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Amazon working on self-driving tech, but it's not ready for prime time
Amazon working on self-driving tech, but it's not ready for prime time

Most of the talk about self-driving cars is focused on everyday consumers: do they like the technology? Do they feel comfortable with it? Will they buy autonomous vehicles? But in fact, the first large-scale applications for self-driving technology are likely to be commercial. Every week, it seems...Read More»

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick
Uber sued for unleashing 'Hell' on Lyft drivers

Uber has been experiencing its own brand of hell for the past several months. Complaints about mistreatment of female and LGBT employees, allegations of trade-secret theft, faulty self-driving software, its tone-deaf manchild CEO: headlines about these and other unsavory matters have fueled a...Read More»

Gavel. Image: Brian Turner
Supreme Court confirms that new GM can be sued for old GM's ignition switches

Today's auto news headlines are dominated by stories about self-driving cars, ride-sharing companies, and exploding airbags. But just three years ago, ignition switches were the dominant topic of conversation--specifically faulty ignition switches manufactured by General Motors. You might've...Read More»

Waymo self-driving prototype
Ride-share wars, Jaguar XF Sportbrake, Used Tesla resale: What’s New @ The Car Connection

The Waymo/Google vs. Uber/Otto battle is getting uglier (and way more complicated) Not so long ago, someone might've looked at that headline and thought we'd lost our minds, or at least fallen asleep on the keyboard. These days, though, we're all too familiar with what each of those words means and...Read More»

Teaser for Jaguar XF Sportbrake debuting in June 14, 2017
Jaguar opens the gate on upcoming XF Sportbrake wagon

Will the SUV and crossover boom spill over into wagons? Jaguar thinks there's a chance, which is why it has confirmed that a station wagon version of its XF mid-size luxury sedan will be headed to showrooms in the United States late this year. It'll be called the Jaguar XF Sportbrake, and it's...Read More»

Waymo self-driving car prototype
The Waymo/Google vs. Uber/Otto battle is getting uglier (and way more complicated)

Not so long ago, someone might've looked at that headline and thought we'd lost our minds, or at least fallen asleep on the keyboard. These days, though, we're all too familiar with what each of those words means and what's at stake as two of the biggest players in the field of self-driving cars go...Read More»

Aspiring drivers weigh in on electric and self-driving cars (via Driving-Tests.org)
Study: Younger drivers don't want electric cars

Another day, another study showing that drivers are totally into electric cars. Except this time, the study says exactly the opposite. Today's study was carried out by the folks at Driving-Tests.org, which helps aspiring motorists study for their written driving exams. Not surprisingly, the site's...Read More»

2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio
Alfa Romeo Giulia, 1,500-hp Hennessey Dodge Demon, Britain's coal-free day: What’s New @ The Car Connection

2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Review The 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio is a driver's car to meet or beat the best in the class, with razor sharp steering, agile handling, and raucous power. Only reliability questions will hold it back. Tesla sued for its "half-baked" Autopilot software Since Tesla...Read More»

Tesla Enhanced Autopilot
Tesla sued for its "half-baked" Autopilot software

Since Tesla Autopilot debuted in the fall of 2015, it's earned plenty of fans and foes. The former love the safety and convenience offered by the semi-self-driving system, while the latter complain that Tesla foisted dangerous beta software on owners who didn't ask for it. This week, Autopilot...Read More»

2018 Buick Enclave
Buick's makeover, Smaller Volvos, Genesis dropping V-8s: What’s New @ The Car Connection

Buick reworks its image, again Buick's decades-long makeover from purveyor of land yachts to Euro-inspired value-luxe brand is mostly working. But, as we saw at last week's New York auto show, the brand's long-term strategy has us scratching our heads. AAA gets into the car-sharing game with Gig...Read More»

Gig car-sharing
AAA gets into the car-sharing game with Gig

Yesterday, we wrote about J.D. Power's 2017 U.S. Tech Choice Study, which suggested that consumers may be fine with semi-autonomous features in their next cars, but aren't so interested in fully self-driving vehicles. One other interesting bit of news to come out of the study, though, was that...Read More»

2018 Buick Regal Sportback
Buick reworks its image, again

Buick's decades-long makeover from purveyor of land yachts to Euro-inspired value-luxe brand is mostly working. But, as we saw at last week's New York auto show, the brand's long-term strategy has us scratching our heads. It may be a case of too much, too quick—or it may be just what Buick...Read More»

