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Study: Diesel emissions are higher than expected (and cause 38,000 more deaths each year)
Study: Diesel emissions are higher than expected (and cause 38,000 more deaths each year)

Diesel emissions are a serious problem--as serious as a heart attack (literally). As if that weren't bad enough, this week, a team of researchers from the U.S. and the U.K. published a study showing that emissions from diesel vehicles are far, far worse than official estimates suggest. By the...Read More»

2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel, Bear Mountain, May 2014
Diesel Ram, Jeep models resubmitted to EPA; closer to sale now?

Jeeps and Ram pickups with the company's 3.0-liter diesel engines are one step closer to going back on sale in the U.S. after the automaker announced Friday it would resubmit those vehicles to federal testers. In a statement, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles said that it filed an application to sell 2017...Read More»

2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee
Crash testing, BMW's next M5, GM's electric car plan: What’s New @ The Car Connection

Fiat Chrysler is about to be sued over diesel emissions say insiders Fiat Chrysler Automobiles hasn't exactly been ahead of the curve on developing electric cars. Nor has it done much work on self-driving vehicles (though its partnership with Waymo has picked up some of the slack). 2018 Subaru...Read More»

2018 Subaru Forester 2.5i Premium Black Edition
2018 Subaru Forester turns out lights with new Black Edition

Black is the new black when it comes to the 2018 Subaru Forester. To mark the popular crossover’s fifth model year in its current generation, Subaru is making a style-oriented Black Edition package available on the mid-range 2.5i Premium Forester. The new-for-2018 package includes paddle...Read More»

2017 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel
2018 Chevrolet Cruze diesel priced from $24,670

It’s not fair to say that Chevrolet is setting sail in uncharted waters with its 2018 Cruze diesel lineup, but the bowtie brand certainly is up to something new. The Cruze diesel launched earlier this year as a 2017 model, but it was only available as a sedan. Now, courtesy of CarsDirect, we...Read More»

2017 Hagerty Teen Drive Golden
Teaching the classics: how young drivers are discovering manuals

When Danielle Clayton pictures her next car, she doesn't think of luxury SUVs or even anything made this century. "I want a Volkswagen Bug," the 20-year-old college senior said. "It's a fun little, unique car. All my friends...have brand new cars. I want the car with a story behind it." Just one...Read More»

2017 Audi A7 (European spec)
2015-2017 Audi A7 recalled for airbag failure: 17,700 U.S. vehicles affected

Volkswagen is recalling nearly 17,700 A7 vehicles in the U.S. to address a problem with their airbags. According to documents from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, some of the car's airbags may not deploy as intended. The devices in question are head curtain airbags, supplied by...Read More»

Sergio Marchionne
Fiat Chrysler is about to be sued over diesel emissions say insiders

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles hasn't exactly been ahead of the curve on developing electric cars. Nor has it done much work on self-driving vehicles (though its partnership with Waymo has picked up some of the slack). But when it comes to predicting lawsuits, FCA is batting 1000. Back in March, FCA's...Read More»

2017 Subaru Impreza vs. 2017 Honda Civic
Bricklin’s next venture, Civic vs. Impreza, Tesla turns down Uber: What’s New @ The Car Connection

The man who brought Subaru to America plans chain of car dealerships and art galleries Five decades ago, a man by the name of Malcolm Bricklin brought Subaru to America. More than a few people thought the guy was crazy, including plenty of Subaru executives, but today, we realize that Bricklin was...Read More»

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick
Tesla turned down Uber's offer to work on self-driving cars

In July 2015, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick allegedly announced that he'd buy every self-driving car Tesla could build. According to a new book, however, when Kalanick rang up Tesla CEO Elon Musk last year to discuss partnering on autonomous vehicles, Musk shot down Kalanick's offer. The book in...Read More»

Malcolm Bricklin
The man who brought Subaru to America plans chain of car dealerships and art galleries

Five decades ago, a man by the name of Malcolm Bricklin brought Subaru to America. More than a few people thought the guy was crazy, including plenty of Subaru executives, but today, we realize that Bricklin was on to something big.* That's not to say that Bricklin's instincts have always been...Read More»

IIHS tests show benefits of side underride guards for semitrailers
Crash testing, BMW's next M5, GM's electric car plan: What’s New @ The Car Connection

IIHS tests side underride guards on semis (and the results are worth watching) One year ago, in May 2016, Joshua Brown's Tesla Model S collided with the side of a big rig in Florida. The sedan's top was sheared off by the semi, killing Brown instantly. The car rolled 100 feet further before coming...Read More»

