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Chevrolet adds muscle to Tahoe, Suburban with new RST package
Chevrolet adds muscle to Tahoe, Suburban with new RST package

The concept of a "muscle truck" may seem a bit foreign, but Chevrolet thinks it has created just that with its new-for-2018 Rally Sport Truck package available on its large Tahoe and Suburban SUVs. The RST package isn't just about styling for the 2018 Tahoe and Suburban SUVs— for an extra...Read More»

2014 Fiat 500L
2014 Fiat 500L recalled over powertrain glitch

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is recalling nearly 30,000 Fiat 500L vehicles from the 2014 model year. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration explains that some of those cars may suffer from a problem that could prevent them from accelerating in certain situations. The problem is rooted in...Read More»

Ford Fusion Hybrid Autonomous Vehicle
Ford reaffirms promise of self-driving cars by 2021 (but you won't be able to buy them)

Until this week, casual news-followers might not have known about Ford's ambitions in the field of self-driving cars. But oh, what a difference a few days can make. Yesterday, we shared details from a new report that puts Ford at the head of the autonomous car pack, outperforming far younger firms...Read More»

Gary Pittam performs recall service on a Chevrolet Cobalt Thursday, April 17, 2014
Important recalls, Buick Regal TourX, Self-driving Nissan Leaf: What’s New @ The Car Connection

Why don't people get their recalled cars fixed? When you receive a recall notice from your car's manufacturer, do you immediately make plans to take it in for repairs? That question lies at the heart of "Consumer Preferences Regarding Vehicle-Related Safety Recalls", a new paper written by Michael...Read More»

2018 Volkswagen Atlas
2018 VW Atlas priced from $31,425

With its 2018 Atlas, VW is finally in the three-row crossover game. The long-awaited midsize crossover with seating for up to seven will go on sale by early summer with a sticker price starting at $31,425. That's including a mandatory $925 destination charge and that price is for the base Atlas S...Read More»

Gary Pittam performs recall service on a Chevrolet Cobalt Thursday, April 17, 2014
Why don't people get their recalled cars fixed?

When you receive a recall notice from your car's manufacturer, do you immediately make plans to take it in for repairs? That question lies at the heart of "Consumer Preferences Regarding Vehicle-Related Safety Recalls", a new paper written by Michael Sivak and Brandon Schoettle from the University...Read More»

Navigant Research Leaderboard Report on autonomous cars (April 2017)
Who's winning the self-driving car race? It's not the company you think

When you think of self-driving cars, you probably think of Tesla and its well-known Autopilot software. Or perhaps you think of Uber and its recent troubles with autonomous tech. Or you might just think of Waymo (formerly, Google's autonomous car program), which has been working the longest and...Read More»

Pedestrian crossing sign
Pedestrian deaths, Porsche's new magazine, Start-stop systems: What’s New @ The Car Connection

Careful crossing the street: pedestrian deaths soared 11 percent last year Earlier this year, two reports revealed that the number of auto-related fatalities in America increased sharply in 2016. A new study from the Governors Highway Safety Association suggests that pedestrian deaths may be partly...Read More»

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The bill for Volkswagen's Dieselgate crisis grew by $157 million (running total: $22.3 billion)

Back in the early days of the Volkswagen Dieselgate fiasco, we estimated that the crisis would cost Europe's largest automaker at least $25 billion. As it turns out, that estimate may have been too conservative. The company's bill in America alone has topped $22 billion, and thanks to a settlement...Read More»

Distracted pedestrian, walking and texting
Careful crossing the street: pedestrian deaths soared 11 percent last year

Earlier this year, two reports revealed that the number of auto-related fatalities in America increased sharply in 2016. A new study from the Governors Highway Safety Association suggests that pedestrian deaths may be partly responsible for that uptick. The organization's projections show an 11...Read More»

2018 Mercedes-AMG GT C Roadster, Phoenix, Arizona media drive, March, 2017
2017 VW Jetta, Mercedes-AMG GT C Roadster driven, Mirai vs. Model X: What’s New @ The Car Connection

Drive notes: 2017 Volkswagen Jetta SEL The people spoke and Volkswagen listened with its Jetta compact sedan. Uber's self-driving car program at risk from lawsuits, possibly flawed software There are plenty of metaphorical dumpster fires raging in America today, but few are as fascinating to watch...Read More»

2017 Volkswagen Jetta SEL
Drive notes: 2017 Volkswagen Jetta SEL

The people spoke and Volkswagen listened with its Jetta compact sedan. It's light on visual and driving flair, but it does nearly everything well when it comes to real-world usability—and that's just what VW says it was after. We recently spent a few days in a fully-loaded model, which gave...Read More»

Self-driving Uber prototype involved in a crash in Tempe, Arizona
Uber's self-driving car program at risk from lawsuits, possibly flawed software

