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Uber parks self-driving car fleet after wreck
Uber’s Volvo XC90 autonomous car prototypeRide-sharing giant Uber says it is parking its fleet of self-driving cars after an accident involving one of the experimental vehicles late last week in Tempe, Arizona. The wreck involved a Volvo XC90—part of a fleet of vehicles being tested by Uber—but the company says that although there was a human behind the wheel and another...
Deathwatch, continued: Faraday Future still stalled in the desert
Faraday Future FF 91Why do we like to watch some companies fail and not others? It usually comes down to the size of their ambitions: the bigger they are, the better the show. That's why the implosion of brash, boastful Faraday Future has been so fascinating. New details about Faraday don't suggest that it's folding or filing for bankruptcy--not yet, anyway. But they...
2018 Toyota Sienna and Yaris, Dodge Demon, French investigating diesel: What’s New @ The Car Connection
Portable Emissions Measurement System (PEMS) (Photo by Millbrook Proving Ground)Report: Achieving the EPA's 2025 emissions goals could be 40 percent cheaper than expected If you follow car news at all, you know that U.S. president Donald Trump has announced a review of the auto emissions regulations approved by the Environmental Protection Agency during the final days of the Obama administration. Ford taking cloth upholstery...
2018 Chevrolet Equinox first drive: A strong third act
2018 Chevrolet EquinoxThe Chevrolet Equinox's revitalization has been long overdue. Compact crossovers are all the rage in America's driveways and Chevy's entry had been out of touch for a few years. The old model could trace its roots back to George W. Bush's first term. Despite some updates, its thirsty engines, its chintzy interiors, and its dearth of advanced...
Daimler diesels targeted in new emissions probe
Dieter ZetscheYesterday, we learned that French authorities are planning to investigate allegations of emissions fraud involving diesels made by Fiat Chrysler, Volkswagen, Renault, and PSA Group. Now we've learned that Daimler diesels are also the subject of a probe--this one conducted by German officials. That shouldn't be much of a surprise. Volkswagen's...
Ford taking cloth upholstery upmarket with new package for Edge
2018 Ford Edge with SEL Sport Appearance PackageThe term "sport" gets used in a lot of different ways these days. In this case, with its 2018 Edge, Ford is dressing things up a bit with a new extra cost SEL Sport appearance package. At first glance, the package, which doesn't add anything to later the Edge's ride and handling, seems like just another ploy to separate money from wallets in the...
2018 Toyota Sienna and Yaris, Dodge Demon, French investigating diesel: What’s New @ The Car Connection
2018 Toyota SiennaTale of two hatches: New 2018 Toyota Sienna and 2018 Toyota Yaris unveiled Oh, sensibility. How we've missed you. 2017 Honda CR-V nabs Top Safety Pick+ award Honda's hot-selling CR-V crossover has been redesigned for 2017 and it's among the safest crossovers on the market, says the IIHS—albeit with some caveats. Fiat Chrysler, Volkswagen...
Report: Achieving the EPA's 2025 emissions goals could be 40 percent cheaper than expected
Real-world fuel economy & CAFE for new vehicles (International Council on Clean Transportation)If you follow car news at all, you know that U.S. president Donald Trump has announced a review of the auto emissions regulations approved by the Environmental Protection Agency during the final days of the Obama administration. That news had many automakers cheering. They believe that the cost of developing and installing technology to meet the...
2018 Toyota Sienna preview
2018 Toyota SiennaThe 2018 Toyota Sienna has a familiar minivan shape and mission, but its new shape and unique features separate the van from the clan—maybe that's the plan? When it goes on sale in the fall, the Sienna will be offered in a familiar and wide range of trims: L, LE, XLE, SE, and Limited. A Premium designation will be available for several...
2018 Toyota Yaris preview
2018 Toyota YarisToyota's itty-bitty subcompact hatchback adds a little more flair (or at least the appearance of it) for 2018. The changes are, admittedly, only skin deep. Underneath, the 2018 isn't expected to be substantially changed from the 2017, which has only been updated lightly since the 2012 model year. That's a long time in small car years, but the 2018...
Tale of two hatches: New 2018 Toyota Sienna and 2018 Toyota Yaris unveiled
2018 Toyota SiennaOh, sensibility. How we've missed you. Toyota on Wednesday gave us a glimpse at the next versions of two of its most practical offerings in the lineup, the 2018 Toyota Sienna and the 2018 Toyota Yaris Hatchback. We're the first to admit that neither one gets many hearts racing, but when it comes to brute force responsibility, a minivan and an...
2017 Honda CR-V nabs Top Safety Pick+ award
2017 Honda CR-V IIHS crash testHonda's hot-selling CR-V crossover has been redesigned for 2017 and it's among the safest crossovers on the market, says the IIHS—albeit with some caveats. DON'T MISS: Our 2017 Honda CR-V review The insurance industry-funded IIHS says that the CR-V merits its Top Safety Pick+ award when it's optioned all the way up to the range-topping...
Trump team fights its own federal consumer finance agency in court
Auto loanDonald Trump isn't terribly sentimental about government agencies. The National Endowment for the Arts, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, and 59 other agencies and programs stand to be eliminated under the president's current budget. But Trump's tactic for getting rid of the Consumer Financial...
Fiat Chrysler, Volkswagen, other companies investigated for diesel fraud in France
Eiffel Tower in Paris, France (photo by Rijin, via Wikimedia Commons)Earlier this month, Fiat Chrysler warned investors that it was facing a Dieselgate-esque crisis of its own, both in the U.S. and in Europe. Now, we have a few more details about the issue, and we've learned that FCA isn't the only automaker being scrutinized by regulators across the pond. Here in America, FCA has been hit with at least two...
2017 Mazda CX-5, Porsche's profitability, mpg vs. jobs: What’s New @ The Car Connection
2017 Mazda CX-5 First Drive2017 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 Americans would prefer to buy cars online...