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FCA says its diesel V-6 will be certified by EPA soon
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»

2017 Ford F-150
F-150 recall, AMG Project One, Arnold's hydrogen G-Wagen: What’s New @ The Car Connection

2017 Ford F-150 recalled to fix software glitch This morning, Ford issued a safety recall for the 2017 Ford F-150 pickup. According to the automaker, a software glitch could cause the truck's instrument cluster to malfunction under certain conditions. Takata really, really, really wants to avoid...Read More»

2016 Honda Pilot Touring long-term road test
2016 Honda Pilot long-term road test: final fuel economy check-in

Our time with the long-term 2016 Honda Pilot is nearing an end. The snow is falling and the Pilot's headed back down south toward warmer weather. Over the past six months in the Midwest, the Pilot has endured kids, road trips, the Home Depot run, weekends at the cabin, a service stop, and more. As...Read More»

2017 Ford Shelby Super Snake 50th Anniversary Edition
Ford dealers to sell parts for other brand vehicles

Ford's dealership network will soon begin selling parts for vehicles made by the Blue Oval brand's direct rivals. Set to be marketed through the Omnicraft brand, which complements Ford's existing Motorcraft parts division. Omnicraft won't be selling very specific parts—like, say cilmate...Read More»

Takata logo (photo by Flickr user jo.schz)
Takata really, really, really wants to avoid bankruptcy

The long, international nightmare know as the Takata recall fiasco is far from over, and Takata itself is largely to blame for the delay. Long after it became clear that the company had made a deadly mistake by using ammonium nitrate in its airbag inflators, the supplier remained defiant, hampering...Read More»

2017 Ford F-150
2017 Ford F-150 recalled to fix software glitch

This morning, Ford issued a safety recall for the 2017 Ford F-150 pickup. According to the automaker, a software glitch could cause the truck's instrument cluster to malfunction under certain conditions. Those conditions appear to be cold temperatures, which can prevent the instrument cluster from...Read More»

Walmart store sign (via Wikimedia)
Walmart to sell cars, Dodge Demon shown, Clueless on electrics: What’s New @ The Car Connection

Nation's largest retailer (Walmart) to help sell the priciest product we buy (cars) America's decades-old dealership model has been under attack lately. The best example of comes courtesy of Tesla, which now sells its electric vehicles directly to consumers, both online and in showrooms. To do...Read More»

2017 Toyota Highlander
Toyota pumping $600 million into Indiana SUV/crossover plant

Strong sales for its crossovers and SUVs have prompted Toyota to invest $600 million into a major Midwestern assembly plant. The automaker says that its $600 million investment will create about 400 new jobs in Princeton, Indiana, where it builds its Highlander crossover. The move should boost...Read More»

2017 Toyota Tundra
2016 and 2017 Toyota Tundra recalled for faulty bumpers: 73,000 pickups affected

If you drive a 2016 or 2017 Toyota Tundra, listen up: Toyota is recalling nearly 73,000 of those pickups in the U.S. to repair a problem with their rear bumpers. That problem is rooted in the resin reinforcement brackets that support the corners of the bumpers. Toyota says that if a bumper is hit...Read More»

Walmart store sign (via Wikimedia)
Nation's largest retailer (Walmart) to help sell the priciest product we buy (cars)

America's decades-old dealership model has been under attack lately. The best example of comes courtesy of Tesla, which now sells its electric vehicles directly to consumers, both online and in showrooms. To do that, Tesla has fought against dealer networks and longstanding state franchise laws...Read More»

2017 Kia Niro
2017 Kia Niro priced from $23,785

The 2017 Kia Niro hybrid will considerably undercut the Toyota Prius when it goes on sale soon. At $23,785, the Niro starts at almost $2,000 less than the entry-level Prius. That price is for the Niro FE, the thriftiest version of Kia's new dedicated hybrid vehicle. The Niro will be offered in five...Read More»

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