There are plenty of metaphorical dumpster fires raging in America today, but few are as fascinating to watch as the one consuming Uber. The ride-sharing company and its proto-bro CEO, Travis Kalanick, have been in the news for months, and rarely have the headlines been flattering. (If you need to...Read More»

Consumer Reports tests 2015 Volkswagen Jetta TDI diesel in 'cheat mode,' October 2015 [video frame]
VW fixing diesels, Volvo V90 Cross Country driven, new life for Google's Subarus: What’s New @ The Car Connection

Volkswagen approved to sell repaired 2015 diesels, but will anyone want them? Volkswagen has been prohibited from selling diesel vehicles in the U.S. since news of its emissions-test-cheating fiasco first broke in September 2015. According to company spokesperson Jeannine Ginivan, however, that's...Read More»

2015 Volkswagen Golf TDI
Volkswagen approved to sell repaired 2015 diesels, but will anyone want them?

Volkswagen has been prohibited from selling diesel vehicles in the U.S. since news of its emissions-test-cheating fiasco first broke in September 2015. According to company spokesperson Jeannine Ginivan, however, that's about to change. Well, sort of. Don't get too excited just yet, diesel fans...Read More»

Tesla Model S Autopilot
What's in the Tesla 8.1 software update? (Autopilot improvements, that's what.)

Tesla Autopilot has had plenty of critics since it rolled out to Model S and Model X vehicles in October 2015 as part of an over-the-air update of the company's 7.0 software. Many owners cheered the arrival of semi-self-driving features, but safety advocates and more than a few politicians...Read More»

2018 Ford Edge with SEL Sport Appearance Package
Ford recall, Kia Stinger, 90,000 miles in a Nissan Leaf: What’s New @ The Car Connection

New Ford recalls affect 442,000 Edge, Escape, Fiesta, Fusion, and other models This morning, Ford Motor Company published details about four new recalls affecting more than 442,000 vehicles registered in North America. The vast majority were sold in the U.S. How to keep your teen from drinking and...Read More»

Toyota & Teen Vogue's 'Arrive in Style' campaign
How to keep your teen from drinking and driving

Roughly one-third of Americans don't get enough sleep, and we have a hunch that many of those fatigued folks are parents of teenagers. When adolescents begin spending more time away from home, in the company of their friends, it can leave adults tossing and turning, waiting for teens to get home...Read More»

2015 Ford Escape
New Ford recalls affect 442,000 Edge, Escape, Fiesta, Fusion, and other models

This morning, Ford Motor Company published details about four new recalls affecting more than 442,000 vehicles registered in North America. The vast majority were sold in the U.S. RECALL #1:2013-15 Ford Escape, Ford Fiesta ST, Ford Fusion, Ford Transit Connect UNITS AFFECTED: 230,756, including...Read More»

Teaser for 2018 Acura TLX debuting at 2017 New York auto show
2018 Acura TLX, Lamborghini Urus, Next-gen Nissan Leaf: What’s New @ The Car Connection

2018 Acura TLX peeks out ahead of auto show debut Glance quickly at this image released today showing off the 2018 Acura TLX and you might think you're looking instead at the brand's recently updated MDX crossover. America's infrastructure is so bad, gravel roads are making a comeback You know it...Read More»

Unrestrained dog in car
6 tips for taking road trips with your dog

Putting a cat in a pet carrier is like playing a high-voltage game of Operation: it's not for the faint of heart. Some animals just don't travel well. Dogs are a different story. In our experience, dogs love to go for rides as much as their humans do. ALSO SEE: Utah takes toughest in nation stance...Read More»

County road in Marshall County, Indiana (via Derek Jensen on Wikimedia)
America's infrastructure is so bad, gravel roads are making a comeback

You know it, we know it, even people in Algeria know it: America's infrastructure is in a sad state. How sad is it? America's infrastructure is in such a sad state, gravel roads are making a comeback. That might sound like a punch line from the world's dullest, policy-wonkiest comedian, but...Read More»

2013 Nissan Murano
Nissan Murano recalled, Bugatti Chiron driven, Trump vs. climate-change: What’s New @ The Car Connection

2013-2014 Nissan Murano recalled over fire hazard: 57,000 vehicles affected Nissan has issued a recall for nearly 57,000 Murano crossovers from the 2013 and 2014 model years. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that one of the components supplied for those vehicles may not...Read More»

Teaser for 2018 Acura TLX debuting at 2017 New York auto show
2018 Acura TLX peeks out ahead of auto show debut

Glance quickly at this image released today showing off the 2018 Acura TLX and you might think you're looking instead at the brand's recently updated MDX crossover. Just weeks before it is unveiled to the public at the 2018 New York auto show, Acura has given us a little hint of what's to come for...Read More»

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