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2017 Chrysler Pacifica long-term test: small town, big van, bigger eclipse
2017 Chrysler Pacifica long-term test: small town, big van, bigger eclipse

Nebraska shouldn’t be this loud. At least, that’s what I thought in the midnight hours between Sunday night and Monday morning before the so-called "Great American Eclipse." The sounds from the I-80 Lakeside Campground near North Platte, Nebraska, were a contradiction of what I knew...Read More»

Car lot
The downside of strong auto sales? Your used car is worth less

Since 2010, U.S. auto sales have been on a roll. That's been great for the industry as a whole and an encouraging reflection of the economy. Unfortunately, the boom hasn't been so great for vehicle owners, because it's led to a glut of used cars. And that, in turn, has dragged down residual values...Read More»

Jin Zheyong of Anhui Zotye Automobile and Peter Fleet of Ford Motor Company
Ford launches cash-for-clunkers program in UK, may begin manufacturing cars in China

In the UK and in China, Ford is working to put motorists behind the wheels of cleaner, more efficient automobiles--though it's going about it in two different ways. Asian electrification In China, the Detroit automaker has announced a budding partnership with Anhui Zotye Automobile Co., a...Read More»

2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk
Chinese want Jeep, 2018 BMW M5, VW Microbus revival: What’s New @ The Car Connection

China's Great Wall is ready to purchase Jeep from Fiat Chrysler Last week, we learned that after a series of awkward courtships, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles might've finally found a partner. Now, we know who that partner is: China's Great Wall. How self-driving vehicles will soon impact your taxes...Read More»

Riding in prototype of fully autonomous Nissan Leaf electric car, March 2017  [video: Fully Charged]
How self-driving vehicles will soon impact your taxes

Self-driving of the future will use less fuel—and in some cases none at all—which could leave some states pining for revenue to finance infrastructure updates funded by gas taxes. Last year, Michigan adopted higher registration fees for hybrid and electric vehicles in an effort to...Read More»

2018 Nissan Midnight Editions
2018 Nissan Midnight Edition trucks turn out the lights

Black-painted wheels are all the rage, but that's not what makes Nissan's announcement that it is extending its Midnight Edition package to its pickup lineup for 2018 so newsworthy. Instead, it's that the automaker has confirmed that the Frontier mid-size pickup is back for another model year. An...Read More»

Volkswagen I.D. Buzz Concept
VW revives its iconic Microbus as a self-driving electric van

In a single announcement, Volkswagen has managed to please just about everyone. The company is reinventing its famed Microbus, and will produce it as an all-electric, self-driving van that’s intended for road trips, ride-sharing, and even small businesses. When the small, utilitarian people...Read More»

2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV added to Maven car- and ride-sharing fleet in Los Angeles, California
Awkward: GM may get into the ridesharing game, despite partnerships with Lyft & Uber

In January 2016, General Motors announced a major partnership with Lyft--like, $500 million major. Before the year was through, GM had revealed that it was developing a fleet of self-driving taxis with Lyft; that it would rent cars to wannabe Lyft drivers on the cheap; and, weirdly, that it would...Read More»

Great Wall of China (via Wikimedia)
China's Great Wall is ready to purchase Jeep from Fiat Chrysler

Last week, we learned that after a series of awkward courtships, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles might've finally found a partner. Now, we know who that partner is: China's Great Wall. However, there are a couple of noteworthy caveats. First, for reasons that we discussed a week ago, Great Wall isn't...Read More»

2017 Volkswagen Tiguan Limited
VW Tiguan Limited, Pebble Beach 2017, VW ID Buzz driven: What’s New @ The Car Connection

2017 Volkswagen Tiguan Limited: More of the same, only cheaper An all-new version of the Volkswagen Tiguan with seating for up to seven is in dealers now, but if you've got a hankering for the old model, VW has a value-laden option for you. It's now a little easier to find used Teslas Tumbling used...Read More»

2017 Volkswagen Tiguan Limited
2017 Volkswagen Tiguan Limited: More of the same, only cheaper

An all-new version of the Volkswagen Tiguan with seating for up to seven is in dealers now, but if you've got a hankering for the old model, VW has a value-laden option for you. The German automaker is releasing a low-price version called the 2017 Tiguan Limited available now from $22,860 including...Read More»

New York City's Manhattan Bridge (photo by Ludovic Bertron)
Trump administration scraps infrastructure advisory council

Following the high profile dissolution of both the American manufacturing council and the strategic and policy forum, President Donald Trump is abandoning plans to form an infrastructure advisory council tasked with tackling the country’s crumbling roads and bridges. The council, which was...Read More»

