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2011-2012 BMW 1-Series, 3-Series, 5-Series, 7-Series recalled for powertrain flaw
2011-2012 BMW 1-Series, 3-Series, 5-Series, 7-Series recalled for powertrain flaw

BMW has announced a recall of nearly 9,000 vehicles from the 2011 and 2012 model years. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a key driveshaft component on those cars may be prone to break. The component in question is the rear driveshaft constant-velocity joint (aka the...Read More»

Motor-Vehicle Deaths and Changes, 2016 (from the National Safety Council)
More data suggests that traffic deaths rose sharply in 2016

In January, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issued some preliminary data on traffic fatalities for the first nine months of 2016. Now, the National Safety Council has released estimates of its own, providing more strong hints that the number of roadway deaths in America rose...Read More»

2014 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel, test drive in Hell, Michigan
Americans driving less, angry Cruze Diesel owners, Dodge Demon: What’s New @ The Car Connection

Drop in driving and car ownership suggests that America's love affair with cars may be over With lots of wide-open spaces and a sprawling (though crumbling) system of roads, America has been an ideal country for cars. But a new study from the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute...Read More»

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Drop in driving and car ownership suggests that America's love affair with cars may be over

With lots of wide-open spaces and a sprawling (though crumbling) system of roads, America has been an ideal country for cars. But a new study from the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute suggests that our long, national love affair with automobiles may be coming to an end. It...Read More»

2014 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel
Chevrolet Cruze Diesel owners take GM to court

Earlier this week, Chevrolet announced some impressive fuel economy figures for its newest Cruze Diesel sedan. Meanwhile, a federal court in Michigan has given nine owners of previous Cruze Diesels the green light to continue their joint lawsuit against Chevrolet and its parent company, General...Read More»

2017 Volkswagen Passat
2017 Volkswagen Passat recalled over brake fluid leak

Volkswagen has announced a recall of more than 1,000 Passat vehicles from the 2017 model year. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that some of those vehicles may be losing brake fluid, which could reduce their braking power over time. The issue is rooted in brake-line...Read More»

2017 Smart Fortwo Electric Drive - first drive, Miami, Nov 2016   [photo: Jeff Jablansky]
Smart's electric future, self-driving cars, Chevy Bolt EV: What’s New @ The Car Connection

Smart dropping gas models, to go all-electric In the future, you won't see one of Mercedes-Benz's diminutive Smart vehicles stopping at a gas station unless its driver has a craving for a bottle of Dr Pepper or a lottery ticket. GM in talks to sell European Opel division to French automaker...Read More»

Jaguar and Shell's new in-car payment system
Jaguar and Shell make credit card swiping a thing of the past

Jaguar and Shell Oil have teamed up to create a new in-car app that allows drivers to pay for fuel without ever swiping their credit card at a gas station. Instead, drivers can tap their cars' infotainment screens to finish the transaction using either PayPal or ApplePay. ALSO SEE: Drop in driving...Read More»

2017 Hyundai Ioniq Electric
2017 Hyundai Ioniq undercuts Prius at $23,035

The 2017 Hyundai Ioniq hybrid hatchback will arrive in dealers next month for an aggressively low starting price that may raise some eyebrows in competitors' showrooms. The hybrid version of the Ioniq, which is available in three configurations, will start from $23,035 including a mandatory $835...Read More»

Ford Fusion Hybrid self-driving prototype
Analysis: Don't expect many old cars with new self-driving tech

Automakers may be keen to build cars driven by people or, in the future, cars that can drive themselves—but not necessarily both. That’s per congressional testimony from automakers, and a recent announcement by Ford that it would invest $1 billion in tech firm Argo AI for its autonomous...Read More»

Reviver digital license plate and platform
Want an electronic license plate connected to the DMV? This startup has one

For historians, the 16th century was the height of the Renaissance. The 18th century was all about the Enlightenment. And the 2000s may one day be described as the Great Networking: the era in which people, communities, and corporations became linked to one another via a series of online networks...Read More»

2010 Mazda Mazda3
Madza recalls 2011 Mazda2, 2010-2011 Mazda3, Mazdaspeed3 for seat problems

Mazda has announced a recall of nearly 174,000 vehicles from the 2010 and 2011 model years. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the driver's seats in some of those vehicles may suffer from problems that interfere with a motorist's ability to remain in good driving...Read More»

