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7 things to know about the new 2017 Mazda CX-5
7 things to know about the new 2017 Mazda CX-5

Small SUVs and crossovers are a big deal. The deluge of all-new crossovers this year from Volkswagen, Honda, and others should be proof enough of that. If you listen to Mazda engineers, the bigger deal is in the small details. The new 2017 Mazda CX-5 is their proof. Although the second-generation...Read More»

1970s Pontiac Dealership ad
Have cars actually gotten more expensive over time?

It's a common complaint we hear from shoppers: new cars have gotten too expensive. The math, at least on the surface, seems to agree with this statement. The average transaction price of a new car rose to over $34,000 last year, compared to about $28,800 10 years ago and under $20,000 a decade...Read More»

2017 Mazda CX-5
2017 Mazda CX-5 priced from $24,985, which is the same as everyone else

The compact crossover game is one of inches, and no one dare go the extra mile to alienate potential buyers. For that reason, the 2017 Mazda CX-5 is priced exactly the same as a 2017 Honda CR-V and $810 less than a new Toyota RAV4: $24,985, including a mandatory $940 destination charge. With the...Read More»

Cadillac's Vehicle-to-Vehicle communications technology
Awkward: Cadillac launches vehicle-to-vehicle tech as Wikileaks shares docs on CIA car snooping

Vehicle-to-vehicle communications systems are a Very Big Deal that few people are talking about. This week, Cadillac tried to change that by announcing the roll-out of V2V technology on new models. Unfortunately, the timing of Cadillac's news was a little awkward. A recap When we think of major...Read More»

2014 BMW X5 equipped with M Performance parts
2011-2014 BMW X5, X6 recalled over powertrain failure: 122,000 vehicles affected

This morning, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration posted information concerning a recall of nearly 122,000 BMW four-wheel-drive utility vehicles from the 2011 to 2014 model years. The recall stems from a problem with the vehicles' powertrain--specifically, the front driveshaft's...Read More»

2017 Mini Cooper Countryman
'17 Mini Cooper Countryman, Mercedes-AMG Project One, Chevy Bolt EV road trip: What’s New @ The Car Connection

2017 MINI Cooper Countryman Review It might share its name with the Mini Cooper Countryman that went on sale half a decade ago as the brand's first foray into the crossover world, but the model is all-new for 2017—and there's more than meets the eye. Good news, bad news for Uber and its...Read More»

2018 Volkswagen Tiguan
Hinrich J. Woebcken and the case of the two VW Tiguans

Hinrich J. Woebcken smiles early in the morning, even though he might not have much reason to. It’s early at the 2017 Geneva motor show. The next 24 hours will be a grueling combination of endless interviews, internal meetings, and if he’s lucky, a break for currywurst. He wolfs down an...Read More»

2017 Porsche Macan GTS
2015-2017 Porsche Macan recalled to fix airbag systems: nearly 18,000 SUVs affected

Porsche is recalling nearly 18,000 Macan SUVs from the 2015, 2016, and 2017 model years. According to a bulletin published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the front passenger airbags in some of those vehicles may not deploy during crashes, increasing the risk of injury to...Read More»

Uber self-driving prototype in San Francisco
Good news, bad news for Uber and its self-driving cars

Uber's public relations team has been working overtime the past couple of months, thanks in large part to the antics of Uber's brash bro of a CEO, Travis Kalanick. In January, the man at the top of Uber's org chart did a lousy job of justifying his participation on Trump's business council...Read More»

2017 Fiat 500X
Automotive M&A, Dodge Demon, Nissan Juke to go hybrid: What’s New @ The Car Connection

Marchionne: Volkswagen might buy Fiat Chrysler to protect itself Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' CEO Sergio Marchionne is still on the lookout for a business partner. He has a hunch, though, that the partner may come looking for him. GM's Maven follows Cadillac's lead and offers monthly rentals Back in...Read More»

GM launches personal mobility brand: Maven
GM's Maven follows Cadillac's lead and offers monthly rentals

Back in January, General Motors and Cadillac launched a monthly car-sharing service called BOOK. Users pay $1,500 per month, and in exchange they receive access to an array of Cadillac vehicles, including the XT5, CT6, Escalade, and V Series. Now, GM has launched a similar program called Maven...Read More»

Sergio Marchionne
Marchionne: Volkswagen might buy Fiat Chrysler to protect itself

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' CEO Sergio Marchionne is still on the lookout for a business partner. He has a hunch, though, that the partner may come looking for him. Speaking on the floor of the Geneva Motor Show earlier this week, Marchionne indicated that he'd be open to pursuing a merger with...Read More»

Takata logo (photo by Flickr user jo.schz)
Takata recall update, 2018 Mercedes E-Class Cabrio, Hybrids taking over Europe: What’s New @ The Car Connection

