TCC’s Ian Norris Dies
TCC’s Ian Norris Dies

TheCarConnection is saddened to note the passing of our European colleague and friend, Ian Norris. Norris had traveled to Geneva to cover the motor show from his home in Le Mans and took ill last night. The news of Ian’s death swept quickly through the Geneva show and among his colleages...Read More»

What Happens When Airbags Go Bam—Unexpectedly?

The motoring press often writes about recalls and defects, but it also sometimes fall to us to unearth some of these problems, too. We tend to push vehicles a little further than most people would and because of that we discover things that a customer is only likely to find out about in very...Read More»

The Week in Reverse

It rocks, it rolls, it turns your iPod's music into a lowrider simulator. Doesn't it make the perfect Christmas gift for William F. Buckley? First we learned of the only guy to saw an Enzo in half and then not try to stitch it back together. Then, possibly, he was intoxicated. And potentially broke...Read More»

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Georgia Gets Kia Nod?

South Korea’s second-largest automaker, Kia Motors, is considering building its planned U.S. plant in the state of Georgia, not in Mississippi, a local report from the latter state said. (And not Lauderdale County, as other Web sites have reported--there is no Lauderdale County, Ga.) Since...Read More»

Celebrity Car Deathwatch: Enzo Strikes Out

We really weren’t expecting to break out the CCD so soon after Shannen Doherty christened it—but we may already have to push her aside for fresher, younger paparazzi bait. The L.A. Times, and lots of onlookers, reported that a Ferrari Enzo smacked into a telephone pole at about six in...Read More»

An Inch of Snow, 100 Accidents

So we Southerners have a bad reputation for driving in snow. Mostly it’s deserved. Take the residents of the Chesapeake region of Virginia as the latest example in a shameful, Piggly Wiggly–raiding history of freak overreactions to weather. The Associated Press reports that...Read More»

Old Spice Gets Sweaty Tony Stewart’s Leftovers

Let’s get physical…physical…Why can’t we get Olivia Newton-John out of our heads? Maybe it’s the video for that song, and the chunky guy aerobicizing with Olivia — and his passing resemblance to NASCAR argumentarian Tony Stewart. Stewart has had his share of...Read More»

You Too Can Beat the Embargo!

Everybody’s waiting for February 28, when the wraps will come off the new models and concept cars at the Geneva Auto Show. One of them is the Altica, a cool-looking cross between a sports car and a station wagon from which Renault design boss Patrick Le Quement will remove the cover on the...Read More»

The Week in Reverse

Thank you Volkswagen, for making our life easy by naming concepts for letters. It's like the Electric Company meets Wolfsburg: we've had Concept R, Concept C, and now Concept A. The PBS types would be all over you for putting them in reverse alphabetical order, but our car-addled brains love your...Read More»

The Truth About Anger

TheCarConnection’s been attracting attention from all sorts of places and people, but the attention we’ve received from one must-be fan is turning sour—so of course, we thought you deserved to know about it. Robert Farago is a writer who has been appearing of late on the Jalopnik...Read More»

Celebrity Car Deathwatch: Shannen Doherty, You’re First!

Lifting a phrase from a wacked-out-on-anger colleague of ours, TCConfidential’s new Celebrity Car Deathwatch has but one aim: to rebroadcast the lurid details of non-fatal car accidents caused by TV personalities, former beauty-pageant winners, and anyone ever nominated for a People’s...Read More»

The Week in Reverse

Tough-timer Lincoln says it’s changing most of its cars over to letter names instead of real word names. The Zephyr’s becoming the MKZ—pronounced “Mark-Z.” No so differently abled Mercury called dibs on all leftover names starting with the letter M. Will there be a...Read More»

Hybrid’s Lewis and Clark Go Lewis and Martin

It’s time to stop mentioning Toyota and Honda together as if they were the Lewis and Clark of hybrid vehicles. These days, they’re more like Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin, taking their own roads down the gas-electric highway. A few weeks ago in Detroit, Honda CEO Takeo Fukui decidedly...Read More»

Run The Rock — or Just Bask On It?

It’s not easy being green. At least not normally, for Muppet legend Kermit the Frog. But the star of Ford’s new Escape Hybrid commercials was singing — er, croaking — a different tune during an appearance at the Chicago Auto Show this week. It was hard to tell who was more...Read More»

Toyota’s Press Sounds Like A Leader

Optimism seems to have left Detroit — and what’s missing from all the gloomy press conferences at GM and Ford can be readily found in any speech by Toyota’s Jim Press. You just can’t get a better sense of how good things are at Toyota than to listen to the stump speech...Read More»

Never Mind the Gene Pool - Britney's Out of the Car Pool

Pop has-been Britney Spears may be well off the charts — and may be well off the supermom track too, if recent photos are to be believed and excuses not accepted. Spears was nabbed by paparazzi this week, driving away in her Lincoln Navigator with five-month-old Sean Preston in her lap, not...Read More»

L.A. to Stop High-Speed Chases

High-speed chases will be a thing of the past in Los Angeles, where the technique hasn’t done much to slow down criminals, Mr. Simpson excepted. The city’s police chief, former NYC top cop William Bratton, said his agency is going to use a new weapon to keep tabs on speeding criminals...Read More»

Escape Hybrid's Amphibious Assault

Escalades have rap stars to shill them, and pickup trucks have country-music stars. But it’s easy being green in a Ford Escape Hybrid — or so Ford wants shoppers to believe with new ad spots starring Kermit the Frog. The ads, set to air during the second quarter of Super Bowl XL on Feb...Read More»

Tiger’s Got a Brand New Bag

While Tiger Woods strokes away at another Buick Invitational title, he’ll be having his clubs carried around the grounds at La Jolla in a new bag designed by Woods and Buick, apparently on a break from working on the production version of the Velite. The blue-and-silver golf bag is plastered...Read More»

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