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Automotive News Breaking News
Wed Jun 28, 2017 3:26 pm
A U.S. judge in California allowed some claims to proceed by investors who sued VW over its diesel emissions scandal, but agreed to the automaker's request to dismiss parts of the lawsuit.
Automotive News Breaking News
Wed Jun 28, 2017 2:11 pm
Toyota launched production of the re-engineered 2018 Camry at its plant in Kentucky, which is undergoing a major overhaul to move the sedan to the company's new global architecture.
Automotive News Breaking News
Wed Jun 28, 2017 1:59 pm
Eight New Yorkers with good timing who want to flee to the Hamptons this summer could arrive via helicopter paid for by Cadillac.
Yahoo Automotive
Wed Jun 28, 2017 1:26 pm

New security measures (and massive lines) announced for all flights to the US

180 airlines flying over 300,000 people a day into the US will have to comply with new "enhanced security measures" for electronic devices, the Department for Homeland Security announced on Wednesday.

The new security measures, which have not been described in detail, will need to be implemented at speed by the airlines. Passengers flying on any airline that does not implement the new security measures will not be able to bring anything bigger than a cellphone under the new regulations.

The new measures seem to be the ultimate evolution of a laptop ban that the US announced back in March, which affected passengers on most airlines flying from the Middle East. The new security measures will affect carry-on and checked luggage, the DHS confirmed, but should now allow those airlines affected by the laptop ban to allow passengers to carry laptops on once again, provided the new security measures are implemented.

Those security measures have not been specified, but the DHS says that it will be a mixture of visible and behind-the-scenes changes. Among the changes is likely to be deeper scrutiny of individual passengers, as well as more detailed searches of electronic devices.

The DHS said that passengers "may want to prepare for a bit more extensive screening process," although an official added that "intensive doesn't always mean slower."

Logical additional screening methods could include routine swabs of electronic devices to look for explosive residue -- something that's already done on a case-by-case basis -- as well as requiring passengers in some cases to power up laptops and demonstrate that they're working.

According to reporting from multiple news outlets, Israeli intelligence idenitified an ISIS plot to use a laptop bomb to attack an airliner several months ago. That intelligence was behind the laptop ban in March. The source of that intelligence is also reported to have been leaked to Russia by President Trump during a White House meeting.


Automotive News Breaking News
Wed Jun 28, 2017 12:41 pm
BMW plans to introduce an electric version of the 3 series in September, a move designed to fend off rival Tesla, a German newspaper reported.
Automotive News Breaking News
Wed Jun 28, 2017 12:10 pm
The National Auto Auction Association's annual survey found 2016 was a record year in units and dollars paid for used-vehicle auctions.
TheCarConnection.com
Wed Jun 28, 2017 12:03 pm
2018 Volkswagen GolfThe 2018 Volkswagen Golf is a perennial favorite—and something of an underdog—among compact cars. It's offered as a four-door hatchback, a wagon with either a standard or slightly raised suspension, and a pair of sporty "hot hatches." With the 2018 Golf, Volkswagen has taken time to add a boatload more technology to just about every...
TheCarConnection.com
Wed Jun 28, 2017 11:54 am
2017 Volkswagen CCThe 2017 Volkswagen CC is an aging but still handsome "four-door coupe," meaning a four-door sedan with a lower and sleeker roofline than VW's squarer and more upright Passat (which sells in much higher numbers). It's actually a mechanical cousin to the last-generation VW Passat, the German-made sedan sold here through 2011—and succeeded by...
TheCarConnection.com
Wed Jun 28, 2017 11:52 am
2017 Volkswagen GolfThe 2017 Volkswagen Golf is a bar set for other compact cars in its class. It now spans a model line that includes two- and four-door hatchbacks, sporty hatchbacks, and a wagon with available all-wheel drive, which is new for this year. We give the new Golf a score of 6.5. Pedestrian styling and features are offset by its excellent safety record...
TheCarConnection.com
Wed Jun 28, 2017 11:39 am
2017 Volkswagen TiguanThe 2017 Volkswagen Tiguan is the smaller of two SUVs now in the VW lineup, below the large and pricey Touareg. It's small compared to the other compact crossovers it competes with, and the conservative design has aged well. But it's pricey, falls down on safety, and lacks numerous features that are standard or optional on competitors. Trim levels...
TheCarConnection.com
Wed Jun 28, 2017 11:27 am
2017 Volkswagen TouaregThe 2017 Volkswagen Touareg is a five-seat crossover SUV with a couple of problems. The first is existential: it's really a rival for the Mercedes GLE and BMW X5 in price, but it's awkwardly pitched now as a half-step down from those vehicles, a half-step up from more pedestrian hardware from Asian and American brands. Its other problem is new...
TheCarConnection.com
Wed Jun 28, 2017 11:25 am
2017 Volkswagen e-GolfNow in its third year, the 2017 Volkswagen e-Golf is the first and so far only all-electric VW offered in the U.S. and Canada. Even owners will have to look twice to realize that it's a different version of the seventh-generation Golf hatchback, powered by a battery and electric motor, rather than a gasoline engine. VW's battery-electric model...
Automotive News Breaking News
Wed Jun 28, 2017 11:20 am
The North American unit of Sweden's Autoliv plans to invest $22.6 million to consolidate four operations into one location near Detroit.
TheCarConnection.com
Wed Jun 28, 2017 11:14 am
2017 Volkswagen JettaThe 2017 Volkswagen Jetta is a compact car in a cutthroat segment that carves costs—not canyon corners. It's VW's best-selling car and is sedan-only these days—anything with a hatch is called a Golf now. The Jetta competes with heavy hitters such as the Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla, Ford Focus, and Chevy Cruze, but also the Mazda 3 and...
TheCarConnection.com
Wed Jun 28, 2017 11:09 am
2017 Volkswagen PassatThe latest Volkswagen Passat has been the best-selling version of the nameplate in the company's history, yet some within VW's C-suite aren't pleased. Sales of the mid-size sedan hasn't kept pace with the Toyota Camry or Honda Accord, which dominate the segment, and the Passat struggles to carve an identity in the crowded field. It's still an...
TheCarConnection.com
Wed Jun 28, 2017 10:53 am
2017 Volkswagen BeetleYearning for the 1960s? The Volkswagen Beetle is (still) the car for you. This latest model is more macho and sporty than the last retro revamp from Volkswagen, but there's no denying that it trades on its retro heritage and its cheeky style. Beneath the Beetle's pert look inside and out sits a rather ordinary hatchback that forces some...
Yahoo Automotive
Wed Jun 28, 2017 10:46 am

