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Waymo sues Uber, claiming former employee stole top-secret technology
Waymo sues Uber, claiming former employee stole top-secret technology

We live in confusing times. Presenters dole out movie awards to films that didn't win. The last Republican president has been criticizing the current one. And two self-driving car start-ups are embroiled in a court battle over allegations of corporate espionage. Oh, and to make that last item even...Read More»

2017 Volvo XC90 Excellence
2017 Volvo XC90, S90, and V90 Cross Country recalled over airbag problems

Volvo is recalling more than 5,500 cars in the U.S. to fix a problem with their airbags. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that some of the inflatable curtain airbags in those vehicles may have been installed using poorly manufactured bolts, which could dramatically...Read More»

2018 Lexus LC500
J.D. Power, 2018 Volvo XC60, Sierra Club sues EPA: What’s New @ The Car Connection

Lexus, Porsche, Toyota, Buick: America's most dependable brands In the market for a car--maybe one that's a little gently used? You're in luck: this week, J.D. Power published its 2017 Vehicle Dependability Study, showing which brands are likely to cause the fewest headaches down the road. 2017...Read More»

2017 Tesla Model X
Tesla now offers insurance and maintenance for life

Self-driving cars are going to ruin everything--in a good way. If all goes as planned, they'll dramatically reduce auto accidents and highway fatalities; boost fuel efficiency; minimize traffic jams; and maybe even cut the number of vehicles we own. Autonomous vehicles are likely to wreak havoc on...Read More»

J.D. Power 2017 Vehicle Dependability Study
Lexus, Porsche, Toyota, Buick: America's most dependable brands

In the market for a car--maybe one that's a little gently used? You're in luck: this week, J.D. Power published its 2017 Vehicle Dependability Study, showing which brands are likely to cause the fewest headaches down the road. The Dependability Study is a bit like Power's equally popular Initial...Read More»

2017 Jeep New Compass
2017 Jeep Compass driven, Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid, Honda WR-V: What’s New @ The Car Connection

2017 Jeep Compass first drive: fitting in Finally, with the introduction of the all-new 2017 Jeep Compass, the Jeep lineup has something for everyone, everywhere. America's bridges are crumbling: here are the iffy ones near you It's no secret that America's highways and byways are falling apart...Read More»

2017 Jeep New Compass
2017 Jeep Compass first drive: fitting in

Finally, with the introduction of the all-new 2017 Jeep Compass, the Jeep lineup has something for everyone, everywhere. The all-new Compass comes as the long-overdue replacement for a pair of crossovers—the classic Cherokee-inspired Patriot and the old, south-pointing Compass—that...Read More»

2017 Jeep New Compass Trailhawk
2017 Jeep Compass priced from $22,090; delivers 30 mpg plus

At $22,090, the all-new 2017 Jeep Compass is about $1,000 more than its predecessor—but it delivers far more standard features and improved fuel economy ratings. Confusingly, Jeep dealers will have two different 2017 Compass models in their showrooms this spring when the all-new model begins...Read More»

2016 Honda Pilot Touring long-term road test
Yes, car seats expire and here's why

We hear it all the time: "Car seats don't actually expire. That's just a ploy by the manufacturers to get you to spend more money and buy new stuff." It doesn't matter how many times we hear it; it's still not true. Car seats expire, and your kid's safety could depend on you recognizing that fact...Read More»

New York City's Manhattan Bridge (photo by Ludovic Bertron)
America's bridges are crumbling: here are the iffy ones near you

It's no secret that America's highways and byways are falling apart. Sometimes, the issues are painfully obvious: potholes, eroded shoulders, faded and missing lane markings. Other times, the trouble spots are harder to see, especially on bridges, where the problems may lie in crumbling supports or...Read More»

New York City's Manhattan Bridge (photo by Ludovic Bertron)
Failing infrastructure, 2018 Audi S4, Tesla Model 3: What’s New @ The Car Connection

Another Chinese electric car startup hits snags When you hear the phrase "Chinese electric car startup," you probably think of Faraday Future, an ironically named enterprise with no past and diminished future prospects. Feds investigate auto lenders who track borrowers by GPS Ever had the feeling...Read More»

Nissan NV Cargo X, 2017 Chicago auto show
Nissan's CEO steps aside, but not to retire

