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TheCarConnection.com
Wed Mar 01, 2017 7:30 am
2017 Jeep Compass2017 Jeep Compass Review Forget what you knew about the old Jeep Compass; this latest model is thoroughly modern, even if it doesn't exactly move the bar far forward in its segment. Takata formally admits guilt, agrees to $1 billion settlement It's been over a month since we heard about Takata's proposed billion-dollar settlement to end an...
TheCarConnection.com
Wed Mar 01, 2017 6:48 am
2017 Kia Optima HybridThe 2017 Kia Optima Hybrid builds on a strong reputation in the form of handsome, economical Optima sedan. It doesn't have as much in its favor when talk turns to the last-generation Optima Hybrid, which wasn't as smooth or as efficient as the best hybrids in the mid-size sedan niche. This year's new Optima Hybrid and Plug-In Hybrid cure those...
Automotive News Breaking News
Wed Mar 01, 2017 6:15 am
GM and Nissan, helped by strong truck demand and more generous discounts, posted higher February U.S. light-vehicle sales, while weak car shipments put a dent in Fiat Chrysler and Ford Motor volume.
Automotive News Breaking News
Wed Mar 01, 2017 5:08 am
Auto lender Credit Acceptance plans to add more than 500 jobs in an expansion of its corporate headquarters in suburban Detroit.
Automotive News Breaking News
Wed Mar 01, 2017 4:41 am
On Super Bowl Sunday, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick got into a heated argument over fares with his driver, Fawzi Kamel, who then turned over a dashboard recording of the conversation to Bloomberg.
Automotive News Breaking News
Wed Mar 01, 2017 4:14 am
Toyota has reduced its number of top positions to speed up decision making, as the Japanese automaker works toward a slimmer executive structure to better compete in an industry undergoing rapid change.
Yahoo Automotive
Wed Mar 01, 2017 4:10 am

Ex-CIA spy held in Portugal over kidnap avoids extradition, will be freedA former CIA officer convicted for involvement in the kidnap of an Egyptian cleric in Italy won a last-minute reprieve from deportation from Portugal on Wednesday and will be released, her lawyer said. Sabrina de Sousa, a dual U.S.-Portuguese citizen detained last week, was already at Lisbon airport to be flown to Italy when the news came through, following a partial pardon granted by the Italian president on Tuesday. "She was in the airport this morning to be handed over to Italy, but is no longer there ... She is at the Judiciary Police in Lisbon now, but will be released today," de Sousa's lawyer, Manuel Magalhaes e Silva, told Reuters.


Automotive News Breaking News
Wed Mar 01, 2017 4:02 am
A company now owned by Uber last year quietly bought a small firm specializing in sensor technology used in autonomous vehicles, giving the ride services company a patent in the technology and possibly a defense against a trade secrets theft lawsuit...
Yahoo Automotive
Wed Mar 01, 2017 3:19 am

Saudi king signs range of deals in Indonesia at start of visitBy Darren Whiteside BOGOR, Indonesia (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia's King Salman held talks with Indonesia's president on Wednesday and signed a range of cooperation agreements at the beginning of a 12-day visit to the world's largest Muslim-majority country. The royal visit is the first by a Saudi monarch in nearly five decades. The leaders oversaw, among 11 pacts, the signing of agreements to take down trade barriers and a new agreement between state energy companies Saudi Aramco and Pertamina, building on an existing $6 billion plan to expand Indonesia's biggest refinery.


Yahoo Automotive
Tue Feb 28, 2017 11:31 pm

Two hurt in police gun accident at Hollande eventA policeman providing security for Francois Hollande accidentally fired his gun as the French president was giving a speech, injuring two people in the VIP area of the crowd, an official said. "It was an accidental shot by a police officer which injured two waiters, or at least one waiter and an (event) employee. The injuries aren't life threatening," local government chief Pierre N'Gahane said.


