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GM swings back at Tesla with Super Cruise self-driving software
GM swings back at Tesla with Super Cruise self-driving software

Yesterday, Tesla slipped past General Motors to become America's most highly valued automaker. Now, GM says that it's planning to equip one of its luxury sedans, the Cadillac CT6, with "the industry’s first true hands-free driving technology"--a not-so-subtle jab at Tesla's well-known...Read More»

Engineering Explained asks if a big hill can recharge a Tesla
Tesla overtakes GM, 2018 Lincoln Navigator, Climate change: What’s New @ The Car Connection

Sorry, GM: Tesla is now America's most highly valued automaker Tesla has set a new record: this morning, it passed General Motors to become the most highly valued automaker in America. 2018 Ford Explorer update: squint to see the changes With its Explorer beginning to gray at its temples, Ford has...Read More»

2018 Ford Explorer, 2017 New York auto show
2018 Ford Explorer update: squint to see the changes

With its Explorer beginning to gray at its temples, Ford has given it the gentlest of touchups—and some new in-cabin technologies—to keep it on shoppers' radar. You'll have to look closely to see how the Explorer has changed for 2018 Lightly revised front and rear bumpers feature new...Read More»

2017 Tesla Model X
Sorry, GM: Tesla is now America's most highly valued automaker

Tesla has set a new record: this morning, it passed General Motors to become the most highly valued automaker in America. That won't surprise anyone who's been watching Tesla's stock price in recent weeks. Shares have been on a mostly upward trajectory since last December--around the time that CEO...Read More»

2017 Ram 1500
Ram is nipping at Chevrolet Silverado sales (but the Ford F-Series is still king)

The race to be America's top-selling pickup has never been much of a race: the Ford F-Series, starring the super-popular F-150, has dominated the field for decades. But the battle for second place has become much more interesting in recent weeks. The perennial third-place finisher, Ram, has...Read More»

2017 Nissan Rogue Sport
Nissan Rogue is selling like hotcakes. Cars, not so much.

It's hard out there for a car. In fact, car sales last month were 10.6 percent lower than they were in March 2016. Year-to-date, they're off 11.5 percent. There is, however, one exception: crossovers, which are built on car platforms. (Their close cousins, SUVs, are built like trucks.) In the U.S...Read More»

2013 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid drive event, NYC area, April 2013
Latest recalls, Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk, Ford Fusion Hybrid police car: What’s New @ The Car Connection

Hyundai, Kia recall 1.2 million vehicles to prevent premature engine failure Hyundai and its South Korean sibling, Kia, are recalling nearly 1.2 million cars and crossovers from the 2011 to 2014 model years. Documents from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show that the engines in...Read More»

2003 Honda Accord Coupe Factory Package
2003 Honda Accord Coupe recalled to replace Takata airbag inflators

Honda has announced a recall of more than 37,000 Honda Accord Coupes from the 2003 model year. The automaker reports that some of those vehicles may be equipped with Takata's fatally flawed airbag inflators, which have been linked to at least 16 deaths and more than 100 injuries worldwide. They're...Read More»

Free2Move car-sharing service
Peugeot & Citroen begin their (long awaited?) return with car-sharing service

In April of last year, PSA Group announced plans to bring Peugeot and Citroen back to the U.S. market, along with the newer, more upscale DS brand. The first step of PSA's grand scheme was to take on car-sharing and ride-sharing giants like Uber and Zipcar. One year later, PSA has begun putting its...Read More»

2014 Hyundai Sonata
Hyundai, Kia recall 1.2 million vehicles to prevent premature engine failure

Hyundai and its South Korean sibling, Kia, are recalling nearly 1.2 million cars and crossovers from the 2011 to 2014 model years. Documents from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show that the engines in some of those vehicles may have an increased likelihood of stalling, which...Read More»

2018 Volkswagen Atlas, Boerne, Texas
Driven: 2018 VW Atlas, 2018 Audi S4/S5, 2017 Chevy Cruze Diesel: What’s New @ The Car Connection

2018 Volkswagen Atlas first drive: Super-sized Tired of watching its owners drive past VW showrooms when their families grew large enough for a three-row crossover, the German automaker finally has something to lure shoppers away from Ford Explorers and Honda Pilots. 2017 Audi A3, S3 recalled for...Read More»

2018 Volkswagen Atlas, Boerne, Texas
2018 Volkswagen Atlas first drive: Super-sized

Tired of watching its owners drive past VW showrooms when their families grew large enough for a three-row crossover, the German automaker finally has something to lure shoppers away from Ford Explorers and Honda Pilots. It’s called the Atlas, and the burden it carries is substantial. VW...Read More»

