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Cadillac shake up: division chief out, strategy could shift
Cadillac shake up: division chief out, strategy could shift

General Motors announced Wednesday what could be the beginning of a major shift for its Cadillac luxury division—starting from the top down. The automaker said that Johan de Nysschen, Cadillac's now-former president, has been replaced by GM Canada president Steve Carlisle. De Nysschen, who...Read More»

2019 Hyundai Santa Fe, 2018 New York auto show
Eyes on the road (and you): Hyundai, Verisk team up to monitor drivers in effort to lower insurance costs

Hyundai and data analytics provider Verisk have teamed up in an effort to lower car insurance premiums, the two announced Wednesday. The program, which will require drivers to consent to being monitored while they drive, will send Verisk driving behavior information compiled from Hyundai’s...Read More»

Gas + Electricity sign: how long until we see this for highway rest stops?   [mockup: John Briggs]
High octane push, 2019 Lexus ES, Chevy Bolt EV batteries: What’s New @ The Car Connection

Citing fuel-economy benefits, automakers push for 95 octane gas Touting lower greenhouse gas emissions and higher fuel economy, Detroit's automakers want the U.S. to boost its octane. Tesla turns to local machine shops to fix parts before they're installed on new cars Struggling to meet production...Read More»

Audi brings Traffic Light Info system to Washington DC
Citing fuel-economy benefits, automakers push for 91 octane gas

Touting lower greenhouse gas emissions and higher fuel economy, Detroit's automakers want the U.S. to boost its octane. GM, Ford, and FCA are working with the U.S. Council for Automotive Research on a plan to switch from the three octane choices at most pumps to just one: 91 octane. Such a move...Read More»

2018 Chevrolet Cruze
Sedans falling out of favor, Ram Rebel TRX on its way, Electric car fees: What’s New @ The Car Connection

Slowing sedan demand forces GM to cut up to 1,500 jobs in Ohio It's a trend that shows no sign of slowing: consumers are ditching sedans in favor of crossover SUVs, and now it's affecting the workers who assemble sedans. Cadillac targets Lincoln, offers $10,000 discount on 2018 Escalade SUV...Read More»

2018 Tesla Model 3
Tesla turns to local machine shops to fix parts before they're installed on new cars

Struggling to meet production goals, Tesla is reportedly outsourcing repair of parts—brand new parts, that is—before they are installed on its electric cars. Just 30 minutes from Tesla’s main factory, a machine shop in San Jose, California, has racks stacked with Tesla parts...Read More»

2017 Cadillac Escalade
Cadillac targets Lincoln, offers $10,000 discount on 2018 Escalade SUV

Cadillac has put a price on loyalty: $10,000. That's the discount GM's luxury brand is offering certain owners as an incentive to take home a new 2018 Escalade SUV. That hefty price-cut on the 2018 Cadillac Escalade isn't mere generosity, it's a ploy to keep owners from defecting to the Lincoln...Read More»

2019 Volkswagen Jetta
Gas prices on the rise, Bugatti reliability, Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid driven: What’s New @ The Car Connection

Gas prices expected to rise this summer Be prepared to adjust your family’s summer vacation budget. Prices at the fuel pump are expected to be 14 percent higher than last summer and the U.S. government predicts a national average of $2.74 per gallon. Dubai's new "smart" license plates can...Read More»

2019 Chevrolet Cruze and Cruze hatchback
Slowing sedan demand forces GM to cut up to 1,500 jobs in Ohio

It's a trend that shows no sign of slowing: consumers are ditching sedans in favor of crossover SUVs, and now it's affecting the workers who assemble sedans. GM quietly announced late last week that it will cut an entire shift at an assembly plant in Lordstown, Ohio, where it builds the Chevrolet...Read More»

Dubai to test digital license plates
Dubai's new "smart" license plates can communicate with onlookers

New license plate technology being put to the test in Dubai could benefit drivers but not be too helpful to car thieves. Among their myriad high-tech features, the plates can flash the word “stolen” in lieu of a registration number to quickly notify authorities. The digital plates go by...Read More»

2019 Volkswagen Jetta
6 things to know about the 2019 Volkswagen Jetta

As buyers put their money on crossover SUVs rather than sedans in the game of new-car roulette, the 2019 VW Jetta hopes to be more than just a dapper, quiet observer on the sidelines. The latest Jetta is a mild-mannered four-door that does many things well, which may make it highly appealing to...Read More»

Teen driver - busy street- AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety
Gas prices expected to rise this summer

