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Automatic emergency braking now standard on 2017.5 Nissan Rogue
Automatic emergency braking now standard on 2017.5 Nissan Rogue

Though it's just a few months before the 2018 Nissan Rogue will begin arriving in dealerships, the Japanese automaker has made an important mid-year update to its popular five- and seven-seat crossover: automatic emergency braking is now standard. The technology allows the Rogue to come to a...Read More»

Graph from Rethinking Transportation 2020-2030
Study: By 2030, self-driving cars could cut car ownership by 80 percent

Stop us if you've heard this one before: someone's published a study on self-driving cars and the effect they'll have on transportation. In the past year alone, we've seen plenty of those studies. Some show that people are afraid of self-driving vehicles (even though they're totally onboard with...Read More»

Nissan Signal Shield
Nissan's solution to the distracted-driving problem? A 181-year-old armrest

Nissan thinks that it's found the solution to the problem of distracted driving: a new and improved armrest. "New and improved" are relative terms in this case, because the technology behind Nissan's armrest is nearly 200 years old. Of course, distracted driving isn't a new problem, either: eating...Read More»

2018 GMC Terrain Denali, 2017 Detroit auto show
GMC Terrain pricing, BMW's EV plan, the ethanol story: What’s New @ The Car Connection

2018 GMC Terrain priced from $25,970 At first glance, the numbers game may not add up particularly well for the 2018 GMC Terrain: It's about $1,000 more than last year's model to start, it's down 12 horsepower, and it's about five inches shorter from head-to-toe. Diesel fuel is making a comeback...Read More»

2017 Land Rover Discovery
Diesel fuel is making a comeback

Rumors of diesel's demise have been greatly exaggerated, it turns out. The fuel that has come under so much scrutiny thanks to Volkswagen's admission that it intentionally and systematically cheated federal emissions regulations is actually in the midst of something of a resurgence right now. In...Read More»

2018 GMC Terrain, 2017 Detroit auto show
2018 GMC Terrain priced from $25,970

At first glance, the numbers game may not add up particularly well for the 2018 GMC Terrain: It's about $1,000 more than last year's model to start, it's down 12 horsepower, and it's about five inches shorter from head-to-toe. But don't let those figures get you down. This sophisticated all-new...Read More»

Uber’s Volvo XC90 autonomous car prototype
Good news for Uber's self-driving cars, bad news for Uber itself

Given the endless series of dumpster fires that have engulfed Uber since late last year, this week wasn't so bad. Of course, that's not saying much. And in fact, two of the week's major headlines suggest that Uber could face far worse trials in the near future. Here's a quick good news/bad news...Read More»

Pickup truck "rolling coal"
Rolling coal, Bentley Bentayga variants, Karma Revero: What’s New @ The Car Connection

Smoke and you're a bandit: Colorado dumps diesel "coal rolling" Legislators in Colorado aren't too keen on letting diesel-smoke belching pickups ruin that state's bike-friendly culture. What's next for Tesla? More stores, more repair centers, and the Model Y crossover Plenty of insults have been...Read More»

Pickup truck "rolling coal"
Smoke and you're a bandit: Colorado moves to ban "rolling coal"

Legislators in Colorado aren't too keen on letting diesel-smoke belching pickups ruin that state's bike-friendly culture. At least, that's what some legislators have said when a bill passed through both state House and Senate chambers on its way to Gov. John Hickenlooper's desk. The Colorado...Read More»

Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk at Tesla Store opening in Westfield Mall, London, Oct 2013
What's next for Tesla? More stores, more repair centers, and the Model Y crossover

Plenty of insults have been hurled at Elon Musk. Tesla's CEO has been accused of being self-aggrandizing, thin-skinned, and, given the number of projects he seems ready to tackle, a dilettante. Tesla fans and foes can debate those labels as much they like, but one thing they can't accuse Musk of...Read More»

2016 Ford Explorer 4WD 4-door Limited Engine
Engine noise app, Shaq's monster truck, Hyundai Ioniq: What’s New @ The Car Connection

Start-up builds an app to figure out how much that new engine noise is going to cost you It's happened to all of us: you're driving down the street on a beautiful spring day with the windows down, and something unusual catches your ear. A new squeal, a squeak, or maybe a clunk is coming from...Read More»

Old gas station, now auto repair shop, Liberty City, Miami, Florida (pic by Phillip Pessar)
Start-up builds an app to figure out how much that new engine noise is going to cost you