Tesla Motors gallery in Houston Galleria, opened October 2011, with Model S on display
It's now a little easier to find used Teslas

Tumbling used car prices have made it much easier for shoppers to score good deals on second-hand rides, with one notable exception: electric car enthusiasts have often had to search high and low to get their hands on a used Tesla. Now, those folks can breathe a bit easier, as Autotrader and...Read More»

Hyundai FCEV concept
Hyundai's eco-future, Last Dodge Viper, Bolt EV vs BMW i3: What’s New @ The Car Connection

Hyundai gets the hint, focuses on battery-powered electric cars, not fuel cells Today, you'd be hard pressed to find an major automaker that's still in denial about electrification. Even vocal skeptics like Volkswagen and Mazda have come around to the idea that tomorrow's cars, trucks, vans, and...Read More»

Ford removable steering wheel and pedals patent
Are self-driving cars the beginning of the end for the steering wheel?

With the dawn of self-driving vehicles emerging on the horizon, many have speculated on the demise of the steering wheel. Some manufacturers, like BMW, vow that their cars will always have a steering wheel. Others, like Ford, openly embrace the idea of cars that could be operated without either a...Read More»

2016 Hyundai Sonata Plug-In Hybrid
Hyundai gets the hint, focuses on battery-powered electric cars, not fuel cells

Today, you'd be hard pressed to find an major automaker that's still in denial about electrification. Even vocal skeptics like Volkswagen and Mazda have come around to the idea that tomorrow's cars, trucks, vans, and SUVs will run on electricity, not gasoline or diesel. But the electrification...Read More»

2018 Chevrolet Tahoe Custom
2018 Chevrolet Tahoe, Genesis and Google Assistant, Fuel-economy rules under Trump: What’s New @ The Car Connection

2018 Chevrolet Tahoe drops price, loses third row Facing stiff competition from rivals with all-new models either currently or soon to be on showroom floors, like the Nissan Armada and Ford Expedition, Chevy just took the unusual step of removing features from its 2018 Tahoe. Waymo patent would...Read More»

2018 Chevrolet Tahoe Custom
2018 Chevrolet Tahoe drops price, loses third row

Facing stiff competition from rivals with all-new models either currently or soon to be on showroom floors, like the Nissan Armada and Ford Expedition, Chevy just took the unusual step of removing features from its 2018 Tahoe. SUV sales are back in a big way—they’re up 7 percent this...Read More»

BMW i3 Coupe concept
Here's why your next car could be made of wood

The University of Kyoto is partnering with two of Japan’s leading auto parts suppliers to develop a new, wood fiber-based plastic that can be formed into a strong, lightweight, structural piece of a car. By 2020, they expect to have the first prototype completed. This is hardly the first time...Read More»

Waymo self-driving car prototype
Waymo patent would make cars safer by making them softer

Pedestrians are in trouble. Between 2015 and 2016, the U.S. saw an 11 percent uptick in pedestrian deaths, and there's no sign that the trend is changing course. What's an automaker to do? If you're Ford, you design cars to do a better job of detecting pedestrians. If you're Waymo (which isn't...Read More»

Pothole repair (via Wikimedia)
ICYMI, Donald Trump talked about infrastructure yesterday, too

U.S. president Donald Trump held a press conference yesterday. You might've heard something about it. Long before Trump stepped away from the microphone, media outlets were busy posting reports about his explicit defense of the white nationalists who'd gathered in Charlottesville, Virginia over the...Read More»

2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro
NAFTA update, O.J.'s Bronco, Karma Revero driven: What’s New @ The Car Connection

The LCD screen on your dashboard is likely to take center stage in NAFTA negotiations As NAFTA negotiations begin this week, tensions are high over the anticipated showdown between the Trump administration and the automotive industry. Likely to be at the very epicenter of Trump’s vision of...Read More»

2014 Porsche 911 Targa 4
Porsche settles class-action lawsuit with owners over...sunglasses?

Besides the performance and panache, one of the main draws to Porsche ownership is the extensive level of customization; you can, for instance, color-coordinate the dashboard to your favorite sweater. That freedom might be too much of a good thing. It just resulted in a class action lawsuit over...Read More»

EPA administrator Scott Pruitt  [photo from 2014]
What if the EPA dialed back emissions rules, but only on trucks?

Back in March, Donald Trump authorized a review of current U.S. emissions regulations. Those regulations cover vehicles through the 2025 model year and were hastily finalized by the Environmental Protection Agency in the days leading up to Trump's inauguration. The review alarmed environmental...Read More»

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