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TheCarConnection.com
Sat Oct 25, 2014 5:30 am
Mercedes-Benz brings an even smaller utility vehicle to the U.S., and now we've driven it; a minor airbag issue now affects millions more vehicles, and could potentially injure you more than a minor crash itself; and GM takes sides, against Tesla. It's all part of the Week In Reverse, for Saturday, October 25, here at The Car Connection. This week...
TheCarConnection.com
Sat Oct 25, 2014 4:30 am
About 202,000 child seats by the company Evenflo are being recalled for an issue that might cause difficulty in quickly releasing the buckle—and thus, removing the child. The recall potentially affects 202,346 'Embrace 35' rear-facing child seats from the brand made from December 2011 through May 2013. In the affected seats, the buckle could...
TheCarConnection.com
Fri Oct 24, 2014 6:02 pm
The Volkswagen Golf, with assistance from the GTI that's now wrapped back into this nameplate, may have been one of the first small hatchbacks to transcend humble economy-car roots, but it's by no means a solo act as a class benchmark today. Now, the Mazda 3 and Ford Focus have nudged their way onto that particular stage, while Honda...
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Fri Oct 24, 2014 9:44 am
Selling a car online is easy, right? Type in the make/model/year, offer a little description, name a price, post a few pics, and -- boom! -- you're done. Except it's not that simple. If you're selling your car, you should spend just as much time planning your pitch as Madison Avenue types prepare for selling handbags and hand towels. Few people...
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Fri Oct 24, 2014 8:12 am
As of today, 14 states, plus the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, have passed laws preventing drivers from using hand-held cell phones. A whopping 44 states (plus D.C. and the above territories) prohibit texting behind the wheel -- an act that tends to involve a hand-held device. The goal of those laws is to...
TheCarConnection.com
Fri Oct 24, 2014 7:53 am
The current Mitsubishi Lancer is most well-known for the Ralliart and Evolution performance versions, but even the base models have solid handling wrapped in a sporty wrapper, and come in at an affordable price. The Lancer is the brand's second smallest offering, sitting above the tiny Mirage in the lineup. It's offered as a four-door sedan or...
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Fri Oct 24, 2014 7:49 am
The Subaru Forester sits somewhere between compact and mid-size on the crossover size spectrum and is perhaps the most SUV-like offering from Subaru currently. Within the corporate lineup, it's larger than the Impreza-based XV Crosstrek yet smaller than the Outback wagon. It offers plenty fo space within its tallish confines for passengers and...
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Fri Oct 24, 2014 7:46 am
By the time it was dropped from the lineup for the 2014 model year, the Subaru Tribeca was both the oldest and least popular model in the Japanese vehicle brand's lineup. With third-row seating as an option to allow up to seven passengers, the Tribeca was originally positioned to take Subaru beyond its outdoorsy, muddy-trail roots and offer a more...
TheCarConnection.com
Fri Oct 24, 2014 7:42 am
The Subaru Impreza is a compact-car family that includes five-door hatchback and four-door sedan models. It stands out at the only mass-market compact car that includes all-wheel drive as standard in every model, trim, and version. With a reputation for ruggedness, as well as the reflected glory of its more performance-oriented siblings, the WRX...
TheCarConnection.com
Fri Oct 24, 2014 7:40 am
The Audi Q7 is a large luxury crossover with capacity for up to seven passengers. Though it has gone largely unchanged since its introduction in 2007, the Audi Q7 continues to compete with the Mercedes-Benz GL- and ML-Class crossovers, the BMW X5, the Lincoln MKT and Acura MDX, the Volvo XC90, and the Infiniti QX60. With the Q7, Audi gained a...
Yahoo Automotive
Thu Oct 23, 2014 1:47 pm
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon expanded its investigation into discrimination at the Portland truck-making plant of German automotive giant Daimler AG after four more employees came forward with allegations of racial harassment.
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Mon Oct 20, 2014 2:48 pm
By Noel Randewich SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Texas Instruments Inc posted third-quarter results above expectations and its CFO said business was healthy, in contrast to recent concerns on Wall Street about a possible slowdown in chip demand. The Dallas, Texas-based company's growth in the third quarter was driven by demand for chips used in communications equipment, industrial markets and automotive, CFO Kevin March told Reuters in a phone interview. ...
Yahoo Automotive
Fri Oct 17, 2014 1:44 am

Platinum bars are stacked at the safe deposit boxes room of the ProAurum gold house in MunichBy Clara Denina and Jan Harvey LONDON (Reuters) - Investors are unlikely to rush back into platinum any time soon after a minimal price reaction to its biggest-ever supply shock highlighted a major problem: no-one knows how much metal exists above ground or more importantly who holds it. Analysts predicted a surging market as a record five-month labour stoppage in top producer South Africa wiped out more than one million ounces of output worth $1.28 billion. Yet platinum, used mostly in automotive catalytic converters which clean up exhaust emissions, also failed to react to a 2. ...


