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Porsche settles class-action lawsuit with owners over...sunglasses?
Porsche settles class-action lawsuit with owners over...sunglasses?

Besides the performance and panache, one of the main draws to Porsche ownership is the extensive level of customization; you can, for instance, color-coordinate the dashboard to your favorite sweater. That freedom might be too much of a good thing. It just resulted in a class action lawsuit over...Read More»

EPA administrator Scott Pruitt  [photo from 2014]
What if the EPA dialed back emissions rules, but only on trucks?

Back in March, Donald Trump authorized a review of current U.S. emissions regulations. Those regulations cover vehicles through the 2025 model year and were hastily finalized by the Environmental Protection Agency in the days leading up to Trump's inauguration. The review alarmed environmental...Read More»

2018 Dodge Durango SRT first drive
FCA's Chinese suitor, 2018 Ford GT Heritage, NYC's Ford Hub: What’s New @ The Car Connection

Fiat Chrysler may have found a buyer in China, but who? For nearly three years (and maybe longer), Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne has been looking for a pal, a partner to help him improve the FCA lineup and lay a strong foundation for the company's future. 2018 Honda Ridgeline Review Many...Read More»

2016 Nissan Altima 2.5SL
The LCD screen on your dashboard is likely to take center stage in NAFTA negotiations

As NAFTA negotiations begin this week, tensions are high over the anticipated showdown between the Trump administration and the automotive industry. Likely to be at the very epicenter of Trump’s vision of incentivizing American manufacturing jobs are the LCD screens that have sprouted on...Read More»

The Great Wall of China
Fiat Chrysler may have found a buyer in China, but who?

For nearly three years (and maybe longer), Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne has been looking for a pal, a partner to help him improve the FCA lineup and lay a strong foundation for the company's future. After being rebuffed and left-swiped by a handful of potential soulmates, he may have finally...Read More»

Modern-day MINI assembly at MINI Plant Oxford, England, Mar 2013 (the plant's 100th birthday)
Sub-$20,000 Mini, 2018 Ford F-150 driven, Bolt EV vs lunar rover: What’s New @ The Car Connection

MINI has a car just for students, and it's priced below $20,000 It's that time of year again: time for college students across America to charge their vaporizers, toss their dirty laundry into garbage bags, and head back to campus. 2016-2017 Nissan Titan Crew Cab and Titan XD Crew Cab recalled for...Read More»

2017 Mini Seven Cooper S Hardtop 4 Door
MINI has a car just for students, and it's priced below $20,000

It's that time of year again: time for college students across America to charge their vaporizers, toss their dirty laundry into garbage bags, and head back to campus. This year, however, MINI wants the young'uns to make the journey in a brand new car--one that costs slightly less than $20,000...Read More»

2018 Jaguar XF S AWD Dashboard
Drive safely, 2018 BMW X2, Finding a Tesla Model 3: What’s New @ The Car Connection

PSA: Please don't put your feet up on the dashboard The warning given by Audra Tatum from Walker County, Georgia is simple: Don't put your feet up on the dashboard of your car. The reason? It's beyond dangerous. Otto who? Tesla is ready to test electric, self-driving big rigs in Nevada and...Read More»

2017 Chrysler Pacifica long-term road test, after 2,100-mile road trip, June 2017
2017 Chrysler Pacifica Limited long-term road test: what do our passengers say?

The months keep passing by and the odometer continues to rack up miles on our long-term 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Limited. We like this van a lot—after all, we named it our Best Car to Buy 2017. As with most minivans, our blue chariot has been tasked with hauling people at every opportunity. If...Read More»

Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk at Tesla Store opening in Westfield Mall, London, Oct 2013
Otto who? Tesla is ready to test electric, self-driving big rigs in Nevada and California

You can say a lot of things about Tesla and its CEO, Elon Musk, but you certainly can't call them slackers. They've crafted a plan for world domination that includes electric cars, self-driving technology, solar power, and energy storage, among other things--and they're not done yet. For Tesla's...Read More»

2017 Chrysler Pacifica long-term road test
Long-term Chrysler Pacifica, VW's GTI, 2017 Chevy Cruze Diesel driven: What’s New @ The Car Connection

2017 Chrysler Pacifica Limited long-term road test: what fits inside? As we near the end of summer, our year with the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Limited minivan reaches the halfway point. We've spent days, nights, and weekends playing with with it, learning its quirks, and putting it through its paces...Read More»

2010 Volkswagen Golf TDI
Volkswagen launches cash-for-clunkers program in Germany to get older diesels off the road

In Germany, 2.6 million consumers bought diesel vehicles that were secretly equipped with Volkswagen's defeat devices. Those devices allow vehicles to cheat on emissions tests and may be responsible for 1,200 or more premature deaths across Europe. And yet, unlike the 560,000 owners of similarly...Read More»

2017 Infiniti Q60 First Drive
Infiniti recall, 2018 Jeep Wrangler, Eco-car deals: What’s New @ The Car Connection

2016-2018 Infiniti Q50, 2017 Infiniti Q60 recalled over stalling concerns Nissan is recalling some 14,192 Infiniti Q50 and Q60 vehicles from the 2016, 2017, and 2018 model years. Documents from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration indicate that, due to a software glitch, those...Read More»

2017 Chrysler Pacifica long-term road test
2017 Chrysler Pacifica Limited long-term road test: what fits inside?

As we near the end of summer, our year with the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Limited minivan reaches the halfway point. We've spent days, nights, and weekends playing with with it, learning its quirks, and putting it through its paces. From family duty to cleaning up messes made inside its cabin, the...Read More»

Artist’s impression of Faraday Future’s proposed plant in Hanford, California
Faraday Future's strange saga continues as the company moves to California plant

It would be easy to look at financially troubled Faraday Future and think that the inmates were running the asylum. Does a new announcement about the electric car start-up's manufacturing plans help or hurt matters? Previously... Faraday has been making people go "hmm" for well over a year. The...Read More»

Mazda NA Miata Restoration Program
Mazda-Toyota partnership, Mazda's new engine, Nissan's Leaf lineup: What’s New @ The Car Connection

What does the Toyota-Mazda partnership mean for shoppers? Last Thursday, we reported on a rumored partnership between Toyota and Mazda involving a shared plant and collaboration on electric vehicles. 2018 Chevrolet Corvette Review The Chevrolet Corvette returns mostly unchanged for 2018. The lineup...Read More»

Mazda and Toyota logos
What does the Toyota-Mazda partnership mean for shoppers?

Last Thursday, we reported on a rumored partnership between Toyota and Mazda involving a shared plant and collaboration on electric vehicles. The following day, Toyota confirmed that the rumors were true and provided additional details about the tie-up, including: 1. Plans for a joint manufacturing...Read More»

2015 Jeep Cherokee  -  back seat legroom
Back seat safety, Toyota 86 Cup, Electric showdown: What’s New @ The Car Connection

Safety doesn't take a back seat; buckle up in your next cab, Uber, or Lyft Just because you're riding in the back seat doesn't mean you're any safer in a crash, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. 2014 Chevrolet Silverado, GMC Sierra recalled over power steering loss: 690,000...Read More»

Average cost of car insurance by state (Insure.com, July 2017)
The most (and least) expensive states for car insurance

Like all insurance, auto insurance premiums can be affected by a wide range of variables, including a driver's age, driving record, and credit score. One of the most important factors in determining that rate, though, is where the driver lives. State laws can have a huge effect on what insurance...Read More»

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