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Tesla Gigafactory is open for business
Tesla Gigafactory is open for business

The contrasts between Tesla Motors and its would-be rival, Faraday Future, are pretty stark right now. Earlier this week, Faraday unveiled its second curious, high-tech prototype, but it has yet to produce anything that consumers can drive. Worse, due to financial troubles, construction of the...Read More»

2017 Acura NSX
The 17 most important new cars of 2017

Every year, the auto industry churns out a new crop of cars, trucks, crossover SUVs, and minivans. Among them, some are simple facelifts. Others, entirely new vehicles, with fresh underpinnings and powertrains. For the 2017 model year, we count at least 17 new vehicles that hold extraordinary sway...Read More»

Volkswagen TDI 'clean diesel' television ad screencap
Germany vs. VW, BMW's self-driving plan, Tesla Gigafactory opens: What’s New @ The Car Connection

Germany sues Volkswagen over Dieselgate compensation (or lack thereof) Back in June, some 480,000 American owners of illegally equipped 2.0-liter Audi and VW diesels learned that they'd be receiving a fairly significant payout from Volkswagen. After months of negotiations, the automaker finally...Read More»

2018 Subaru WRX STI
New 2018 Subaru WRX and WRX STI get mild updates, still missing something

A new Impreza may already be here, but a new WRX and STI won't be following any time soon. Subaru just announced a redesigned 2018 Subaru WRX and 2018 Subaru WRX STI based largely on the last generation Impreza. Unlike the new generation that's build in Lafayette, Indiana, which started arriving in...Read More»

2017 Tesla Model X
Greener by the dozen: The 12 most fuel-efficient cars of 2017

In 2017, more was more. For automakers marching toward more fuel-efficient cars, 2017 was a watershed year. It marked the year that nearly every major automaker announced concrete plans to build at least one—if not more—battery electric vehicle by the end of the year. Even Jaguar Land...Read More»

Toyota Concept-i
Toyota's newest concept car decides when you get to drive it

Self-driving cars are so 2016. Self-aware cars are what's in for 2017. Toyota unveiled Wednesday its Concept-i technology showcase at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The future autonopod has all the hallmarks of fantasy auto show stuff: weird doors, no side mirrors, big wheels...Read More»

Chrysler Portal concept, 2017 Consumer Electronics Show
Chrysler's Portal concept is a connected room on wheels

Hidden behind its don't-call-me-a-minivan form, the Chrysler Portal concept unveiled this week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas shines as a beacon of hope for an automaker, and a division in particular, that has idly watched rivals pass it by. At its core, the Portal is an electric...Read More»

2013 Hyundai Sonata
2013 Hyundai Sonata investigated for seatbelt failures

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has launched an investigation of the 2013 Hyundai Sonata following two reports that the car's seatbelts failed to restrain passengers during collisions. You might think that NHTSA would require more than two complaints before initiating a probe...Read More»

Ford Sync 3 infotainment system
Automakers band together to push back on tech giants for infotainment

Some of the world's biggest automakers and suppliers are joining together to push back against tech juggernauts from dominating in-car infotainment systems. At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week, Ford and Toyota announced they would form a SmartDeviceLink Consortium to...Read More»

Faraday Future FF 91
Faraday unveils FF 91 electric car: can it salvage the company's future?

The past few months haven't been kind to Faraday Future, the new electric-car company launched by Chinese entrepreneur Jia Yueting. An aggressive start-up plan has left the company in a precarious financial position, causing many to question whether Faraday has a future at all. To some observers...Read More»

2017 Ford Mustang GT Convertible
Ford self-driving taxi, Ford Mustang Hybrid, Faraday Future FF 91: What’s New @ The Car Connection

Ford will sell self-driving taxi by 2021 Ford will build in North America and sell a self-driving hybrid taxi within 5 years, its CEO announced Tuesday. Mark Fields told a crowd at the automaker's Flat Rock, Michigan, assembly plant that Ford would redirect $700 million earmarked for a new plant in...Read More»

2016 Subaru Legacy
Safe six: TCC's best-performing models for safety in 2017

For most drivers, safety becomes their first priority only moments before they need it. Thankfully, most automakers have taken a proactive approach to vehicle safety and have evolved with more stringent testing, regulations, and consumer expectations. That's the good news. The better news? There...Read More»