Yes he can: Obama returns to Indonesia for family vacationBy Jessica Damiana JAKARTA (Reuters) - From white water rafting in Bali to visiting temples on Java, former U.S. President Barack Obama's private family holiday is being closely tracked in Indonesia where he spent four years as a child. Obama was six when he moved to Jakarta after his American mother, Ann Dunham, married an Indonesian man following the end of her marriage to Obama's Kenyan father. "I feel proud that my friend became a president," said Sonni Gondokusumo, 56, a former classmate of Obama at the Menteng 01 state elementary school in Jakarta.


Automotive News Breaking News
Wed Jun 28, 2017 10:16 am
The federal tax credit for electric car purchases has an end in sight, but California doesn't want demand for the zero-emission vehicles to meet the same fate.
TheCarConnection.com
Wed Jun 28, 2017 9:40 am
2017 Volvo XC90 ExcellenceNew last year, the 2017 Volvo XC90 large luxury SUV appears to be succeeding in its mission of redefining where Volvo sits in the growing global luxury market. Its an understated and modest exterior design hides is a quietly elegant, supremely ergonomic, and easy-to-use family utility vehicle with many virtues. The XC90 comes in four trim levels...
Automotive News Breaking News
Wed Jun 28, 2017 9:00 am
Superheroes are just like everyone else when it comes to getting a driver's license.
Automotive News Breaking News
Wed Jun 28, 2017 8:46 am
BMW will streamline its manufacturing process, offering fewer variants of engines and equipment, to offset high randd spending through 2019, the German carmaker's finance chief said.
Automotive News Breaking News
Wed Jun 28, 2017 8:01 am
Ford issued three recalls in North America, led by a callback of 402,462 Transit vans that will cost the company $142 million. Ford said the affected vans have a faulty driveshaft flexible coupling.
NBCNews Autos
Wed Jun 28, 2017 6:55 am
The most powerful version ever, the Honda Civic Type-R churns out 306 horsepower.
Yahoo Automotive
Wed Jun 28, 2017 2:00 am

Can Democratic pediatrician Mai-Khanh Tran unseat one of the most powerful House Republicans in 2018?In many ways, Dr. Mai-Khanh Tran isn’t all that different from millions of other Democrats who have been dismayed or depressed or indignant since Donald Trump was elected president. On election night, Tran watched in shock as the returns rolled in. The next morning, she wept at work — Tran is a pediatrician — with her colleagues.


Yahoo Automotive
Tue Jun 27, 2017 3:45 pm

How To Protect Yourself Against Petya RansomwareA ransomware attack known as Petya has hit computer systems around the world. Here's how to protect yourself from the attack.


