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IIHS: 2019 Ram 1500 aces crash tests but has subpar headlights
IIHS: 2019 Ram 1500 aces crash tests but has subpar headlights

The 2019 Ram 1500 aced the IIHS' slew of crash tests but missed out on its top award due to headlights that don't provide good coverage at night. The IIHS found that the new Ram scored "Good" ratings in each of the instrumented six tests it administers including small-overlap front...Read More»

California digital license plate
Michigan puts digital license plates on the road

Following their high-tech debut in California last year, Michigan's Secretary of State on Thursday green-lighted the roll-out of digital license plates by the end of 2019. The digital plates are made by Reviver Auto and use the same technology as those now legal in California and Arizona. Called...Read More»

2019 Cadillac XT4
What's New for 2019: Cadillac

Cadillac is in the midst of a major shakeup. What you'll find in a dealer's showroom during the 2019 model year probably depends on when you visit. The automaker's new XT4 is its smallest crossover SUV, a model that squares off against the Audi Q3 and BMW X1, among others. Its lineup grows during...Read More»

2014 Kia Optima
Hyundai and Kia recall, Lotus production heads to China, Lincoln's electric future: What's New @ The Car Connection

Hyundai, Kia recall 168,000 vehicles over fire risk About 168,000 Kia and Hyundai sedans and crossover SUVs are subject to a recall over a fire risk, the automakers said Wednesday. Charging ahead: Ford F-150 electric pickup truck on its way Ford on Wednesday confirmed that it has plans to...Read More»

2014 Kia Optima
Hyundai, Kia recall 168,000 vehicles over fire risk

About 168,000 Kia and Hyundai sedans and crossover SUVs are subject to a recall over a fire risk, the automakers said Wednesday. At fault is a fuel pump and fuel pump outlet that could leak flammable gasoline. The recall covers 2011 through 2014 Kia Optima, Sorento, and Sportage models, and 2013...Read More»

2019 Ford F-150
Charging ahead: Ford F-150 electric pickup truck on its way

Ford on Wednesday confirmed that it has plans to eventually introduce a fully electric F-150 pickup truck, which could rival entries in the budding EV truck space such as Rivian and Tesla. Jim Farley, Ford president of global markets, told attendees of the Deutsche Bank Global Automotive Conference...Read More»

2020 BMW 7-Series
2020 BMW 7-Series revealed: Giant grille for luxury sedan

The 2020 BMW 7-Series revealed Tuesday has a brawnier look than ever before. That's largely in part due to its massive front grille, which retains the automaker's familiar "dual kidney" shape. The grille takes inspiration from the BMW X7 crossover SUV with its massive kidney grille. It doesn't just...Read More»

2019 Hyundai Santa Fe first drive
Payment relief for government workers, No Hennessey Ford GT V-8, Electric Ford F-150: What's New @ The Car Connection

Automakers roll out payment relief options for federal workers A handful of automakers' finance arms allow those affected by the U.S. government shutdown to defer payments they're making on their cars. Cheap thrills: 2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class to cost $33,495 On Tuesday, Mercedes-Benz said that its...Read More»

2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid
Automakers roll out payment relief options for federal workers

A handful of automakers' finance arms allow those affected by the U.S. government shutdown to defer payments they're making on their cars. Toyota announced its program for federal employees on Jan. 2. Drivers who purchased or leased their vehicle through Toyota Financial Services or Lexus Financial...Read More»

2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class, Seattle media drive, September, 2018
Cheap thrills: 2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class to cost $33,495

On Tuesday, Mercedes-Benz said that its new 2020 A-Class sedan will cost $33,495. Adding all-wheel drive to the 2020 Mercedes-Benz A220 bumps the price $2,000 to $35,495. Either way, the A-Class is now the least-costly new Mercedes in the U.S. Both prices include a mandatory $995 destination...Read More»

2020 BMW 7-Series
Climbing car prices, 2020 BMW 7-Series, Faraday Future's Saab story: What's New @ The Car Connection

U.S. auto dealer boss: Climbing car prices "unsustainable" National Automobile Dealer Association's CEO Peter Welch said Tuesday that climbing car prices will reach a point where they're not long sustainable. At the Automotive News World Congress on Tuesday, Welch said that he fears more American...Read More»

Honda Dealership
US auto dealer boss: Climbing car prices "unsustainable"

National Automobile Dealer Association's CEO Peter Welch said Tuesday that climbing car prices will reach a point where they're not long sustainable. At the Automotive News World Congress on Tuesday, Welch said that he fears more American buyers will be priced out of the market. Automotive News...Read More»

GAC Entranze concept, 2019 Detroit auto show
Chinese automaker GAC to open US HQ, targets US launch for 2020 or later