Automotive News Breaking News
Tue Feb 28, 2017 9:01 pm
Nissan replaced an injured soccer player with a fan in the latest spot to top our weekly viral video charts.
Yahoo Automotive
Tue Feb 28, 2017 6:38 pm

The Latest: Trump condemns Kansas bar shooting in speechOLATHE, Kan. (AP) — The Latest on a deadly shooting at a Kansas bar that some witnesses said was racially motivated (all times local):


Automotive News Breaking News
Tue Feb 28, 2017 3:52 pm
Volkswagen has paid $2.9 billion to repurchase nearly 138,000 U.S. diesel vehicles through Feb. 18 under a sweeping settlement over emissions violations.
Automotive News Breaking News
Tue Feb 28, 2017 3:38 pm
FCA has received subpoenas from U.S. federal and state authorities, including the Securities and Exchange Commission, related to alleged excess diesel emissions by some of its vehicles.
Yahoo Automotive
Tue Feb 28, 2017 2:44 pm

Recap: President Trump’s address to CongressOn Tuesday night, President Trump gave his first address to a joint session of Congress, and the Democrats issued their response from former Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear. Follow along for analysis of the speech and post-address commentary from Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric and Yahoo News National Political Columnist Matt Bai.


Automotive News Breaking News
Tue Feb 28, 2017 12:37 pm
GM CEO Mary Barra said the automaker is exploring opportunities with French automaker PSA Group, but declined to discuss a potential sale of its money-losing European Opel unit.
Yahoo Automotive
Tue Feb 28, 2017 9:40 am

Trump fires back at Pelosi: ‘We’re soon going to have a one-party system’After House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi slammed him in an interview over the weekend, President Trump responded by accusing her of undermining the Democratic Party. In a “Fox & Friends” interview that aired Tuesday ahead of his address to a joint session of Congress, Trump branded Pelosi “incompetent” and said she’s “done a terrible job” as a party leader. “You know, if you look at what’s going on with the Democrats and the party, it’s getting smaller and smaller,” Trump said.


TheCarConnection.com
Tue Feb 28, 2017 7:41 am
Takata logo (photo by Flickr user jo.schz)It's been over a month since we heard about Takata's proposed billion-dollar settlement to end an investigation by U.S. officials into charges of criminal wrongdoing. Yesterday in Detroit, District Court Judge George Steeh formally approved that proposal. Most of the funds that Takata ponies up--around $850 million--will be allocated to automakers...
Yahoo Automotive
Tue Feb 28, 2017 7:32 am

The statement-making guests Trump and Democrats are bringing to his big speech to CongressBoth President Trump and his opposition in Congress look to highlight their sides of ongoing policy battles with their choice of guests for Tuesday night’s joint address to Congress. The act of bringing notable guests, or “Lenny Skutniks,” to such addresses is a well-established tradition. Skutnik committed an act of heroism following the crash of Air Florida Flight 90 in January 1982 and was subsequently invited to then-President Ronald Reagan’s 1982 State of the Union address. For this year, the White House announced that six guests would be joining first lady Melania Trump at the address.


TheCarConnection.com
Tue Feb 28, 2017 7:30 am
2017 Volvo V90 Cross Country2017 Volvo XC90, S90, and V90 Cross Country recalled over airbag problems Volvo is recalling more than 5,500 cars in the U.S. to fix a problem with their airbags. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that some of the inflatable curtain airbags in those vehicles may have been installed using poorly manufactured bolts, which...
TheCarConnection.com
Tue Feb 28, 2017 6:03 am
2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse CrossIf you're of a certain age—the generation that grew up idolizing sporty coupes like the Mitsubishi Eclipse—it's time to grow up. This isn't a message sponsored by your mother (who does mean well); instead, it comes courtesy of Mitsubishi itself. After a more than a half-decade absence, the Mitsubishi Eclipse will return when the...
Automotive News Breaking News
Tue Feb 28, 2017 4:54 am
In the new era of artificial intelligence and autonomous vehicles, Honda is planning its own transition from metal-bender to software-coder.
Yahoo Automotive
Mon Feb 27, 2017 3:28 pm

Takata pleads guilty in air bag scandal, agrees to pay $1BDETROIT (AP) — Japanese auto parts maker Takata Corp. pleaded guilty to fraud Monday and agreed to pay $1 billion in penalties for concealing an air bag defect blamed for at least 16 deaths, most of them in the U.S.


TheCarConnection.com
Mon Feb 27, 2017 3:16 pm
Waymo self-driving prototypeWe live in confusing times. Presenters dole out movie awards to films that didn't win. The last Republican president has been criticizing the current one. And two self-driving car start-ups are embroiled in a court battle over allegations of corporate espionage. Oh, and to make that last item even more complicated, the brouhaha started because of...
Yahoo Automotive
Mon Feb 27, 2017 3:14 pm

UN slams North Korea over 'provocative' sanctions evasionBacked by China, the UN Security Council on Monday unanimously condemned North Korea for its "irresponsible and provocative" attempts to evade sanctions. The council agreed during a closed-door meeting on "the importance of full compliance" with sanctions resolutions, said Ukrainian Ambassador Volodymyr Yelchenko, the council president. The remarks endorsed by China, Pyongyang's sole ally, followed a report by the UN panel of experts that showed North Korea was flouting sanctions by resorting to middlemen and front companies abroad.