After nearly two decades at the helm of Nissan, Carlos Ghosn has announced that he will hand over control of the Japanese automaker to an executive who worked his way up the brand's ranks in its home market. Ghosn will remain as Nissan's global CEO until April 1, at which time Hiroto Saikawa will...Read More»

China
Another Chinese electric car startup hits snags

When you hear the phrase "Chinese electric car startup", you probably think of Faraday Future, an ironically named enterprise with no past and diminished future prospects. But Faraday is far from the only Chinese company that's set its sights on the electric car market. At last count, there were at...Read More»

GPS satellite
Feds investigate auto lenders who track borrowers by GPS

Ever had the feeling you were being watched? If you've taken out an auto loan in recent years, your hunch may have been correct, and now, the U.S. government is investigating. It's not uncommon for lending institutions to require that borrowers equip their new vehicles with GPS devices and other...Read More»

A Honda dealership in Erie, Penn.
Loan delinquencies, Range Rover Velar, Hyundai Ioniq review: What’s New @ The Car Connection

Uh-oh: auto loan delinquencies hit a new high Economists aren't typically known for their unbridled optimism. They tend to be a cautious lot, who seem most anxious when the markets are doing well. They trade nervous glances waiting for something to go wrong. 2017 Subaru Impreza nabs IIHS Top Safety...Read More»

Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid prototype in London, U.K.
London ups congestion charge on older cars

Brexit be damned. In an effort to comply with European Union pollution regulations, London says that later this year it will begin levying a £10 (about $12.50) charge on older cars if they want to drive in the city's core. Though not an outright ban on cars, the fee is a step toward creating...Read More»

2017 Subaru Impreza IIHS
2017 Subaru Impreza nabs IIHS Top Safety Pick+ award

Subaru's all-new Impreza lineup has received top marks from the insurance industry-funded IIHS after being subjected to a barrage of crash tests. The 2017 Impreza, Subaru's compact sedan and hatchback range, has been rated as high as Top Safety Pick+ when equipped with optional systems. While the...Read More»

Repo Man
Uh-oh: auto loan delinquencies hit a new high

Economists aren't typically known for their unbridled optimism. They tend to be a cautious lot, who seem most anxious when the markets are doing well. They trade nervous glances waiting for something to go wrong. Has something gone wrong? Maybe so: the Federal Reserve Bank of New York has confirmed...Read More»

2017 GMC Sierra 2500HD
Duramax driven, Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross, Chevy Cruze diesel: What’s New @ The Car Connection

First drive: 2017 GMC Sierra 2500HD Duramax It's easy to say that it's not about the score when you're down a few points. In General Motors' case, the new-for-2017 turbodiesel V-8 that's optional on its full-size pickups comes up a little short on torque compared to the equally new Ford F-250...Read More»

Volvo Launches Latest Autonomous Cars Pilot In Sweden
What are the different levels of self-driving cars?

In many ways self-driving cars are an eventuality and a reality. As automakers approach full autonomy toward the end of this decade, several new cars now boast self-driving features that inch toward the goal of driver-less cars soon. Many of these features can be grouped together in a uniform set...Read More»

2018 Jaguar F-Pace
Jaguar expands F-Pace lineup with new gas 4-cylinder engine

Jaguar's hot-selling F-Pace lineup grows for 2018 with the addition of a new 4-cylinder gas engine that will allow the crossover to compete more directly with rivals like the BMW X3 and Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class. The F-Pace adds a 247-horsepower, 269 pound-feet of torque 2.0-liter turbocharged...Read More»

Car shopping
Study: Men twice as likely as women to buy cars online

Another day, another study proving yet again that, yes, consumers really want to buy cars online. This time, the study comes from eBay Advertising. To gather its data, the company first surveyed over 1,000 U.S. consumers who'd bought a vehicle within the previous six months. Then, it took a close...Read More»

2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class (E300)
2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Series recalled to fix airbag glitch

Mercedes-Benz is recalling roughly 12,500 E-Class vehicles from the 2017 model year to fix a manufacturing problem that could increase the risk of injury during collisions. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration explains that the occupant detection control unit in some 2017 E-Class cars...Read More»

2017 BMW i3
2014-2017 BMW i3 hybrid recalled to fix fire hazard

BMW is recalling more than 19,000 i3 range-extended hybrids from the 2014 - 2017 model years. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that some of those vehicles may suffer from a design flaw that could result in a fire risk. The flaw in question involves the i3's fuel tank vent...Read More»

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