It's happened to all of us: you're driving down the street on a beautiful spring day with the windows down, and something unusual catches your ear. A new squeal, a squeak, or maybe a clunk is coming from underneath the hood. Perhaps it's something simple to repair, like an aging belt. Then again...Read More»

Bubble
The auto lending bubble seems to be getting bigger

So, we have bad news and bad news. Which would you like first? Fine, we'll start with the bad news. The U.S. auto market is cooling off. April's light vehicle sales were down 4.7 percent compared to those of April 2016, and year-to-date sales are off 2.4 percent across the board. Nearly all...Read More»

Department of Transportation vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) program
V2I connectivity, living with the Raptor, Plug-in electrics: What’s New @ The Car Connection

Texas city takes big step toward self-driving cars with vehicle-to-infrastructure communication The road leading toward self-driving cars has made it to Texas, where a Dallas suburb is set to become the nation's second city equipped with vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) communication. Towing a boat...Read More»

2017 Ram 2550 Power Wagon
Towing a boat with the 2017 Ram Power Wagon: 6 things you need to know

The 2017 Ram Power Wagon's main mission in life is to slowly pluck its way through treacherous situations, like rock crawling, the woods, and other various off-road situations. But at its core, the Power Wagon is a heavy-duty 2500 Ram pickup truck, which means it's also built to serve all your...Read More»

Audi Traffic Light Information System, Las Vegas
Texas city takes big step toward self-driving cars with vehicle-to-infrastructure communication

The road leading toward self-driving cars has made it to Texas, where a Dallas suburb is set to become the nation's second city equipped with vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) communication. That means that cars equipped with V2I technology in Frisco, Texas, will soon be able to talk to the sprawling...Read More»

Apple car conceived by children's book author Richard Scarry
What do we really know about Apple's self-driving car, now that it's been seen?

Late last week, an eagle-eyed car fan in California spotted a self-driving vehicle on the roads of Silicon Valley. That in itself wasn't weird--after all, plenty of start-ups in the area are trying their hand at autonomous technology. What made this unusual was that the car was owned by Apple. The...Read More»

Chrome exhaust pipe
Smog testing, GAC Trumpchi, Tesla Model 3: What’s New @ The Car Connection

Why you [well, some of you] must have your car smog tested You may not think much about that little sticker affixed to a corner of your license plate or the inside of your windshield, but it signifies an achievement for your clean-running car: passing your area's emissions test. California raises...Read More»

Smog over Los Angeles, courtesy Flickr user steven-buss
Why you [well, some of you] must have your car smog tested

You may not think much about that little sticker affixed to a corner of your license plate or the inside of your windshield, but it signifies an achievement for your clean-running car: passing your area's emissions test. It's an annual event for many car owners across the U.S. that involves a trip...Read More»

2015 Acura TLX 3.5
2015 Acura TLX recalled to fix transmission glitch

Honda has issued a recall for 2015 models of the Acura TLX V6 due to a potential issue with the car's transmission. Documents from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show that some of the transmission wire harnesses supplied by ZF in South Carolina may not have been properly...Read More»

California state capitol, Sacramento
California raises gas tax and charges electric car owners $100 per year

America's infrastructure is in desperate need of repair, but despite promises made by President Trump back in February, there's been little-to-no movement on the issue in Washington, D.C. Until there is, states will have to take action themselves if they want to fill in their expanding potholes and...Read More»

2015 Nissan Sentra  -  IIHS testing
2014-2017 Nissan Leaf, Sentra recalled over airbag problems

Nissan is recalling more than 25,000 Leaf and Sentra vehicles built between model years 2014 and 2017. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the front passenger airbags in some of those cars may not deploy as intended. The problem with the airbags is rooted in components...Read More»

2018 Volkswagen Atlas, Boerne, Texas
VW Atlas, BMW 540d, EPA takes on climate-change: What’s New @ The Car Connection

2018 VW Atlas won't be easy to find as a 4-cylinder Saving money by buying the base engine in the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas won't be as easy as it looks on paper. Kia Forte Koup officially killed off Another compact coupe has bitten the dust, narrowing the field of inexpensive coupes to just two. Next...Read More»

2014 Kia Forte Koup
Kia Forte Koup officially killed off

Another compact coupe has bitten the dust, narrowing the field of inexpensive coupes to just two. Next year, the Kia Forte Koup will be but a distant memory. The slow-selling compact two-door that accompanies the Forte sedan and Forte5 hatchback wasn't renewed for the 2017 model year and is...Read More»

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