Chinese automaker GAC said at the 2019 North American International Auto Show in Detroit that it plans to establish a regional headquarters in California as it prepares to launch its cars in the U.S. as soon as 2020. GAC said it registered its North American sales operations in Irvine, California...Read More»

uberPOOL using commuter tax benefits
Study: More than a third of Americans have used a ride-hail service

The share of Americans that use ride-hailing services grew in the past three years, but the percentage of riders who use services such as Uber and Lyft daily has remained relatively flat. The results of a study conducted by the Pew Research Center published Jan. 4 showed 36 percent of U.S. adults...Read More»

2020 Kia Telluride, 2019 Detroit auto show
The most exciting cars at Detroit auto show, 2020 Toyota Supra debuts, VW to build electric cars in US: What's New @ The Car Connection

The 6 most exciting new cars at the 2019 Detroit auto show Few they may have been, but most of the new cars revealed at the 2019 North American International Auto Show in Detroit were crucial for their brands. 2020 Kia Telluride debuts: Finally in the big crossover SUV game The 2020 Kia Telluride...Read More»

2019 Toyota Prius AWD-e XLE
Toyota's knocking on your door for your defective airbag

Toyota is eager to reach owners of vehicles with defective Takata airbag inflators to alert them about free replacement, so much so that the automaker confirmed Monday that it will start knocking on doors. In an e-mail to The Car Connection, a Toyota spokesperson said that the automaker's...Read More»

2019 Lincoln Continental
2019 Lincoln Continental earns IIHS Top Safety Pick+ award

The IIHS last week bestowed Lincoln's flagship Continental sedan with a Top Safety Pick+ award, its highest accolade. The 2019 Continental earned "Good" ratings in all crash categories and its standard suite of active safety features earned a "Superior" rating, two qualifications for the Top Safety...Read More»

2020 Kia Telluride, 2019 Detroit auto show
The 6 most exciting new cars at the 2019 Detroit auto show

Few they may have been, but most of the new cars revealed at the 2019 North American International Auto Show in Detroit were crucial for their brands. Ford kicked off the morning by taking the wraps off of its latest Explorer, a replacement for its aging family hauler that may have evolutionary...Read More»

2020 Kia Telluride, 2019 Detroit auto show
2020 Kia Telluride debuts: Finally in the big crossover SUV game

The 2020 Kia Telluride that debuted Monday at the 2019 North American International Auto Show in Detroit is a tardy but stylish entry into the competitive field of big three-row crossover SUVs. When it goes on sale later this year, the 2020 Telluride will tempt buyers out of established rivals such...Read More»

2020 Cadillac XT6, 2019 Detroit auto show
2020 Cadillac XT6, North American Car, Utility, Truck of the year, Cadillac debuts electric SUV concept: What's New @ The Car Connection

2020 Cadillac XT6 luxury three-row crossover SUV first look: Family hauler for a new generation Most of us knew the back seat of a boxy minivan better than homework folders, Happy Meal mazes, and Saturday morning cartoons combined. The 2020 Cadillac XT6 that showed up Sunday ahead of the 2019 North...Read More»

2020 Volkswagen Passat, 2019 Detroit auto show
2020 Volkswagen Passat unveiled: New look, same bones for mid-size sedan

The 2020 Volkswagen Passat unveiled Monday at the 2019 North American International Auto Show in Detroit shows that the German automaker is playing it safe when it comes to the challenges of selling mid-size sedans in the midst of a crossover SUV wave. Its fastback-like shape is new, but what's...Read More»

2020 Toyota Supra, 2019 Detroit auto show
2020 Toyota Supra: Legendary two-seat sport coupe returns, with a European twist

Launching a new model name costs many millions of dollars, which is why automakers often bring back old names or radically alter the vehicles sold under an existing name. That explains why Toyota's new two-seat sport coupe is called Supra, reviving a name last used in 1998. The new 2020 Toyota...Read More»

2020 Ford Explorer, 2019 Detroit auto show
Crossover SUV of all trades: 2020 Ford Explorer hybrid, performance-oriented ST revealed

Illustrating its commitment to SUVs and crossovers at the 2019 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Ford on Monday took the wraps off of two more versions of its 2020 Explorer: the thriftier Explorer hybrid and the sportier Explorer ST. The eco-friendly and performance-oriented...Read More»

2019 Genesis G70
Genesis G70, Hyundai Kona, Ram 1500 win 2019 North American Car, Truck and Utility of the Year awards

At the 2019 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, automotive media from North America named the 2019 Genesis G70, 2019 Hyundai Kona, and 2019 Ram 1500 as the 2019 North American Car and Truck/Utility of the Year. The winners were picked from a list of three semifinalists announced at...Read More»

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