Donald Trump's pet projects: a border wall with Mexico. Last week, however, the president revisited...Read More»

OPEC's electric vehicle forecast for 2040 (via Bloomberg New Energy Finance)
OPEC thinks the electric car revolution is upon us, too

A couple of weeks ago, we wrote about a new report from Bloomberg New Energy Finance, which suggested that the electric car revolution may happen far more quickly than anyone expects. In 2016, BNEF's team of analysts thought that by 2040, 35 percent of the world's new cars would run on electricity...Read More»

2017 Ford Fusion V6 Sport
Wall, schmall: Ford Fusions arrive from Mexico with $1 million of marijuana

With all the talk of healthcare bills and tax reform battles in Congress, Americans might've forgotten about another of Donald Trump's pet projects: a border wall with Mexico. Last week, however, the president revisited that topic, declaring that he wants the wall to be transparent so that U.S...Read More»

2018 Hyundai Sonata Limited
2018 Hyundai Sonata driven, 2018 Mercedes S-Class, 2018 Honda Accord Hybrid: What’s New @ The Car Connection

2018 Hyundai Sonata first drive: Finally looking the part Beauty is no longer merely skin deep when it comes to the 2018 Hyundai Sonata. 1.3 million Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep vehicles recalled for alternator failure, sudden airbag deployment This morning, the National Highway Traffic Safety...Read More»

2016 Hot Wheels report from the National Insurance Crime Bureau
The 10 most-stolen vehicles in the U.S. are...

Every summer, the National Insurance Crime Bureau publishes a list of the most-stolen vehicles in America for the previous calendar year. This summer is no exception. As in previous years, the NICB compiled its list by gathering data submitted by law enforcement agencies to the Federal Bureau of...Read More»

2017 Tesla Model 3, in photo tweeted by Elon Musk on July 9, 2017
Tesla and GM running neck-and-neck to be the most highly valued automaker in America

April 2017 was such a simpler time. Philanderer Robert Bentley was moving out of the Alabama governor's mansion. Freshly approved Supreme Court justice Neil Gorsuch was moving into his new digs. And supermodels everywhere believed that Fyre Festival would be a glorious frolic in the sun instead of...Read More»

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