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New Buick Enclave, Audi Q4, Luxury electrics: What’s New @ The Car Connection
New Buick Enclave, Audi Q4, Luxury electrics: What’s New @ The Car Connection

The 2018 Buick Enclave is almost here Ahead of its big family crossover's formal debut next month at the New York auto show, Buick has given us a little hint of what's to come for the 2018 Enclave. VW pleads guilty in U.S. over dieselgate; what's next? Since Volkswagen is deep in the midst of...Read More»

Honda Autonomous Vehicle Technology
Self-driving cars in California, VW pleads guilty, Volvo's electric future: What’s New @ The Car Connection

No driver's license? No problem under California's proposed self-driving car laws Back in 2014, Google unveiled its first self-driving car, and boy, did it turn heads. The company's autonomous technology wasn't the only thing that got people's attention, it was also the car's design--specifically...Read More»

2017 Mazda CX-5 First Drive
2017 Mazda CX-5 driven, New Enzo Ferrari movie, 2017 Hyundai Ioniq driven: What’s New @ The Car Connection

2017 Mazda CX-5 first drive: Better, but is that good? Look closely to spot the “all new” in the all new Mazda CX-5. 7 things to know about the new 2017 Mazda CX-5 Small SUVs and crossovers are a big deal. The deluge of all-new crossovers this year from Volkswagen, Honda, and others...Read More»

2017 Mini Cooper Countryman
'17 Mini Cooper Countryman, Mercedes-AMG Project One, Chevy Bolt EV road trip: What’s New @ The Car Connection

2017 MINI Cooper Countryman Review It might share its name with the Mini Cooper Countryman that went on sale half a decade ago as the brand's first foray into the crossover world, but the model is all-new for 2017—and there's more than meets the eye. Good news, bad news for Uber and its...Read More»

2017 Fiat 500X
Automotive M&A, Dodge Demon, Nissan Juke to go hybrid: What’s New @ The Car Connection

Marchionne: Volkswagen might buy Fiat Chrysler to protect itself Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' CEO Sergio Marchionne is still on the lookout for a business partner. He has a hunch, though, that the partner may come looking for him. GM's Maven follows Cadillac's lead and offers monthly rentals Back in...Read More»

Takata logo (photo by Flickr user jo.schz)
Takata recall update, 2018 Mercedes E-Class Cabrio, Hybrids taking over Europe: What’s New @ The Car Connection

Breaking: Honda ramps up efforts to repair "very dangerous" Takata inflators Last June, Honda issued a very serious warning to owners of certain Honda and Acura vehicles: do not drive them until you've had the Takata airbag inflators in those vehicles replaced. Self-driving cars will look...Read More»

2019 Volkswagen Arteon, 2017 Geneva motor show
VW Arteon, Alpine A110, Hyundai Ioniq: What’s New @ The Car Connection

Volkswagen goes flashy with new Arteon fastback sedan Volkswagen isn't exactly known for its daring styling, but the traditionally buttoned-up German brand has shown off its more glamorous side with a new fastback sedan that will eventually replace the slow-selling CC here. Marchionne would still...Read More»

2017 Chrysler Pacifica - Best Car to Buy 2017
Chrysler Pacifica long-termer, GM's Opel sold, Lexus hybrids: What’s New @ The Car Connection

2017 Chrysler Pacifica Limited long-term road test: the kickoff The Car Connection picks one or two cars each year to road-test and review for more than the usual week. We grab long-term vehicles when we spot a car, truck, minivan, or SUV that deserves more time behind the wheel, and a more...Read More»

Opel's new 1.0-liter 3-cylinder gasoline engine
Lousy fuel economy, 2018 Hyundai Sonata leaked, Nissan e-NV200 taxi: What’s New @ The Car Connection

Average fuel economy still terrible after 92 years The past century has brought an onslaught of innovation. Don't believe it? Try to imagine modern life without television, the internet, microwaves, or social media. Utah is about to lower its drunk-driving limit, is your state next? Utah may be the...Read More»

