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Toyota hopes its new Japanese taxi becomes an icon
Toyota hopes its new Japanese taxi becomes an icon

As if Japan's fleet of Toyota Crown and Nissan Cedric taxi cabs wasn't enough of a cultural identifier—they boast doily seats and an automatic rear passenger door—Toyota thinks it can build an even better cab. Not just better, but one that will carry people from all over the world for...Read More»

1970s Pontiac Dealership ad
Car dealer profits sliding, 2018 Jeep Wrangler, Tokyo auto show: What’s New @ The Car Connection

New car dealers not as profitable as they once were Despite record new car sales and higher average transaction prices, new car dealers aren't the cash cows they once were. 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan: Best Car to Buy 2018 nominee The Volkswagen Tiguan used to be the automotive equivalent of Vegemite...Read More»

Buick and GMC dealership
New car dealers not as profitable as they once were

Despite record new car sales and higher average transaction prices, new car dealers aren't the cash cows they once were. The National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) released its midyear report last week, and it’s not great news for dealers as intense competition eats into their...Read More»

2018 Volkswagen Tiguan
2018 Volkswagen Tiguan: Best Car to Buy 2018 nominee

The Volkswagen Tiguan used to be the automotive equivalent of Vegemite: it worked over there, but not here. For 2018, Volkswagen has thoroughly redesigned its Tiguan with American buyers—rather than European families—in mind. Yes, there are better cup holders. Yes, the seats are wider...Read More»

2018 Chevrolet Traverse
Best Car to Buy, 2018 Chevrolet Corvette, VW's diesel V-6 fix: What’s New @ The Car Connection

Officials give OK to fix some VW, Porsche, Audi dieselgate SUVs Federal and California state environmental officials announced Monday that roughly 38,000 Porsche, Audi, and Volkswagen SUVs can be updated to be compliant with emissions, nearly two years after the automaker admitted it had cheated...Read More»

2015 Porsche Cayenne
Officials give OK to fix some VW, Porsche, Audi dieselgate SUVs

Federal and California state environmental officials announced Monday that roughly 38,000 Porsche, Audi, and Volkswagen SUVs can be updated to be compliant with emissions, nearly two years after the automaker admitted it had cheated with an illegal "defeat device." The EPA and California Air...Read More»

2018 Chevrolet Traverse
2018 Chevrolet Traverse: Best Car to Buy 2018 Nominee

Forget the old family truckster: the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse is an affordable crossover with a refined personality and an upscale feel available at a reasonable price point. That's high praise for a family hauler that easily meets the criteria for The Car Connection's Best Car to Buy 2018. The 2018...Read More»

Last Holden Commodore to be built in Australia - October 2017
Australia marks the end of an era, exits car-building business

General Motors closed its last Holden factory in Australia last week, officially bringing to an end nearly a century of Australian automotive manufacturing. The move was far from unexpected, and follows similar pull-outs from both Ford and Toyota last year as carmakers seek out more sustainable...Read More»

Technician assembling EA888 engine at Volkswagen engine plant in Silao, Mexico
NAFTA update, Porsche 911T, 2019 Toyota Prius V: What’s New @ The Car Connection

As NAFTA battle lines are drawn, repercussions loom on dealership lots NAFTA negotiations have reached an impasse in several key areas, chief among them a series of regulations surrounding the automotive sector. 2018 BMW X4 Review The 2018 BMW X4 doesn’t bother with convention, tradition, or...Read More»

FCA's Windsor, Ontario, assembly plant
As NAFTA battle lines are drawn, repercussions loom on dealership lots

NAFTA negotiations have reached an impasse in several key areas, chief among them a series of regulations surrounding the automotive sector. While Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland referred to a “series of unconventional proposals” and Mexican Secretary of the Economy...Read More»

2017 Chevrolet Malibu in the IIHS' new passenger-side small-overlap crash test
Passenger-side crash tests, Design icons, Best green car: What’s New @ The Car Connection

Latest crash tests show big discrepancy in front-seat passenger safety A new round of crash-testing from the IIHS illustrates that not all new cars are as safe for front-seat passengers as they are for drivers. Buick Enclave: Best Car to Buy 2018 Nominee Straddling the line between mass-market and...Read More»

2018 Buick Enclave
Buick Enclave: Best Car to Buy 2018 Nominee

Straddling the line between mass-market and luxury, the Buick Enclave offers families a pleasingly and shapely upmarket take on three-row transportation. It took nearly a decade for Buick to revamp its Enclave, but the wait was worthwhile. The sleek, curvy Enclave's exterior styling is echoed by a...Read More»

General Motors' Dan Ammann (center) with Lyft's John Zimmer (right) and Logan Green (left)
GM to develop its own self-driving car tech

