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The 2018 Mercedes-AMG E63 S wagon is the family car you really want
The 2018 Mercedes-AMG E63 S wagon is the family car you really want

With more than 600 horsepower on tap, the 2018 Mercedes-AMG E63 S station wagon may very well represent the most entertaining way to haul your family around. To say that it's nothing like the Buick Centurys and FordCountry Squires that once dominated suburbia is certainly an understatement. The...Read More»

Tesla Model S in IIHS testing
Tesla Model S, BMW i3 fail to meet IIHS Top Safety Pick standards

The flashy Tesla Model S and BMW i3 may garner second looks from passers-by, but they're not as safe as many other cars on the road according to the IIHS. The insurance industry-funded group revealed today that neither model qualifies for either the coveted Top Safety Pick or Top Safety Pick+...Read More»

Volkswagen TDI 'clean diesel' television ad screencap
New hope for U.S. auto sales: former Volkswagen diesel owners

For nearly a year and a half, the Volkswagen Dieselgate scandal has been making headlines. While the headaches might not be over for Volkswagen executives, they could be coming to an end for U.S. owners of Audi, Porsche, and VW vehicles illegally designed to cheat on emissions tests. In fact, some...Read More»

2018 Toyota C-HR
Toyota takes on Trump's border tax, asks dealers for backup

Donald Trump's protectionist policies have been lauded in some corners, but they've also sparked outcries and protests from private individuals, government officials, and more than a few companies. As we reported earlier this week, the auto industry is included in that mix. Ford execs have slammed...Read More»

FordHub in New York's Westfield World Trade Center
Ford's brand gallery, Porsche 911 GTS driven, China could be next eco-center: What’s New @ The Car Connection

Ford launches first 'brand gallery' in New York, focusing on mobility In 2015, Cadillac chief Johann de Nysschen announced plans to create high-tech boutiques for his brand. The idea didn't come out of thin air: the boutiques were similar to the ones he'd planned for Audi and the ones that Tesla...Read More»

2017 Ford Fusion Sport
Mid-size sedans scrapping vanilla in favor of sport

The family sedan is in the midst of a quiet revolution. What was once indisputably the type of car most likely to be found in the average American garage has been displaced by crossovers and SUVs that channel a little Marlboro Man with room for the kids and their gear (plus maybe the neighbors'...Read More»

FordHub in New York's Westfield World Trade Center
Ford launches first 'brand gallery' in New York, focusing on mobility

In 2015, Cadillac chief Johann de Nysschen announced plans to create high-tech boutiques for his brand. The idea didn't come out of thin air: the boutiques were similar to the ones he'd planned for Audi and the ones that Tesla has operated in shopping malls and department stores. Ford is doing...Read More»

Sergio Marchionne
Too little, too late? Fiat Chrysler adds new stores to woo customers

Insiders report that Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is planning a dramatic expansion of its dealer network. If the rumors are correct, the company could add as many as 400 shops in the U.S.--a 16 percent increase. The question is: why now? All in the timing After the Great Recession, U.S. auto sales...Read More»

Brandfon Honda dealership
Border tax, 2018 Corvette, U.S. out of Paris climate agreement: What’s New @ The Car Connection

Trump's border tax faces more opposition--this time, from auto dealers During his first week in office, Donald Trump made headlines over two border-boosting policies. Yesterday, the American International Automobile Dealers Association announced plans to fight one of the president's proposals tooth...Read More»

2016 Honda Pilot Touring long-term road test
2016 Honda Pilot long-term road test: wrap up

After one year, nearly 17,000 miles, over 61 fuel fill ups, and dozens of memories, it's time to say goodbye to our long-term 2016 Honda Pilot. We spent the last year with the 2016 Honda Pilot after naming it The Car Connection Best Car To Buy 2016. Why? To get to know it far more intimately with...Read More»

2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel
FCA says its diesel V-6 will be certified by EPA soon

If Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is to be believed, the EPA's inquiry into its turbodiesel V-6 engines may end just as abruptly as it began. The automaker's CEO, Sergio Marchionne, told The Detroit News that his firm and the EPA are close to reaching an agreement as to how the automaker will respond to...Read More»

2017 Ford Super Duty F-250
Ford F-250 scores up to 5 stars in crash test

A specific configuration of the 2017 Ford F-250 has earned top marks in the federal government's crash test—five stars overall, an achievement matched by no other heavy-duty full-size pickup truck. The award applies only to the F-250 Crew Cab 4x2. The four-wheel drive version of the truck...Read More»

2017 Audi Q5
Audi recalls A4, A5, A6, Q5, and Allroad to fix exploding airbags and failed cooling pumps

This morning, Volkswagen issued two recalls affecting hundreds of thousands of Audi vehicles registered in the U.S. The unrelated recalls stem from problems with the vehicles' airbags and cooling pumps. RECALL #1: 2011-2017 Audi Q5 UNITS AFFECTED: 234,054 According to the National Highway Traffic...Read More»

Donald Trump
Trump's border tax faces more opposition--this time, from auto dealers

During his first week in office, Donald Trump made headlines over two border-boosting policies. Yesterday, the American International Automobile Dealers Association announced plans to fight one of the president's proposals tooth and nail. On Friday, Trump signed an executive order suspending...Read More»

Volvo Drive Me autonomous car pilot project in Gothenburg, Sweden
Self-driving cars, 2019 Toyota Supra, Tesla Model 3 orders: What’s New @ The Car Connection

Germany working toward legislating self-driving cars The German government has drafted a law that would allow self-driving cars to operate on the Central European country's streets (or straße) that would place the burden for wrecks on drivers and not vehicles themselves. Trump's tariffs: good...Read More»

Audi and NVIDIA's self-driving concept car
Germany working toward legislating self-driving cars

The German government has drafted a law that would allow self-driving cars to operate on the Central European country's streets (or straße) that would place the burden for wrecks on drivers and not vehicles themselves. The proposed legislation would require vehicles to have a "black box"...Read More»

Martin Winterkorn
Former Volkswagen CEO dragged into Dieselgate investigation (again)

Remember when Volkswagen's board chairman, Hans Dieter Poetsch, tried to assure the world that Dieselgate's misdeeds were the work of a small group of employees, mostly lower-level? Remember when Volkswagen's former U.S. chief, Michael Horn, promised that the automaker's 11 million illegally rigged...Read More»

2014 Ford Fusion
You can now retrofit connected tech to certain Fords

You don't have to buy a brand new car to have all the fun, Ford says. The Michigan automaker is set to release a plug-in system that will let them experience some advanced connectivity features like smartphone-based remote start, a vehicle locator, and a 4G wi-fi hotspot. The SmartLink system that...Read More»

US Air Force airmen install a fence along the US-Mexico border east of San Luis, AZ
Trump's tariffs: good or bad for the auto industry?

During the run-up to America's presidential election, Donald Trump issued a number of controversial proposals, but few garnered as much attention as the wall he suggested building along the U.S.-Mexico border. This week, Trump made it clear that he's ready to build that wall, both physically (with...Read More»

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