2017 Audi A3 sedan
2017 Audi A3, S3 recalled for overly aggressive airbags

Volkswagen is recalling more than 11,000 Audi A3 and S3 vehicles from the 2017 model year. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that some of those vehicles may suffer from a software glitch that could cause airbags to deploy with greater force than necessary. The software in...Read More»

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Report: Auto insurers charge higher premiums in minority neighborhoods

A new report suggests that auto insurers are charging car owners in minority neighborhoods higher premiums than folks in predominantly white neighborhoods. Sadly, that might not sound like big news. After all, insurers often set rates based on a vehicle owner's ZIP code, and it's not uncommon for...Read More»

2018 Subaru Outback
2018 Subaru Outback, 2018 Chevy Tahoe and Suburban, Electric Mazda: What’s New @ The Car Connection

2018 Subaru Outback is heavy on capability, light on refresh Subaru just revealed the 2018 Subaru Outback, lightly refreshed from last year's bestseller with a new grille, new headlights, and interior amenities. And we mean lightly—if it ain't broke, you know. Ford reaffirms promise of...Read More»

2018 Chevrolet Tahoe RST
Chevrolet adds muscle to Tahoe, Suburban with new RST package

The concept of a "muscle truck" may seem a bit foreign, but Chevrolet thinks it has created just that with its new-for-2018 Rally Sport Truck package available on its large Tahoe and Suburban SUVs. The RST package isn't just about styling for the 2018 Tahoe and Suburban SUVs— for an extra...Read More»

2014 Fiat 500L
2014 Fiat 500L recalled over powertrain glitch

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is recalling nearly 30,000 Fiat 500L vehicles from the 2014 model year. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration explains that some of those cars may suffer from a problem that could prevent them from accelerating in certain situations. The problem is rooted in...Read More»

Ford Fusion Hybrid Autonomous Vehicle
Ford reaffirms promise of self-driving cars by 2021 (but you won't be able to buy them)

Until this week, casual news-followers might not have known about Ford's ambitions in the field of self-driving cars. But oh, what a difference a few days can make. Yesterday, we shared details from a new report that puts Ford at the head of the autonomous car pack, outperforming far younger firms...Read More»

Gary Pittam performs recall service on a Chevrolet Cobalt Thursday, April 17, 2014
Important recalls, Buick Regal TourX, Self-driving Nissan Leaf: What’s New @ The Car Connection

Why don't people get their recalled cars fixed? When you receive a recall notice from your car's manufacturer, do you immediately make plans to take it in for repairs? That question lies at the heart of "Consumer Preferences Regarding Vehicle-Related Safety Recalls", a new paper written by Michael...Read More»

2018 Volkswagen Atlas
2018 VW Atlas priced from $31,425

With its 2018 Atlas, VW is finally in the three-row crossover game. The long-awaited midsize crossover with seating for up to seven will go on sale by early summer with a sticker price starting at $31,425. That's including a mandatory $925 destination charge and that price is for the base Atlas S...Read More»

Gary Pittam performs recall service on a Chevrolet Cobalt Thursday, April 17, 2014
Why don't people get their recalled cars fixed?

When you receive a recall notice from your car's manufacturer, do you immediately make plans to take it in for repairs? That question lies at the heart of "Consumer Preferences Regarding Vehicle-Related Safety Recalls", a new paper written by Michael Sivak and Brandon Schoettle from the University...Read More»

Navigant Research Leaderboard Report on autonomous cars (April 2017)
Who's winning the self-driving car race? It's not the company you think

When you think of self-driving cars, you probably think of Tesla and its well-known Autopilot software. Or perhaps you think of Uber and its recent troubles with autonomous tech. Or you might just think of Waymo (formerly, Google's autonomous car program), which has been working the longest and...Read More»

Pedestrian crossing sign
Pedestrian deaths, Porsche's new magazine, Start-stop systems: What’s New @ The Car Connection

Careful crossing the street: pedestrian deaths soared 11 percent last year Earlier this year, two reports revealed that the number of auto-related fatalities in America increased sharply in 2016. A new study from the Governors Highway Safety Association suggests that pedestrian deaths may be partly...Read More»

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The bill for Volkswagen's Dieselgate crisis grew by $157 million (running total: $22.3 billion)

Back in the early days of the Volkswagen Dieselgate fiasco, we estimated that the crisis would cost Europe's largest automaker at least $25 billion. As it turns out, that estimate may have been too conservative. The company's bill in America alone has topped $22 billion, and thanks to a settlement...Read More»

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