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2017 Volkswagen Tiguan Limited: More of the same, only cheaper
2017 Volkswagen Tiguan LimitedAn all-new version of the Volkswagen Tiguan with seating for up to seven is in dealers now, but if you've got a hankering for the old model, VW has a value-laden option for you. The German automaker is releasing a low-price version called the 2017 Tiguan Limited available now from $22,860 including a mandatory $865 destination charge. That's...
Trump administration scraps infrastructure advisory council
New York City's Manhattan Bridge (photo by Ludovic Bertron)Following the high profile dissolution of both the American manufacturing council and the strategic and policy forum, President Donald Trump is abandoning plans to form an infrastructure advisory council tasked with tackling the country’s crumbling roads and bridges. The council, which was created via executive order last month, was charged...
It's now a little easier to find used Teslas
Tesla Motors gallery in Houston Galleria, opened October 2011, with Model S on displayTumbling used car prices have made it much easier for shoppers to score good deals on second-hand rides, with one notable exception: electric car enthusiasts have often had to search high and low to get their hands on a used Tesla. Now, those folks can breathe a bit easier, as Autotrader and Cars.com have begun selling pre-owned Tesla...
Hyundai's eco-future, Last Dodge Viper, Bolt EV vs BMW i3: What’s New @ The Car Connection
Hyundai FCEV conceptHyundai gets the hint, focuses on battery-powered electric cars, not fuel cells Today, you'd be hard pressed to find an major automaker that's still in denial about electrification. Even vocal skeptics like Volkswagen and Mazda have come around to the idea that tomorrow's cars, trucks, vans, and SUVs will run on electricity, not gasoline or...
Are self-driving cars the beginning of the end for the steering wheel?
Ford removable steering wheel and pedals patentWith the dawn of self-driving vehicles emerging on the horizon, many have speculated on the demise of the steering wheel. Some manufacturers, like BMW, vow that their cars will always have a steering wheel. Others, like Ford, openly embrace the idea of cars that could be operated without either a steering wheel or pedals, at least for use in...
2018 Porsche Cayenne
2018 Porsche CayenneIt seems hard to call something understated when it wears a crest from Stuttgart on its hood, but the 2018 Porsche Cayenne has defied convention ever since it arrived. The automaker’s big SUV single-handedly makes Porsche’s sports cars possible today; the Cayenne has brought the automaker from the brink and into beaucoup profits in a...
Hyundai gets the hint, focuses on battery-powered electric cars, not fuel cells
2016 Hyundai Sonata Plug-In HybridToday, you'd be hard pressed to find an major automaker that's still in denial about electrification. Even vocal skeptics like Volkswagen and Mazda have come around to the idea that tomorrow's cars, trucks, vans, and SUVs will run on electricity, not gasoline or diesel. But the electrification issue is larger and more complicated than that. Here...
2018 Chevrolet Tahoe, Genesis and Google Assistant, Fuel-economy rules under Trump: What’s New @ The Car Connection
2018 Chevrolet Tahoe Custom2018 Chevrolet Tahoe drops price, loses third row Facing stiff competition from rivals with all-new models either currently or soon to be on showroom floors, like the Nissan Armada and Ford Expedition, Chevy just took the unusual step of removing features from its 2018 Tahoe. Waymo patent would make cars safer by making them softer Pedestrians are...
2018 Chevrolet Tahoe drops price, loses third row
2018 Chevrolet Tahoe CustomFacing stiff competition from rivals with all-new models either currently or soon to be on showroom floors, like the Nissan Armada and Ford Expedition, Chevy just took the unusual step of removing features from its 2018 Tahoe. SUV sales are back in a big way—they’re up 7 percent this year. But not everyone needs seating for more than...
Here's why your next car could be made of wood
BMW i3 Coupe conceptThe University of Kyoto is partnering with two of Japan’s leading auto parts suppliers to develop a new, wood fiber-based plastic that can be formed into a strong, lightweight, structural piece of a car. By 2020, they expect to have the first prototype completed. This is hardly the first time wood has been used in structural elements of a...
Waymo patent would make cars safer by making them softer
Waymo self-driving car prototypePedestrians are in trouble. Between 2015 and 2016, the U.S. saw an 11 percent uptick in pedestrian deaths, and there's no sign that the trend is changing course. What's an automaker to do? If you're Ford, you design cars to do a better job of detecting pedestrians. If you're Waymo (which isn't necessarily an automaker...yet), you design cars that...
2018 Ford F-150
2018 Ford F-150Trucks don’t want to be luxury vehicles or family wagons, but now they have to be. The 2018 Ford F-150 is proof. Although the F-150 rides on a fully boxed ladder frame with a quartet of muscular engines designed to tow, haul, or drag nearly everything under the sun, the full-size Ford can be outfitted with a menu of luxury features that...
ICYMI, Donald Trump talked about infrastructure yesterday, too
Pothole repair (via Wikimedia)U.S. president Donald Trump held a press conference yesterday. You might've heard something about it. Long before Trump stepped away from the microphone, media outlets were busy posting reports about his explicit defense of the white nationalists who'd gathered in Charlottesville, Virginia over the weekend for a rally that ultimately turned...
NAFTA update, O.J.'s Bronco, Karma Revero driven: What’s New @ The Car Connection
2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD ProThe LCD screen on your dashboard is likely to take center stage in NAFTA negotiations As NAFTA negotiations begin this week, tensions are high over the anticipated showdown between the Trump administration and the automotive industry. Likely to be at the very epicenter of Trump’s vision of incentivizing American manufacturing jobs are the...
2018 Chevrolet Traverse
2018 Chevrolet TraverseThe 2018 Chevrolet Traverse walks a delicate line between being an affable, family-friendly crossover SUV and looking like something more rugged and capable. Clean styling inside and out, an enjoyable standard powertrain, a comfortable, spacious cabin, and most of the equipment we expect in a modern family car help the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse...