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VW embeds Amazon's Alexa in its cars
VW embeds Amazon's Alexa in its cars

Volkswagen will become the first automaker to make Amazon's Alexa concierge service a factory-installed part of its new cars. The German automaker joins several other automakers—namely Ford, BMW, and Hyundai—in including Alexa capability, but VW is the first to actually install Alexa...Read More»

2018 Chevrolet Traverse
GM's future SUVs and crossovers: Light-truck based, heavy sales

Crossovers and SUVs at General Motors don’t die—they multiply. After the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse made its official debut at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, a better picture of the automaker's plans for the next generation of crossovers came into view. Bookended by...Read More»

2018 Ford Mustang convertible
Ford takes lid off 2018 Mustang convertible

Hot on the horseshoes of the 2018 Ford Mustang coupe's debut earlier this week, the automaker has shown off an updated Mustang convertible. Like the coupe, the droptop dispenses with the formerly-standard V-6 engine, leaving a 2.3-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder and an updated 5.0-liter V-8 engine...Read More»

Audi A3 IIHS crash test
IIHS awards 2017 Audi A3, BMW 2-, 3-Series with Top Safety Pick+

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has bestowed it (new and improved) Top Safety Pick+ status on BMW's 2-Series and 3-Series models and the Audi A3 for 2017. However, there are some caveats, as the IIHS says that the award only applies to certain specifications of all three German cars. The...Read More»

General Motors ignition assembly parts, packaged and shipped Thursday, April 17, 2014
GM Switchgate scandal, Tesla Autopilot probe both wind down

Last week, Volkswagen and Takata reached major settlements with the U.S. government over their respective misdeeds, and many suggest that the timing--coming one week before the swearing in of Donald Trump as president--was no coincidence. By most accounts, the companies wanted to finalize those...Read More»

At the groundbreaking for Faraday Future's production facility in North Las Vegas (April 13, 2016)
Faraday Future teeters on the brink of collapse say insiders

The photo above was taken last April at the groundbreaking ceremony for Faraday Future's $1 billion plant in Nevada. In light of new reports from company insiders, it could double as a shot of folks shoveling dirt on the company's grave. Those reports suggest that Faraday faces several major...Read More»

IIHS crash tests 2016 Ford Mustang
Top Safety Pick+ explained, Dodge Demon, 37 mpg diesel pickup: What’s New @ The Car Connection

How to be sure you're buying an IIHS Top Safety Pick+ car You've seen the TV spots. You've read the ads. You've visited the automaker's website. That new car you want is very safe, they proclaim. It has received top marks from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety—the Top Safety Pick+...Read More»

2017 Hyundai Elantra IIHS crash test
Roundup: All the 2017 IIHS Top Safety Pick+ winners

The IIHS has revealed its list of what it considers to be the safest new cars available—those that qualify for its coveted Top Safety Pick+ award. For 2017, making the cut has become even more difficult since cars now need to meet the insurance-funded independent agency's headlight...Read More»

2017 Kia Niro
What's New for 2017: Kia

Kia's lineup grows for the 2017 model year with the addition of a new hybrid model: the Kia Niro. Unlike the automaker's other hybrid—the Optima—the Niro isn't available with a gas-only powertrain. That's a big step for Kia and one that should help the brand prepare for increasingly...Read More»

2017 Audi A4 in IIHS crash testing
How to be sure you're buying an IIHS Top Safety Pick+ car

You've seen the TV spots. You've read the ads. You've visited the automaker's website. That new car you want is very safe, they proclaim. It has received top marks from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety—the Top Safety Pick+ award. But not every car on the dealer's lot is necessarily...Read More»

Inflated airbag
Many more Takata airbag recalls announced: check your car's VIN here

If you own a vehicle equipped with Takata airbags and you've been waiting for a recall notice, pay attention: this morning, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration posted more than a dozen new Takata-related recalls to its online database, and they affect millions of vehicles in the U.S...Read More»

Change in fatalities between the first 9 months of 2015 & the first 9 months of 2016 (NHTSA est.)
Traffic deaths continued sharp increase in 2016: highest number of fatalities since 2007

It's only January, and official stats on traffic fatalities for 2016 aren't expected for at least 10 more months. However, early estimates from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration suggest that auto-related deaths surged during the first nine months of last year. If those stats prove...Read More»

Uber self-driving prototype in San Francisco
Self-driving cars, 2018 Bentley Continental GT spied: What’s New @ The Car Connection

Self-driving cars could put 2 million people with disabilities to work, save $1.3 trillion each year Motorists of all ages are concerned about self-driving cars. Uber and Lyft drivers are worried about losing their jobs, while others simply doubt that computers can drive as well as humans. (Fun...Read More»

Gavel. Image: Brian Turner
German court slams Volkswagen, and the bill for Dieselgate could soar

Earlier this month, we told you about the German owner of a VW Eos who had sued Volkswagen over the company's Dieselgate lies in the hope of having VW buy back the car. That case is still working its way through the courts, so far as we know, but a similar one has just been decided by three judges...Read More»

2018 BMW 4-Series Gran Coupe
BMW 4-Series, Mini Countryman JCW, '18 Nissan Leaf : What’s New @ The Car Connection

2018 BMW 4-Series arrives with updated look, stiffer suspension BMW has given us some details about what's to come for its 4-Series coupe, sloped-roof sedan and convertible lineup for 2018. While they may not look much different from the 2017s currently on dealer lots, the 2018s gain a stiffer...Read More»

Blind driver Steve Mahan in Google's Self-Driving Toyota Prius, March 2012
Self-driving cars could put 2 million people with disabilities to work, save $1.3 trillion each year

Motorists of all ages are concerned about self-driving cars. Uber and Lyft drivers are worried about losing their jobs, while others simply doubt that computers can drive as well as humans. (Fun fact: they can. And how.) But what's often left out of discussions around autonomous vehicles are the...Read More»

2017 Chevrolet Silverado
GM, Hyundai announce mega investments in U.S. factories

General Motors and Hyundai today separately announced plans to invest billions in their assembly plants in the United States. The news comes just days before President-elect Donald Trump is sworn into office. Trump has not been shy about encouraging—even bullying—companies to boost...Read More»

2018 BMW 4-Series, 4-Series Gran Coupe and 4-Series Convertible
2018 BMW 4-Series arrives with updated look, stiffer suspension

BMW has given us some details about what's to come for its 4-Series coupe, sloped-roof sedan and convertible lineup for 2018. While they may not look much different from the 2017s currently on dealer lots, the 2018s gain a stiffer suspension designed to improve the way they hustle down a curvy...Read More»

Woman with smog mask (pic by Nicolò Lazzati on Flickr)
Emissions rules in other countries could help keep EPA regs in place

On Friday, the Environmental Protection Agency stunned many observers by finalizing emissions standards* for new cars through the year 2025. While environmental groups praised the ruling--which came more than a year before it was due--automakers grumbled that the new benchmarks would force...Read More»

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