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Takata recall, Hyundai's GTI rival, Chevy Bolt EV road trip: What’s New @ The Car Connection
Takata recall, Hyundai's GTI rival, Chevy Bolt EV road trip: What’s New @ The Car Connection

Takata recall to grow by 2.8 million Ford, Mazda, Nissan vehicles The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that over 2.8 million fatally flawed airbag inflators need to be added to the already-massive Takata recall. The vast majority of the devices are found in vehicles registered in...Read More»

Toyota Prius after car crash, July 2017
My car seats were in a crash, so I'm replacing them: why you should too

It's the call no parent ever wants to receive. But if you do, your heart skips a full five beats. "We were in a car accident," the voice cracked over the phone as I bolted straight up. "We are all alright. Here's our location." The good news: the car seats did their job to safely protect my...Read More»

2017 Volkswagen Touareg
Volkswagen Touareg axed from U.S. market

Don't look for a 2018 Volkswagen Touareg if you're in the market for a new car next year. You won't find one, at least in the U.S. After a decade of slow sales, VW's American-market arm has confirmed that it will drop the high-end Touareg crossover SUV from its lineup after the 2017 model year...Read More»

2017 Ford Fusion
Ford recalls 2017 Ford Edge, Fusion, and Lincoln MKZ

Ford has issued a recall for nearly 6,000 Ford Edge, Ford Fusion, and Lincoln MKZ vehicles from the 2017 model year. The majority of those vehicles are registered in the U.S. The recall is limited to vehicles with 2.0-liter gasoline engines and 6F35 transmissions. Ford says that the studs on the...Read More»

Inflated airbag
Takata recall to grow by 2.8 million Ford, Mazda, Nissan vehicles

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that over 2.8 million fatally flawed airbag inflators need to be added to the already-massive Takata recall. The vast majority of the devices are found in vehicles registered in the U.S. The news comes just hours after Honda confirmed an 11th...Read More»

2018 Kia Optima
Kia Optima review, Faraday Future troubles, Aston Martin Valkyrie: What’s New @ The Car Connection

2018 Kia Optima Review The 2018 Kia Optima represents what we like best in mid-size sedans: good features, handsome styling, admirable safety, and compelling value. Yeah, we don’t know what’s not to like either. This year, Kia added a sportier trim level to the Optima and made standard...Read More»

Waymo trains self-driving cars to identify emergency vehicles
Waymo's next trick for self-driving cars? Identifying emergency vehicles

Waymo may be winning the race to build fully autonomous cars (at least by some estimates), but it still has a long way to go before those vehicles can roll themselves into showrooms. Among the more challenging tricks that self-driving cars have to master next is recognizing emergency vehicles and...Read More»

At the groundbreaking for Faraday Future's production facility in North Las Vegas (April 13, 2016)
Following asset freeze, Faraday Future postpones Nevada plant indefinitely

Last week, we wrote (again) about Faraday Future and its ongoing cash struggles. As if things weren't bad enough for the Chinese start-up, the situation has been worsened by the Chinese government, which recently froze $2.5 billion in assets held by founder Jia Yueting, his wife, and subsidiaries...Read More»

Takata logo (photo by Flickr user jo.schz)
Takata airbag deaths, VW Dieselgate update, next-gen Audi A8: What’s New @ The Car Connection

Honda confirms 11th Takata airbag-related death, renews warning to owners of older models Honda has just issued a statement about another fatality related to a Takata airbag inflator. This is the eleventh confirmed death in a Honda vehicle that's been linked to the fatally flawed devices. Waymo...Read More»

2001 Honda Accord
Honda confirms 11th Takata airbag-related death, renews warning to owners of older models

Honda has just issued a statement about another fatality related to a Takata airbag inflator. This is the eleventh confirmed death in a Honda vehicle that's been linked to the fatally flawed devices. The incident occurred in Hialeah, Florida on June 18, 2016 and involved a 2001 Honda Accord...Read More»

Waymo self-driving prototype
Waymo drops 3 out of 4 patent claims against Uber

If you read that headline and thought that Uber might be off the hook for making use of information stolen from Waymo/Google, think again. It's true that the autonomous car start-up has dropped 75 percent of its patent claims in the increasingly messy court battle. The suit has centered on...Read More»

Martin Winterkorn
Uh-oh: Volkswagen bosses learned about Dieselgate weeks before investors

In the U.S., much of the drama surrounding the Volkswagen Dieselgate scandal has begun dying down. In Germany, however, the probe into Volkswagen's misdeeds is going full tilt, and reports indicate that investigators are now focused on a damning bit of evidence involving the company's top brass...Read More»

