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Nissan will let its future electric cars sing with 'Canto'
Nissan will let its future electric cars sing with 'Canto'

Some consumers may enjoy the fact electric cars operate in near silence, but Nissan wants to keep pedestrians safe by giving its future electric vehicles a sound. In fact, it's more of a song. Nissan revealed "Canto," the official sound (song?) of future Nissan electric cars at the 2017 Tokyo Motor...Read More»

2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid, Catskill Mountains, NY, Feb 2016
Toyota RAV4 Hybrid, BMW M, Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid: What’s New @ The Car Connection

Meet the sub-$30,000 2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid The 2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid will usher in a more affordable trim with the introduction of the RAV4 Hybrid LE. At $28,130, the new entry-level RAV4 Hybrid runs just $1,325 more than an equivalent gas-powered RAV4 LE. Self-driving cars are just four years...Read More»

Hyundai Ioniq autonomous prototype
NHTSA to consider revised self-driving safety rules

The NHTSA says it wants companies that are currently developing self-driving technology to point out “unnecessary regulatory barriers to automated safety technologies.” The request is part of an ongoing effort to adapt the rules that govern the safety of automobiles to a future where...Read More»

2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid  -  2015 NY Auto Show
Meet the sub-$30,000 2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid

The 2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid will usher in a more affordable trim with the introduction of the RAV4 Hybrid LE. At $28,130, the new entry-level RAV4 Hybrid runs just $1,325 more than an equivalent gas-powered RAV4 LE. The news of a less expensive RAV4 Hybrid broke via a bulletin sent to Toyota...Read More»

Riding in prototype of fully autonomous Nissan Leaf electric car, March 2017  [video: Fully Charged]
Self-driving cars, Mexican Grand Prix, Mitsubishi e-Evolution: What’s New @ The Car Connection

Self-driving cars are just four years away, says NVIDIA The CEO of graphics-processing chipmaker-turned-automotive technology supplier NVIDIA predicts that the level of artificial intelligence required to make fully self-driving vehicles is four years away. Waymo is teaching its self-driving cars...Read More»

Audi and NVIDIA's self-driving concept car
Self-driving cars are just four years away, says NVIDIA

The CEO of graphics-processing chipmaker-turned-automotive technology supplier NVIDIA predicts that the level of artificial intelligence required to make fully self-driving vehicles is four years away. “It will take no more than four years to have fully autonomous cars on the road. How long...Read More»

2018 Toyota Sequoia
12 new cars that shouldn't be around any longer

Like day-old pastries, some new cars have stuck around on the shelf long enough that they're starting to grow a little moldy. Long ago, these cars first hit the market—and we were generally excited about them back then. At the time, they represented something close to their makers' latest and...Read More»

2018 Chevrolet Camaro Hot Wheels Edition
2018 Chevrolet Camaro Hot Wheels Edition: a full-scale rendition of your favorite toy

Chevrolet and Hot Wheels have partnered to bring lovers of both brands the 2018 Camaro Hot Wheels Edition, effectively a life-size version of a beloved toy car. The 2018 Camaro Hot Wheels Edition features numerous cues inspired by Hot Wheels itself. Notably, Chevrolet chose to finish the car in...Read More»

2018 Volkswagen Tiguan
2018 VW Tiguan safety, 2019 Porsche Cayenne driven, Collector cars in Europe: What’s New @ The Car Connection

2018 Volkswagen Tiguan earns Top Safety Pick award The 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan compact crossover holds up well in crashes, but its headlights aren't up to par. That's according to crash-test results released Thursday by the IIHS. Uber eclipses the ubiquitous yellow taxi in New York According to...Read More»

Waymo self-driving prototype
Waymo is teaching its self-driving cars how to handle Michigan's snow

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas...in Michigan, at least. That’s part of the reason is why Waymo is set to begin testing its self-driving vehicles in the in the Detroit area. Waymo’s CEO, John Krafcik, announced the news in a blog post on Thursday. In it, he said that...Read More»