General Motors CEO Dan Ammann said Tuesday that the Detroit automaker intends to make its own self-driving car hardware rather than rely on suppliers to deliver technology that may be shared with other automakers. Ammann said at a technology conference that GM's decision to develop autonomous car...Read More»

2018 Audi Q5
Audi Q5: Best Car to Buy 2018 Nominee

With its high-tech options and cossetting ride quality, the Audi Q5 is a thoughtful, conservative reinvention of the automaker's compact luxury crossover. The latest Q5 is essentially a tall wagon version of the automaker's Audi A4 sedan, which was a strong contender for last year's Best Car to Buy...Read More»

2017 Chevrolet Malibu in the IIHS' new passenger-side small-overlap crash test
Latest crash tests show big discrepancy in front-seat passenger safety

A new round of crash-testing from the IIHS illustrates that not all new cars are as safe for front-seat passengers as they are for drivers. The insurance industry-funded agency said Thursday that in a new passenger-side small-overlap crash test performed on 13 mid-size cars, some do not offer the...Read More»

Chevrolet Bolt EV Cruise Automation test mule in San Francisco
Driverless cars in New York, Honda Civic Type R, Toyota Camry Hybrid mpg: What’s New @ The Car Connection

GM's Cruise Automation to test self-driving cars in Big Apple General Motors-owned Cruise Automation is applying to begin testing fully-self driving cars in the Empire State, according to an announcement from New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. The news comes just a month after another Cruise...Read More»

2016 Ford F-150 Limited
1.3 million Ford F-150 and Super Duty trucks recalled over door latches

Ford will recall 1.3 million pickup trucks made between 2015 and 2017 to fix an issue that could prevent their doors from opening or closing correctly in cold weather, the automaker said Wednesday. Affected trucks may have their door latches freeze in cold weather and the automaker says that the...Read More»

2017 Jeep Compass Trailhawk off-road
Jeep Compass crashed, Porsche 718 GTS, UAW's job threats: What’s New @ The Car Connection

2017 Jeep Compass named Top Safety Pick by IIHS The IIHS said Tuesday that the redesigned 2017 Jeep Compass earned its coveted Top Safety Pick award, albeit with some caveats. What's New for 2018: Alfa Romeo After more than two decades of teasing, Alfa Romeo is back in the U.S.—and with a...Read More»

Chevrolet Bolt EV Cruise Automation test mule in San Francisco
GM's Cruise Automation to test self-driving cars in Big Apple

General Motors-owned Cruise Automation is applying to begin testing fully-self driving cars in the Empire State, according to an announcement from New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. The news comes just a month after another Cruise Automation announcement that it intends to test its self-driving...Read More»

2017 Jeep Compass Trailhawk off-road
2017 Jeep Compass named Top Safety Pick by IIHS

The IIHS said Tuesday that the redesigned 2017 Jeep Compass earned its coveted Top Safety Pick award, albeit with some caveats. To qualify as a Top Safety Pick, the Compass needs to be equipped with an option package that includes some advanced safety tech. MORE: All of the 2017 Top Safety Pick...Read More»

2018 Alfa Romeo Giulia
What's New for 2018: Alfa Romeo

After more than two decades of teasing, Alfa Romeo is back in the U.S.—and with a lineup of cars designed for the real world, not just well-heeled folks looking for a track-day toy. The Alfa Romeo Giulia arrived late in the 2017 model year and sees some worthwhile changes for 2018, including...Read More»

2018 Land Rover Range Rover Velar first drive
2018 Range Rover Velar driven, 2019 Audi A7, Volvo's Polestar concept: What’s New @ The Car Connection

One of these will be The Car Connection's Best Car To Buy 2018 It's been a wild year for the new car industry. Self-driving cars are on the horizon—nearer by the day—but we're not ready to give up the driver's seat just yet. 2018 Land Rover Range Rover Velar Review The 2018 Land Rover...Read More»

2002 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Sports Coupe
Exploding sunroofs, 2018 Jeep Wrangler, Ikea's hybrid truck investment: What’s New @ The Car Connection

More cars experience exploding glass sunroofs than ever, study finds Glass sunroofs have become an incredibly popular option in recent years for new-car buyers. However, an unusual side effect to their popularity is more prevalent than ever: cases of exploding glass sunroofs have skyrocketed in...Read More»

The Car Connection Best Car To Buy
One of these will be The Car Connection's Best Car To Buy 2018

It's been a wild year for the new car industry. Self-driving cars are on the horizon—nearer by the day—but we're not ready to give up the driver's seat just yet. Over the last year, our team has tested out hundreds of new cars. If it's on sale today, our staff has driven it. We've...Read More»

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