2018 VW Atlas, Lincoln Continental driven, Hyundai targets diesel VWs: What's New @ The Car Connection

October 28, 2016

There is some wry irony behind the name given to Volkswagen’s newest SUV, the 2018 Atlas, as Volkswagen’s fate in the United States may indeed rest on its shoulders. The company’s largest-yet sport-ute debuts on the heels of news of the massive buyback settlement, in which the company will take back hundreds of thousands of models fitted with cheating diesel engines. With consumer confidence in Volkswagen wavering, the Atlas will need to be a resounding success.

It's the answer to the question that every car enthusiast with a family has ever asked: The Mazda CX-9 is a truly polished, fun-to-drive crossover capable of seating six in comfort or seven in a pinch.

In movies, people who drive expensive cars are usually jerks. That's often designed to make us root for the down-to-earth, middle-class hero, but data suggests that there may be some truth to the cliche.

2017 Lincoln Continental

2017 Lincoln Continental

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2017 Lincoln Continental first drive review

It must be tough to be Lincoln.

Mercedes-Benz is in the process of updating its S-Class range, including those models from the AMG performance skunk works.

Cracking off shifts of the ZF 8-speed automatic with the column-mounted aluminum paddle shifters, the 505-horsepower turbocharged 2.9-liter V-6 snarling like a staked pitbull, and railing up the fast, heavy g-loading of Turn 1 at Sonoma, the 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio tucks in and rotates with an alacrity that borders on alarming—especially if you've engaged the rather permissive slip angles of Race mode via the console-mounted DNA drive selector.

2017 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

2017 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

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Hyundai targets VW diesel buyback owners with special prices

Now that a final settlement has been approved by U.S. District Court Judge Charles Breyer, Volkswagen can begin sending out buyback offers to hundreds of thousands of 2.0-liter TDI diesel owners.

After many teases and concept-car previews, Volkswagen finally unveiled its much-discussed 7-seat crossover utility vehicle last night in Santa Monica, California.

The Tesla Model S was once the darling of Consumer Reports, garnering high ratings in the magazine's initial tests.

 
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