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2017 Mazda CX-5, Porsche's profitability, mpg vs. jobs: What’s New @ The Car Connection
2017 Mazda CX-5, Porsche's profitability, mpg vs. jobs: What’s New @ The Car Connection

2017 Mazda CX-5 video review The market for compact crossovers hasn't been this competitive—or this crowded—in the more than two decades the mini-utility vehicles have been on the road. Breaking: Americans still hate haggling over car prices Another day, another survey suggesting that...Read More»

Volkswagen Plant, Wolfsburg, Germany (photo by Richard Bartz)
Dieselgate raids, Audi A8, Toyota C-HR driven: What’s New @ The Car Connection

Germany ramps up Dieselgate probe, searching Audi offices, Volkswagen HQ, law firm The ongoing scandal known as Dieselgate appears be winding down in the U.S.--at least as far as the federal government is concerned. In Germany, however, things look to be getting worse, not better, for Europe's...Read More»

2018 Lexus LS500h
Service departments, Ferrari 812 Superfast, Tesla Model S: What’s New @ The Car Connection

Buick, Lexus top service satisfaction study, while Fiat, Land Rover bring up the rear Another month, another survey from J.D. Power. The firm's 2017 U.S. Customer Service Index examined how satisfied (or unsatisfied) vehicle owners and lessees were after taking their cars in for service. The...Read More»

2017 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid
2017 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid, Lexus UX, Porsche Mission E: What’s New @ The Car Connection

2017 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid to top range, start from $52,935 The terms "sport," "hybrid," and "crossover" have seemed incongruous, but luxury brand Acura hopes to change that with its 2017 MDX Sport Hybrid. Set to go on sale soon from $52,935 (including a mandatory $975 destination charge), the...Read More»

International Paper Company mill, 1973 [From EPA Documerica series]
EPA changes, Lucid Air, VW electrifies America: What’s New @ The Car Connection

Trump to reconsider EPA rules but let California continue setting its own regs Donald Trump is heading to Michigan, where he's expected to announce a review of federal emissions regulations that were approved by the Environmental Protection Agency just one week before the president took office...Read More»

Teaser for 2018 Buick Enclave debuting at 2017 New York auto show
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»

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