Yahoo Automotive
Mon Feb 27, 2017 12:23 pm

White House defends mission after slain SEAL’s father questions raidThe White House responded Monday to the father of the U.S. Navy SEAL killed last month in a raid in Yemen, defending an operation it says produced valuable intelligence that will ultimately save American lives. William Owens’ 36-year-old son, Ryan, and a number of civilians were killed in the Jan. 28 mission — the first such counterterrorist operation approved by President Trump. “I can’t possibly imagine what he’s going through in terms of the loss of a son,” White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Monday at his daily press briefing.


NBCNews Autos
Mon Feb 27, 2017 8:25 am
Takata formally entered a guilty plea in Detroit federal court on Monday for covering up a deadly airbag defect.
NBCNews Autos
Mon Feb 27, 2017 7:56 am
U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao said on Sunday she was reviewing self-driving vehicle guidance issued by the Obama administration and urged companies to explain the benefits of automated vehicles to a skeptical public.
TheCarConnection.com
Mon Feb 27, 2017 7:41 am
2017 Volvo XC90 ExcellenceVolvo is recalling more than 5,500 cars in the U.S. to fix a problem with their airbags. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that some of the inflatable curtain airbags in those vehicles may have been installed using poorly manufactured bolts, which could dramatically increase the risk of injury to occupants during crashes...
TheCarConnection.com
Mon Feb 27, 2017 7:30 am
2018 Lexus LC500Lexus, Porsche, Toyota, Buick: America's most dependable brands In the market for a car--maybe one that's a little gently used? You're in luck: this week, J.D. Power published its 2017 Vehicle Dependability Study, showing which brands are likely to cause the fewest headaches down the road. 2017 Jeep Compass first drive: fitting in Finally, with...
NBCNews Autos
Sat Feb 25, 2017 12:11 pm
Insurance companies say one of the reasons that rates are spiking is that drivers distracted on their smartphones and getting into accidents.
NBCNews Autos
Fri Feb 24, 2017 8:16 am
Uber is having a sub-optimal week, to say the least.
TheCarConnection.com
Fri Feb 24, 2017 8:00 am
2017 Tesla Model XSelf-driving cars are going to ruin everything--in a good way. If all goes as planned, they'll dramatically reduce auto accidents and highway fatalities; boost fuel efficiency; minimize traffic jams; and maybe even cut the number of vehicles we own. Autonomous vehicles are likely to wreak havoc on the insurance industry, too. For insurance agents...
TheCarConnection.com
Fri Feb 24, 2017 7:41 am
J.D. Power 2017 Vehicle Dependability StudyIn the market for a car--maybe one that's a little gently used? You're in luck: this week, J.D. Power published its 2017 Vehicle Dependability Study, showing which brands are likely to cause the fewest headaches down the road. The Dependability Study is a bit like Power's equally popular Initial Quality Study, which is typically issued in June...
NBCNews Autos
Fri Feb 24, 2017 4:45 am
Musk's Tesla is burning through cash at a frantic rate as it prepares to introduce its new Model 3 sedan over the summer.
NBCNews Autos
Thu Feb 23, 2017 4:32 am
Lexus yet again topped the long-term reliability charts, tying with Porsche for top brand in the 2017 J.D. Power Vehicle Dependability Study.
NBCNews Autos
Sat Feb 18, 2017 7:08 am
In the wake of an explosive crash involving a Model S, the question arises as to whether Tesla's battery technology is inherently safe.
NBCNews Autos
Fri Feb 17, 2017 8:40 am
Truck guards that experts say would prevent horrific crashes are not required in the United States.
NBCNews Autos
Thu Feb 16, 2017 10:03 am
Cadillac sales in China have exploded, jumping 44 percent in just one month — compared to a 4 percent year-over-year decline in U.S sales.
NBCNews Autos
Tue Feb 14, 2017 10:25 am
Daimler AG's Smart brand has confirmed it will stop selling gasoline-powered vehicles and focus exclusively on an electric model for North America.