2017 Opel Insignia Grand Sport
GM in talks to sell European Opel division to French automaker

Detroit-based General Motors has confirmed discussions with France's largest automaker over the future of its troubled Opel division. In a statement, GM confirmed that it and PSA "are exploring numerous strategic initiatives aiming at improving profitability and operational efficiency, including a...Read More»

2017 Smart Fortwo Electric Drive - first drive, Miami, Nov 2016   [photo: Jeff Jablansky]
Smart dropping gas models, to go all-electric

In the future, you won't see one of Mercedes-Benz's diminutive Smart vehicles stopping at a gas station unless its driver has a craving for a bottle of Dr Pepper or a lottery ticket. That's because the automaker has confirmed it will drop gasoline-fueled Smart models from its lineup in the United...Read More»

Teaser for Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross debuting at 2017 Geneva auto show
The Mitsubishi Eclipse is back... well, sort of

One of the most iconic cars of the 1990s is coming back, but not quite as you might have imagined it. Mitsubishi will take to the stage at next month's Geneva auto show in Switzerland with a squat crossover it calls the Eclipse Cross. Aside from the brand's three diamond star, the only thing it...Read More»

2014 Ford Explorer
Feds investigating Ford Explorers over exhaust leaking into cabin

The number of complaints the NHTSA has received from owners of 2011 through 2015 Ford Explorers about exhaust fumes reaching the passenger compartment has increased considerably since the federal agency first launched its. Back in July, the federal agency had received just over 150 complaints from...Read More»

Volvo Drive Me autonomous car pilot project in Gothenburg, Sweden
Self-driving cars, Mitsubishi Eclipse, Tesla maintenance: What’s New @ The Car Connection

Congress taking up bills to speed testing for self-driving cars A "patchwork" of conflicting state and federal regulations for self-driving car testing could be ironed out in Congress this year as two senators and House representatives take up bills to address testing. 18 car companies petition...Read More»

Continental gets Nevada approval to test autonomous cars
Congress taking up bills to speed testing for self-driving cars

A "patchwork" of conflicting state and federal regulations for self-driving car testing could be ironed out in Congress this year as two senators and House representatives take up bills to address testing. Sens. Jim Thune, a Republican from South Dakota, and Gary Peters, a Democrat from Michigan...Read More»

Exhaust tips
18 car companies petition Trump team to review EPA's efficiency rules

Just before Donald Trump was sworn into office, the Environmental Protection Agency did something a little unusual. It finalized emissions rules for U.S. vehicles through the 2025 model-year, and it did so much faster than expected. Now, 18 car companies are asking Trump and his team to review and...Read More»

2017 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel Sedan
2017 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel hits 52 mpg: will anyone buy it?

Here's the good news: According to the Environmental Protection Agency, a new version of the 2017 Chevrolet Cruze earns an estimated 52 mpg on the highway. Chevy notes that that's the best fuel economy Americans can buy without shelling out for a hybrid or electric car. And now, the bad news: The...Read More»

2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon Recon, 2017 Chicago auto show
Wrangler Rubicon Recon, 2018 Nissan Leaf, self-driving Chevy Bolt EV: What’s New @ The Car Connection

Jeep builds its most capable Wrangler ever It seems inevitable that the first stop anyone who buys a 2017 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Recon will make after leaving the dealership is a tire shop. Consumers want to buy cars online and prefer dealers who offer it, so what's the holdup? These days, you can...Read More»

2017 Subaru Impreza with EyeSight
California grants Subaru permit to test self-driving cars

Subaru joined an increasingly large pool of automakers looking to the Golden State as a test bed for a driverless future. The California Department of Motor Vehicles granted Subaru a permit February 9 to test self-driving cars in that state, Engadget reported. That made Subaru the 22nd company to...Read More»

2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon Recon, 2017 Chicago auto show
Jeep builds its most capable Wrangler ever

It seems inevitable that the first stop anyone who buys a 2017 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Recon will make after leaving the dealership is a tire shop. It's not because Jeep doesn't fit its latest special edition with decent tires from the factory—32-inch BFGoodrich Mud Terrains—it's because...Read More»

2017 Chicago Auto Show
2017 Chicago auto show: What we liked, and what we didn't

Big is back in style, at least if the 2017 Chicago auto show is anything to go by. There's always a little less news in Chicago than in Detroit, held a few weeks earlier, but this year several automakers took the wraps off of notable new cars under the bright lights at McCormick Place. Leading the...Read More»

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