Map of Venezuela
Venezuela gets desperate, seizes a GM plant and vehicles

The political climate in America may be tense at the moment, but it's nothing compared to what's happening in Venezuela. The South American nation is in such a state of chaos that authorities in the city of Valencia have seized a General Motors plant, forcing the automaker to suspend operations...Read More»

Jeep Yuntu concept, 2017 Shanghai auto show    [photo: Ronan Glon]
Shanghai auto show, Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro driven, 2018 Honda CR-V Hybrid: What’s New @ The Car Connection

Luxury brands display wares at Shanghai show At this week's Shanghai auto show, upscale German and Japanese automakers unveiled several new models designed to appeal to China's booming upper middle class—whose tastes nearly mirror those of American consumers. J.D. Power: Consumers wary of...Read More»

Lynk & Co 03 concept, 2017 Shanghai auto show
Chinese start-up Lynk & Co. to offer lifetime warranties on new cars

Remember Lynk & Co., the new car brand from Chinese automaker Geely (which, incidentally, now owns Volvo)? The start-up has just debuted a new concept car at the Shanghai Auto Show, as well as a production version of its first model, a crossover. And it's revealed a bit more info about its...Read More»

Distracted driving
Everyone is awful: new study shows that 88 percent of us use our phones while driving

The history of humankind has been fraught with tension--not tension between tribes or fiefdoms or nation-states, but between our desire to avoid death and our innate urge to scream, "Look, ma, no hands!" Case in point: texting and driving. It's dumb. It's dangerous. It's deadly. We all know that...Read More»

Blind driver Steve Mahan in Google's Self-Driving Toyota Prius, March 2012
J.D. Power: Consumers wary of self-driving cars but totally okay with semi-autonomous technology

Once upon a time, self-driving cars seemed like a dream--a pipe dream, maybe, but a dream nonetheless. People thought, "Oh, wouldn't that be nice to have a car to chauffeur you around town?" Then, they'd look wistfully at their Crystal Pepsi and go back to reading the latest issue of Spy magazine...Read More»

2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid
2017 Chrysler Pacifica, 2018 Lexus NX, 2017 Tesla Model X: What’s New @ The Car Connection

2017 Chrysler Pacifica Limited long-term road test: gas mileage update Spring has shaken out its living-room rug here in Georgia, and Mother Nature has something against our long-term Chrysler Pacifica minivan. Brand-new diesel-fueled 2015 Volkswagen TDIs now on sale More than $22 billion in fines...Read More»

Jeep Yuntu concept car, 2017 Shanghai auto show
Luxury brands display wares at Shanghai show

At this week's Shanghai auto show, upscale German and Japanese automakers unveiled several new models designed to appeal to China's booming upper middle class—whose tastes nearly mirror those of American consumers. Chinese buyers like luxury at a reasonable price point and they prefer sedans...Read More»

2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid
2017 Chrysler Pacifica Limited long-term road test: gas mileage update

Spring has shaken out its living-room rug here in Georgia, and Mother Nature has something against our long-term Chrysler Pacifica minivan. It's been a few thousand miles of fighting her tooth and nail. In the first month in our driveway, the Pacifica sat under a vengeful flock of crows. It took...Read More»

Via Motors Vtrux extended-range electric pickup.
AAA: Interest in electric cars rivals interest in pickups

For months, the auto industry has been urging the Environmental Protection Agency to reconsider new, high emissions benchmarks for 2025 model-year vehicles. Automakers say that they don't want to roll back the regulations, they just want more time to implement them because today's low fuel prices...Read More»

The Jetsons Car
Study shows that people have concerns about flying cars for some reason

Today, much of the auto industry is working to create electric cars that can drive folks to the grocery store and back again without a hint of human input. But a few companies are aiming higher--like, 36,000 feet higher--by developing flying cars. It will shock you to learn that people have some...Read More»

Volkswagen TDI diesel vehicles owned by Phil Grate and family, Seattle, Washington
VW buybacks, 2018 Mercedes-Benz S-Class, New 2015 VW TDIs: What’s New @ The Car Connection

97.5 percent of Volkswagen diesel owners have chosen buyback, not repair When the Volkswagen Dieselgate scandal first began making headlines in September 2015, many diesel owners expressed concern--not that Volkswagen had equipped their cars with illegal defeat devices, but that they might be...Read More»

2015 Volkswagen Passat TDI
Brand-new diesel-fueled 2015 Volkswagen TDIs now on sale

More than $22 billion in fines and buyouts later, the first fully emissions-compliant 2015 Volkswagen turbodiesels are rolling into dealers right now—in mid-2017. The German automaker has completed the modifications necessary to certify one previously noncompliant 2.0-liter turbodiesel...Read More»

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