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Ford Sync: Now You Can Utter Threats Legally
Ford Sync: Now You Can Utter Threats Legally

Somewhere in deep space or in California, which I guess is the same thing, William Shatner is channeling Gene Roddenberry’s spirit and laughing, saying to himself “I told you so” in between filming commercials for bran cereals and Priceline.com. So often is the case when we use Star Trek...Read More»

2011 Subaru Outback
2011 Subaru Outback Gets Mobile WiFi

Subaru calls the 2011 Outback a crossover, even though we think it's more of an all-wheel drive wagon (and a fun one at that). Whatever class it sits in, it just got a bit cooler this morning, with the addition of mobile WiFi access linked to the Internet via 3G. The new addition, dubbed simply...Read More»

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Two Insurance Companies Apply For PAYD In California

The Automobile Club of Southern California has applied to offer Pay As You Drive (PAYD) insurance in the state. Approval of its application would enable the company to participate in what the state’s insurance commissioner, Steve Poizner, calls a “cutting edge” program. If the pending...Read More»

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The Benefits Of Direct Injection

Modern direct injection systems use a high pressure design, though some of the earlier models used a low pressure system. There are a couple of benefits to using a high pressure GDI (gasoline direct injection) system; the primary of which is greater control over the fuel. Under a high pressure...Read More»

Ford's Curve Control system
Video: 2011 Ford Explorer Curve Control

The Blue Oval is readying its 2011 Ford Explorer for release later this year, and is packing the new vehicle with the latest engines for improved efficiency, new inflatable rear seat-belts for passenger safety, and something new called “curve control” for added stability. The new technology...Read More»

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Smartphones Are The New Pot

If you drive a car, chances are good that you own a smartphone, so we feel it's only fair to warn you that you're messing with fire. J.D. Power recently conducted its 2010 U.S. Automotive Emerging Technologies Study, and the results are clear: smartphones are a technological gateway drug, leading...Read More»

2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee vehicle information iPhone app
Video: New iPhone App Has Chrysler Feeling Social

Yesterday saw the launch of two auto-related iPhone apps -- one from Daimler, the other from Chrysler. And if you think you know which was more impressive, you might be in for a surprise. Daimler's app was designed specifically for owners of the new Smart EV, though anyone can download it if they...Read More»

Audi A8 MMI Navigation with Google functionality
Audi And Google Take Top Tech Honors (It's More Exciting Than It Sounds)

We love a good telematics system, and Audi's MMI is a really good one -- so good, in fact, that it took home the award for "Best Embedded Telematics Navigation Product" at the 2010 Telematics Awards. And before you ask: • Yes, there is an annual Telematics Awards ceremony. • Yes, there is a...Read More»

2011 Toyota Auris Hybrid - European model
Video: Toyota Auris Hybrid Takes Test Driving To The Web

Debuting a new car is tricky business: timing and placement is everything. Traditionally, launches have taken place at major auto shows, accompanied by dry ice, booming techno, and saucy, sexy dancers. But over the past couple of years, we've seen models making grand entrances on Facebook and other...Read More»

1999 Ford Taurus
Take Steps To Prevent Your Car From Being Stolen

Whether you drive a 1994 Honda Accord or a 2010 Mercedes-Benz S-Class, having your car stolen is bound to ruin your day. And while the vehicles topping the “most-commonly stolen popularity” charts frequently consist of older model Accords, Civics, Camrys, and F-150 Pickups (see the full list...Read More»

SIRIUS XM on Android
Sirius XM: Now Available On Android Handsets

Owners of Blackberries, iPhones, and iPods have been enjoying Sirius XM through their handheld devices since last year, and now, the popular music/talk/news radio service is expanding its reach with a new app for Android. The app is free, and if you're already a Sirius XM subscriber, there's no...Read More»

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Yes, Virginia, There Is A Downside To High-Tech Cars: Hacking

The line between cars and computers has begun to blur, leaving tech geeks like us giddy. In-car internet, real-time eco-driving feedback, social media apps: they're all great things, and they point to a day when gearheads and propellerheads will be wearing the same hat. But there is, in fact, a...Read More»

American Journey 2.0: Socially Networked Road Trip with the Ford Fiesta
Cars Are People, Too: Road Trippin' Ford Fiesta Tweets As It Travels

Last week, we told you about a group of University of Michigan students who'd been developing apps for cars. Now, some of those students are about to give their work a test drive -- a long, cross-country test drive in a new Ford Fiesta. But they won't be going it alone: in Fiesta #2, some road trip...Read More»

Buick LaCrosse four-cylinder drive
Favorite Luxury Features Of The Buick Lacrosse

In recent years, Buick has become a name to recognize in the luxury class, and the new 2010 Buick LaCrosse has allowed Buick to compete with some of the most respected names in the industry. While most individuals looking for a luxury sports sedan are finding themselves at dealerships test-driving...Read More»

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Mobile Ridiculousness: the Apple iPad Car Dock

You can pick your friends, you can pick your car--and now you can pick your friends from your car via Twitter or Facebook with the cutting-edge help of this spectacularly bad idea, an iPad dock for your car. TheCarConnection's showed you the best installation of the iPad in the car that we've seen...Read More»

Volvo Personal Car Communicator (PCC)
Coming Soon: Smart Key Fobs And Corresponding Smartphone Apps

Key fobs—those little remotes that typically just lock and unlock our car doors—are about to become a lot smarter. Although there have been glimpses of innovation—incorporating remote start, for instance—they haven't changed much in more than a decade. For several years, Volvo has offered...Read More»

The Homer
Ford's Car Of The Future--By Way Of The Simpsons?

The Simpsons is, admittedly, just a cartoon, but its encyclopedic punditry on American life occasionally dips into fields that can stir even a car lover's juices. Case in point: The Homer, a car designed to meet the average American's (read: Homer Simpson's) needs and desires. And today, Ford...Read More»

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Need Mazda Roadside Assistance? There's An iPhone App for That

Need help with your 2010 Mazda3 and its flat tire? Or maybe your 2010 CX-9 has some locked keys inside, completely someone else's fault? Now, in the ad lingo of the moment, there's an app for that. Mazda's joined the fray and built a new iPhone application that brings its owners roadside assistance...Read More»

2009 Dodge Journey AWD 4-door SXT Angular Front Exterior View
Ask TCC: How Can I Empower My 2009 Dodge Journey Keys?

  We're all about empowerment here at TheCarConnection. We give you a voice in the car world by asking you to write for High Gear Media Web sites--and we're also here to answer the questions that come up while you're researching, shopping and driving your new car. Which brings us to the Dodge...Read More»

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