Tesla Model S in IIHS testing
Tesla's tough week, Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo, Upcoming electric cars: What’s New @ The Car Connection

Tesla's tough week: overworked employees, sexist culture, and a stock downgrade Tesla's week hasn't been as rough as Uber's, but still, CEO Elon Musk is probably looking forward to Saturday. Audi, Porsche top Consumer Reports scorecard; Fiat, Jeep, not so much Consumer Reports has issued its annual...Read More»

2017 Jeep New Compass
Jeep Compass review, Takata admits guilt, Alpine A110: What’s New @ The Car Connection

2017 Jeep Compass Review Forget what you knew about the old Jeep Compass; this latest model is thoroughly modern, even if it doesn't exactly move the bar far forward in its segment. Takata formally admits guilt, agrees to $1 billion settlement It's been over a month since we heard about Takata's...Read More»

2017 Volvo V90 Cross Country
Volvo recall, Mitsubishi Eclipse Sport Cross, GM diesels are back: What’s New @ The Car Connection

2017 Volvo XC90, S90, and V90 Cross Country recalled over airbag problems Volvo is recalling more than 5,500 cars in the U.S. to fix a problem with their airbags. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that some of the inflatable curtain airbags in those vehicles may have been...Read More»

2018 Lexus LC500
J.D. Power, 2018 Volvo XC60, Sierra Club sues EPA: What’s New @ The Car Connection

Lexus, Porsche, Toyota, Buick: America's most dependable brands In the market for a car--maybe one that's a little gently used? You're in luck: this week, J.D. Power published its 2017 Vehicle Dependability Study, showing which brands are likely to cause the fewest headaches down the road. 2017...Read More»

2017 Jeep New Compass
2017 Jeep Compass driven, Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid, Honda WR-V: What’s New @ The Car Connection

2017 Jeep Compass first drive: fitting in Finally, with the introduction of the all-new 2017 Jeep Compass, the Jeep lineup has something for everyone, everywhere. America's bridges are crumbling: here are the iffy ones near you It's no secret that America's highways and byways are falling apart...Read More»

New York City's Manhattan Bridge (photo by Ludovic Bertron)
Failing infrastructure, 2018 Audi S4, Tesla Model 3: What’s New @ The Car Connection

Another Chinese electric car startup hits snags When you hear the phrase "Chinese electric car startup," you probably think of Faraday Future, an ironically named enterprise with no past and diminished future prospects. Feds investigate auto lenders who track borrowers by GPS Ever had the feeling...Read More»

A Honda dealership in Erie, Penn.
Loan delinquencies, Range Rover Velar, Hyundai Ioniq review: What’s New @ The Car Connection

Uh-oh: auto loan delinquencies hit a new high Economists aren't typically known for their unbridled optimism. They tend to be a cautious lot, who seem most anxious when the markets are doing well. They trade nervous glances waiting for something to go wrong. 2017 Subaru Impreza nabs IIHS Top Safety...Read More»

2017 GMC Sierra 2500HD
Duramax driven, Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross, Chevy Cruze diesel: What’s New @ The Car Connection

First drive: 2017 GMC Sierra 2500HD Duramax It's easy to say that it's not about the score when you're down a few points. In General Motors' case, the new-for-2017 turbodiesel V-8 that's optional on its full-size pickups comes up a little short on torque compared to the equally new Ford F-250...Read More»

2018 Hyundai Accent
2018 Hyundai Accent, BMW 740e driven, Chevy Bolt EV: What’s New @ The Car Connection

All-new 2018 Hyundai Accent adds lots of safety tech An all-new version of Hyundai's smallest car sold in the United States has made its debut, with what the Korean automaker says is a leap forward in terms of refinement and available safety features. More data suggests that traffic deaths rose...Read More»

2014 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel, test drive in Hell, Michigan
Americans driving less, angry Cruze Diesel owners, Dodge Demon: What’s New @ The Car Connection

Drop in driving and car ownership suggests that America's love affair with cars may be over With lots of wide-open spaces and a sprawling (though crumbling) system of roads, America has been an ideal country for cars. But a new study from the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute...Read More»

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