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

Concept drawing for Uber Elevate flying taxi service
Flying Ubers, Nismo's growth, Apple's self-driving car: What’s New @ The Car Connection

Uber to launch flying autonomous taxis in Dallas and Dubai within 10 years (or less) Flying cars are April's flavor of the month. Aeromobile recently showed off an awkward prototype in Monaco, clips of a Larry Page-backed levitating jet ski have gone viral, and studies have even been published...Read More»

2017 Chrysler Pacifica - Best Car to Buy 2017
Chrysler plumps up 2017 Pacifica with new value-oriented Touring Plus

Chrysler has added a little more meat to its 2017 Pacifica minivan with a new, feature-packed Touring Plus trim level. At $33,455, the Touring Plus adds a power tailgate, triple-zone automatic climate control, projector headlamps, LED tail lamps, a universal garage door opener, and sunshades for...Read More»

Concept drawing for Uber Elevate flying taxi service
Uber to launch flying autonomous taxis in Dallas and Dubai within 10 years (or less)

Flying cars are April's flavor of the month. Aeromobile recently showed off an awkward prototype in Monaco, clips of a Larry Page-backed levitating jet ski have gone viral, and studies have even been published about the things, even though serious talk about flying cars seems pretty premature. Now...Read More»

Waymo self-driving prototype
Live in Phoenix? Take one of Waymo's self-driving cars to work (or school, or the mall)

Back in December, just a few days after Google's self-driving car project became known as Waymo, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles announced that it was partnering with the new company to build a test fleet of autonomous vehicles. According to the agreement, FCA ponied up 100 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrids, and...Read More»

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick
Uber's Hell, The self-driving minivan, Electric ride-shares: What’s New @ The Car Connection

Uber sued for unleashing 'Hell' on Lyft drivers Uber has been experiencing its own brand of hell for the past several months. Complaints about mistreatment of female and LGBT employees, allegations of trade-secret theft, faulty self-driving software, its tone-deaf manchild CEO: headlines about...Read More»

2017 Nissan Rogue Sport
2017 Nissan Rogue Sport costs $22,360 to start, Darwin may be proud

It may be coincidental that the 2017 Nissan Rogue Sport will go on sale May 11, 2017, 197 years to the day that the HMS Beagle was launched to eventually carry Charles Darwin all over the globe to look at turtles—or maybe not. After all, the pint-sized Nissan crossover making its way to the...Read More»

Jeff Bezos
Amazon working on self-driving tech, but it's not ready for prime time

Most of the talk about self-driving cars is focused on everyday consumers: do they like the technology? Do they feel comfortable with it? Will they buy autonomous vehicles? But in fact, the first large-scale applications for self-driving technology are likely to be commercial. Every week, it seems...Read More»

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick
Uber sued for unleashing 'Hell' on Lyft drivers

Uber has been experiencing its own brand of hell for the past several months. Complaints about mistreatment of female and LGBT employees, allegations of trade-secret theft, faulty self-driving software, its tone-deaf manchild CEO: headlines about these and other unsavory matters have fueled a...Read More»

Gavel. Image: Brian Turner
Supreme Court confirms that new GM can be sued for old GM's ignition switches

Today's auto news headlines are dominated by stories about self-driving cars, ride-sharing companies, and exploding airbags. But just three years ago, ignition switches were the dominant topic of conversation--specifically faulty ignition switches manufactured by General Motors. You might've...Read More»

Waymo self-driving prototype
Ride-share wars, Jaguar XF Sportbrake, Used Tesla resale: What’s New @ The Car Connection

The Waymo/Google vs. Uber/Otto battle is getting uglier (and way more complicated) Not so long ago, someone might've looked at that headline and thought we'd lost our minds, or at least fallen asleep on the keyboard. These days, though, we're all too familiar with what each of those words means and...Read More»

Teaser for Jaguar XF Sportbrake debuting in June 14, 2017
Jaguar opens the gate on upcoming XF Sportbrake wagon

Will the SUV and crossover boom spill over into wagons? Jaguar thinks there's a chance, which is why it has confirmed that a station wagon version of its XF mid-size luxury sedan will be headed to showrooms in the United States late this year. It'll be called the Jaguar XF Sportbrake, and it's...Read More»

Waymo self-driving car prototype
The Waymo/Google vs. Uber/Otto battle is getting uglier (and way more complicated)

Not so long ago, someone might've looked at that headline and thought we'd lost our minds, or at least fallen asleep on the keyboard. These days, though, we're all too familiar with what each of those words means and what's at stake as two of the biggest players in the field of self-driving cars go...Read More»

Aspiring drivers weigh in on electric and self-driving cars (via Driving-Tests.org)
Study: Younger drivers don't want electric cars

Another day, another study showing that drivers are totally into electric cars. Except this time, the study says exactly the opposite. Today's study was carried out by the folks at Driving-Tests.org, which helps aspiring motorists study for their written driving exams. Not surprisingly, the site's...Read More»

2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio
Alfa Romeo Giulia, 1,500-hp Hennessey Dodge Demon, Britain's coal-free day: What’s New @ The Car Connection

2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Review The 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio is a driver's car to meet or beat the best in the class, with razor sharp steering, agile handling, and raucous power. Only reliability questions will hold it back. Tesla sued for its "half-baked" Autopilot software Since Tesla...Read More»

Tesla Enhanced Autopilot
Tesla sued for its "half-baked" Autopilot software

Since Tesla Autopilot debuted in the fall of 2015, it's earned plenty of fans and foes. The former love the safety and convenience offered by the semi-self-driving system, while the latter complain that Tesla foisted dangerous beta software on owners who didn't ask for it. This week, Autopilot...Read More»

2018 Buick Enclave
Buick's makeover, Smaller Volvos, Genesis dropping V-8s: What’s New @ The Car Connection

Buick reworks its image, again Buick's decades-long makeover from purveyor of land yachts to Euro-inspired value-luxe brand is mostly working. But, as we saw at last week's New York auto show, the brand's long-term strategy has us scratching our heads. AAA gets into the car-sharing game with Gig...Read More»

Gig car-sharing
AAA gets into the car-sharing game with Gig

Yesterday, we wrote about J.D. Power's 2017 U.S. Tech Choice Study, which suggested that consumers may be fine with semi-autonomous features in their next cars, but aren't so interested in fully self-driving vehicles. One other interesting bit of news to come out of the study, though, was that...Read More»

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