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Waymo & FCA are building 100 self-driving Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans
Waymo & FCA are building 100 self-driving Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans

For years, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne has been searching for a partner--a company to help FCA develop and build tomorrow's cars. He first tried hooking up with General Motors and Ford, both of which shot him down. Then in April, he hit up Google. By early May, it was clear that...Read More»

2017 Honda Accord
The average new car, Lambo Aventador S, Woz's Tesla: What's New @ The Car Connection

Car buyers in 2016 paid an average of $34,077, a record high Did you buy a new car this year? If you answered "yes", chances are good that you paid around $34,077 for it, when all was said and done. 2016 Honda Pilot long-term road test: how smart is its infotainment system? As we barrel past 13,000...Read More»

Teaser for 2018 Chevrolet Traverse debuting at 2017 Detroit auto show
Chevrolet teases 2018 Traverse ahead of auto show debut

Chevrolet is set to take the wraps off of an all-new Traverse three-row crossover SUV next month at the Detroit auto show. Unlike the GMC Acadia, the Traverse won't downsize. Although it will ride on an all-new architecture and is expected to feature a new V-6 and 8-speed automatic combination...Read More»

2016 Honda Pilot Touring long-term road test
2016 Honda Pilot long-term road test: how smart is its infotainment system?

As we barrel past 13,000 miles in our long-term 2016 Honda Pilot you might say we've covered quite a bit of ground in the large, three-row crossover SUV. Before this, we spent more than our fair share of time behind the wheel of multiple Pilots in its run-up to being named The Car Connection's Best...Read More»

2017 Volvo S60
What's New for 2017: Volvo

Few brands have been through a turnaround quite like Volvo. The last bastion of Sweden's once-thriving car industry, Volvo is in the midst of a heck of a product renaissance. In the last 18 months, Volvo has launched a new flagship SUV—the XC90—and a new flagship sedan—the...Read More»

2017 Chevrolet Volt
2017 BMW i3 vs 2017 Chevrolet Volt: Compare Cars

The BMW i3 and Chevy Volt both are small plug-in electric cars, but the two cars tackle the range-extended electric vehicle question in very different ways. The latest Chevrolet Volt is essentially a plug-in hybrid, but it's the only one on the market that drives entirely on electricity until the...Read More»

2017 Subaru WRX STI
2017 Subaru WRX vs. 2017 Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG: Compare Cars

Practicality and a storied performance pedigree don't often go together; but the Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG and Subaru WRX are two models that offer an impressive amount of both. Yet how these two cars get there is very different. The two aren't so much sport sedans as four-door performance cars...Read More»

Money and car keys
Car buyers in 2016 paid an average of $34,077, a record high

Did you buy a new car this year? If you answered "yes", chances are good that you paid around $34,077 for it, when all was said and done. That figure is the average transaction price for new cars sold in 2016, and it marks an all-time high according to Edmunds.com. In worse news for shoppers, the...Read More»

Uber self-driving prototype in San Francisco
California vs. Uber, 10,000th McLaren, Trump appoints Musk: What's New @ The Car Connection

Well, that was fast: California puts the brakes on Uber's self-driving fleet Yesterday, we told you that Uber had brought its test-fleet of self-driving vehicles to San Francisco, and that the California Department of Motor Vehicles was not amused. Electric-car startup Lucid shows off first...Read More»

Repo Man
Big trends for 2017: rising interest rates and auto loan delinquencies

There are only about two weeks left in 2016, and that means two things: it's time for a host of year-end wrap ups and plenty of predictions about 2017. We'll leave the year-in-review article for another time (because, of course, a lot could still happen in the last 15 days of December), but...Read More»

2016 GMC Acadia
What's New for 2017: GMC

With one fell swoop, General Motors' GMC division is finally acting like an independent entity. That's the affect of the 2017 GMC Acadia, a model that finally moves away from its Chevrolet and Buick siblings. True, the Acadia is related to the Cadillac XT5, but the two models don't look, feel, and...Read More»

Lucid Air
Electric-car startup Lucid shows off first production model: can it top Tesla?

