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The Waymo/Google vs. Uber/Otto battle is getting uglier (and way more complicated)
Waymo self-driving car prototypeNot so long ago, someone might've looked at that headline and thought we'd lost our minds, or at least fallen asleep on the keyboard. These days, though, we're all too familiar with what each of those words means and what's at stake as two of the biggest players in the field of self-driving cars go head-to-head in the courtroom. That courtroom...
Study: Younger drivers don't want electric cars
Aspiring drivers weigh in on electric and self-driving cars (via Driving-Tests.org)Another day, another study showing that drivers are totally into electric cars. Except this time, the study says exactly the opposite. Today's study was carried out by the folks at Driving-Tests.org, which helps aspiring motorists study for their written driving exams. Not surprisingly, the site's target demographic skews young--very young. Of the...
Alfa Romeo Giulia, 1,500-hp Hennessey Dodge Demon, Britain's coal-free day: What’s New @ The Car Connection
2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Review The 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio is a driver's car to meet or beat the best in the class, with razor sharp steering, agile handling, and raucous power. Only reliability questions will hold it back. Tesla sued for its "half-baked" Autopilot software Since Tesla Autopilot debuted in the fall of 2015, it's earned...
2017 Ford GT preview
Ford GT Competition SeriesThe 2017 Ford GT is the brand's limited-edition supercar and the most advanced car the Blue Oval has ever built. It's the second generation of the GT, following on the 2005-2007 original, and it is the spiritual successor to the Ford GT40 of the 1960s. Ford will only build 250 cars per year for up to four years. Built by the Canadian firm...
2017 Honda Clarity
2017 Honda Clarity Fuel Cell, Santa Barbara, CA, March 2017The 2017 Honda Clarity is a mid-size four-door sedan that comes with two different powertrains, both of them zero-emssion. The first to arrive, in December 2016, was the Clarity Fuel Cell, which is powered by a hydrogen fuel cell that feeds pure hydrogen, stored in the car's high-pressure tanks, into a fuel cell that combines with air to produce...
Tesla sued for its "half-baked" Autopilot software
Tesla Enhanced AutopilotSince Tesla Autopilot debuted in the fall of 2015, it's earned plenty of fans and foes. The former love the safety and convenience offered by the semi-self-driving system, while the latter complain that Tesla foisted dangerous beta software on owners who didn't ask for it. This week, Autopilot critics filed a class-action suit in federal court. A...
Buick's makeover, Smaller Volvos, Genesis dropping V-8s: What’s New @ The Car Connection
2018 Buick EnclaveBuick reworks its image, again Buick's decades-long makeover from purveyor of land yachts to Euro-inspired value-luxe brand is mostly working. But, as we saw at last week's New York auto show, the brand's long-term strategy has us scratching our heads. AAA gets into the car-sharing game with Gig Yesterday, we wrote about J.D. Power's 2017 U.S...
AAA gets into the car-sharing game with Gig
Gig car-sharingYesterday, we wrote about J.D. Power's 2017 U.S. Tech Choice Study, which suggested that consumers may be fine with semi-autonomous features in their next cars, but aren't so interested in fully self-driving vehicles. One other interesting bit of news to come out of the study, though, was that younger consumers aren't as hot on the idea of owning...
Buick reworks its image, again
2018 Buick Regal SportbackBuick's decades-long makeover from purveyor of land yachts to Euro-inspired value-luxe brand is mostly working. But, as we saw at last week's New York auto show, the brand's long-term strategy has us scratching our heads. It may be a case of too much, too quick—or it may be just what Buick needs to really shake things up. In New York, the...
2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia
2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia VeloceThe 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia is a compact four­-door sedan aimed at the BMW 3-Series, and the Quadrifoglio version is a BMW M3 fighter. The Quadrifoglio is the first car in an eight­-product assault scheduled for the next three years. Riding an all­-new rear­- and all­-wheel­-drive platform, the Giulia is offered in three...
Venezuela gets desperate, seizes a GM plant and vehicles
Map of VenezuelaThe political climate in America may be tense at the moment, but it's nothing compared to what's happening in Venezuela. The South American nation is in such a state of chaos that authorities in the city of Valencia have seized a General Motors plant, forcing the automaker to suspend operations there for the foreseeable future. A complicated...
Shanghai auto show, Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro driven, 2018 Honda CR-V Hybrid: What’s New @ The Car Connection
Jeep Yuntu concept, 2017 Shanghai auto show    [photo: Ronan Glon]Luxury brands display wares at Shanghai show At this week's Shanghai auto show, upscale German and Japanese automakers unveiled several new models designed to appeal to China's booming upper middle class—whose tastes nearly mirror those of American consumers. J.D. Power: Consumers wary of self-driving cars but totally okay with...
Chinese start-up Lynk & Co. to offer lifetime warranties on new cars
Lynk & Co 03 concept, 2017 Shanghai auto showRemember Lynk & Co., the new car brand from Chinese automaker Geely (which, incidentally, now owns Volvo)? The start-up has just debuted a new concept car at the Shanghai Auto Show, as well as a production version of its first model, a crossover. And it's revealed a bit more info about its Millennial-focused sales strategy. The...
Everyone is awful: new study shows that 88 percent of us use our phones while driving
Distracted drivingThe history of humankind has been fraught with tension--not tension between tribes or fiefdoms or nation-states, but between our desire to avoid death and our innate urge to scream, "Look, ma, no hands!" Case in point: texting and driving. It's dumb. It's dangerous. It's deadly. We all know that. And yet, it remains a problem. According to a new...
J.D. Power: Consumers wary of self-driving cars but totally okay with semi-autonomous technology
Blind driver Steve Mahan in Google's Self-Driving Toyota Prius, March 2012Once upon a time, self-driving cars seemed like a dream--a pipe dream, maybe, but a dream nonetheless. People thought, "Oh, wouldn't that be nice to have a car to chauffeur you around town?" Then, they'd look wistfully at their Crystal Pepsi and go back to reading the latest issue of Spy magazine. Today, self-driving cars are a reality, and...