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Germany working toward legislating self-driving cars
Germany working toward legislating self-driving cars

The German government has drafted a law that would allow self-driving cars to operate on the Central European country's streets (or straße) that would place the burden for wrecks on drivers and not vehicles themselves. The proposed legislation would require vehicles to have a "black box"...Read More»

Martin Winterkorn
Former Volkswagen CEO dragged into Dieselgate investigation (again)

Remember when Volkswagen's board chairman, Hans Dieter Poetsch, tried to assure the world that Dieselgate's misdeeds were the work of a small group of employees, mostly lower-level? Remember when Volkswagen's former U.S. chief, Michael Horn, promised that the automaker's 11 million illegally rigged...Read More»

2014 Ford Fusion
You can now retrofit connected tech to certain Fords

You don't have to buy a brand new car to have all the fun, Ford says. The Michigan automaker is set to release a plug-in system that will let them experience some advanced connectivity features like smartphone-based remote start, a vehicle locator, and a 4G wi-fi hotspot. The SmartLink system that...Read More»

US Air Force airmen install a fence along the US-Mexico border east of San Luis, AZ
Trump's tariffs: good or bad for the auto industry?

During the run-up to America's presidential election, Donald Trump issued a number of controversial proposals, but few garnered as much attention as the wall he suggested building along the U.S.-Mexico border. This week, Trump made it clear that he's ready to build that wall, both physically (with...Read More»

2017 Ford F-150
F-150 recall, AMG Project One, Arnold's hydrogen G-Wagen: What’s New @ The Car Connection

2017 Ford F-150 recalled to fix software glitch This morning, Ford issued a safety recall for the 2017 Ford F-150 pickup. According to the automaker, a software glitch could cause the truck's instrument cluster to malfunction under certain conditions. Takata really, really, really wants to avoid...Read More»

2016 Honda Pilot Touring long-term road test
2016 Honda Pilot long-term road test: final fuel economy check-in

Our time with the long-term 2016 Honda Pilot is nearing an end. The snow is falling and the Pilot's headed back down south toward warmer weather. Over the past six months in the Midwest, the Pilot has endured kids, road trips, the Home Depot run, weekends at the cabin, a service stop, and more. As...Read More»

2017 Ford Shelby Super Snake 50th Anniversary Edition
Ford dealers to sell parts for other brand vehicles

Ford's dealership network will soon begin selling parts for vehicles made by the Blue Oval brand's direct rivals. Set to be marketed through the Omnicraft brand, which complements Ford's existing Motorcraft parts division. Omnicraft won't be selling very specific parts—like, say cilmate...Read More»

Takata logo (photo by Flickr user jo.schz)
Takata really, really, really wants to avoid bankruptcy

The long, international nightmare know as the Takata recall fiasco is far from over, and Takata itself is largely to blame for the delay. Long after it became clear that the company had made a deadly mistake by using ammonium nitrate in its airbag inflators, the supplier remained defiant, hampering...Read More»

Walmart store sign (via Wikimedia)
Walmart to sell cars, Dodge Demon shown, Clueless on electrics: What’s New @ The Car Connection

Nation's largest retailer (Walmart) to help sell the priciest product we buy (cars) America's decades-old dealership model has been under attack lately. The best example of comes courtesy of Tesla, which now sells its electric vehicles directly to consumers, both online and in showrooms. To do...Read More»

Walmart store sign (via Wikimedia)
Nation's largest retailer (Walmart) to help sell the priciest product we buy (cars)

America's decades-old dealership model has been under attack lately. The best example of comes courtesy of Tesla, which now sells its electric vehicles directly to consumers, both online and in showrooms. To do that, Tesla has fought against dealer networks and longstanding state franchise laws...Read More»

2017 Kia Niro
2017 Kia Niro priced from $23,785

The 2017 Kia Niro hybrid will considerably undercut the Toyota Prius when it goes on sale soon. At $23,785, the Niro starts at almost $2,000 less than the entry-level Prius. That price is for the Niro FE, the thriftiest version of Kia's new dedicated hybrid vehicle. The Niro will be offered in five...Read More»

2017 Nissan Rogue Sport
Third rows, Ford GT top speed, BMW and Nissan EVs: What’s New @ The Car Connection

Is the third row in a crossover worth it? Just because something says on its package that it can do something doesn't always mean that it should. That's just the case with many three-row crossover and SUV vehicles. They're advertised as seven-seat vehicles, which sounds like enough room for your...Read More»

Nissan Titan IIHS crash test
2017 Nissan Titan struggles in latest crash test

Bigger isn't always better. Case in point: the 2017 Nissan Titan, which the IIHS says struggled in the agency's demanding small overlap frontal crash test. In the test, which is designed to replicate a vehicle hitting a utility pole or a tree, the Titan earned a "Marginal," the lowest of four...Read More»

2018 BMW 4-Series Gran Coupe
What's New for 2017: BMW

BMW's bread-and-butter model has been thoroughly redesigned for 2017, which helps the brand chart a new course going forward. The 2017 BMW 5-Series launches first as the 530i and 540i, with a choice of 4- and 6-cylinder turbocharged engines—and, in a 5-Series first, there will no longer be a...Read More»

2017 Nissan Rogue
Is the third row in a crossover worth it?

Just because something says on its package that it can do something doesn't always mean that it should. That's just the case with many three-row crossover and SUV vehicles. They're advertised as seven-seat vehicles, which sounds like enough room for your entire family—plus maybe the dog and a...Read More»

Faraday Future FF 91
Another day, another lawsuit for Faraday Future

Does start-up automaker Faraday Future actually have a future? No one knows, but one thing it's got in abundance is outstanding bills. One of the invoices gathering dust in Accounts Payable is for nearly $2 million, due to the video effects company that produced content for Faraday's generally...Read More»

Subaru Crosstrek teased
Subaru Crosstrek teased, 2018 BMW Z5 spied, Hybrid share down: What’s New @ The Car Connection

2018 Subaru Crosstrek to debut next month The all-new 2018 version Subaru's remarkably popular Crosstrek quasi-crossover will make its debut next month at the Geneva Motor Show in Europe. To whet the appetites of those eager to take the new Crosstrek to their local ski slope, the automaker has...Read More»

Teaser for Mitsubishi SUV debuting at 2017 Geneva auto show
Mitsubishi planning new crossover between Outlander Sport, Outlander

Mitsubishi says it will plug what it sees is a gap between its subcompact Outlander Sport and three-row Outlander crossovers with an all-new model. Although not much is known yet about what will become the third crossover in Mitsubishi's lineup, the Japanese automaker released a teaser image that...Read More»

2018 Mini John Cooper Works Countryman
What's New for 2017: Mini

The Mini lineup may not quite live up to its nameplate—after all, there are a seemingly endless number of ways one can maximize a Mini—but that seems just fine with buyers. For 2017, the Mini lineup sees the addition of an all-new Countryman—the brand's quasi-crossover. As you...Read More»

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