From The Car Connection:Volvo Project Aims To Make ‘Roam Delivery’ Easier Than Home DeliveryDo you have issues with home package delivery? With you could simply get deliveries tucked neatly into your car? The automaker Volvo is working on that.Chrysler Readying Plug-In Hybrid Minivan: Would It Fit Your Needs?Would you reconsider a minivan, if it offered an advanced plug-in hybrid powertrain that would be able to do short errands and perhaps your commute on electricity alone? It’s a question that Chrysler—now FCA, as the broader automaker that includes Fiat, Dodge, Ram, and Alfa Romeo—is undoubtedly studying carefully.2015 Toyota Sienna ReviewMinivans like…

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BMW i3 Vs Chevrolet Volt: Compare Cars

The BMW i3 and Chevrolet Volt are two very, very different approaches to offering an electric car with a gasoline range extender. The little BMW is a battery-electric vehicle that offers a small two-cylinder “REx” range-extending engine as an option for around $4,000–the sole electric car in the world that can be ordered with or without an engine. The Volt, on the other hand, is closer to a plug-in hybrid–but it drives entirely on electricity until the battery is exhausted, just like the BMW. Launched in May 2014, the electric BMW is one of the most advanced vehicles of any…

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Ford Motor Co. is recalling some 2011-2013 Ford Explorer models, as well as Ford Police Interceptor Utility vehicles, for an issue that may prevent the door from staying latched in a side-impact crash. The recall affects 212,911 vehicles—including 194,484 for the U.S.—built at the automaker’s Chicago plant during particular periods in 2011 and 2012. WATCH: 2015 Cadillac Escalade Video Road Test At issue is the spring that controls interior door handles. Ford says that if the spring isn’t properly seated, the door could become unlatched in a crash—potentially increasing the chance of injury. To remedy the issue, dealerships will look…

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2012-2015 Mercedes-Benz CLS Recalled For Faulty Tail Lights

Mercedes-Benz USA is recalling more than 30,000 late-model vehicles from its CLS line. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, some of those vehicles may suffer from a software glitch that could increase their chances of being involved in a collision. ALSO SEE: 2015 Cadillac Escalade Video Road Test The glitch affects the tail lights on the CLS — specifically, the rear side marker lamps — and prevents them from illuminating. As a result, it may be harder for drivers of other vehicles to see the CLS when approaching from the rear or side. That, in turn, could result in…

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Tesla To Introduce Auto-Steering Soon—Not Autonomous Driving

Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk has said that in the next several months, the company will enable technology in its Model S all-electric sedan that may allow you to take your hands off the wheel in some instances. But it won’t be, as has now been widely (and perhaps erroneously) reported, an autonomous-driving mode. ALSO SEE: Is The Diesel Dead? In the company’s latest ‘6.2’ version of its vehicle software, announced last week and likely to see live update in cars in the next week, the Model S gets two important tools aiming to curb ‘range anxiety,’ as well as…

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2015 BMW X1, 2016 Jaguar F-Type, Tesla Model X: What’s New @ The Car Connection

From The Car Connection:2015 BMW X1 ReviewThe BMW X1 was slotted into the brand’s lineup in the U.S. just two years ago, although it’s been a known quantity in Europe for years. At least conceptually, it seems like the perfect solution to nailing down style-savvy urbanites with an occasional hankering for off-pavement travel—no matter what the continent.Dodge Challenger Vs. Ford Mustang: Compare CarsFans of muscle cars aren’t like most car shoppers: they often already know what they want. But what if you’re new to muscle cars? Or perhaps want to try some fruit from another brand’s tree?Richard Branson & Virgin…

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Is The Diesel Dead?

Audi of America stormed Capitol Hill over the weekend and staged a ‘TDI Party’Enlarge PhotoThe U.S. can be confusing to Europeans. They don’t understand our versions of football or coffee, and please don’t get them started on our waistlines. (After an eye-opening trip to a certain big-box store, a French visitor once said to me, “Yes, of course we have fat people, but they do not go out.”) Nor have they traditionally understood our aversion to diesel vehicles, but according to Detroit News, that may be changing — not because shoppers aren’t interested in diesels, but because incentives could soon…

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Nissan Leaf Vs Volkswagen e-Golf: Compare Cars

While the Nissan Leaf is by far the best-selling electric car in the world–as of spring 2015, it’s closing in on 200,000 units–it’s far from the only all-electric, five-seat small car on the market. Other five-door compact hatchbacks include the Ford Focus Electric, the BMW i3, the Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive, and the newest arrival, the Volkswagen e-Golf. While their technical specs are all but identical, the Leaf and e-Golf represent diametrically opposed approaches to designing and selling electric cars: The Leaf is a dedicated vehicle sold only as a battery-electric model, although some of its hidden underpinnings are adapted…

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For years, elected officials and federal agencies have debated whether automakers should be required to equip new vehicles with alcohol ignition interlocks — devices that verify a driver’s blood alcohol level before she’s allowed to start the car. Adding them would surely increase the cost of a new car, but how much would they save? According to researchers at the University of Michigan Injury Center and the U-M Transportation Research Institute, the answer to that question is nearly $23 billion and 4,000 lives, per year. THE ARGUMENTS FOR INTERLOCKS Several years ago, Senators Tom Udall (D-NM) and Bob Corker (R-TN) introduced the Research of Alcohol…

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Dodge Challenger Vs. Ford Mustang: Compare Cars

Fans of muscle cars aren’t like most car shoppers: they often already know what they want. But what if you’re new to muscle cars? Or perhaps want to try some fruit from another brand’s tree? Then it’s worth comparing two of the longest-lived muscle cars on the market: the Ford Mustang and the Dodge Challenger. Both cars trace their histories back to the 1960s, but both have evolved into completely modern machines, too. The Ford Mustang is all new for 2015, with a fresh look and improved equipment. The 2015 model year brings the Dodge Challenger its biggest updates since…

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