Breaking: Honda ramps up efforts to repair "very dangerous" Takata inflators Last June, Honda issued a very serious warning to owners of certain Honda and Acura vehicles: do not drive them until you've had the Takata airbag inflators in those vehicles replaced. Self-driving cars will look...Read More»

Volkswagen Group Sedric concept, 2017 Geneva auto show
Self-driving cars will look different: for one, no man-eating grilles

Without an internal combustion engine, without a transmission, without a radiator, tomorrow's cars won't need to look like the cars we know today. What will they look like? Volkswagen says the self-driving cars of tomorrow won't have angry, man-eating faces, for one. At the 2017 Geneva motor show...Read More»

Inflated airbag
Breaking: Honda ramps up efforts to repair "very dangerous" Takata inflators

Last June, Honda issued a very serious warning to owners of certain Honda and Acura vehicles: do not drive them until you've had the Takata airbag inflators in those vehicles replaced. The models in question (full list below) came equipped with Takata's "Alpha" inflator, so called because it was...Read More»

Sergio Marchionne
Marchionne would still merge with General Motors, but is it the right fit?

In December 2015, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' CEO Sergio Marchionne admitted that he'd given up his dream of merging FCA and General Motors for the time-being. But apparently, true love never dies: in the wake of yesterday's announcement that GM is selling off Opel/Vauxhall to PSA, reporters asked...Read More»

2019 Volkswagen Arteon, 2017 Geneva motor show
VW Arteon, Alpine A110, Hyundai Ioniq: What’s New @ The Car Connection

Volkswagen goes flashy with new Arteon fastback sedan Volkswagen isn't exactly known for its daring styling, but the traditionally buttoned-up German brand has shown off its more glamorous side with a new fastback sedan that will eventually replace the slow-selling CC here. Marchionne would still...Read More»

2018 Volvo XC60, 2017 Geneva auto show
The 2018 Volvo XC60 could be the safest Volvo ever

If you're familiar with the Volvo XC90, nothing about the Swedish automaker's new, smaller crossover effort will surprise you. That's a good thing, however. With its 2018 XC60, Volvo has scaled down everything about the successful XC90—and it has packed in even more technology. Underneath its...Read More»

2019 Volkswagen Arteon, 2017 Geneva motor show
Volkswagen goes flashy with new Arteon fastback sedan

Volkswagen isn't exactly known for its daring styling, but the traditionally buttoned-up German brand has shown off its more glamorous side with a new fastback sedan that will eventually replace the slow-selling CC here. Due in VW dealers sometime next year for the 2019 model year, the Arteon...Read More»

2016 Opel Mokka X
GM sells its European Opel division to French automaker PSA

Just weeks after confirming it was in negotiations with French automaker PSA, the parent company of brands Citroen and Peugeot, General Motors said today that it has reached an agreement to sell its European division, Opel, for about $2.33 billion. PSA's acquisition includes Germany-based Opel and...Read More»

PSA's Carlos Tavares and General Motors' Mary T. Barra
GM sells Opel/Vauxhall to PSA: is it a win-win?

This morning, General Motors confirmed that it has sold both its Opel/Vauxhall subsidiary and its European financial arm to Paris-based PSA for a total of €2.2 billion ($2.3 billion). Naturally, GM has pitched this as a win-win for itself and for PSA (formerly known as PSA Peugeot Citroen)...Read More»

Volkswagen Plant, Wolfsburg, Germany (photo by Richard Bartz)
MIT: Volkswagen Dieselgate emissions will cause 1,200 (or more!) premature deaths in Europe

The ongoing Dieselgate crisis has been a major headache for Volkswagen employees, investors, vehicle owners, dealers, and diesel fans for nearly a year and a half. Though the scandal appears to be winding down--at least in the U.S.--a new study suggests that Volkswagen's troubles could be far from...Read More»

2017 Chrysler Pacifica - Best Car to Buy 2017
Chrysler Pacifica long-termer, GM's Opel sold, Lexus hybrids: What’s New @ The Car Connection

2017 Chrysler Pacifica Limited long-term road test: the kickoff The Car Connection picks one or two cars each year to road-test and review for more than the usual week. We grab long-term vehicles when we spot a car, truck, minivan, or SUV that deserves more time behind the wheel, and a more...Read More»

2017 Chrysler Pacifica - Best Car to Buy 2017
2017 Chrysler Pacifica Limited long-term road test: the kickoff

The Car Connection picks one or two cars each year to road-test and review for more than the usual week. We grab long-term vehicles when we spot a car, truck, minivan, or SUV that deserves more time behind the wheel, and a more thorough explanation of why we recommend it. In recent years, that...Read More»

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