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German self-driving car ethics: humans above animals
German self-driving car ethics: humans above animals

If an impact is unavoidable, German guidelines could suggest that a self-driving car should be programmed to run over a dog or smash into a house, rather than risk killing a human being. At the behest Germany's Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, an ethics committee has...Read More»

2011 Volkswagen Golf TDI
Diesel deathwatch: No one wants diesels in Germany, either

Germans have had a long, lusty love affair with diesels. While motorists in some parts of the world have largely ignored diesel vehicles (looking at you, America), in Germany, consumers have snapped them up as quickly as homegrown companies like BMW and Mercedes-Benz could turn them out. But not...Read More»

Audi and Chinese firm Alta Devices team up to develop a glass solar roof panel
Solar roof panels, 2018 Alfa Romeo Giulia, 2018 Chevy Equinox diesel: What’s New @ The Car Connection

Audi developing transparent solar roof panels Audi and and a Chinese technology firm are teaming up to develop a panoramic glass roof embedded with solar cells capable of powering ancillary systems like air conditioning and seat heater, the automaker said on Wednesday. Audi engineer implicates top...Read More»

Audi and Chinese firm Alta Devices team up to develop a glass solar roof panel
Audi developing transparent solar roof panels

Audi and and a Chinese technology firm are teaming up to develop a panoramic glass roof embedded with solar cells capable of powering ancillary systems like air conditioning and seat heater, the automaker said on Wednesday. Working with Alta Devices, a subsidiary of Chinese tech firm Hanergy, Audi...Read More»

Teaser for 2018 Nissan Leaf debuting on September 6, 2017
Nissan sells its electric car battery division to Chinese company set to go global

Nissan is selling its electric vehicle battery manufacturing operations to Chinese venture capital firm GSR. Automotive Energy Supply Corporation (AESC) will come with a price tag of around one billion dollars, according to reports, and the deal has the potential to create a shock wave through the...Read More»

Volvo lane departure warning
Lane departure and blind spot warnings keep drivers safe, says IIHS

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has published data from a new report showing that lane departure warning and blind spot warning systems help keep drivers safe on the road. That's not an especially bold or surprising statement--in fact, it's probably the opposite. But the study is...Read More»

2017 Audi SQ7 TDI
Audi engineer implicates top brass in Dieselgate coverup

In the U.S., Volkswagen's Dieselgate drama has been largely resolved, but in Germany, the plot is thickening as a formal investigation uncovers more details about the company's wrongdoing. Most recently, a former Audi engineer has confessed that top Volkswagen officials knew about the company's...Read More»

Hyundai Santa Cruz Crossover Truck Concept, 2015 Detroit Auto Show
Hyundai's pickup, Ferrari Portofino, Electric car range: What’s New @ The Car Connection

Hyundai turning to trucks to pick up sluggish U.S. sales Get ready for a Hyundai pickup truck. The real cost of owning a vehicle in America Owning a car can be a pain in the wallet. To prove it, AAA has conducted a study that reveals just how much the average American pays for the privilege of...Read More»

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Uber may enlist the former head of GE to combat its “brain drain”

Uber, which for months has been operating without a CEO following Travis Kalanick’s unceremonious exit, is considering former GE CEO Jeff Immelt, with a deal possibly in place as early as Labor Day, according to multiple reports. The potential move comes after a period of turbulence for the...Read More»

Daniel Craig as James Bond, Agent 007, in Skyfall, with Aston Martin DB5
Brexit is causing big headaches for UK automakers

Last June, voters in the United Kingdom faced a very serious question: should the UK remain a member of the European Union as it had been since 1973, or should it back out of the political and economic alliance, going it alone? When all the votes had been counted, 51.9 percent had chosen the latter...Read More»

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The real cost of owning a vehicle in America

Owning a car can be a pain in the wallet. To prove it, AAA has conducted a study that reveals just how much the average American pays for the privilege of having a car (or truck, or SUV, or minivan) in her driveway. There's good news and bad news to be found in the study. Let's get the bad out of...Read More»

Total solar eclipse in Aurthur, Nebraska
Chasing the eclipse, Porsche's carbon fiber wheels, 2018 Nissan Leaf: What’s New @ The Car Connection

2017 Chrysler Pacifica long-term test: small town, big van, bigger eclipse Nebraska shouldn’t be this loud. Ford launches cash-for-clunkers program in UK, may begin manufacturing cars in China In the UK and in China, Ford is working to put motorists behind the wheels of cleaner, more...Read More»

Hyundai Santa Cruz Crossover Truck Concept, 2015 Detroit Auto Show
Hyundai turning to trucks to pick up sluggish U.S. sales

