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Germany vs. VW, BMW's self-driving plan, Tesla Gigafactory opens: What’s New @ The Car Connection
Germany vs. VW, BMW's self-driving plan, Tesla Gigafactory opens: What’s New @ The Car Connection

Tesla Gigafactory is open for business The contrasts between Tesla Motors and its would-be rival, Faraday Future, are pretty stark right now. Earlier this week, Faraday unveiled its second curious, high-tech prototype, but it has yet to produce anything that consumers can drive. Worse, due to...Read More»

2017 Mazda MAZDA6
The best-looking cars of 2016 (that weren't sports cars)

We're not difficult creatures to understand, really. We all have a Jungian connection to objects that we can identify as "beautiful" before our next breath. Examples? Sure. The Sistine Chapel, orchids, anything written by Vaughan Williams, the KFC Double Down sandwich, and sports cars. All of those...Read More»

2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS Class
The best new car interiors of 2017

Sure, we get excited about muscle cars with a lot of horsepower, cars that hug corners, and those that boast sensuous styling. But what really matters to us at the end of a day is just how comfortable a vehicle's interior is. What makes an interior special isn't just that it boasts comfortable...Read More»

2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE Class
2016-2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE recalled to fix airbag problem

Mercedes-Benz is recalling nearly 48,000 GLE models from 2016 and 2017 to address a software flaw that could prevent the crossover's airbags from working as intended. The problem is rooted in the GLE's occupant classification system (OCS), which determines whether or not an adult is seated in the...Read More»

2017 Ram 1500 Rebel Black
Ram turns out the lights with new Rebel Black package

Cue up the "any color you'd like, as long as it's black" joke. Truck builder Ram has unveiled a new all-black package for its off-road-oriented 1500 Rebel that brings a few special touches to the pickup's interior and exterior. Despite being called the Rebel Black package, the special edition trim...Read More»

2018 Volkswagen Atlas R-Line
2018 Volkswagen Atlas gets sporty R-Line treatment

Volkswagen is spicing up its upcoming Atlas three-row crossover even before the model arrives in dealership showrooms. The automaker announced today that its Tennessee-built Atlas will be offered with an R-Line appearance package that includes a number of interior and exterior styling details plus...Read More»

Computer-generated image of proposed Tesla Motors Gigafactory
Tesla Gigafactory is open for business

The contrasts between Tesla Motors and its would-be rival, Faraday Future, are pretty stark right now. Earlier this week, Faraday unveiled its second curious, high-tech prototype, but it has yet to produce anything that consumers can drive. Worse, due to financial troubles, construction of the...Read More»

2017 Acura NSX
The 17 most important new cars of 2017

Every year, the auto industry churns out a new crop of cars, trucks, crossover SUVs, and minivans. Among them, some are simple facelifts. Others, entirely new vehicles, with fresh underpinnings and powertrains. For the 2017 model year, we count at least 17 new vehicles that hold extraordinary sway...Read More»

Volkswagen TDI 'clean diesel' television ad screencap
Germany vs. VW, BMW's self-driving plan, Tesla Gigafactory opens: What’s New @ The Car Connection

Germany sues Volkswagen over Dieselgate compensation (or lack thereof) Back in June, some 480,000 American owners of illegally equipped 2.0-liter Audi and VW diesels learned that they'd be receiving a fairly significant payout from Volkswagen. After months of negotiations, the automaker finally...Read More»

2018 Subaru WRX STI
New 2018 Subaru WRX and WRX STI get mild updates, still missing something

A new Impreza may already be here, but a new WRX and STI won't be following any time soon. Subaru just announced a redesigned 2018 Subaru WRX and 2018 Subaru WRX STI based largely on the last generation Impreza. Unlike the new generation that's build in Lafayette, Indiana, which started arriving in...Read More»

2017 Tesla Model X
Greener by the dozen: The 12 most fuel-efficient cars of 2017

In 2017, more was more. For automakers marching toward more fuel-efficient cars, 2017 was a watershed year. It marked the year that nearly every major automaker announced concrete plans to build at least one—if not more—battery electric vehicle by the end of the year. Even Jaguar Land...Read More»

Toyota Concept-i
Toyota's newest concept car decides when you get to drive it

Self-driving cars are so 2016. Self-aware cars are what's in for 2017. Toyota unveiled Wednesday its Concept-i technology showcase at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The future autonopod has all the hallmarks of fantasy auto show stuff: weird doors, no side mirrors, big wheels...Read More»

Chrysler Portal concept, 2017 Consumer Electronics Show
Chrysler's Portal concept is a connected room on wheels

Hidden behind its don't-call-me-a-minivan form, the Chrysler Portal concept unveiled this week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas shines as a beacon of hope for an automaker, and a division in particular, that has idly watched rivals pass it by. At its core, the Portal is an electric...Read More»

2013 Hyundai Sonata
2013 Hyundai Sonata investigated for seatbelt failures

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has launched an investigation of the 2013 Hyundai Sonata following two reports that the car's seatbelts failed to restrain passengers during collisions. You might think that NHTSA would require more than two complaints before initiating a probe...Read More»

Ford Sync 3 infotainment system
Automakers band together to push back on tech giants for infotainment

Some of the world's biggest automakers and suppliers are joining together to push back against tech juggernauts from dominating in-car infotainment systems. At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week, Ford and Toyota announced they would form a SmartDeviceLink Consortium to...Read More»

Faraday Future FF 91
Faraday unveils FF 91 electric car: can it salvage the company's future?

The past few months haven't been kind to Faraday Future, the new electric-car company launched by Chinese entrepreneur Jia Yueting. An aggressive start-up plan has left the company in a precarious financial position, causing many to question whether Faraday has a future at all. To some observers...Read More»

2017 Ford Mustang GT Convertible
Ford self-driving taxi, Ford Mustang Hybrid, Faraday Future FF 91: What’s New @ The Car Connection

Ford will sell self-driving taxi by 2021 Ford will build in North America and sell a self-driving hybrid taxi within 5 years, its CEO announced Tuesday. Mark Fields told a crowd at the automaker's Flat Rock, Michigan, assembly plant that Ford would redirect $700 million earmarked for a new plant in...Read More»

2016 Subaru Legacy
Safe six: TCC's best-performing models for safety in 2017

For most drivers, safety becomes their first priority only moments before they need it. Thankfully, most automakers have taken a proactive approach to vehicle safety and have evolved with more stringent testing, regulations, and consumer expectations. That's the good news. The better news? There...Read More»

2016 BMW 7-Series
The best new car features of 2017

Though we're well into the Jetsons age of in-car features and technology, automakers have proven that there is still plenty of room for innovation. Collectively, our staff has put countless miles on every new car to hit the market over the past few decades. We hate to sound jaded, but when a car...Read More»

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