2007 Volkswagen UP! Concept
2007 Volkswagen UP! Concept

Is this the shape of things to come, or a return to Volkswagen’s roots? The UP! concept is a bit of both. The minicar prototype “is what the Volkswagen brand has stood for since it started,” declared the automaker’s CEO, Martin Winterkorn, “affordable mobility for everybody.” Though the...Read More»

2007 Skoda Fabia Scout concept
2007 Skoda Fabia Scout Concept

Those who wonder why Skoda isn’t offered on theU.S. market will have another reason to grump after spotting the Czech automaker’s Fabia Scout Concept. This “space concept” is a show car pretty much in name only, as a virtually identical model of the new Scout will make its full and official...Read More»

2007 Citroen C-Cactus Concept
Frankfurt Green: Citroen C-Cactus

You’ve seen the Airscape, the executive convertible that points the way to the new Citroën C5 sedan and estate car. Now the French firm has revealed another element of its Frankfurt Motor Show offerings – the C-Cactus. It’s described as “an imaginative and ingenious eco-friendly concept...Read More»

2007 Nissan Micra Colour + Concept
2007 Nissan Micra Colour Concept

Nissan has spiced up its European subcompact, the Micra, in time for theFrankfurt auto show next week. But since teensy city cars tend to pale against the likes of Jaguar XFs and Maserati GTs, Nissan’s slathering the Micra with special paint to come up with the Micra Colour + Concept, a two-toner...Read More»

2007 Nissan Mixim Concept
2007 Nissan Mixim Concept

Nissan’s new Mixim concept shows what a future electric-powered city car might look and act like, the Japanese automaker said as it previewed its concept prior to a Frankfurt auto show introduction. The Mixim is powered by a “Super Motor” electric powertrain, which Nissan promises will give...Read More»

2010 Lexus RX 450h AWD 4-door Hybrid Trunk
J.D. Power Ranks Most Reliable Vehicles

Who makes the most reliable cars on the road? And whose products are likely to leave you stranded on the side of the road? The results are in from J.D. Power’s latest Vehicle Dependability Study, and TCC Team, Publisher of TheCarConnection.com, has the story. Powered by Podbean.comRead More»

BMW Plays the Race Card?

Bless the hearts of the workers helping out on BMW’s M3 launch in southern Spain. In order to expedite the number of blood-red M3s circling the track at any given time—and to limit the number of tire-frying laps permitted per car at the ultra-manicured Ascari private track outside...Read More»

Mercedes Shines the (Invisible) Light on Night Vision

I have to admit that up until now, I’ve always thought of Night Vision systems as one of those features that are offered mainly to satisfy leading-edge technophiles—those who want to be the first on their block with a particular gadget, rather than to actually provide a tangible benefit...Read More»

Lutz: Sixteen, Velite Are Dead!

Say it ain't so, Bob, is likely the refrain around the hand-wringing blogs and Detroit outlets today. That's because Maximum Bob--he who would be the first to champion the cars against detractors--says the Buick Velite roadster concept and the Cadillac Sixteen likely aren't going out of concept-car...Read More»

Metrosexual, Petrosexual? Nope – Mustangs Are “Retrosexual”

You wondered what your clothes meant about you, even though you consider “dressy” gear the stuff with buttons. Have no fear, Earnhardt fan: the new Mustang cologne from Aramis doesn’t make you a “metrosexual” or even a “petrosexual” (we’re assuming that means...Read More»

Fuel Cells Make Traffic History

Think you can’t be caught by an alternative-fuel vehicle for speeding? The Wayne State University police have some news for you. They’re patrolling the Detroit campus with a silver Mercedes-Benz “F-Cell” fuel-cell-powered vehicle—and they’re giving out citations. The...Read More»

Gibbs Aquada: Whatever floats your amphibious boat

Whatever floats your boat…or in the case of Gibbs Technologies, whatever floats your amphibious automobile. After some earlier setbacks, the company is getting ready to build its Aquada, a three-seat combination boat and sports car. Through two spin-off companies, the partners plan to launch...Read More»

Pope Lays Down 10 Commandments – of Good Driving?

There’s the law of the land—and now, on the road, there’s God’s law. Or Pope Benedict XVI’s version of it. In one of the more odd stories we’ve seen this year, the Vatican released a set of road rules today, Reuters reports. The 36-page document, called...Read More»

HUMMER Wedding Unites Couple, Marketing

The trend of underwritten weddings—think Star Jones’ shameless sponsor-shopping—is taking on a distinct odor of gasoline this weekend, when a Nevada couple is united in holy matrimony in the beds of HUMMER trucks, hopefully with hundreds of press in attendance. A skimpy press...Read More»

I’m Ready for Eurodiesels

Over the past several years, we’ve heard plenty about diesels — especially that they’re quieter, more civil, and smoke-free, and that they no longer bring a performance penalty. In Europe, though, there are quite a few models that bring better performance than their gasoline...Read More»

The Week in Reverse

Surprise! Or not. There’s a new Shelby convertible coming later in the year, giving us a reason to hang on (well that, and the new Courtney Love solo album). Jaguar and Land Rover for sale? Are you sure? We don’t agree but Ford does need a cash bomb to go off in its direction. Even among TCCers...Read More»

Lamborghini Gets Its Own Stamp

There’s no better way of knowing you’ve made it than getting your image on a stamp. Now the Italian Post Office has honored Lamborghini by issuing a Lambo stamp as part of its “Made in Italy” series. Costing €0.85, or about $1, the stamp is actually for the iconic Miura...Read More»

Is MirraChrome The Next Big Bling?

We tend to be a fairly conservative lot, us British drivers. We don’t like to stick out from the crowd too much in case we’re thought of as crass or vulgar. The most popular color to buy a car in has long been silver, but one U.K. company is now offering a variation on that them. Chrome...Read More»

Trucks Keep Slipping – Is It For Good?

It didn’t take a trained eye to notice. Heading up to northern Michigan, on warm summer weekends, back in the late 1980s, it was hard to ignore the growing number of minivans, pickups and sport-utility vehicles shooting up I-75. Sure, there were always those who needed a pickup for work, a...Read More»

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