2017 Subaru Impreza vs. 2017 Honda Civic
2017 Honda Civic Hatchback vs. 2017 Subaru Impreza 5-Door video compare

It's hip to be frugal these days, but that doesn't mean that a compact hatchback has to be merely an appliance. They aim for the same buyer—someone who wants to spend between $20,000 and $30,000 on a car that balances fuel economy with practicality. A little driving zest doesn't hurt, either...Read More»

2017 Nissan Quest
Nissan Quest bows out of minivan market

The Nissan Quest won't be renewed for the 2018 model year, ending a tumultuous, nearly 25 year run for the brand's most family-oriented model. Nissan's decision to discontinue the Quest doesn't come as a huge surprise, but it's not a solid sign for a market segment that's down more than 18 percent...Read More»

2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 First Drive
2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 first drive video

The pickup arms race has given us a 450-horsepower full-size truck already this year. Now, the war is spreading to the small artillery division, and Chevy is bringing heavy metal to bring to the fight. Who wants to get some? The differences between the ZR2 and a standard Colorado are clear. Beyond...Read More»

IIHS tests show benefits of side underride guards for semitrailers
IIHS tests side underride guards on semis (and the results are worth watching)

One year ago, in May 2016, Joshua Brown's Tesla Model S collided with the side of a big rig in Florida. The sedan's top was sheared off by the semi, killing Brown instantly. The car rolled 100 feet further before coming to a stop. The story made headlines for months because Brown may not have been...Read More»

OJ Simpson in vintage Hertz ad
Hertz feels the hurt as rentals plummet, used car sales hit the skids

America's rental car industry ain't what it used to be. For starters, rental companies now have to repair recalled vehicles before loaning them to customers (a requirement that the industry fought tooth and nail for years). Also, decades-old industry heavyweights find themselves competing against...Read More»

Waymo self-driving prototype
Ride-share battles, Jeep Compass Trailhawk off-road, Honda Clarity clarified : What’s New @ The Car Connection

Waymo's new plan to undo Uber? Building self-driving cars for Lyft In case you hadn't noticed, the relationship between Uber and Google spin-off, Waymo, has been tense the past few months. In February, Waymo filed suit against Uber, claiming that the ride-sharing giant has been using Waymo's...Read More»

Volvo Drive Me autonomous car pilot project in Gothenburg, Sweden
Self-driving cars: who gets stuck with the highway bill?

Drive north on the 101 from Palo Alto toward the San Francisco airport, in a car equipped with the most sophisticated self-driving hardware available today, and two things are sure to happen. First, at least one other driver will look over in shock as the car pilots itself for long stretches at a...Read More»

2017 Nissan Rogue Sport
2017 Nissan Rogue Sport vs. 2017 Honda HR-V: Compare Cars

Small crossover utility vehicles have surged in popularity, and every carmaker is rolling out new entries. The new Nissan Rogue Sport gives the very popular compact crossover Rogue a smaller, more stylish sibling that's visually similar but is shorter, lower, and slightly more nimble. The very...Read More»

Lyft car with trademark pink mustache (via Wikimedia)
Waymo's new plan to undo Uber? Building self-driving cars for Lyft

In case you hadn't noticed, the relationship between Uber and Google spin-off, Waymo, has been tense the past few months. In February, Waymo filed suit against Uber, claiming that the ride-sharing giant has been using Waymo's proprietary technology to build self-driving cars. Worse, the engineer...Read More»

2017 Audi Q5
Audi, Porsche fuel pump recall expands by 292,000 vehicles

In October of last year, Volkswagen recalled more than 143,000 Audi SUVs to fix a problem with their fuel pumps--a problem that could cause a fuel leak and, therefore, a fire hazard. Now, the company is expanding that recall, adding over 292,000 Audi and Porsche vehicles to the repair list. The...Read More»

2017 BMW 5-Series, IIHS crash test
BMW 5-Series crash-tested, Chevy Colorado ZR2 driven, Hyundai Ioniq fuel economy: What’s New @ The Car Connection

IIHS names 2017 BMW 5-Series a Top Safety Pick+ BMW's latest mid-size sedan has received an excellent score for both its crashworthiness, its optional headlights, and its available collision-avoding technologies from the insurance industry-funded IIHS. 2018 Honda Odyssey first drive video Minivans...Read More»

2018 Honda Odyssey Elite
2018 Honda Odyssey first drive video

Minivans have two critical missions. Sure, they're supposed to keep passengers entertained on the road. But their most important jobs are carrying the whole family, and doing it safely. For 2018, Honda is aiming to not only improve the way its Odyssey minivan handles those mission-critical tasks...Read More»

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