Be prepared to adjust your family’s summer vacation budget. Prices at the fuel pump are expected to be 14 percent higher than last summer and the U.S. government predicts a national average of $2.74 per gallon. Brent Crude, the global benchmark, surged to to $72 Thursday, which is higher than...Read More»

2019 Volkswagen Jetta
2019 VW Jetta driven, Lincoln resale values, Dieselgate update: What’s New @ The Car Connection

2019 Volkswagen Jetta first drive: steady and staid Two decades ago, ubiquitous would have been too soft a word to describe the Volkswagen Jetta’s presence on the manicured grounds of a prestigious college like Duke University. Water leaks prompt Alfa Romeo Stelvio recall More than 12,000...Read More»

2019 Volkswagen Jetta
2019 Volkswagen Jetta first drive: steady and staid

Two decades ago, ubiquitous would have been too soft a word to describe the Volkswagen Jetta’s presence on the manicured grounds of a prestigious college like Duke University. I recently found myself dodging students with backpacks on the narrow roads surrounding the stately campus in leafy...Read More»

2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio
Water leaks prompt Alfa Romeo Stelvio recall

More than 12,000 examples of the 2018 Alfa Romeo have been recalled for two variations of the same defect: improper sealing installed at the automaker's factory in Italy that could allow water to leak into either the crossover SUV's roof or through its tailgate. In addition to puddling inside the...Read More»

Mercedes-Benz S-Class Exclusive Edition
Press button, get car: Mercedes-Benz dabbles in car subscription

Following in the footsteps of BMW, Porsche, Cadillac, and Volvo, Mercedes-Benz plans to offer offer its cars to customers via a trial subscription program launching first in Nashville and Philadelphia. The car subscription business model is designed around customers willing to pay a premium to...Read More»

2019 Volkswagen Jetta
2019 VW Jetta driven, 2018 Porsche Panamera, Tesla Model Y: What’s New @ The Car Connection

2019 Volkswagen Jetta Review The 2019 Volkswagen Jetta hardly lacks for assets. The compact sedan is roomy, comfortable, well-made, and a good value. Tall order pickup truck: 2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD teased The 2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD will have a bulky look, but one that may not be backed up...Read More»

2019 Honda Insight, 2018 New York auto show
Gas prices, 2019 Aston Martin Vantage, 2019 Toyota Prius refresh: What’s New @ The Car Connection

Study: Driving habits tied not to pump prices but to percentage change Logic suggests that the more gasoline costs, the less people will drive their vehicles. The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy says that's true—but it's not as simple as the actual price paid at the pump...Read More»

2012 Chevrolt Volt Gas Station Advert
Study: Driving habits tied not to pump prices but to percentage change

Logic suggests that the more gasoline costs, the less people will drive their vehicles. The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy says that's true—but it's not as simple as the actual price paid at the pump. According to a study conducted by the federal agency, when gas prices...Read More»

2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV pre-production vehicles at Orion Township Assembly Plant, March 2016
Import taxes, 2019 Ford Edge ST, Britain's engine ban: What’s New @ The Car Connection

Trump administration could tax imported cars more than domestics While President Trump pushes to retool Obama-era fuel economy rules, the White House may also be working on a protectionist measure that could impose even stricter emissions standards on cars imported to the U.S. Tall order pickup...Read More»

2020 Ford Focus
New Ford Focus revealed, coming to US in 2019 via China and Europe

Automakers are shelving small cars and sedans for SUVs and crossovers but at least one of the long-running names in the U.S. has a future beyond next year. The newest Ford Focus, which was unveiled Tuesday, will be sold in the U.S. later next year, a Ford official confirmed to The Car Connection...Read More»

2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD teaser image
Tall order pickup truck: 2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD teased

The 2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD will have a bulky look, but one that may not be backed up by more metal. An image Chevy released Tuesday shows the 2020 Silverado HD's new grille with a chrome bar that slices through its headlights. A chrome-ringed hood scoop sits atop its bulging hood and big...Read More»

2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV pre-production vehicles at Orion Township Assembly Plant, March 2016
Trump administration could treat imported cars differently than domestics

While President Trump pushes to retool Obama-era fuel economy rules, the White House may also be working on a protectionist measure that could impose even stricter emissions standards on cars imported to the U.S. According to The Wall Street Journal, two U.S. automotive executives suggested that...Read More»

2018 Chevrolet Bolt EV
Automakers take on EPA, BMW M2 Competition, Fast-charging Nissan Leaf: What’s New @ The Car Connection

While automakers tout green cars, they're fighting the EPA The left hand doesn't always follow the right hand. The trade association that represents most major automakers won its battle to get the EPA to announce it wants to ease emission limits for 2022 through 2025 cars, even as the lobbying...Read More»

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