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V2I connectivity, living with the Raptor, Plug-in electrics: What’s New @ The Car Connection
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»

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»

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»

2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro
Toyota Tacoma recall, Raptor vs. Hellcat, 2018 Chevy Volt: What’s New @ The Car Connection

2016-2017 Toyota Tacoma pickup recalled: 228,000 U.S. vehicles affected Toyota has announced a recall of 2016 and 2017 Toyota Tacoma pickups. The automaker says that some of those vehicles could experience oil leaks, reduced acceleration, and in extreme cases, the truck's drivetrain could seize...Read More»

Concept drawing for Uber Elevate flying taxi service
Flying Ubers, Nismo's growth, Apple's self-driving car: What’s New @ The Car Connection

Uber to launch flying autonomous taxis in Dallas and Dubai within 10 years (or less) Flying cars are April's flavor of the month. Aeromobile recently showed off an awkward prototype in Monaco, clips of a Larry Page-backed levitating jet ski have gone viral, and studies have even been published...Read More»

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick
Uber's Hell, The self-driving minivan, Electric ride-shares: What’s New @ The Car Connection

Uber sued for unleashing 'Hell' on Lyft drivers Uber has been experiencing its own brand of hell for the past several months. Complaints about mistreatment of female and LGBT employees, allegations of trade-secret theft, faulty self-driving software, its tone-deaf manchild CEO: headlines about...Read More»

Waymo self-driving prototype
Ride-share wars, Jaguar XF Sportbrake, Used Tesla resale: What’s New @ The Car Connection

The Waymo/Google vs. Uber/Otto battle is getting uglier (and way more complicated) Not so long ago, someone might've looked at that headline and thought we'd lost our minds, or at least fallen asleep on the keyboard. These days, though, we're all too familiar with what each of those words means and...Read More»

2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio
Alfa Romeo Giulia, 1,500-hp Hennessey Dodge Demon, Britain's coal-free day: What’s New @ The Car Connection

2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Review The 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio is a driver's car to meet or beat the best in the class, with razor sharp steering, agile handling, and raucous power. Only reliability questions will hold it back. Tesla sued for its "half-baked" Autopilot software Since Tesla...Read More»

2018 Buick Enclave
Buick's makeover, Smaller Volvos, Genesis dropping V-8s: What’s New @ The Car Connection

Buick reworks its image, again Buick's decades-long makeover from purveyor of land yachts to Euro-inspired value-luxe brand is mostly working. But, as we saw at last week's New York auto show, the brand's long-term strategy has us scratching our heads. AAA gets into the car-sharing game with Gig...Read More»

Jeep Yuntu concept, 2017 Shanghai auto show    [photo: Ronan Glon]
Shanghai auto show, Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro driven, 2018 Honda CR-V Hybrid: What’s New @ The Car Connection

Luxury brands display wares at Shanghai show At this week's Shanghai auto show, upscale German and Japanese automakers unveiled several new models designed to appeal to China's booming upper middle class—whose tastes nearly mirror those of American consumers. J.D. Power: Consumers wary of...Read More»

2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid
2017 Chrysler Pacifica, 2018 Lexus NX, 2017 Tesla Model X: What’s New @ The Car Connection

2017 Chrysler Pacifica Limited long-term road test: gas mileage update Spring has shaken out its living-room rug here in Georgia, and Mother Nature has something against our long-term Chrysler Pacifica minivan. Brand-new diesel-fueled 2015 Volkswagen TDIs now on sale More than $22 billion in fines...Read More»

Volkswagen TDI diesel vehicles owned by Phil Grate and family, Seattle, Washington
VW buybacks, 2018 Mercedes-Benz S-Class, New 2015 VW TDIs: What’s New @ The Car Connection

97.5 percent of Volkswagen diesel owners have chosen buyback, not repair When the Volkswagen Dieselgate scandal first began making headlines in September 2015, many diesel owners expressed concern--not that Volkswagen had equipped their cars with illegal defeat devices, but that they might be...Read More»

2017 Honda CR-V IIHS crash test
Safest cars for teens, 2018 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350, Solar cities: What’s New @ The Car Connection

IIHS names the best used cars under $20,000 (and under $10,000) for your teen If you don't have a teen living under your roof, you might not have noticed, but 'tis the season for buying cars for young drivers. Whether they're looking for a gift to suit a high school grad (good luck with that, BTW)...Read More»

2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA200d (Euro-spec)
Mercedes diesels, NY auto show, Toyota Prius One: What’s New @ The Car Connection

Mercedes-Benz may stop selling diesels in U.S. In the wake of the Dieselgate crisis, selling diesels has become a dicey proposition--and not just for Volkswagen. The debate around diesels has been especially heated in the U.S., which has some of the planet's strictest emissions regulations and...Read More»

Toyota Mirai emissions-scrubbing billboard
Emissions showdown, Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk, Genesis GV80: What’s New @ The Car Connection

Sensing trouble, automakers prepare to bargain with EPA, CARB on emissions For most new-car buyers, haggling is a necessary evil. Now, car companies themselves are learning just how unpleasant haggling can be, as they try to find common ground with the Environmental Protection Agency and the...Read More»

Engineering Explained asks if a big hill can recharge a Tesla
Tesla overtakes GM, 2018 Lincoln Navigator, Climate change: What’s New @ The Car Connection

Sorry, GM: Tesla is now America's most highly valued automaker Tesla has set a new record: this morning, it passed General Motors to become the most highly valued automaker in America. 2018 Ford Explorer update: squint to see the changes With its Explorer beginning to gray at its temples, Ford has...Read More»

2013 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid drive event, NYC area, April 2013
Latest recalls, Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk, Ford Fusion Hybrid police car: What’s New @ The Car Connection

Hyundai, Kia recall 1.2 million vehicles to prevent premature engine failure Hyundai and its South Korean sibling, Kia, are recalling nearly 1.2 million cars and crossovers from the 2011 to 2014 model years. Documents from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show that the engines in...Read More»

2018 Volkswagen Atlas, Boerne, Texas
Driven: 2018 VW Atlas, 2018 Audi S4/S5, 2017 Chevy Cruze Diesel: What’s New @ The Car Connection

2018 Volkswagen Atlas first drive: Super-sized Tired of watching its owners drive past VW showrooms when their families grew large enough for a three-row crossover, the German automaker finally has something to lure shoppers away from Ford Explorers and Honda Pilots. 2017 Audi A3, S3 recalled for...Read More»

2018 Subaru Outback
2018 Subaru Outback, 2018 Chevy Tahoe and Suburban, Electric Mazda: What’s New @ The Car Connection

2018 Subaru Outback is heavy on capability, light on refresh Subaru just revealed the 2018 Subaru Outback, lightly refreshed from last year's bestseller with a new grille, new headlights, and interior amenities. And we mean lightly—if it ain't broke, you know. Ford reaffirms promise of...Read More»

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