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So What Will Those 42-MPG Cars Actually Look Like? (Hint: Not Golf Carts)
So What Will Those 42-MPG Cars Actually Look Like? (Hint: Not Golf Carts)

No, we won't all be driving golf carts. We won't all have to drive a truncated 2009 Toyota Yaris either. Relax and chill, folks. Let's do a little reality-based projecting on what 2016 might look like. In 2016, the new mileage and emissions rules announced today by the Obama administration require...Read More»

2007 Mercedes-Benz F700 Concept
Engines Will Shrink For Fuel Efficiency, But You'll Pay More For Less

It's long been tradition that big cars have big engines. But fuel-economy standards (in the US) and carbon emissions limits (in Europe) mean that even the big cars of tomorrow will have to use far less gasoline than they do today. One way they'll get there is by radically downsizing the engines...Read More»

GM cars take on the Zune
Link Love From The Car Connection: Reading Behind The Wheel, Music For Hipsters, And GM Targets The Zune Generation (Assuming There Is One)

Zuning in -- General Motors' marketing department isn't letting all this bankruptcy folderol spoil their fun. Those chipper clipboard-toters are working overtime to reach every viable customer demographic. GM's latest target: owners of the Microsoft Zune, America's favorite also-ran mp3 player...Read More»

Nissan EV-02 prototype grille
Nissan's Audacious Claim: Our EV Will Cost No More Than a Regular Compact Car

It seems to be electric vehicle season out there, with Ford, Chevrolet, and now Nissan giving rides in their development prototypes. In each case, a close-to-final drivetrain was mounted in a development "mule" far from the final production vehicle. Of the three, Nissan has by far the most...Read More»

Sirius Stream Jockey
Satellite Radio Could Lose Big in Chrysler Bankruptcy

The big loser in the Chrysler bankruptcy conflamma playing out now? After bondholders, blue-collar workers and executives alike, you mean? That could be SiriusXM satellite radio. The newly merged entity had been hoping for good economic times, more new-vehicle installations and thousands more new...Read More»

2009 Jaguar XF
The List: 7 Best Factory Car Sound Systems

You already know which new car's your favorite, and here at TheCarConnection.com, we have some favorites, too. But when it comes to entertaining us at the wheel with great music and excellent music interfaces, which cars truly rock? Spending $30,000 on a new car is easy to do--and yet, some luxury...Read More»

2010 Porsche 911 GT3
Porsche Shows Off 2010 911 GT3 At New York Auto Show

Today at the New York Auto Show, Porsche showed its new 2010 911 GT3 for the second time since its debut at the Geneva Motor Show. The U.K.'s AutoCar calls the GT3 "the hardest ever 911." A bigger flat-six spits out more power, and a host of electronic chassis aids help the driver play hero in this...Read More»

2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee
Hugely Changed 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Debuts In NYC

Jeep just rolled out the brand new (and we mean brand spanking new) 2011 Grand Cherokee at the New York Auto Show. Based on Mercedes' ML-platform (wow, the old DaimlerChrysler relationship continues to pay dividends), the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee promises massive leaps forward in refinement...Read More»

2010 GMC Terrain
2010 GMC Terrain Bows In New York With Class-Leading MPG

Today GMC announces the arrival of its new small crossover, the 2010 Terrain, which is debuting this week at the New York Auto Show. Using a platform shared with the 2010 Chevrolet Equinox, the Terrain is set to slot into GMC’s lineup as the little brother to the successful Acadia full-size...Read More»

Ford Transit Connect Family One Concept
Ford Transit Connect Family One Concept At NYC Show

Ford will be showing off a family-oriented concept version of its Transit Connect small van that's slated for a U.S. sale date sometime this summer. The Ford Transit Connect Family One Concept we'll see next week at the New York Auto Show is based around kids and the moms who tote them around...Read More»

2010 Chevrolet Equinox
2010 Chevrolet Equinox $1,800 Less Than 2009 Model

In a statement today, Ed Peper of Chevrolet announced that the all-new 2010 Chevrolet Equinox small SUV will retail for $1,800 less than the outgoing 2009 model it replaces. The vehicle will begin at $23,185 when it goes on sale this June. But the new model is far from de-contented; mechanically...Read More»

2010 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG
2010 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG Gets 7-Speed MCT From SL

Mercedes will be unveiling the high-performance AMG version of its E-Class sedan, the 2010 E63 AMG, at the New York Auto Show next week. They claim its performance, handling, and technology will closely mirror the SL63 AMG Roadster when it goes on sale this November at U.S. dealerships. In addition...Read More»

2010 Subaru Legacy
2010 Subaru Legacy Sports Swept Design, New York Debut

Sporting a style very close to the concept that was shown in January at the Detroit Auto Show, the 2010 Subaru Legacy makes its official debut next week at the New York International Auto Show. The vehicle will go on sale this summer at Subaru dealerships across the country. Phsyically, the 2010...Read More»

2008 Ford Explorer America Concept
Car-Based 2011 Ford Explorer Rumored For Chicago Assembly

It's looking like the 2011 Ford Explorer will be produced at the same Chicago factory that assembles the Ford Taurus X. This has fueled speculation that the next-gen Explorer will abandon the current vehicle's truck chassis in favor of a lighter car-based architecture. Ford has indeed confirmed...Read More»

2010 Fisker Karma
Fisker Chooses 27 Experienced Retailers For 2009 Karma Sedan

On the heels of the Tesla Model S sedan unveil yesterday, competitor Fisker Automotive announced today that it's hand picked 27 retailers to sell the 2009 Fisker Karma. The vehicle is still slated for showrooms later this year and is a plug-in hybrid that can travel up to 50 miles on electric power...Read More»

2012 Tesla Model S
Tesla Model S: $49,900, 7(ish) seats, 0-60 in 5.6, 300-mile range

Here at the SpaceX Rocket Facility in Los Angeles, Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk and Design Chief Franz von Holzhausen just pulled the wraps off the Model S sedan. Musk held court with the media and spoke easily - and openly - about many details, while a shy von Holzhausen mostly stood by quietly...Read More»

2010 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe
Mercedes Announces 2010 E-Class Coupe Engine Lineup

Today Mercedes-Benz announces its European range of engines for the 2010 E-Class Coupe. U.S. offerings likely won't include four-cylinders or diesels (unless diesel popularity undergoes a sea change or fuel prices double). But significant changes to even the uplevel V-6 signals the greater power...Read More»

2009 Acura TL
Driven: 2009 Acura TL - Digital Delight

A member of our staff dubbed the new 2009 Acura TL "The Polynesian War Canoe". An apt handle: the newly redesigned sedan is swift, strikes awe (or fear) with its collection of angry angles, and stomps purposefully down the road. Many have criticized Acura's new beaky prow; Honda's luxury division...Read More»

Rolls-Royce 200EX Concept Geneva
Rolls-Royce RR4/200EX V-12 Gets More Power Than Phantom

The new baby Roller may shrink in the shadow of the gargantuan Phantom, but it gets more power according to Rolls-Royce. Today they released more details of the RR4 project that was named 200EX in concept guise at its Geneva Motor Show debut. In addition to spreading the rumor about coupe and...Read More»

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