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

2017 Genesis G90
2017 Lincoln Continental vs. 2017 Genesis G90: Compare Cars

The 2017 Lincoln Continental and 2017 Genesis G90 are two different takes on flagship-level luxury. Each provides its own way of pampering the driver—and all passengers along for the ride. But there can only be one winner. It's a close one, but in our eyes the Genesis G90 does the top-end...Read More»

2018 Subaru Crosstrek, 2017 Geneva auto show
2018 Subaru Crosstrek video preview

For many owners, Subaru’s Crosstrek is loyal like a Labrador and just as eager to go anywhere. The surprise success for Subaru has spawned a second generation and we’re here in Geneva to check it out. Based on the newest Impreza, the Crosstrek doesn’t stray far from the formula...Read More»

Hertz Car Rental
10 rental cars you should avoid, and why

Rolling the dice at a rental car counter requires a strong stomach. You've reserved a "mid-size sedan" and there's a picture of a Ford Focus, but the keys that the friendly folks at Generic Airport Car Rental hand you may be for an entirely different car. After all, none of the major car rental...Read More»

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick
Newly humbled, Uber asks California for permission to test self-driving cars

For years, Uber has gleefully courted controversy, but the past few weeks have been especially brutal for the company and its manchild CEO, Travis Kalanick. New reports suggest that Kalanick & Co. have finally had their fill of humble pie and are ready to begin playing by the rules. Uber under...Read More»

2017 Buick LaCrosse
2017 Buick LaCrosse recalled to fix power steering glitch

General Motors is recalling more than 2,000 Buick LaCrosse vehicles to address a problem with the car's power steering system. Official recall documents from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration explain that the problem is rooted in the electrical connectors associated with the...Read More»

2017 Mercedes-Benz C Class
Mercedes-Benz recalls 354,000 vehicles due to fire risk

Mercedes-Benz has issued a massive recall affecting more than 354,000 vehicles from the 2015, 2016, and 2017 model years. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, some of those cars may be at risk of catching fire. The problem with the vehicles is electrical in nature and is...Read More»

Opel's new 1.0-liter 3-cylinder gasoline engine
Lousy fuel economy, 2018 Hyundai Sonata leaked, Nissan e-NV200 taxi: What’s New @ The Car Connection

Average fuel economy still terrible after 92 years The past century has brought an onslaught of innovation. Don't believe it? Try to imagine modern life without television, the internet, microwaves, or social media. Utah is about to lower its drunk-driving limit, is your state next? Utah may be the...Read More»

U.S. Navy drunk driving deterrence display
Utah is about to lower its drunk-driving limit, is your state next?

Utah may be the first state to lower its drunk-driving threshold below .08 BAC—and for the tl;dr crowd, yes, your state probably is next. A Utah State Senate committee forwarded a proposal that would lower the state's threshold for adults from .08 blood alcohol content (BAC) to .05, the Salt...Read More»

On-Road Fuel Economy of Vehicles in the United States: 1923-2015 (Sivak and Schoettle)
Average fuel economy still terrible after 92 years

The past century has brought an onslaught of innovation. Don't believe it? Try to imagine modern life without television, the internet, microwaves, or social media. But despite those and other technological advances, one thing hasn't changed too much: the distance that cars can travel on one gallon...Read More»

2018 Volkswagen Atlas
First ride: 2018 Volkswagen Atlas prototype

By Volkswagen’s own admission, its new seven seat midsize crossover is incomplete. That’s because the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas will go on sale later this spring and it was designed from the start to feature a fuel-sipping diesel engine as its headliner. Well, that’s not happening any...Read More»

2017 Ford Edge
2016-17 Ford Edge, 2016-17 Lincoln MKX, 2017 Lincoln Continental recalled to replace Takata airbags

Yes, you read that headline correctly: Ford is recalling some 32,000 late-model Ford and Lincoln vehicles to replace their airbags, which were manufactured by Takata. The problem with these particular airbags is different from the one affecting 70 million fatally flawed airbag inflators installed...Read More»

Tesla Model S in IIHS testing
Tesla's tough week, Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo, Upcoming electric cars: What’s New @ The Car Connection

Tesla's tough week: overworked employees, sexist culture, and a stock downgrade Tesla's week hasn't been as rough as Uber's, but still, CEO Elon Musk is probably looking forward to Saturday. Audi, Porsche top Consumer Reports scorecard; Fiat, Jeep, not so much Consumer Reports has issued its annual...Read More»

Elon Musk
Tesla's tough week: overworked employees, sexist culture, and a stock downgrade

Tesla's week hasn't been as rough as Uber's, but still, CEO Elon Musk is probably looking forward to Saturday. 1. Things began simmering over last Thursday, when Musk responded to allegations that the company's workers in Fremont, California are overworked and underpaid. In an email to employees...Read More»

Sergio Marchionne
Fiat Chrysler warns investors of its own Dieselgate crisis

With Volkswagen's Dieselgate crisis dominating the auto news for over 17 months, you might've missed the fact that Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is facing a diesel disaster of its own--both in the U.S. and abroad. Now, the automaker has explained the nature of the problem and hinted at its potential...Read More»

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