Get ready for a Hyundai pickup truck. That’s the word according to Hyundai’s US VP of corporate and product planning, Michael J. O’Brien. Speaking to Reuters, he confirmed that a small pickup is now officially greenlit for development. While sales of Hyundai’s sedans are...Read More»

Total solar eclipse in Aurthur, Nebraska
2017 Chrysler Pacifica long-term test: small town, big van, bigger eclipse

Nebraska shouldn’t be this loud. At least, that’s what I thought in the midnight hours between Sunday night and Monday morning before the so-called "Great American Eclipse." The sounds from the I-80 Lakeside Campground near North Platte, Nebraska, were a contradiction of what I knew...Read More»

Car lot
The downside of strong auto sales? Your used car is worth less

Since 2010, U.S. auto sales have been on a roll. That's been great for the industry as a whole and an encouraging reflection of the economy. Unfortunately, the boom hasn't been so great for vehicle owners, because it's led to a glut of used cars. And that, in turn, has dragged down residual values...Read More»

Jin Zheyong of Anhui Zotye Automobile and Peter Fleet of Ford Motor Company
Ford launches cash-for-clunkers program in UK, may begin manufacturing cars in China

In the UK and in China, Ford is working to put motorists behind the wheels of cleaner, more efficient automobiles--though it's going about it in two different ways. Asian electrification In China, the Detroit automaker has announced a budding partnership with Anhui Zotye Automobile Co., a...Read More»

2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk
Chinese want Jeep, 2018 BMW M5, VW Microbus revival: What’s New @ The Car Connection

China's Great Wall is ready to purchase Jeep from Fiat Chrysler Last week, we learned that after a series of awkward courtships, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles might've finally found a partner. Now, we know who that partner is: China's Great Wall. How self-driving vehicles will soon impact your taxes...Read More»

Riding in prototype of fully autonomous Nissan Leaf electric car, March 2017  [video: Fully Charged]
How self-driving vehicles will soon impact your taxes

Self-driving of the future will use less fuel—and in some cases none at all—which could leave some states pining for revenue to finance infrastructure updates funded by gas taxes. Last year, Michigan adopted higher registration fees for hybrid and electric vehicles in an effort to...Read More»

2018 Nissan Midnight Editions
2018 Nissan Midnight Edition trucks turn out the lights

Black-painted wheels are all the rage, but that's not what makes Nissan's announcement that it is extending its Midnight Edition package to its pickup lineup for 2018 so newsworthy. Instead, it's that the automaker has confirmed that the Frontier mid-size pickup is back for another model year. An...Read More»

Volkswagen ID Buzz Concept
VW revives its iconic Microbus as a self-driving electric van

In a single announcement, Volkswagen has managed to please just about everyone. The company is reinventing its famed Microbus, and will produce it as an all-electric, self-driving van that’s intended for road trips, ride-sharing, and even small businesses. When the small, utilitarian people...Read More»

2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV added to Maven car- and ride-sharing fleet in Los Angeles, California
Awkward: GM may get into the ridesharing game, despite partnerships with Lyft & Uber

In January 2016, General Motors announced a major partnership with Lyft--like, $500 million major. Before the year was through, GM had revealed that it was developing a fleet of self-driving taxis with Lyft; that it would rent cars to wannabe Lyft drivers on the cheap; and, weirdly, that it would...Read More»

Great Wall of China (via Wikimedia)
China's Great Wall is ready to purchase Jeep from Fiat Chrysler

Last week, we learned that after a series of awkward courtships, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles might've finally found a partner. Now, we know who that partner is: China's Great Wall. However, there are a couple of noteworthy caveats. First, for reasons that we discussed a week ago, Great Wall isn't...Read More»

2017 Volkswagen Tiguan Limited
VW Tiguan Limited, Pebble Beach 2017, VW ID Buzz driven: What’s New @ The Car Connection

2017 Volkswagen Tiguan Limited: More of the same, only cheaper An all-new version of the Volkswagen Tiguan with seating for up to seven is in dealers now, but if you've got a hankering for the old model, VW has a value-laden option for you. It's now a little easier to find used Teslas Tumbling used...Read More»

2017 Volkswagen Tiguan Limited
2017 Volkswagen Tiguan Limited: More of the same, only cheaper

An all-new version of the Volkswagen Tiguan with seating for up to seven is in dealers now, but if you've got a hankering for the old model, VW has a value-laden option for you. The German automaker is releasing a low-price version called the 2017 Tiguan Limited available now from $22,860 including...Read More»

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