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2018 GMC Terrain priced from $25,970
2018 GMC Terrain priced from $25,970

At first glance, the numbers game may not add up particularly well for the 2018 GMC Terrain: It's about $1,000 more than last year's model to start, it's down 12 horsepower, and it's about five inches shorter from head-to-toe. But don't let those figures get you down. This sophisticated all-new...Read More»

Uber’s Volvo XC90 autonomous car prototype
Good news for Uber's self-driving cars, bad news for Uber itself

Given the endless series of dumpster fires that have engulfed Uber since late last year, this week wasn't so bad. Of course, that's not saying much. And in fact, two of the week's major headlines suggest that Uber could face far worse trials in the near future. Here's a quick good news/bad news...Read More»

Pickup truck "rolling coal"
Rolling coal, Bentley Bentayga variants, Karma Revero: What’s New @ The Car Connection

Smoke and you're a bandit: Colorado dumps diesel "coal rolling" Legislators in Colorado aren't too keen on letting diesel-smoke belching pickups ruin that state's bike-friendly culture. What's next for Tesla? More stores, more repair centers, and the Model Y crossover Plenty of insults have been...Read More»

Pickup truck "rolling coal"
Smoke and you're a bandit: Colorado moves to ban "rolling coal"

Legislators in Colorado aren't too keen on letting diesel-smoke belching pickups ruin that state's bike-friendly culture. At least, that's what some legislators have said when a bill passed through both state House and Senate chambers on its way to Gov. John Hickenlooper's desk. The Colorado...Read More»

Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk at Tesla Store opening in Westfield Mall, London, Oct 2013
What's next for Tesla? More stores, more repair centers, and the Model Y crossover

Plenty of insults have been hurled at Elon Musk. Tesla's CEO has been accused of being self-aggrandizing, thin-skinned, and, given the number of projects he seems ready to tackle, a dilettante. Tesla fans and foes can debate those labels as much they like, but one thing they can't accuse Musk of...Read More»

2016 Ford Explorer 4WD 4-door Limited Engine
Engine noise app, Shaq's monster truck, Hyundai Ioniq: What’s New @ The Car Connection

Start-up builds an app to figure out how much that new engine noise is going to cost you It's happened to all of us: you're driving down the street on a beautiful spring day with the windows down, and something unusual catches your ear. A new squeal, a squeak, or maybe a clunk is coming from...Read More»

Old gas station, now auto repair shop, Liberty City, Miami, Florida (pic by Phillip Pessar)
Start-up builds an app to figure out how much that new engine noise is going to cost you

It's happened to all of us: you're driving down the street on a beautiful spring day with the windows down, and something unusual catches your ear. A new squeal, a squeak, or maybe a clunk is coming from underneath the hood. Perhaps it's something simple to repair, like an aging belt. Then again...Read More»

Bubble
The auto lending bubble seems to be getting bigger

So, we have bad news and bad news. Which would you like first? Fine, we'll start with the bad news. The U.S. auto market is cooling off. April's light vehicle sales were down 4.7 percent compared to those of April 2016, and year-to-date sales are off 2.4 percent across the board. Nearly all...Read More»

Department of Transportation vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) program
V2I connectivity, living with the Raptor, Plug-in electrics: What’s New @ The Car Connection

Texas city takes big step toward self-driving cars with vehicle-to-infrastructure communication The road leading toward self-driving cars has made it to Texas, where a Dallas suburb is set to become the nation's second city equipped with vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) communication. Towing a boat...Read More»

2017 Ram 2550 Power Wagon
Towing a boat with the 2017 Ram Power Wagon: 6 things you need to know

The 2017 Ram Power Wagon's main mission in life is to slowly pluck its way through treacherous situations, like rock crawling, the woods, and other various off-road situations. But at its core, the Power Wagon is a heavy-duty 2500 Ram pickup truck, which means it's also built to serve all your...Read More»

Audi Traffic Light Information System, Las Vegas
Texas city takes big step toward self-driving cars with vehicle-to-infrastructure communication

The road leading toward self-driving cars has made it to Texas, where a Dallas suburb is set to become the nation's second city equipped with vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) communication. That means that cars equipped with V2I technology in Frisco, Texas, will soon be able to talk to the sprawling...Read More»

Apple car conceived by children's book author Richard Scarry
What do we really know about Apple's self-driving car, now that it's been seen?