Yahoo Automotive
Wed Oct 15, 2014 10:49 am

A logo of U.S. chipmaker Qualcomm is seen on the windshield of a car in BeijingBy Paul Sandle and Eric Auchard LONDON/FRANKFURT (Reuters) - U.S. Qualcomm Inc agreed to buy CSR Plc for $2.5 billion, offering what it hopes is a knock-out blow to win the British Bluetooth specialist which is growing in areas like automotive and wearable devices. Qualcomm, the world's number one mobile chipmaker, has agreed to pay 900 pence a share in cash for CSR, a 56.5 percent premium on the share price before the start of the offer period in August, CSR said on Wednesday. At that time, the British company rebuffed an approach from U.S. ...


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Mon Oct 13, 2014 1:19 am
CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - South Africa's competition authorities are investigating price fixing and collusive tendering in the automotive industry, with top Japanese component suppliers Panasonic and Mitsubishi Electric Corp among those being probed. Information received by the Competition Commission suggested collusion among automotive component manufacturers when bidding for tenders to supply parts, such as electric power steering and spark plugs, to car makers. ...
Yahoo Automotive
Sun Oct 12, 2014 11:58 am

A potential customer looks at a 2009 Chevrolet Impala sedan at a car dealership in Dearborn, MichiganBy Peter Rudegeair NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. regulators are asking banks for more detail on their autos financing exposure, as rapid growth in the lending has prompted officials to seek to better assess the risks, according to a person familiar with the matter.  Balances remaining on auto loans have risen by about a third since April 2011, reaching an all-time high of $924.2 billion in August, according to credit reporting bureau Equifax. About a fifth of the loans are subprime. ...


Yahoo Automotive
Thu Oct 09, 2014 11:51 pm
By Alan Baldwin SOCHI Russia (Reuters) - Marussia will race with only one car in Sunday's Russian Formula One Grand Prix out of respect for their severely injured French driver Jules Bianchi, the team said on Friday. Bianchi remains in a critical but stable condition in a Japanese hospital after he crashed into a recovery tractor at Suzuka during last Sunday's rain-soaked Japanese Grand Prix and suffered a traumatic brain injury. "The Team have written to the stewards of the meeting to inform them that they have withdrawn their second car," Marussia said in a statement. ...
Yahoo Automotive
Thu Oct 09, 2014 9:09 pm

File photo of visitors walking outside the new Dali Museum during the grand opening and dedication for the museum in St. PetersburgBy Saundra Amrhein TAMPA Fla. (Reuters) - Sunshine and more than 35 miles (57 km) of white-sand beaches have long lured tourists to the Tampa Bay area on Florida's Gulf of Mexico coast, where an infusion of arts and hipster-friendly culture is livening up options once you hang up your bathing trunks. Beyond the beaches, the region's largest city, Tampa, is outgrowing a reputation for sleepy suburban sprawl, while neighboring St. Petersburg enjoys an urban renaissance that defies its onetime image as the epitome of gray-haired Florida, for which it was good-naturedly dubbed “God’s waiting room. ...


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Wed Oct 08, 2014 8:47 am

A BMW logo is seen the wheel of a car in Mexico CityBERLIN (Reuters) - BMW has hired Ferrari's former chief engineer as it seeks to strengthen its technical prowess amid intensifying competition with rival German luxury carmakers Audi and Mercedes-Benz. Roberto Fedeli, who joined the Fiat-owned Ferrari brand in 1988 and has been head technician on Ferrari models since 2007, will join BMW in November, a spokesman at the Munich-based company said on Wednesday. The spokesman did not specify Fedeli's assignment after his move to BMW, which was reported earlier on Wednesday by Automotive News Europe. ...


Yahoo Automotive
Sun Oct 05, 2014 3:41 am
TOKYO (Reuters) - Toyota Motor Corp plans to halt production on Monday morning at 12 plants in central Japan due to a typhoon that is hitting the area, spokesman Ryo Sakai said on Sunday. The 12 plants, which include four vehicle factories as well as engine and automotive parts plants, are all Aichi prefecture in central Japan. Toyota will decide whether to resume production later on Monday depending on the weather conditions, Sakai said. Mitsubishi Motors Corp also plans to halt production at its Okazaki plant in central Japan on Monday morning and afternoon, spokesman Manabu Yamanishi said. ...