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Study: Cheap cars don't always make great lease deals
Study: Cheap cars don't always make great lease deals

If you’re looking for a great lease deal on a new car, you might want to avoid the bottom tier of the market. That’s CarsDirect's conclusion after analyzing over 560 leases to see which ones stood out as supremely bad deals. While at face value, logic would seem to dictate that cheap...Read More»

Chevrolet Bolt EV Cruise Automation test mule in San Francisco
GM's self-driving car test, Dodge Challenger and Charger makeover, VW's next Golf: What’s New @ The Car Connection

GM looking to let public test its self-driving cars GM’s Cruise Automation plans on letting members of the general public test its self-driving cars, pending regulatory approval. Cruise Anywhere is its ride-hailing service, which is currently limited to GM employees in the San Francisco area...Read More»

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BMW: Keys to be replaced by smartphone apps

The car key is set to follow in the path of the window crank, carburetor, and mother-in-law seat on the road to extinction. At least, that’s the word from BMW board member Ian Robertson, who told Reuters that the marque is considering using a smartphone app-based system to replace the...Read More»

Chevrolet Bolt EV Cruise Automation test mule in San Francisco
GM looking to let public test its self-driving cars

GM’s Cruise Automation plans on letting members of the general public test its self-driving cars, pending regulatory approval. Cruise Anywhere is its ride-hailing service, which is currently limited to GM employees in the San Francisco area. As with other early tests of autonomous technology...Read More»

Hyperloop One first full-scale test
Hyperloop One, Formula 1 update, Life with a Tesla: What’s New @ The Car Connection

Hyperloop One reveals four potential sites Hyperloop One has revealed ten potential sites for its first experimental Hyperloop. If successful, the company would mark a major step toward revolutionizing transportation with tubes hurling passengers from one city to the next at speeds of up to 670...Read More»

Hyperloop One test site in Nevada
Hyperloop One reveals four potential sites

Hyperloop One has revealed ten potential sites for its first experimental Hyperloop. If successful, the company would mark a major step toward revolutionizing transportation with tubes hurling passengers from one city to the next at speeds of up to 670 mph. After fielding over 2,600 proposals from...Read More»

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Canada to mandate automatic taillights to eliminate “phantom vehicles”

Canada is set to introduce legislation requiring manufacturers to ensure that car taillights illuminate automatically in the evening within three years, according to a report from the CBC. The new regulations are a response to so-called “phantom cars,” in which a driver is unaware that...Read More»

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Semifinalists for North American Car and Truck of the Year awards announced

Jurors for the 2017 North American Car and Truck of the Year announced Friday semifinalists for the coveted annual awards. Finalists for the awards will be announced at the Los Angeles auto show in November and winners are crowned at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January...Read More»

2018 Volkswagen Atlas, Boerne, Texas
Amazon Prime test drives, Genesis G70, Nissan-Mitsubishi's electric plans: What’s New @ The Car Connection

Your Amazon Prime subscription now includes Volkswagen Atlas test drives (sort of) Volkswagen and Amazon are partnering to provide test drives of VW’s new Atlas crossover. The offer is open to Amazon Prime subscribers living in Los Angeles and Chicago, but only between September 22nd through...Read More»

2017 Nissan Frontier Pro-4X off-road
Nissan will finally replace its aging Frontier mid-size pickup

It's been a baker's dozen years since Nissan dealers last trotted out a new Frontier mid-size pickup truck, but that's all set to change. Eventually. Nissan confirmed to Car and Driver that the long-awaited replacement for its Frontier pickup is on the way, but that it's also "more than a year...Read More»

2018 Volkswagen Atlas, Boerne, Texas
Your Amazon Prime subscription now includes Volkswagen Atlas test drives (sort of)

Volkswagen and Amazon are partnering to provide test drives of VW’s new Atlas crossover. The offer is open to Amazon Prime subscribers living in Los Angeles and Chicago, but only between September 22nd through 24th and the 29th through October 1st. The collaboration is intended to show off...Read More»

2018 BMW X3, 2017 Frankfurt Auto Show
Electrified future, F1-derived Mercedes-AMG Project One, 2018 Nissan Leaf: What’s New @ The Car Connection

The 7 most important cars from the 2017 Frankfurt auto show Electrification was the billion-dollar word at this year's Frankfurt auto show, where automakers from around the world gathered to show off their latest and greatest. Jaguar and Land Rover to electrify all new vehicles by 2020 British...Read More»

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Lincoln, Volkswagen the latest to join the electrification party

Like Volvo, Jaguar, and to a certain extent BMW and even Uber and others before it, Lincoln is electrifying its lineup, according to Reuters. As is Volkswagen. Far from meaning Lincoln is going fully-electric, the company’s plan is to produce an electrified—hybrid, plug-in hybrid, or...Read More»

2018 Toyota RAV4 Adventure, 2017 Chicago Auto Show
2018 Toyota RAV4 Adventure brings hints of outdoorsiness for $28,695

Toyota’s newest RAV4 variant, named Adventure, is set to start at $28,695, according to a report citing order guides. RAV4 Adventure slots between the XLE and SE, and is designed with active lifestyles in mind with a slightly raised suspension and a beefier look. What's missing is any real...Read More»

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NTSB calls Tesla’s self driving system a “major factor” in fatal crash, says poor safeguards “invite misuse”

Tesla relies on poorly-designed safeguards for its self-driving features that invite misuse, and they were a “major factor” in a widely-reported fatal crash last year, says the federal government. In a meeting discussing findings of its investigation into the crash, the National...Read More»

2018 BMW 6-Series Gran Turismo
BMW 6-Series, Crosstrek vs Cherokee, Mercedes-AMG hypercar: What’s New @ The Car Connection

2018 BMW 6-Series Review The 2018 BMW 6-Series is the German automaker's luxury cruiser; it's more at home whittling away miles on an open stretch of freeway than on a race track and it's available as either a seductive two-door convertible, a shapely four-door called the Gran Coupe, and a...Read More»

Riding in prototype of fully autonomous Nissan Leaf electric car, March 2017  [video: Fully Charged]
Transportation department to carmakers: Make your own self-driving rules

The United States Department of Transportation has decided to use a set of voluntary guidelines—not enforceable rules—as the automotive industry evolves toward self-driving cars. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao also said that, “projects that have greater innovation will...Read More»

Mercedes-AMG Project One concept, 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show
Electrified future, F1-derived Mercedes-AMG Project One, 2018 Nissan Leaf: What’s New @ The Car Connection

Jaguar and Land Rover to electrify all new vehicles by 2020 British automaker Jaguar Land Rover says that every vehicle they introduce by the year 2020 will be either hybrid or fully electric. More specifically, the manufacturer stated that each new vehicle will feature an electrified powertrain...Read More»

Lyft car with trademark pink mustache (via Wikimedia)
Lyft to begin testing self-driving cars in San Francisco

Ride-sharing service Lyft says it plans to test self-driving vehicles on the streets of San Francisco, offering free rides to customers in exchange for their participation in the test. The company has long shared rival Uber’s ambitions of self-driving rideshare vehicles, and the latest plan...Read More»

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