Late last week, an eagle-eyed car fan in California spotted a self-driving vehicle on the roads of Silicon Valley. That in itself wasn't weird--after all, plenty of start-ups in the area are trying their hand at autonomous technology. What made this unusual was that the car was owned by Apple. The...Read More»

Chrome exhaust pipe
Smog testing, GAC Trumpchi, Tesla Model 3: What’s New @ The Car Connection

Why you [well, some of you] must have your car smog tested You may not think much about that little sticker affixed to a corner of your license plate or the inside of your windshield, but it signifies an achievement for your clean-running car: passing your area's emissions test. California raises...Read More»

Smog over Los Angeles, courtesy Flickr user steven-buss
Why you [well, some of you] must have your car smog tested

You may not think much about that little sticker affixed to a corner of your license plate or the inside of your windshield, but it signifies an achievement for your clean-running car: passing your area's emissions test. It's an annual event for many car owners across the U.S. that involves a trip...Read More»

2015 Acura TLX 3.5
2015 Acura TLX recalled to fix transmission glitch

Honda has issued a recall for 2015 models of the Acura TLX V6 due to a potential issue with the car's transmission. Documents from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show that some of the transmission wire harnesses supplied by ZF in South Carolina may not have been properly...Read More»

California state capitol, Sacramento
California raises gas tax and charges electric car owners $100 per year

America's infrastructure is in desperate need of repair, but despite promises made by President Trump back in February, there's been little-to-no movement on the issue in Washington, D.C. Until there is, states will have to take action themselves if they want to fill in their expanding potholes and...Read More»

2015 Nissan Sentra  -  IIHS testing
2014-2017 Nissan Leaf, Sentra recalled over airbag problems

Nissan is recalling more than 25,000 Leaf and Sentra vehicles built between model years 2014 and 2017. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the front passenger airbags in some of those cars may not deploy as intended. The problem with the airbags is rooted in components...Read More»

2018 Volkswagen Atlas, Boerne, Texas
VW Atlas, BMW 540d, EPA takes on climate-change: What’s New @ The Car Connection

2018 VW Atlas won't be easy to find as a 4-cylinder Saving money by buying the base engine in the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas won't be as easy as it looks on paper. Kia Forte Koup officially killed off Another compact coupe has bitten the dust, narrowing the field of inexpensive coupes to just two. Next...Read More»

2014 Kia Forte Koup
Kia Forte Koup officially killed off

Another compact coupe has bitten the dust, narrowing the field of inexpensive coupes to just two. Next year, the Kia Forte Koup will be but a distant memory. The slow-selling compact two-door that accompanies the Forte sedan and Forte5 hatchback wasn't renewed for the 2017 model year and is...Read More»

Uber self-driving prototype in San Francisco
Uber's self-driving car guru steps aside in wake of lawsuit

Uber's race to develop fleets of self-driving cars and big rigs has hit another speed bump: yesterday, the head of its autonomous vehicle program stepped down from his post in the wake of a complicated lawsuit. The move isn't especially surprising. A recap For nearly nine years, Anthony Levandowksi...Read More»

2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro
Toyota Tacoma recall, Raptor vs. Hellcat, 2018 Chevy Volt: What’s New @ The Car Connection

2016-2017 Toyota Tacoma pickup recalled: 228,000 U.S. vehicles affected Toyota has announced a recall of 2016 and 2017 Toyota Tacoma pickups. The automaker says that some of those vehicles could experience oil leaks, reduced acceleration, and in extreme cases, the truck's drivetrain could seize...Read More»

2018 Volkswagen Atlas, Boerne, Texas
2018 VW Atlas won't be easy to find as a 4-cylinder

Saving money by buying the base engine in the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas won't be as easy as it looks on paper. That's because VW is making the base engine, which runs $1,400 to $1,730 less than the optional V-6 an order-only item for all but the very base model of the Atlas, its long-anticipated...Read More»

2016 Toyota Tacoma
2016-2017 Toyota Tacoma pickup recalled: 228,000 U.S. vehicles affected

Toyota has announced a recall of 2016 and 2017 Toyota Tacoma pickups. The automaker says that some of those vehicles could experience oil leaks, reduced acceleration, and in extreme cases, the truck's drivetrain could seize. The Tacoma's problem is rooted in its rear differential, which may suffer...Read More»

Highway sign: 'Expect delays'
America, we have an infrastructure problem, and this documentary is here to explain it

Infrastructure isn't a sexy topic. When many people hear the word, their eyes glaze over and they begin thinking about to-do lists or vacation plans or anything other than the state of our highways and byways. But ignore it all you want, the fact remains that America's infrastructure has been rode...Read More»

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