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VR showrooms of the future, Jaguar XJR575, German diesel collusion: What’s New @ The Car Connection
VR showrooms of the future, Jaguar XJR575, German diesel collusion: What’s New @ The Car Connection

Virtual Reality showrooms will change how we shop for cars I felt ridiculous as the bulky headset slipped onto my head. It was something that felt right out of a 1980s movie about the future. 2018 Subaru Crosstrek vs. 2017 Jeep Renegade: Compare Cars The 2018 Subaru Crosstrek and 2017 Jeep Renegade...Read More»

US Air Force airmen install a fence along the US-Mexico border east of San Luis, AZ
NAFTA tax, 2018 Dodge Durango SRT driven, 2019 Volvo XC40: What’s New @ The Car Connection

Automakers rally to kill proposed border tax During the run-up to the 2016 U.S. presidential election, then-candidate Donald Trump made a lot of promises to voters--chief among them, vows to repeal the Affordable Care Act and to penalize companies that manufactured goods for the American market...Read More»

2017 Chevrolet Trailblazer (South American spec)
Global cars, Buick Regal GS, Self-driving cars: What’s New @ The Car Connection

What’s in a name? The Dodge Neon and Chevy Trailblazer’s international double life Today, the Dodge Neon and the Chevy Trailblazer are in the automotive equivalent of the international witness protection program. Start-up electric car company Lucid Motors is looking for buyers: is it...Read More»

2017 Fiat 500X Trekking
Fiat 500X, Dodge Demon driven, Tesla Model Y: What’s New @ The Car Connection

2017 Fiat 500X Trekking first drive: an underrated, if overpriced, crossover You can be forgiven for not remembering the Fiat 500X. Underneath its cheeky body, the 500X is basically the same thing as the Jeep Renegade. Both share the same engines and transmissions, and their structure is largely...Read More»

2017 Ford Fusion Sport
Drug-smuggling Fords, Faraday Future, Formula E electric-car racing: What’s New @ The Car Connection

Wall, schmall: Ford Fusions arrive from Mexico with $1 million of marijuana With all the talk of healthcare bills and tax reform battles in Congress, Americans might've forgotten about another of Donald Trump's pet projects: a border wall with Mexico. Last week, however, the president revisited...Read More»

2018 Hyundai Sonata Limited
2018 Hyundai Sonata driven, 2018 Mercedes S-Class, 2018 Honda Accord Hybrid: What’s New @ The Car Connection

2018 Hyundai Sonata first drive: Finally looking the part Beauty is no longer merely skin deep when it comes to the 2018 Hyundai Sonata. 1.3 million Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep vehicles recalled for alternator failure, sudden airbag deployment This morning, the National Highway Traffic Safety...Read More»

Takata logo (photo by Flickr user jo.schz)
Takata recall, Hyundai's GTI rival, Chevy Bolt EV road trip: What’s New @ The Car Connection

Takata recall to grow by 2.8 million Ford, Mazda, Nissan vehicles The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that over 2.8 million fatally flawed airbag inflators need to be added to the already-massive Takata recall. The vast majority of the devices are found in vehicles registered in...Read More»

2018 Kia Optima
Kia Optima review, Faraday Future troubles, Aston Martin Valkyrie: What’s New @ The Car Connection

2018 Kia Optima Review The 2018 Kia Optima represents what we like best in mid-size sedans: good features, handsome styling, admirable safety, and compelling value. Yeah, we don’t know what’s not to like either. This year, Kia added a sportier trim level to the Optima and made standard...Read More»

Takata logo (photo by Flickr user jo.schz)
Takata airbag deaths, VW Dieselgate update, next-gen Audi A8: What’s New @ The Car Connection

Honda confirms 11th Takata airbag-related death, renews warning to owners of older models Honda has just issued a statement about another fatality related to a Takata airbag inflator. This is the eleventh confirmed death in a Honda vehicle that's been linked to the fatally flawed devices. Waymo...Read More»

Driving a 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV from Virginia to Missouri, June 2017  [photo: Bill Massmann]
The electric car revolution, Porsche 911 GT2 RS, Tesla Model 3: What’s New @ The Car Connection

