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Emissions rules in other countries could help keep EPA regs in place
Emissions rules in other countries could help keep EPA regs in place

On Friday, the Environmental Protection Agency stunned many observers by finalizing emissions standards* for new cars through the year 2025. While environmental groups praised the ruling--which came more than a year before it was due--automakers grumbled that the new benchmarks would force...Read More»

2018 Lexus LS, 2017 Detroit auto show
Takata recall expanded, BMW 5-Series driven, BMW launches its diesels: What’s New @ The Car Connection

Lexus to offer hybrid version of LS luxury sedan When Lexus took the wraps off of its revamped flagship last week at the Detroit auto show, it did so without mentioning anything about a hybrid version—something that the brand has become associated with. Here's when the Chevrolet Bolt EV goes...Read More»

2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV
Here's when the Chevrolet Bolt EV goes on sale in your state

It's the vehicle that could finally make electric cars mainstream: the Chevrolet Bolt EV, with its ability to go upwards of 230 miles without having to be recharged. But unless you live in one of just two states, you can't march down to your local Chevrolet dealer this week to buy one. As Green Car...Read More»

2018 Lexus LS center console with “EV MODE” button
Lexus to offer hybrid version of LS luxury sedan

When Lexus took the wraps off of its revamped flagship last week at the Detroit auto show, it did so without mentioning anything about a hybrid version—something that the brand has become associated with. It turns out that the brand's radio silence was hiding something. Close scrutiny of one...Read More»

2017 Ford Explorer XLT Sport Appearance Package
Why do people buy SUVs, and why do 76% of shoppers avoid them?

Here's an interesting irony: according to J.D. Power's 2017 Auto Avoider Study, just 24 percent of U.S. consumers shopped for SUVs last year, and yet SUVs accounted for 42 percent of all vehicles sold, up from 34 percent in 2012. Why are SUVs so popular now? And why have 76 percent of consumers...Read More»

2017 Toyota 4Runner
Takata recall expanded, BMW 5-Series driven, BMW launches its diesels: What’s New @ The Car Connection

Toyota adds 543,000 Lexus, Scion, Toyota vehicles to Takata recall roster One week before a new U.S. president is sworn into office, a second major automotive scandal--the one involving Takata's fatally flawed airbags--is coming to an end. Report: Justice Department to probe Fiat Chrysler over...Read More»

2012 Toyota 4Runner
Toyota adds 543,000 Lexus, Scion, Toyota vehicles to Takata recall roster

One week before a new U.S. president is sworn into office, a second major automotive scandal--the one involving Takata's fatally flawed airbags--is coming to an end. But while today's agreement may wind down the government's investigation of the Japanese supplier, the recall and repair of vehicles...Read More»

2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel, Bear Mountain, May 2014
Report: Justice Department to probe Fiat Chrysler over EPA's diesel claims

According to a report published today, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles faces a criminal investigation by the United States Department of Justice over the EPA's claim that diesel engines in Jeep Grand Cherokees and Ram 1500 pickups violated the Clean Air Act. Citing "people familiar with the matter,"...Read More»

Takata logo (photo by Flickr user jo.schz)
Takata to pay $1 billion fine, admit wrongdoing in proposed settlement

This is turning out to be a big week for automotive scandals. On Wednesday, the 16-month-long Dieselgate saga came to an end--or at least the end of its current chapter--when Volkswagen agreed to shell out $4.3 billion in fines to the U.S. More shocking, Volkswagen agreed to formally admit...Read More»

2016 Ram 1500 HFE, Denver, CO, April 2016
Jeep/Ram diesel violations, Mercedes beats BMW, Tesla P100D Ludicrous: What’s New @ The Car Connection

EPA: Diesel Jeep SUVs, Ram trucks violate Clean Air Act Calling it a "clear and serious violation" of the Clean Air Act, the Environmental Protection Agency said today that Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) installed emissions control devices on certain Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs and Ram 1500 trucks...Read More»

2017 Nissan Rogue Sport
Nissan's multi-prong crossover approach may pay off

Nissan didn't really surprise anyone when it took the wraps off of its latest crossover at the 2017 Detroit auto show earlier this week. After all, the 2017 Nissan Rogue Sport is the same thing as the Nissan Qashqai that has been sold globally for a while. But although the Rogue Sport isn't quite...Read More»

2012 Ford Mustang
Takata airbag recall list balloons again: 816,000 Ford, Lincoln, Mercury vehicles added

It's been a very busy week in the auto world--and it's not over yet. Over the past few days, the 2017 North American International Auto Show kicked off in Detroit; Volkswagen's ongoing Dieselgate scandal reached a massively important milestone; and one of the largest recalls in history--the one...Read More»

2015 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel HFE
EPA: Diesel Jeep SUVs, Ram trucks violate Clean Air Act

Calling it a "clear and serious violation" of the Clean Air Act, the Environmental Protection Agency said today that Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) installed emissions control devices on certain Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs and Ram 1500 trucks that allowed them to skirt federal emissions standards...Read More»

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Dieselgate probe snares 5 more Volkswagen executives

Yesterday, Volkswagen and the U.S. government reached an agreement that could mark the beginning of the end of the Dieselgate scandal. Volkswagen will pay $4.3 billion in criminal and civil fines, and the company agreed to do something that most corporations accused of wrongdoing avoid these days...Read More»

2017 Detroit Auto Show Walkaround
Detroit auto show, Dodge Challenger Demon, Prius Prime confusion: What’s New @ The Car Connection

2017 Detroit auto show: Here's what debuted The city of Detroit—at least its central core—is bustling now more than it has in years, but was the same true within the walls of its sprawling convention center for the 2017 Detroit auto show? Volkswagen pleads guilty to felonies, to pay...Read More»

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Volkswagen pleads guilty to felonies, to pay $4.3 billion, in Dieselgate pact (updated)

Volkswagen has now reached final agreement on a deal with the U.S. government that brings the long, complicated Dieselgate investigation closer to the finish line. One major focus of that deal has been the fines that Volkswagen would pay for deceiving consumers and regulators about roughly 555,000...Read More»

2018 Toyota Camry, 2017 Detroit auto show
2017 Detroit auto show: Here's what debuted

The city of Detroit—at least its central core—is bustling now more than it has in years, but was the same true within the walls of its sprawling convention center for the 2017 Detroit auto show? It's known as the North American International Auto Show, or NAIAS, (possibly because the...Read More»

2017 Nissan Rogue Sport
Nissan Rogue Sport video preview

Although the name may be close to the same, what you're looking at is a very different car than the Nissan Rogue. It's the 2017 Nissan Rogue Sport, and for once, it's derivative of the extremely popular crossover segment that makes sense. Smaller, shorter and—ahem—probably slower, than...Read More»

2018 Volkswagen Tiguan
2018 Volkswagen Tiguan video preview

Conservative is the name of the game, more room inside is the Tiguan's new aim. The 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan is finally here, and it's now a three-row crossover. Although we need to talk about that in a minute. ALSO SEE: Nissan Rogue Sport video preview The new Tiguan borrows a lot from the Atlas...Read More»

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