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Fiat heir Lapo Elkann probably faked his own kidnapping, definitely got arrested
Fiat heir Lapo Elkann probably faked his own kidnapping, definitely got arrested

We interrupt your regularly scheduled write-ups of recalls, reader surveys, and Dieselgate news for a story about a poor little rich kid who's in trouble with the law...again. The kid in question is the nattily dressed gent you see above: Lapo Elkann, an heir to the Fiat fortune and brother of Fiat...Read More»

2017 Honda Civic
What's New for 2017: Honda

Deep in the midst of a total lineup revamp, Honda enters 2017 with an all-new version of its hugely popular CR-V crossover, a lot to talk about for its smaller Civic lineup, and the reboot of its pickup truck range. Needless to say, 2017 is a big year for Honda. And all this comes just after the...Read More»

2017 Honda CR-V Touring
2017 Honda CR-V priced from $24,945

Honda's all-new CR-V crossover will hit dealers by the end of December with a lot more value than the outgoing model—but without a major price increase. The entry-level front-wheel drive CR-V LX sees its bottom line increase by just $200, to $24,945 including a mandatory $900 destination...Read More»

2017 Honda CR-V Touring
2017 Honda CR-V first drive: Setting the standard

Coming soon to just about every driveway on your block is the crossover you see here: Honda’s latest CR-V. Yup, this latest redesign for the 2017 model year is that good. It takes what made the last CR-V the best-selling crossover in America and improves on every attribute. There’s more...Read More»

2017 Porsche 911
What's New for 2017: Porsche

Rather quickly, Porsche has gone from an automaker that offers an almost entirely turbocharged lineup. Although it's not fair to say that every Porsche is now boosted, the ones that mere mortals are most likely to buy now come standard with the whoosh of a turbocharger. That's because the venerable...Read More»

Automatic Emergency Braking graphic
Do you want automatic emergency braking in your next car? Our poll results

Bit by bit, self-driving cars are edging into showrooms. Lane-keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, and other features have slowly begun to shift the burden of driving away from humans and onto computers. By many estimates, chips and transistors will handle much of the driving in new vehicles...Read More»

If Car Commercials Were Honest (screencap from video by Cracked)
Is this the world's most brutally honest car ad?

The internet has forced all of us to grow up. It's presented us with streaming images of wars around the globe. It's changed our opinions of people we thought we knew. It's made us realize that innocent-sounding videos like "Two Girls, One Cup" may not be all that they seem. The internet has also...Read More»

Handing over car keys
Buying a car from another state? Here's a handy tip

The internet offers some exciting opportunities for automakers and dealerships--for example, Fiat Chrysler's new partnership with Amazon. But with those opportunities come plenty of headaches, and nowhere is that more apparent than when consumers shop across state lines. Of course, interstate...Read More»

2016 Nissan Titan
Nissan Titan XD recall, BMW 5 Wagon spied, Electric emissions: What's New @ The Car Connection

2016 Nissan Titan Diesel XD recalled for fuel tank flaw Nissan is recalling select 2016 Titan Diesel XD pickups to address a problem with their fuel tanks. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 12,000 vehicles registered in the U.S. will need to be repaired...Read More»

2005 Pontiac Aztek
Average U.S. car is now 11.6 years old, owners holding onto them longer than ever

As you drove over the river and through the woods to grandmother's house on Thanksgiving, did you notice that your car was a little squeakier than it used to be? Did it take longer to get up and going? Did it complain about its sciatica and about today's kids? Hopefully, the answer to all those...Read More»

Jeff Bezos
Will Fiat Chrysler's plan to sell cars on Amazon destroy or update the dealership model?

America's auto dealership model may not be fully broken, but most folks--especially consumers--would agree that it's in need of a 21st century overhaul. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles apparently thinks so, too. The car company recently announced plans to begin selling vehicles on Amazon. Doing so won't...Read More»

Volkswagen TDI 'clean diesel' television ad screencap
VW quits diesel in U.S., New Audi R&D lead, Zero electric motorcycles: What's New @ The Car Connection

Volkswagen chief: VW is done with diesels in the U.S. If you're an Audi fan, you were probably sad to learn that your fave luxury brand plans to offer just one diesel model in its U.S. lineup. But buck up, kiddo: that's one more than fans of Audi's mass-market sibling, VW, will have to choose from...Read More»

Herbert Diess
Volkswagen chief: VW is done with diesels in the U.S.

If you're an Audi fan, you were probably sad to learn that your fave luxury brand plans to offer just one diesel model in its U.S. lineup. But buck up, kiddo: that's one more than fans of Audi's mass-market sibling, VW, will have to choose from. That news comes from someone with intimate knowledge...Read More»

2009 Kia Sportage
Kia Sportage recalled, Mercedes backs off of diesel, Prius Prime takes on Volt: What's New @ The Car Connection

2008-2009 Kia Sportage recalled: nearly 72,000 U.S. vehicles affected Kia has announced a recall of the 2008 and 2009 Kia Sportage crossover. According to documents from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, some of those vehicles may suffer from an electrical problem that could...Read More»

2016 Tesla Model S
Do electric cars have a future in the Trump administration? Our poll results

When Barack Obama was sworn into office in 2008, the auto industry was in turmoil. The U.S. economy was tanking, and though Obama's predecessor, George W. Bush, had offered some assistance to Detroit automakers, at least two of those companies were at risk of going belly-up if they didn't receive...Read More»

Nashville flood car
A third of America's cars are underwater: Is yours?

In the aftermath of the Great Recession, you probably heard about plenty of people whose homes were underwater. Maybe you were one of them. Now, the analysts at Edmunds say plenty of cars are underwater, too. How did this happen? When we say that something is "underwater", we mean that (a) it was...Read More»

2017 Audi SQ7 TDI
Audi isn't giving up on diesels yet, but it only plans one for America

Volkswagen's ongoing, never-ending Dieselgate scandal has all but killed the company's diesel lineup in the U.S. Its three big brands here--Audi, Porsche, and VW--have suspended sales of diesels, and VW isn't sure that they'll ever return. Audi is more optimistic, but only slightly. The company...Read More»

Volvo Cars introduces first connected-car technology to make life less complicated
Volvo's Concierge Services make life easy for owners

A couple of years ago, Volvo launched something called "Roam Delivery". Harnessing the power of the internet, the service allows delivery personnel to bring packages to a Volvo rather than to a home or office. The program's success has encouraged Volvo to expand the number of services it offers to...Read More»

2018 Volkswagen Atlas
VW Atlas video, BMW X7 spied, Hyundai Ioniq: What's New @ The Car Connection

2018 Volkswagen Atlas video preview Volkswagen needs a hit these days--and they need more SUVs to compete in America. What technology do you want most in your next car? Our poll results Today's cars are loaded with high-tech features--some great, some not so great. While a bit of that technology...Read More»

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