2016 BMW 7-Series
The best new car features of 2017

Though we're well into the Jetsons age of in-car features and technology, automakers have proven that there is still plenty of room for innovation. Collectively, our staff has put countless miles on every new car to hit the market over the past few decades. We hate to sound jaded, but when a car...Read More»

Ford Fusion Hybrid self-driving prototype
Ford will sell self-driving taxi by 2021

Ford will build in North America and sell a self-driving hybrid taxi within 5 years, its CEO announced Tuesday. Mark Fields told a crowd at the automaker's Flat Rock, Michigan, assembly plant that Ford would redirect $700 million earmarked for a new plant in Mexico back to the States for the...Read More»

2018 Ford Ecosport
Ford announces new, 300-mile electric SUV coming in 2020

Ford will build in Michigan and sell in North America, Europe, and Asia, an electric SUV capable of traveling more than 300 miles on a single charge, the automaker announced Tuesday. The electric car would go on sale by 2020. Ford chief Mark Fields outlined the automaker's wide-ranging plans for 13...Read More»

2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R
Ford announces new all-electric SUV, hybrid F-150, hybrid Mustang

Ford will invest $4.5 billion in new electric vehicles, including a new SUV with a reported 300-mile range, a hybrid F-150, and a hybrid Mustang, all of which will arrive by the end of the decade, the automaker announced Tuesday. Ford CEO Mark Fields announced the new cars and hybrid strategy at a...Read More»

Apple FaceTime
Texas couple sues Apple because FaceTime is a distraction to drivers

If you clicked on the headline above thinking you were in for a tongue-in-cheek, fake news story, we're sorry to disappoint you, but it's all too real and all too tragic. This is #notTheOnion. This is how the story goes: on December 24, 2014, Bethany and James Modisette were driving near Dallas in...Read More»

2015 Ford Mustang production at Flat Rock Assembly Plant, Michigan
Ford scraps Mexico plant, invests heavily in Michigan

Ford Motor Company [NYSE: F] announced today that it will spend $700 million to turn its Flat Rock, Michigan, assembly plant into a hub for electric and self-driving vehicle assembly. Separately, the automaker says that it is canning a $1.6 billion new plant it had intended to build in Mexico...Read More»

Volkswagen plant, Wolfsburg, Germany
German sues Volkswagen over Dieselgate compensation (or lack thereof)

Back in June, some 480,000 American owners of illegally equipped 2.0-liter Audi and VW diesels learned that they'd be receiving a fairly significant payout from Volkswagen. After months of negotiations, the automaker finally agreed to fix the cars in question or buy them back, and it also said that...Read More»

2017 BMW i8
Most beautiful cars, downside of self-driving cars, Porsche 917 replica: What’s New @ The Car Connection

Stop-traffic gorgeous: Here are the most beautiful cars of 2016 If beauty is pain, there are just some cars worth suffering. Alfa Romeo, Aston Martin, Lotus—we're looking at you. The downside of self-driving cars: fewer organs for transplants? Self-driving cars will change the world, and...Read More»

2017 Nissan GT-R
The 11 best-performing cars of 2017

Performance cars are the competitive eating challenges of the automotive world. Eating 144 oysters in a single sitting is possible, but perhaps not a good idea every day. Samesies with owning a high-performance car. Over-indulgence is in our DNA, however, and we would be remiss not to stroke our...Read More»

FDNY Ambulance
The downside of self-driving cars: fewer organs for transplants?

Self-driving cars will change the world, and according to most analysts, those changes will be for the better: fewer traffic accidents, fewer fatalities and injuries, smoother-flowing traffic, better fuel economy, and so on. However, there are a couple of downsides. For example, autonomous cars...Read More»

Driving Dogs
Californians can now legally break into cars to rescue animals

By now, everyone knows that it's a terrible idea to leave pets in cars, especially during the warmer months. And yet, we've all seen pets trapped in cars. Sometimes, owners crack their car windows thinking that will help keep interior temperatures low, but in fact, it doesn't do much. Even on a...Read More»

2017 Acura NSX
Stop-traffic gorgeous: Here are the most beautiful cars of 2016

If beauty is pain, there are just some cars worth suffering. Alfa Romeo, Aston Martin, Lotus—we're looking at you. But our list of the best-looking cars for 2016 don't make many sacrifices at the altar of attractive shapes—besides copious amounts of money for some. Have four reasonably...Read More»

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