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Wall, schmall: Ford Fusions arrive from Mexico with $1 million of marijuana
Wall, schmall: Ford Fusions arrive from Mexico with $1 million of marijuana

With all the talk of healthcare bills and tax reform battles in Congress, Americans might've forgotten about another of Donald Trump's pet projects: a border wall with Mexico. Last week, however, the president revisited that topic, declaring that he wants the wall to be transparent so that U.S...Read More»

2018 Hyundai Sonata Limited
2018 Hyundai Sonata driven, 2018 Mercedes S-Class, 2018 Honda Accord Hybrid: What’s New @ The Car Connection

2018 Hyundai Sonata first drive: Finally looking the part Beauty is no longer merely skin deep when it comes to the 2018 Hyundai Sonata. 1.3 million Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep vehicles recalled for alternator failure, sudden airbag deployment This morning, the National Highway Traffic Safety...Read More»

2018 Subaru Crosstrek first drive
2018 Subaru Crosstrek first drive: memories are made of these

You can remember your first car. I bet you don’t have to think hard. I’ll make another safe bet that the name of that car is clearer in your head than the name of your best friend from the same time. Like friends, memories, and first cars, we forget the flaws of things we love. Or, more...Read More»

2018 Hyundai Sonata Limited
2018 Hyundai Sonata first drive: Finally looking the part

Beauty is no longer merely skin deep when it comes to the 2018 Hyundai Sonata. Last year's dowdy model has given way to a more evocative, interesting design for 2018. It's a study in restraint—both fiscal and stylistic. The 2018 Sonata's basic design dates back only a few years, to 2015. That...Read More»

2018 Hyundai Elantra GT Sport
2018 Hyundai Elantra GT Sport first drive: chasing the VW GTI

As the more dapper and international of the automaker's two compact cars, the 2018 Hyundai Elantra GT speaks many languages. It wears a crisply tailored European suit not unlike the car that's in its sights: the Volkswagen GTI It mostly succeeds in imitating, but not besting, that German stalwart...Read More»

2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT
1.3 million Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep vehicles recalled for alternator failure, sudden airbag deployment

This morning, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration published two recalls from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. Together, the recalls affect more than 1.3 million Chrysler, Dodge, and Jeep vehicles worldwide, including over 805,000 vehicles registered in the U.S. RECALL #1: 2011-2014...Read More»

2016 Hot Wheels report from the National Insurance Crime Bureau
The 10 most-stolen vehicles in the U.S. are...

Every summer, the National Insurance Crime Bureau publishes a list of the most-stolen vehicles in America for the previous calendar year. This summer is no exception. As in previous years, the NICB compiled its list by gathering data submitted by law enforcement agencies to the Federal Bureau of...Read More»

2017 Tesla Model 3, in photo tweeted by Elon Musk on July 9, 2017
Tesla and GM running neck-and-neck to be the most highly valued automaker in America

April 2017 was such a simpler time. Philanderer Robert Bentley was moving out of the Alabama governor's mansion. Freshly approved Supreme Court justice Neil Gorsuch was moving into his new digs. And supermodels everywhere believed that Fyre Festival would be a glorious frolic in the sun instead of...Read More»

Takata logo (photo by Flickr user jo.schz)
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»

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