Report: The electric car revolution will happen faster than expected Much of today's auto world is obsessed with a very important question: when will electric cars really take off? France will say au revoir to gas and diesel vehicles by 2040 Last summer, Paris banned older cars from its city center...Read More»

ZF's Wrong-Way Inhibit function
Self-driving cars, 2018 Ford Mustang, New electric car incentives: What’s New @ The Car Connection

ZF's Vision Zero concept shows how self-driving cars will be safer for everyone Computers aren't universally smarter than we are, but they're getting close. They lack emotion—Siri is not actually your friend—but they may be able to save more lives. The computers that will power...Read More»

2017 Lincoln Continental after performing well the IIHS' small-overlap front crash test
Latest crash tests, Subaru's Goodwood hill climber, Tesla slams IIHS: What’s New @ The Car Connection

Lincoln, Mercedes, Toyota ace latest IIHS crash tests; Chevy, Ford, Tesla less impressive Three large sedans are among the safest new cars you can buy, according to the IIHS. Three others, including two Detroit mainstays and the Tesla Model S? Not quite as impressive. By 2019, every new Volvo will...Read More»

Tesla Model 3 design prototype  -  reveal event  -  March 2016
Tesla Model 3, Volvo goes electric, Chevy Colorado ZH2: What’s New @ The Car Connection

First Tesla Model 3 arrives Friday, two weeks ahead of schedule Well, this is interesting: late last night, Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced that the long-awaited Model 3 had been cleared for production, and the vehicle bearing the coveted "01" serial number will roll off the assembly line this...Read More»

ZF's rear-wheel steering concept
Rear-wheel steering, 3-row Lexus RX L, Tesla Model 3: What’s New @ The Car Connection

Rear-wheel steering could radically change pickup trucks and SUVs As useful as pickup trucks are, there's one place they don't make much sense: in the city, where urban confines make long, unwieldy cargo haulers challenging to maneuver into tight spaces. 2014-2016 Mazda3, Mazda6 recalled over...Read More»

2018 Chevrolet Cruze
2018 Chevy Cruze, 2017 Chevy Silverado HD, BMW's 3-Series electric: What’s New @ The Car Connection

2018 Chevrolet Cruze Review The 2018 Chevrolet Cruze is a compact car offered in an especially wide array of configurations: sedan or hatchback, automatic or manual, gas or diesel. SUV sales soar where temperatures sink SUV sales are soaring like the mercury in our thermometers. Ironically, though...Read More»

2017 Toyota 4Runner
SUVs hot again, 2019 Audi A8, Nissan Leaf batteries: What’s New @ The Car Connection

SUV sales soar where temperatures sink SUV sales are soaring like the mercury in our thermometers. Ironically, though, a new study suggests that utility vehicles are hottest where the temperatures are cool. Southern women most likely to have bumper stickers; gun stickers are least popula Some car...Read More»

2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody
Wide-body Dodge Challenger, legalizing marijuana, Jaguar XE SV Project 8: What’s New @ The Car Connection

There's the beef: 2018 Dodge Durango, Challenger updated The 2018 Dodge Durango and 2018 Dodge Challenger are both a little beefier than before. FCA's sporty division announced on Tuesday a few changes for its three-row SUV and two-door, retro-style muscle coupe that are more than just skin deep...Read More»

2018 Subaru Legacy
Takata bankruptcy, Subaru Legacy pricing, electric Aston Martin: What’s New @ The Car Connection

Takata swallows pride, files for bankruptcy. So, what's next? After months of hesitation, troubled Japanese supplier Takata finally filed for bankruptcy yesterday. The restructuring clears the way for Takata to be bought by one of its competitors, Michigan.-based Key Safety Systems. Updated 2018...Read More»

2018 BMW X3 M40i
2018 BMW X3, Uber & Waymo, Godsil Manhattan V16: What’s New @ The Car Connection

Meet the new 2018 BMW X3, a lot like the old BMW X3 The next step for BMW’s X3 crossover looks a lot like the last step. On Monday, the automaker finally revealed the 2018 BMW X3 at its Spartanburg, South Carolina, facility where it is produced alongside the X4, X5, and X6. Is this the...Read More»

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