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Ford Owners File Lawsuit, Claim EcoBoost Engine Loses Power During Acceleration
Ford Owners File Lawsuit, Claim EcoBoost Engine Loses Power During Acceleration

Late last year, Ford owners made headlines when they sued the automaker over inaccurate fuel economy claims for the Fusion Hybrid and C-Max Hybrid. According to the Detroit News, Ford now has another lawsuit on its hands -- this time, over its acclaimed EcoBoost engine. The suit has been filed by...Read More»

2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI
Car Review: 2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI

Hybrid or diesel? For car buyers seeking the highest possible fuel economy, this is one of the most basic questions that must be asked. Both powertrains offer higher mpg ratings and fuel-tank ranges than conventional gasoline engines. Of course, both also offer different driving experiences...Read More»

2010 Dodge Caliber R/T
2010 Dodge Caliber: Better Interior, Fewer Engines, More MPG

For 2010, Chrysler has slimmed down the choices on its Dodge Caliber hatchback and spiffed up the interior, to make the car more competitive with the best of its class. It now offers just two engines and two transmissions, slightly improving the gas mileage. We've never rated the Caliber...Read More»

Mark Fields
Five Questions: Ford EVP Mark Fields

Ford is in by far the best shape of the Detroit Three right now. Their sales are up compared to GM and Toyota, and their 2009 Ford Focus and 2009 Ford Escape were two of the top-selling cars bought using Cash-for-Clunkers credits. TheCarConnection.com was lucky enough to attend a Ford social event...Read More»

2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI
So What Will Those 42-MPG Cars Actually Look Like? (Hint: Not Golf Carts)

No, we won't all be driving golf carts. We won't all have to drive a truncated 2009 Toyota Yaris either. Relax and chill, folks. Let's do a little reality-based projecting on what 2016 might look like. In 2016, the new mileage and emissions rules announced today by the Obama administration require...Read More»

2007 Mercedes-Benz F700 Concept
Engines Will Shrink For Fuel Efficiency, But You'll Pay More For Less

It's long been tradition that big cars have big engines. But fuel-economy standards (in the US) and carbon emissions limits (in Europe) mean that even the big cars of tomorrow will have to use far less gasoline than they do today. One way they'll get there is by radically downsizing the engines...Read More»

2009 Audi R8 Le Mans
RIP Rip-Snorting Audi R8 V12 TDI Diesel

TDI, we hardly knew ye. Dispensed before birth, now merely a dream of the clean, high-mileage supercar, how should we mourn the death of the Audi R8 V12 TDI diesel--which Audi now says it won't build after all? First revealed at the 2008 Detroit auto show as the Audi R8 TDI Concept, then updated as...Read More»

Mercedes BlueEfficiency four-cylinder diesel
BMW, Mercedes Consider Stepping Down

Given today's economic climate, most companies are thinking about downsizing (some more than others). BMW and Mercedes-Benz aren't immune to that pressure--though they're thinking less about staff and more about powertrains. Here in the U.S., BMW and Mercedes engines are pretty robust things that...Read More»

2009 Saleen S5S Raptor
2009 Saleen S5S Raptor Preview

It takes some sharp talons to take on established challengers like Ferrari and Lamborghini. But that’s what Saleen has in mind with the new S5S Raptor. What sits on the stand atJacob Javits Center, this week, is officially being described as a “concept” vehicle. But we’re betting good money...Read More»

New York Auto Show logo
2008 New York Auto Show Coverage

Each year the world’s car fans gather at convention centers around the world to ogle, ooh and ahh, and get generally titillated by auto shows. And while the circuit of shows used to be fairly geocentric, it’s totally gone global -- and this year’s internationally designated New York auto show...Read More»

2008 Hyundai HE-5 Concept
2008 Hyundai HE-5 Concept

Hyundai will launch a new compact minivan in the near future, and the Korean firm’s Geneva Motor Show concept hints at the styling and functionality. Bizarrely it has two names, either HED-5 — because it’s the fifth production the from Hyundai European Design center — or the i-mode. The...Read More»

2004 Saab 9-5 Linear
2008 Saab 9-X BioHybrid

The schedule of press conferences for the Geneva auto show is packed, with each brand getting only fifteen minutes for its presentation to the press. So it's no surprise that manufacturers want to use the evening before to draw attention to their new model. Last night, Saab chose to preview its...Read More»

BMW Vision EfficientDynamics tech
2008 BMW X5 EfficientDynamics Concept

Hybrid-electric technology, with a modern, clean-diesel engine, really makes a lot of sense for U.S. driving. Diesel engines are at their best in steady-state highway cruising, while hybrid componentry greatly improves efficiency in start-and-stop congestion. Now BMW is bringing out a vehicle that...Read More»

2009 Audi R8 Le Mans
2009 Audi R8 Le Mans Concept Preview

For those who recall the bad old days of the American diesel, the 2009 Audi R8 Le Mans might seem like a contradiction in terms. Ask most Americans to describe diesel power and they’re likely to use words like “slow,” “smelly,” or “rough-riding.” Yet if you listen to the German...Read More»

2008 Lincoln MKT
2008 Detroit Show: TCC’s Top Picks

2008 Detroit Auto Show Coverage by TCC Team (1/9/2008)Ford F-150, Hyundai Genesis and Corvette ZR1. TCC Team Best Concept: Lincoln MKT This is a close one, but I am leaning heavily towards the Lincoln MKT, which shows that there’s still life left in the old brand. Finally, something that really...Read More»

2008 Toyota A-BAT Concept, Detroit Auto Show
2008 Detroit Auto Show Coverage

2008 Detroit Show: TCC’s Top Picks (1/14/2008) Our favorite cars, concepts and moments from Cobo. 2008 Detroit Auto Show: Getting There by Rex Roy (1/9/2008) Make it easy, make it fun. PREVIEWS 2009 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Preview by TCC Team (12/19/2007) A supercar by any name. 2009 Audi TTS by...Read More»

2008 Chrysler ecoVoyager Concept
2008 Chrysler ecoVoyager Concept

2008 Chrysler ecoVoyager Concept - more photos At the 2008 Detroit auto show, Chrysler rolled out three concepts, each pairing exciting design and glimpse-of-the-future features with environmental friendliness. All three deliver power through an electric motor system and advanced...Read More»

2008 Jeep Renegade Concept
2008 Jeep Renegade Concept

2008 Jeep Renegade Concept - more photos Chrysler rolled out three concepts at the 2008 Detroit auto show, each pairing exciting design and glimpse-of-the-future features with environmental friendliness. All three deliver power through an electric motor system and advanced, yet-to-be-developed...Read More»

2008 Dodge Zeo Concept
2008 Dodge ZEO Concept

Chrysler rolled out three concepts at the 2008 Detroit auto show, each pairing exciting design and glimpse-of-the-future features with environmental friendliness. All three deliver power through an electric motor system and advanced, yet-to-be-developed lithium-ion battery pack, but each model has...Read More»

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