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Like glittery metallic paints on cars? There's something you should know...
Like glittery metallic paints on cars? There's something you should know...

You're a conscientious consumer. You buy eggs from cage-free chickens, your bling is blood diamond-free, and your iPhone...well, you try not to think too much about your iPhone. But what about your car--specifically, its glittery metallic paint? Have you mulled that over much? Apparently, you...Read More»

PPG 'Hyper HD' palette for the 2018-2019 model year
What color will your car be in 2018?

Sometimes it's hard to identify trends when they're actually trending. In the 1970s, for example, most people just assumed they were living on the whole rainbow; it wasn't until they reached the 80s that they realized how earthtone-centric their clothes, cars, and appliances had been. You could say...Read More»

Nissan develops first "self-cleaning" car prototype
RIP Car Washes: Nissan Debuts 'Self-Cleaning' Car

If you enjoy spending Saturdays in the driveway, hosing down your favorite ride, we have some bad news. If you happen to own or work at a car wash, we're afraid it's even worse. ALSO SEE: Tesla Wins Support From FTC Heads To Sell Directly To Consumers Nissan has debuted a new kind of paint that...Read More»

Citroen Revolte / 2CV concept
Burnt Sienna, Russian Sage: Earth Tones For Tomorrow's Cars?

When you look at paint preferences, one thing becomes clear: today's new car buyers are a pretty conservative bunch. Despite the cultural differences separating auto shoppers in Asia, Africa, and the Americas, folks around the globe gravitate toward the same handful of hues: whites, grays, and...Read More»

2013 Ford Focus ST
Do Angry Birds (And Their Droppings) Really Prefer Red Cars?

The color of your car is important for a host of reasons: it reflects your personality, it affects your car's resale value, and according to researchers in the U.K., it determines how likely you are to be scraping bird poop off the hood every morning. Study organizers set up shop in five cities...Read More»

2013 Chevrolet Spark  -  in lilac metallic
As Bright Colors Rock Auto Shows, Black And White Reign At Dealerships

If you've managed to follow our ongoing coverage of the Los Angeles Auto Show, you might have noticed a trend: While the cars themselves are practical, inexpensive, and more compact this year, for smaller or sportier cars, bright and pastel colors are very much back in vogue on the auto-show floor...Read More»

2013 Ford Taurus
Good News, Car Shoppers: All Colors Back On The Menu

One of the unexpected outcomes of the recent devastation in Japan was the impact on paint colors for new cars, even among non-Japanese manufacturers. Ford, for example, restricted orders of cars in “Tuxedo Black” and multiple shades of red. At issue was a product supplied by German...Read More»

2012 Ford Focus
Ford: Supply Limited For Black, Red Vehicles

If you're looking for one of several Ford or Lincoln vehicles in black or red, you'd better be ready to settle with what's out at the dealership—and potentially even paying a little extra. Ford has just told its dealerships to halt orders of some models with certain hues of semi-metallic red...Read More»

Angry Driver with Road Rage
If You Cheat On Your Spouse, Make Sure To Hide Your Car First

Most people agree that cheating on your spouse is wrong. But it happens. Now a new survey explores what can happen when the spouse finds out, and the results should give pause to anyone with wandering eyes: If you cheat, you put your car in grave danger. A poll done in the United Kingdom by the...Read More»

Creative FX team wrapping a Ferrari F430 Spider
Video: Wrapping A Ferrari F430 Spider (Not For Christmas)

Ever wondered how car wraps are applied? We'd always assumed it was a little like using one of those children's Colorforms playsets, and it turns out, we were right -- although it takes place on a far more complex, mesmerizing scale. As proof, here's a clip of the Creative FX team giving a Ferrari...Read More»

grabber_blue.jpg
Silver Takes The Gold

Fun fact: about 39% of all Ford F-150 Raptors have been sold in Molten Orange. And 10% of all 2010 Ford Mustangs have been bought in Grabber Blue. But 25% of all North American new car buyers drives home in a silver ride. Says Jane Harrington, manager of color styling, automotive coatings for PPG...Read More»

Photo of Detroit by Yves Marchand and Romaine Meffre
Link Love From The Car Connection: Detroit In Pictures, Self-Healing Paint Jobs, And Car Wraps, Japanese Style

Pretty city -- Despite the hits Detroit has endured in recent months, there are plenty of people willing to take those lemons and make lemonade--and by "lemonade", we mean sumptuous, four-color photographs of the city's former industrial glory. She may look a little rough around the edges, but...Read More»

2009 Audi R8 Le Mans
2009 Audi R8 Le Mans Concept Preview

For those who recall the bad old days of the American diesel, the 2009 Audi R8 Le Mans might seem like a contradiction in terms. Ask most Americans to describe diesel power and they’re likely to use words like “slow,” “smelly,” or “rough-riding.” Yet if you listen to the German...Read More»

2008 Jeep Renegade Concept
2008 Jeep Renegade Concept

2008 Jeep Renegade Concept - more photos Chrysler rolled out three concepts at the 2008 Detroit auto show, each pairing exciting design and glimpse-of-the-future features with environmental friendliness. All three deliver power through an electric motor system and advanced, yet-to-be-developed...Read More»

2008 Mercedes-Benz Vision GLK Freeside Concept
2008 Mercedes-Benz Vision GLK FREESIDE Concept

After months of spy photos and speculation, Mercedes-Benz will unveil its new compact SUV at the Detroit auto show. Dubbed the GLK, the new ute will get its world debut as a thinly disguised concept wearing the “Freeside” badge. The GLK slots beneath the classic G-Class Benz ute, the large...Read More»

2007 Audi Cross Cabriolet quattro concept
2007 Audi Cross Cabriolet quattro Concept

It’s not the production version of the new Q5 small SUV — that likely awaits a Geneva motor show introduction next year — but Audi’s new Cross Cabriolet quattro concept carries some hints as to what the Q5 will do and look like when it bows next year. The Cross Cabriolet quattro concept...Read More»

2008 Aston Martin DBS
Aston Reveals Performance Trio

Aston formally lifted the covers on the long-expected replacement for its aging Vanquish model, its DBS sports car, which TheCarConnection.com first previewed in August. The newly-independent British marque also unveiled a pair of limited-edition models that could be sold out before the first car...Read More»

2007 Frankfurt Auto Show
2007 Frankfurt Auto Show Coverage

TheCarConnection.com is in Frankfurt this week for the IAA - bookmark this page to keep up with the latest new cars and concepts from the show, or use our RSS feeds to see everything from the Messe halls. New Vehicles 2009 BMW X6 Preview by TCC Team (9/11/2007)An active coupe—or a sporting...Read More»

2007 Nissan Micra Colour + Concept
2007 Nissan Micra Colour Concept

Nissan has spiced up its European subcompact, the Micra, in time for theFrankfurt auto show next week. But since teensy city cars tend to pale against the likes of Jaguar XFs and Maserati GTs, Nissan’s slathering the Micra with special paint to come up with the Micra Colour + Concept, a two-toner...Read More»

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