2014 Ford Fusion
Feds to investigate 840,000 Ford Fusions over steering wheels that may come off

The federal government said Friday that it has opened an investigation into more than 840,000 Ford Fusions made for model years 2014 through 2016 after three reports that their steering wheels could loosen and detach entirely. "A detached steering wheel can result in a loss of vehicle control that...Read More»

Lyft "Stranger Things" mode
Lyft's "Stranger Things" mode delivers a spooky ride-sharing experience

Netflix's hit series "Stranger Things" returns this week and ride-sharing service Lyft partnered with the studio to roll out a seriously... strange ride-sharing service. For two nights—October 27 and 28, between 4 p.m. and 9 p.m.—Lyft will feature a "Strange Mode" for users in Los...Read More»

Toyota Camry Hybrid NYC Taxi [Photo: Flickr user gomattolson]
Uber eclipses the ubiquitous yellow taxi in New York

According to Morgan Stanley, Uber has parted New York’s yellow sea, surpassing the city’s famed taxi fleets for the number of dispatched trips in the month of July. While Uber had been gaining for a while, the real surprise could just Uber’s main competition in the ridesharing...Read More»

2018 GMC Terrain, 2017 Detroit auto show
2018 GMC Terrain: Best Car to Buy 2018 nominee

With its 2018 Terrain, GMC has officially bid adieu to the boxy, "professional grade" look that briefly characterized its crossovers. There's a lot more to the 2018 Terrain than just its unconventional looks, which is why it was an easy decision to make it a candidate for our Best Car to Buy 2018...Read More»

2018 Volkswagen Tiguan
2018 Volkswagen Tiguan earns Top Safety Pick award

The 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan compact crossover holds up well in crashes, but its headlights aren't up to par. That's according to crash-test results released Thursday by the IIHS. The new-for-2018 Tiguan delivered far superior crash-test results than its predecessor, which is still sold as the Tiguan...Read More»

Audi Traffic Light Information System, Las Vegas
Self-driving cars will change cities: here's how

When the number of people reliant on self-driving cars reaches critical mass, cities will evolve to become either more densely-packed, like New York, or decentralized hubs of suburban sprawl, like Dallas. That’s according to MIT’s Center for Real Estate, which conducted a study with...Read More»

Riding in prototype of fully autonomous Nissan Leaf electric car, March 2017  [video: Fully Charged]
Self-driving car safety, 2018 BMW X2, Tesla Model 3 Supercharger: What’s New @ The Car Connection

Self-driving car tech worthwhile, consumers say High-tech safety features that point the way to self-driving cars are worthwhile, consumers say. 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...Read More»

2016 Kia Soul
340,000 Kia Souls recalled for second time over steering issue

Owners of 2014 through 2016 model year Kia Souls may meet an unwanted notification in their mailbox next month. Kia will recall 342,381 Souls for the second time to rectify a steering issue fix. The brand says the previous fix may not have completely remedied the problem. Specifically, the affected...Read More»

2018 Volvo XC60 T8
2018 Volvo XC60: Best Car to Buy 2018 nominee

Take the sublime Volvo XC90 crossover, leave it in the dryer a little too long, and flip its 9 upside down. You wind up with the 2018 Volvo XC60, a five-seat crossover that feels more exclusive and luxurious than its price tag suggests. Starting around $42,500, the 2018 XC60 range undercuts some...Read More»

2018 Honda Accord
2018 Honda Accord: Best Car to Buy 2018 nominee

The Honda Accord is the automotive equivalent of an industry bellwether, but it has never been the dressiest or the most advanced mid-size sedan. That's all changed for 2018 with the introduction of the 10th generation Accord. It's far more shapely, for one, with its sleek fastback-like shape...Read More»

2017 Subaru Impreza IIHS
Self-driving car tech worthwhile, consumers say

High-tech safety features that point the way to self-driving cars are worthwhile, consumers say. Analysts for Edmunds have conducted a sweeping study entitled “The Current State of the Autonomous Car,” and it sheds quite a bit of light on just how quickly the automotive...Read More»

Toyota's new Japanese taxi cab
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»

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