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Hertz feels the hurt as rentals plummet, used car sales hit the skids
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»

2017 BMW 5-Series, IIHS crash test
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. The agency says that the 2017 BMW 5-Series sedan is a Top Safety Pick+ when it's fitted with...Read More»

2017 Hyundai Elantra IIHS crash test
Roundup: All the 2017 IIHS Top Safety Pick+ winners

The IIHS has revealed its list of what it considers to be the safest new cars available—those that qualify for its coveted Top Safety Pick+ award. For 2017, making the cut has become even more difficult since cars now need to meet the insurance-funded independent agency's headlight...Read More»

Waymo self-driving prototype
The Uber vs. Waymo case is about to play out in public

Grab the popcorn and set your phone to vibrate: the messy lawsuit between Waymo (aka Google's self-driving car project) and Uber (aka the ride-sharing company that needs another bad headline like Mark Zuckerberg needs another million dollars) is going to play out in public. If you're already...Read More»

2016 Ram 1500
Ram 1500, 2500, 3500 pickups recalled due to airbag problem: 1 million vehicles affected

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is recalling more than 1 million Ram pickups from the 2013 to 2016 model years. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that a software glitch could prevent some of the trucks' airbags and seatbelt pretensioners from deploying during collisions. The...Read More»

2017 BMW 1-Series Hatchback
Flammable BMWs, Ford GT driven, Chevy Bolt EV ad: What’s New @ The Car Connection

Are BMWs bursting into flames? People who believe in spontaneous human combustion are used to getting weird looks when they explain their opinions to skeptics. Some BMW owners know just how they feel: a number of them claim that their cars have burst into flames in much the same way, for no...Read More»

car on fire
Are BMWs bursting into flames?

People who believe in spontaneous human combustion are used to getting weird looks when they explain their opinions to skeptics. Some BMW owners know just how they feel: a number of them claim that their cars have burst into flames in much the same way, for no apparent reason. The difference...Read More»

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump (a caricature by Flickr user DonkeyHotey)
Study: Trump states sell fewer green cars than Clinton states

It's Thursday, and if you're anything like us, you're probably a bit antsy for the weekend to start. Why not liven up things up with a recap of a clickbait-y study conducted by a website you've never heard of? You in? Great. The study comes from the curiously named Carjojo, which we believe is a...Read More»

2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio
2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio, 2018 BMW 2-Series, Eco-car deals: What’s New @ The Car Connection

2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio priced above direct rivals, but loaded with features The first SUV in Alfa Romeo's lineup comes with a modest price premium compared to its direct rivals—but there's more to this story than just dollars. Mercedes-Benz gives up on U.S. diesels (for 2017 at least) In...Read More»

2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio
2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio priced above direct rivals, but loaded with features

The first SUV in Alfa Romeo's lineup comes with a modest price premium compared to its direct rivals—but there's more to this story than just dollars. The 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio will list from $42,990 when it goes on sale by the end of this summer. That puts it around $1,000 more than rivals...Read More»

Tesla Enhanced Autopilot
Tesla asks for permission to gather video clips from cars in Autopilot update

Tesla recently rolled out its Autopilot 8.1 software update, offering nifty new features for folks who'd bought vehicles equipped with Tesla's Autopilot 2 hardware. Over the weekend, Tesla published yet another Autopilot update, bringing even more bells and whistles to later-model Tesla vehicles...Read More»

2016 Mercedes-Benz E250 BlueTec
Mercedes-Benz gives up on U.S. diesels (for 2017 at least)

In March, Mercedes-Benz's U.S. chief, Dieter Exler, told reporters at the New York Auto Show that the luxury automaker might stop selling diesels in America. Two months later, it appears that the company has indeed thrown in the towel--at least for passenger vehicles, and at least for model year...Read More»

2017 Toyota RAV4
2017 Toyota RAV4 price cuts, Next-gen Infiniti QX80, 2017 Mercedes-Benz E300 driven: What’s New @ The Car Connection

Toyota slices 2017 RAV4 price by up to $1,330 Toyota has chopped up to $1,330 off of the price of its 2017 RAV4 crossover. That's a heck of a deal for those in the market, but this price change does come with some asterisks attached. Faraday Future releases video of its FF 91 electric car 'on the...Read More»

2017 Toyota RAV4
Toyota slices 2017 RAV4 price by up to $1,330

Toyota has chopped up to $1,330 off of the price of its 2017 RAV4 crossover. That's a heck of a deal for those in the market, but this price change does come with some asterisks attached. According to research by Cars Direct, the price of entry for a new RAV4 LE with front-wheel drive has slid $500...Read More»

2017 Buick LaCrosse
2017 Buick LaCrosse recalled for suspension problem: 11,246 U.S. vehicles affected

General Motors is recalling the 2017 Buick LaCrosse due to a potential problem with the car's suspension. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that 11,246 vehicles registered in the U.S. will need to be repaired as a result. The problems with the LaCrosse are rooted in the...Read More»

Faraday Future promo video for the FF 91
Faraday Future releases video of its FF 91 electric car 'on the road': are you excited yet?

Faraday Future is struggling, to put it mildly. Can a new video of its not-so-well-received FF 91 electric car "on the road" excite onlookers and salvage the start-up before it sinks? We'll get back to you on that. A year of living dangerously If you don't follow car news closely, you might've...Read More»

2017 Nissan Rogue Sport
2017 Nissan Rogue Sport and Mazda MX-5 Miata RF driven, Electric car sales spiffs: What’s New @ The Car Connection

2017 Nissan Rogue Sport: first drive With small utility vehicles selling in record numbers, now often replacing compact and mid-size sedans, automakers have launched more and more models to expand their lineups. Automatic emergency braking now standard on 2017.5 Nissan Rogue Though it's just a few...Read More»

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