Historians will probably have lots to say about Tesla Motors and its effect on America's auto industry. For starters, the company has chipped away at decades-old franchise laws, which prohibit automakers from selling directly to consumers. Those laws have resulted in the current model of car sales...Read More»

Uber self-driving prototype in San Francisco
Well, that was fast: California puts the brakes on Uber's self-driving fleet

Yesterday, we told you that Uber had brought its test-fleet of self-driving vehicles to San Francisco, and that the California Department of Motor Vehicles was not amused. Apparently, "not amused" would be an understatement. Within hours of yesterday's launch of the pilot program--which mirrors the...Read More»

Uber launches self-driving pilot in San Francisco with Volvo Cars
Self-driving Ubers, Lucid's 1,000-hp electric sedan, Renault-Nissan engineering: What's New @ The Car Connection

Uber takes self-driving cars to San Francisco, DMV isn't happy In August, Uber surprised most of the auto world by launching a fleet of fully autonomous vehicles in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Now, the company is bringing some of its self-driving vehicles to San Francisco, California, and while that...Read More»

2017 Dodge Charger
What's New for 2017: Dodge

With a lineup that's about to shrink by not one but two cars, you may begin to wonder about the Dodge brand's future. However, there's no reason for alarm—although its current models are beginning to age, Dodge parent FCA says it plans to invest heavily here (to take the bull by the horns, if...Read More»

Uber launches self-driving pilot in San Francisco with Volvo Cars
Uber takes self-driving cars to San Francisco, DMV isn't happy

In August, Uber surprised most of the auto world by launching a fleet of fully autonomous vehicles in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Now, the company is bringing some of its self-driving vehicles to San Francisco, California, and while that might please many Bay Area techies, the state's Department of...Read More»

2017 Ford C-Max
2017 Ford C-Max vs. 2017 Toyota Prius: Compare Cars

Hybrid hatchbacks are some of the most fuel-efficient cars on the road today—but when it comes down to buying one, should you opt for green credentials or fun-to-drive qualities? In other words, which should you buy: the new Toyota Prius, or the latest Ford C-Max? MORE: Read our 2017 Toyota...Read More»

The founders of Google and one of their autonomous Toyota Prius hybrids
Google's self-driving car program is now Waymo: what does that mean, exactly?

Almost exactly one year ago, we reported that Google's parent company, Alphabet, planned to spin off Google's self-driving car program in 2016. With about two weeks to go on the calendar, Alphabet has finally announced that it's doing just that. The new company is called Waymo, which could mean...Read More»

Department of Transportation vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) program
Vehicle-to-vehicle communication may finally be mandatory on new cars

Vehicle-to-vehicle communications promises to be a very big deal. Allowing automobiles to "talk" to one another could dramatically improve traffic flow and slash the number of car crashes by more than half. Working hand-in-hand with self-driving systems, the benefits could be even bigger. Engineers...Read More»

2018 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe
Mercedes E Coupe, 2018 Volvo XC60, Fisker EMotion: What's New @ The Car Connection

2018 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe arrives with newfound style Ahead of its scheduled debut at next month's Detroit auto show, Mercedes-Benz has taken the wraps off of a decidedly stylish 2018 E-Class Coupe. Michigan's new self-driving car laws help automakers, hobble Uber The auto industry is...Read More»

2017 Chevrolet Camaro 1LE
What's New for 2017: Chevrolet

As American as apple pie and... well, Chevrolet, the bowtie brand has a few things to note for the 2017 model year. The big newsmaker is undoubtedly the brand's first fully electric vehicle, the Bolt EV. Leapfrogging the Nissan Leaf at about the same price point, the Bolt is a dedicated electric...Read More»

2018 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe
2018 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe arrives with newfound style

Ahead of its scheduled debut at next month's Detroit auto show, Mercedes-Benz has taken the wraps off of a decidedly stylish 2018 E-Class Coupe. Building on the swoopy design of the current E-Class sedan, the E-Class Coupe will go on sale during the summer of 2018. Initially, Mercedes will launch...Read More»

General Motors Renaissance Center in Detroit, Michigan
Michigan's new self-driving car laws help automakers, hobble Uber

The auto industry is constrained by a patchwork of federal and state laws. This is, in part, why Tesla has had such a tough time selling its vehicles in certain states. It's also made things difficult for automakers who are trying to develop self-driving vehicles: what might be perfectly legal in...Read More»

2017 Hyundai Elantra IIHS crash test
Dangers of driving, Mercedes-AMG G63, Prius Prime driven : What's New @ The Car Connection

Driving in the US is more dangerous than in Kenya, Romania, or Algeria Given America's extensive system of highways and byways, it's easy to forget that many of our roads aren't as safe as they seem. As we've reported many times before, U.S. streets are in a serious state of disrepair--and don't...Read More»

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