Driving a 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV from Virginia to Missouri, June 2017  [photo: Bill Massmann]
The electric car revolution, Porsche 911 GT2 RS, Tesla Model 3: What’s New @ The Car Connection

Report: The electric car revolution will happen faster than expected Much of today's auto world is obsessed with a very important question: when will electric cars really take off? France will say au revoir to gas and diesel vehicles by 2040 Last summer, Paris banned older cars from its city center...Read More»

2017 Tesla Model X
Report: The electric car revolution will happen faster than expected

Much of today's auto world is obsessed with a very important question: when will electric cars really take off? A new report from Bloomberg New Energy Finance has an answer: sooner than anyone thinks. BNEF closely tracks electrification trends among today's automakers. In 2016, the firm predicted...Read More»

Eiffel Tower in Paris, France (photo by Rijin, via Wikimedia Commons)
France will say au revoir to gas and diesel vehicles by 2040

Last summer, Paris banned older cars from its city center in an effort to reduce pollution. Now, France has gone several steps further, announcing plans to ban the sale of gas and diesel vehicles in the country by the year 2040. The announcement came from France's Environmental Minister, Nicolas...Read More»

ZF's Wrong-Way Inhibit function
Self-driving cars, 2018 Ford Mustang, New electric car incentives: What’s New @ The Car Connection

ZF's Vision Zero concept shows how self-driving cars will be safer for everyone Computers aren't universally smarter than we are, but they're getting close. They lack emotion—Siri is not actually your friend—but they may be able to save more lives. The computers that will power...Read More»

Self-driving test vehicle built by ZF
ZF's Vision Zero concept shows how self-driving cars will be safer for everyone

Computers aren't universally smarter than we are, but they're getting close. They lack emotion—Siri is not actually your friend—but they may be able to save more lives. The computers that will power self-driving cars of the future will be able to calculate better decisions that could...Read More»

Terrafugia TF-X
Rumor: Chinese automaker Geely to buy US flying car start-up Terrafugia

It's been a minute since we've heard from the flying car company known as Terrafugia. What have the staff been doing the past couple of years? Apparently, negotiating a buyout with major Chinese automaker Geely. A source familiar with the discussions says that talks between the U.S. start-up and...Read More»

Faraday Future FF 91
Faraday's future in doubt as Chinese court freezes founder's assets

With every passing day, Faraday Future's name seems increasingly ironic. Troubles have been brewing at the U.S.-based, Chinese-backed electric car start-up for more than a year, with very little good news to break up the bad. The latest headline involves the company's founder, Jia Yueting, who's...Read More»

2017 Lincoln Continental after performing well the IIHS' small-overlap front crash test
Latest crash tests, Subaru's Goodwood hill climber, Tesla slams IIHS: What’s New @ The Car Connection

Lincoln, Mercedes, Toyota ace latest IIHS crash tests; Chevy, Ford, Tesla less impressive Three large sedans are among the safest new cars you can buy, according to the IIHS. Three others, including two Detroit mainstays and the Tesla Model S? Not quite as impressive. By 2019, every new Volvo will...Read More»

Tesla Model S after IIHS small-overlap frontal crash test, Spring 2017   [frame from IIHS video]
Tesla responds bitterly to subpar IIHS crash-test results for "safest cars in history"

After the IIHS said the Tesla Model S electric car didn't perform as well as some other large four-door sedans in its crash-testing, the California-based automaker didn't mince words. Tesla issued a statement to Business Insider slamming the IIHS and stating that the federal government-funded...Read More»

2018 Dodge Durango SRT
Worth the weight? Massive 2018 Dodge Durango SRT prices start at $64,090

The 2018 Dodge Durango SRT makes all the right noises to us. Seating for seven? Yup. Standard leather and suede? Yup and yup. Massive 6.4-liter V-8 that makes 475 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque? Oh baby. Would you like a quarter-pounder with your 12.9-second quarter-mile, kiddos? When it...Read More»

Tesla Model S after IIHS small-overlap frontal crash test, Spring 2017   [frame from IIHS video]
Lincoln, Mercedes, Toyota ace latest IIHS crash tests; Chevy, Ford, Tesla less impressive

Three large sedans are among the safest new cars you can buy, according to the IIHS. Three others, including two Detroit mainstays and the Tesla Model S? Not quite as impressive. The insurance industry-funded crash-testing organization bestowed its top award upon certain versions of the 2017...Read More»

2016 Volvo XC90 T8 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid
By 2019, every new Volvo will run on batteries (well, kinda)

Volvo made a bold announcement Wednesday: within two years, every new Volvo will run on batteries... ...or rather, that's what many of the news headlines would lead you to believe. What Volvo actually said was this: "Volvo Cars, the premium car maker, has announced that every Volvo it launches from...Read More»

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