Yahoo Automotive
Tue Jun 27, 2017 1:17 pm

China's verdant 'forest city' will fight pollution with a million plantsIf tree-covered skyscrapers act like enormous air filters, this cluster of buildings will be a clean air oasis. China has broken ground on a "forest city" in the southern city of Liuzhou. The development, which will span two-thirds of a mile along the Liujiang River, involves blanketing offices, apartments, hotels, and schools with more than a million plants and about 40,000 trees. SEE ALSO: How drones are helping to plant trees The verdant towers will help soak up urban air pollution, produce clean oxygen, and boost local biodiversity. The greenery also provides shade on sunny days and acts as an insulating blanket during winter, allowing tenants to use less heating and electricity. Liuzhou Forest City will span 175 hectares, or 0.67 miles, along the Liujiang River.Image: stefano boeri architettiIf the concept sounds familiar, that's because these buildings are the work of Stefano Boeri Architetti, the same architecture firm behind the two "vertical forest" buildings planned for Nanjing in eastern China.  Liuzhou city officials commissioned the Italian company to build the development, which will host about 30,000 people and be connected to the main Liuzhou city — population 3.8 million — via a fast-rail line used by electric cars. The forest city, now under construction, is expected to be completed by 2020, the Milan-based architects confirmed by email. 'Vertical forest' buildings in the Liuzhou development.Image: stefano boeri architettiThe development is a flashy but tiny effort to combat the dangerous smog and toxic air pollution that's choking China's industrialized cities. It comes as China is building more wind and solar power than any country in the world to slash emissions from coal plants, factories, and vehicles, and to combat climate change. Stefano Boeri's firm, which recently completed two verdant towers in Milan, is planning to expand into other smoggy cities, including China's Shijiazhuang, Guizhou, Shanghai, and Chongqing. In the Liuzhou Forest City, buildings, parks, and gardens will absorb almost 10,000 tons of carbon dioxide and 57 tons of fine dust pollutants per year, while producing about 900 tons of oxygen, the architects said in a press release.  By comparison, the two green towers in Nanjing will absorb 25 tons of carbon dioxide and produce 0.06 tons of oxygen.  An electric railway will link the 'forest city' to the main Liuzhou city.Image: stefano boeri architettiBeyond sucking up toxic air, the urban greenery is also expected to stifle noise pollution and support biodiversity by providing a habitat for the local birds, insects, and small animals that inhabit Liuzhou. The project will include residential areas, commercial and recreational spaces, plus two schools and a hospital. Along with plants, the buildings will also feature rooftop solar panels to produce clean electricity and use geothermal energy systems for interior air-conditioning. Stefano Boeri Architetti said the Liuzhou Forest City represents its broader effort to design a "new generation" of architecture and urban environments to address climate change. WATCH: China's big, beautiful, green 'vertical forests' will suck up toxic smog


Yahoo Automotive
Tue Jun 27, 2017 10:12 am

Hillary Clinton: Reading ‘Harry Potter’ builds compassion for immigrants, refugeesFormer Secretary of State Hillary Clinton cited a study that found reading “Harry Potter” helped to build compassion for marginalized groups in children.


Yahoo Automotive
Tue Jun 27, 2017 7:36 am

London apartment tower fire triggers emergency inspections, evacuationsThe deaths of 79 people in a London apartment tower have triggered emergency inspections, evacuations and soul searching among British officials who failed to prevent the tragedy.


Yahoo Automotive
Tue Jun 27, 2017 6:05 am

Chinese passenger chucks coins into plane's engine for luckA superstitious passenger delayed a flight from Shanghai for several hours Tuesday after throwing coins at the plane's engine for good luck, Chinese officials said. The elderly woman was detained by police at Shanghai Pudong International Airport following the bizarre incident, forcing nearly 150 passengers to be evacuated from the plane bound for Guangzhou in southern China. The 80-year-old threw nine coins at an engine of China Southern Airlines flight CZ380 as she was boarding on the tarmac.


Yahoo Automotive
Mon Jun 26, 2017 7:16 pm

White House warns Syria may be readying chemical attackThe White House warned strongman Bashar Assad that his regime would pay heavily for the slaughter of civilians.


Yahoo Automotive
Mon Jun 26, 2017 5:10 pm

The Latest: 1st day of testimony over in Joe Arpaio's trialPHOENIX (AP) — The Latest on the trial of former Sheriff Joe Arpaio (all times local):


NBCNews Autos
Mon Jun 26, 2017 12:04 pm
In a joint statement, the Michigan-based company buying Takata's assets said no layoffs or plant closings were planned.
NBCNews Autos
Mon Jun 26, 2017 11:16 am
Now that Takata has filed for bankruptcy, it's a good time to check whether your airbag is safe or not. Here's why and how.
NBCNews Autos
Fri Jun 23, 2017 9:06 am
Faulty gas pumps mean you could be buying watered down gas, gas with sediment in it, or getting less gas than you pay for.
NBCNews Autos
Fri Jun 23, 2017 6:59 am
Despite other signs of a relatively healthy economy, automakers have been scheduling production cuts faster than at any time since the Great Recession.
NBCNews Autos
Wed Jun 21, 2017 10:20 am
Kia topped the list of brands in J.D. Power's annual quality study — but only four Detroit brands made the top 10, and just one Japanese automaker.
NBCNews Autos
Fri Jun 16, 2017 4:09 am
Takata, whose airbags were implicated in the deaths of at least 16 people worldwide, is reportedly filing for bankruptcy.
NBCNews Autos
Tue Jun 13, 2017 1:17 pm
The vast majority of midsize SUVs offer headlights that fail to light up the road effectively, according to a new study.
NBCNews Autos
Thu Jun 08, 2017 4:22 am
Investors are betting on Tesla to deliver massive growth, but worry that with U.S. auto sales starting to slump, GM could relive its previous mistakes.
NBCNews Autos
Tue Jun 06, 2017 7:09 am
AAA plans to raise its rates on Tesla vehicles by as much as 30 percent, saying they have 40 percent more claims, and repairs are costly.