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EU investigates whether Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, VW colluded on diesels
2015 Mercedes-Benz GLK Class (GLK250 BlueTEC)Many people assume that the upcoming movie about Volkswagen's Dieselgate fiasco will look a lot like Wall Street or The Insider: a tale of corporate greed run amok. If European investigators are proven right, though, the film could be more like The Matrix, because the plot is heading deeper and deeper down the rabbit hole. Today we learned that...
Porsche may stop making diesels (but Audi is doubling down)
Porsche Panamera DieselThe four horsemen of the Diesel Apocalypse are saddling up. The signs are everywhere: Studies show that diesel emissions are responsible for tens of thousands of deaths each year; Automakers and suppliers the world over are being sued for not complying with clean-air laws; and, Many countries are planning to outlaw diesels (as well as gas-powered...
NAFTA tax, 2018 Dodge Durango SRT driven, 2019 Volvo XC40: What’s New @ The Car Connection
US Air Force airmen install a fence along the US-Mexico border east of San Luis, AZAutomakers rally to kill proposed border tax During the run-up to the 2016 U.S. presidential election, then-candidate Donald Trump made a lot of promises to voters--chief among them, vows to repeal the Affordable Care Act and to penalize companies that manufactured goods for the American market outside the U.S. Ford expands recall of 2015-2017...
2018 Mini Countryman
2018 Mini Countryman The 2018 Mini Countryman is the automaker’s compact crossover and first plug-in hybrid electric vehicle. Charged (literally and figuratively) with moving the British icon into more driveways with a more practical, taller-riding crossover, the Countryman has a large task. Good thing it’s the biggest Mini to date. We give the Mini...
2018 Mini Cooper
2018 Mini CooperCome for the style, but you’ll have to stay for the substance. Most buyers are attracted to the 2018 Mini Cooper for its underdog attitude and myriad customization possibilities. But that honeymoon will end, and the Mini’s approach to performance and hatchback versatility will likely endure. We give the 2018 Mini Cooper a 6.5 out of 10...
Ford expands recall of 2015-2017 Ford F-Series pickups over door latch issue
2017 Ford F-150Back in May, Ford recalled select Ford F-150, F-250, and F-550 vehicles from the 2017 model year to fix a problem caused by certain aftermarket door handle covers sold by Ford dealers. All told, that recall affected 551 vehicles, 247 of which were registered in the U.S. This morning, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration published the...
Automakers rally to kill proposed border tax
US Air Force airmen install a fence along the US-Mexico border east of San Luis, AZDuring the run-up to the 2016 U.S. presidential election, then-candidate Donald Trump made a lot of promises to voters--chief among them, vows to repeal the Affordable Care Act and to penalize companies that manufactured goods for the American market outside the U.S. This hasn't been a great week for either of those efforts. Republican-led...
Global cars, Buick Regal GS, Self-driving cars: What’s New @ The Car Connection
2017 Chevrolet Trailblazer (South American spec)What’s in a name? The Dodge Neon and Chevy Trailblazer’s international double life Today, the Dodge Neon and the Chevy Trailblazer are in the automotive equivalent of the international witness protection program. Start-up electric car company Lucid Motors is looking for buyers: is it Faraday Future 2.0? Start-ups have it rough. They've...
What’s in a name? The Dodge Neon and Chevy Trailblazer’s international double life
South American market Chevrolet TrailblazerToday, the Dodge Neon and the Chevy Trailblazer are in the automotive equivalent of the international witness protection program. You won't find a new one in a showroom in the United States, but venture across a border or two and a Dodge or Chevy dealer will be happy to sell you a new four-door Neon or a rugged Trailblazer pickup. Wait, what?...
2018 Cadillac XTS
2018 Cadillac XTSThe 2018 Cadillac XTS is a pleasant, modern interpretation of traditional big-car values. It’s a fine machine, a full-size cruiser that reminds us of another era without the dated nostalgia, so we’ve rated it at a 7.2 out of 10. (Read more about how we rate cars.) The 2018 XTS is available in base, Luxury, Premium Luxury, Platinum, and...
2018 Ford Escape
2018 Ford EscapeThe 2018 Ford Escape does its best to deny its company’s sterling truck credentials. It’s a crossover SUV in mission, but the Escape wants to be driven like a sporty hatchback. Ford sells the Escape in S, SE, SEL, and Titanium trim. All offer all-wheel drive, and Ford fits a range of powertrains that range from frugal to frothy...
Fiat 500X, Dodge Demon driven, Tesla Model Y: What’s New @ The Car Connection
2017 Fiat 500X Trekking2017 Fiat 500X Trekking first drive: an underrated, if overpriced, crossover You can be forgiven for not remembering the Fiat 500X. Underneath its cheeky body, the 500X is basically the same thing as the Jeep Renegade. Both share the same engines and transmissions, and their structure is largely identical. Start-up electric car company Lucid...
2018 BMW M6
2018 BMW M6The 2018 BMW M6 lineup shrinks a little this year, a reflection of consumers not enamored with its original, two-door coupe configuration. The M6s that buyers really bought—the four-seat convertible and four-door Gran Coupe—stick around and are as desirable as ever. We’ve scored them 7.8 out of 10 overall points based on their...
2018 Hyundai Tucson
2018 Hyundai TucsonThe 2018 Hyundai Tucson deserves some kind of trophy beyond the usual participation hardware. It doesn’t do anything great in our usual rated categories, but if had one for quiet dependability, it’d be rated highly. With the Tucson, Hyundai doesn’t dazzle us with vast interior space or zippy hardware. It simply does the job of a...
2013-2016 Honda Accord recalled to fix battery glitch
2016 Honda Accord SedanHonda is recalling nearly 1.15 million Accord vehicles from the 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016 model years. A bulletin posted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that some of those vehicles could be at risk of catching fire. The Accord's problem is rooted in the case for the battery sensor, which was manufactured by Furukawa's...