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Hyundai's future cars could include steering wheel-mounted touchscreens
Hyundai's future cars could include steering wheel-mounted touchscreens

Like a design straight out of MTV's '90s TV show "Pimp My Ride," the early prototype for Hyundai's cockpit of the future unveiled Tuesday is full of touchscreens—even on the steering wheel. The two-spoke steering wheel doesn't include a single button and instead places two touchscreen panels...Read More»

Ford Sync with SIRIUS Travel
J.D. Power: Most Interior Quality Problems Are Design Issues

A good Initial Quality report from J.D. Power and Associates can give a manufacturer bragging rights and increase showroom traffic. Conversely, a bad initial quality report can cast a black cloud over a particular make and model of automobile. Many of the “quality problems” reported by...Read More»

Ford Capacitive Touch Center Stack
Ford Is Improving Tech, Boosting Safety, And...Bolding Fonts?

Overnight, Ford sent out a barrage of press releases about the company's latest accomplishments. And jammed amongst the stories of tech developments and safety improvements was some news that made our resident typographer a little queasy: Fords are getting bolder. That's not metaphor: the automaker...Read More»

2011 Hyundai Elantra interior (South Korean spec)
2011 Hyundai Elantra Interior Revealed, Goes Upmarket

Hyundai is working on a brand new version of its Elantra sedan that’s due to go on sale later this year as a 2011 model, and we’ve already seen it on a number of occasionstesting in prototype form, although so far it’s always been heavily camouflaged. Now, we have our first clear look at the...Read More»

2011 Ford Fiesta interior
Ford Wows With 2011 Fiesta Interior; Can’t Compare Mazda2 Yet

Whether it was an odd coincidence or a calculated move, the 2011 Ford Fiesta and 2011 Mazda2 were both introduced at the LA Auto Show, on the same day. What makes it significant is that they’re closely related. While we’ve heard varying figures, it’s fair to say that they share more than just...Read More»

2010 Chevrolet Camaro V-6
Drive-Thrus And The 2010 Chevrolet Camaro: Not A Good Match

A few weeks ago we posted some follow-up impressions on the 2010 Chevrolet Camaro. While nearly everyone here at TheCarConnection.com loves the way it drives and performs, this time we took a slightly more critical look, in a week of errand-running and daily-grind commuting. To make it as blunt as...Read More»

2010 Suzuki Kizashi: Inside, Up Close

Last week TheCarConnection.com brought you our First Drive impressions of the new 2010 Suzuki Kizashi, and posted a comprehensive Bottom Line that covers styling, performance, quality, safety, and features, among other aspects. The Kizashi is an all-new sedan in a new segment for Suzuki, and based...Read More»

2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid
2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid: High-Mileage Achiever, Everyman's Interior

40 miles per gallon. That's what we at TheCarConnection.com just saw in a week's worth of driving—driving in which we really made a point to treat the Fusion Hybrid much like any other car. And when we actually tried to drive economically, following the excellent hybrid system display when we...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»

2008 Cadillac CTS Coupe Concept
2008 Cadillac CT Coupe Concept

Cadillac's award-winning CTS sedan will likely get a coupe companion in mid-2008, and the two-door version of the luxury four-door has been previewed at the 2008 Detroit auto show in the form of the CT Coupe Concept. The CT is the latest iteration of the Cadillac "Art & Science" design theme...Read More»

2007 Volkswagen Space Up! Concept
2007 VW Space Up! Concept

Just a few weeks ago at the Frankfurt Motor Show, the Volkswagen Up! was described as a concept car. Now, with the debut of the Space Up!, the pair are being talked of by VW as a small-car family. There seems little doubt these cars – or something very like them – will become production...Read More»

2007 Daihatsu Mudmaster
Daihatsu in Tokyo: Tanto, Mud Master

Happy birthday to Daihatsu! The Japanese brand best known for its city cars is celebrating 100 years in business and marked the occasion with new concept and production cars at the Tokyo Motor Show. The most striking was the Mud Master, a small transporter prototype. Gull-wing doors open on three...Read More»

2008 Hyundai i30cw
Hyundai Reaches with i30cw

On its Frankfurt motor show stand, Hyundai revealed a new tall-wagon variant for its i30 model line, which is new for 2008. The i30cw, which is reportedly destined for U.S.shores next year in slightly different form as the Elantra wagon, has what is called a “new wagon design philosophy,” which...Read More»

2007 Renault Kangoo
Renault Intros Five at Frankfurt

Paris is always a big motor show for French firm Renault, but that doesn’t mean its hiding its light under a bushel on alternate years at Frankfurt. The company’s 2007 stand is the biggest it’s ever had, and with five new products it needed to be. First up is the Laguna hatchback and wagon...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 Johnson Controls concept
New from Johnson Controls: The Hideaway Seat

Automotive interior design company Johnson Controls will have a new concept car at the Frankfurt Motor Show, and has released a single sketch of how it’s going to look. The firm says the as-yet-unnamed prototype is about innovative use of space, characterized by the rear passenger seats which...Read More»

2007 Callaway C16 Cabrio
Callaway Spins C16 Cabrio Into Javits

Reeves Callaway is letting his hair down — along with the roof of the new C16 Corvette, first shown in Los Angeles , last December. Heading cross-country, the well-known tuner rolled out the C16 Cabrio at the ’07 New York Auto Show. The tuner transformation that is the C16 starts with Corvette...Read More»

2007 Mazda Ryuga concept
Mazda’s Ryuga: No, It’s Not Déjà Vu

SLIDESHOW: Mazda’s concept unveiled at Detroit looked somewhat familiar to the Nagare concept recently unveiled at the Los Angeles show. That’s no mistake. The Ryuga, according to Mazda, is the next step in the evolution of the Nagare and, according to executive vice pesident Bob Graziano...Read More»

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