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2020 Toyota Sienna Nightshade is a minivan in a tuxedo
2020 Toyota Sienna Nightshade is a minivan in a tuxedo

The 2020 Toyota Sienna SE Nightshade is all dressed up for a night out on the town... with the kids. The special-edition minivan will reportedly start production this month, according CarsDirect reported Tuesday, and it adds typical splashes of black as we've seen from other Toyota Nightshade...Read More»

Waymo self-driving car depot in Chandler, Arizona
Waymo to build its self-driving cars in Detroit

Google's self-driving car subsidiary Waymo said Tuesday that it will build its self-driving cars in the Motor City. The autonomous car firm said in a new blog post it chose Detroit for its "strong talent base," called the area the "heart of the American automotive industry," and said that it would...Read More»

R.J. Scaringe (left) and Bill Ford Jr.
Ford-Rivian tie-up, Tesla range increase, Electric car smartphone tech: What's New @ The Car Connection

Ford pumps $500M into electric-car startup Rivian Ford Motor Company will invest $500 million into Rivian in exchange for use of the startup's electric-car underpinnings, the two companies said Wednesday. Waymo to build its self-driving cars in Detroit Google's Waymo subsidiary said Tuesday that it...Read More»

2019 Hyundai Santa Fe first drive
2019 Hyundai Santa Fe vs. 2019 Honda Passport: Compare Cars

More crossovers on the street mean that some can take a more direct road to consumers. The 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe now aims straighter for comfort, while the 2019 Honda Passport heads straight to the mountains. We’ll call it addition by subtraction. In the case of the Passport, never burdened...Read More»

R.J. Scaringe (left) and Bill Ford Jr.
Ford pumps $500M into electric-car startup Rivian

Ford Motor Company will invest $500 million into Rivian in exchange for use of the startup's electric-car underpinnings, the two companies said Wednesday. Just what Ford would build on Rivian's advanced truck-like electric-vehicle architecture is unclear. Ford has said that it plans to build an...Read More»

2019 Tesla Model S
Tesla CEO: Self-driving taxi fleet to hit U.S. roads next year

At an event to promote his company's autonomous technology, Tesla CEO Elon Musk on Monday said that a fleet of self-driving taxis will be on the road as early as next year. The New York Times reported on Musk's comments following the presentation. Musk said the self-driving "robo taxis" will be...Read More»

Parking Meter
Tire chalking to enforce parking spot time limits ruled unconstitutional

Tire chalking, the practice many cities and police departments use to measure the amount of time a car has been in a parking spot, was ruled unconstitutional on Monday. According to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit, where Judge Bernice Bouie Donald wrote the unanimous verdict for the...Read More»

2018 Toyota Corolla
NHTSA probe to investigate airbag failures in 12.3M cars

Federal regulators have expanded an investigation into airbags that may not inflate in the event of a crash to include 12.3 million vehicles in the U.S. The NHTSA on Tuesday posted documents to its website stating that it will investigate airbag control units made by automotive supplier ZF-TRW. The...Read More»

2019 Chevrolet Traverse
2019 Chevrolet Traverse drops optional turbo-4 engine

The 2019 Chevrolet Traverse will no longer offer a 2.0-liter turbo-4 engine option. Instead, buyers will only find a 3.6-liter V-6 engine under the hood. GM Authority reported Sunday on the powertrain change for Chevy's largest crossover. "Based on customer feedback, we decided to adjust the...Read More»

2019 Kia K900
2019 Kia K900 review, 2019 Jaguar F-Pace SVR driven, Tesla self-driving robo-taxis: What's New @ The Car Connection

2019 Kia K900 review Fresh off the design boards, the 2019 Kia K900 makes a new play for power. Chicago police arrest 16 people for stealing cars from Daimler car-sharing service Sixteen people have been arrested in Chicago and are accused of stealing as many as 100 vehicles from Daimler's...Read More»

2019 BMW X5
Top Safety Pick+ for 2019 X5, McLaren in IMSA, and Rivian plans 6 models: What's New @ The Car Connection

2019 BMW X5 named Top Safety Pick+ with optional headlights The IIHS last week gave the 2019 BMW X5 top marks for its crashworthiness, active safety tech, and optional headlights. Chicago police arrest 16 people for stealing cars from Daimler car-sharing service Police say that the car-theft ring...Read More»

2019 BMW X5
2019 BMW X5 named Top Safety Pick+ with optional headlights

The insurance industry-funded IIHS last week named the 2019 BMW X5 the latest recipient of its coveted Top Safety Pick+ award. The luxury SUV aced all six crash tests and scored top-rated "Good" marks in each category, including the trickier passenger-side small overlap front test. Vehicles must...Read More»

Car2Go in Chongqing, China
Chicago police arrest 16 people for stealing cars from Daimler car-sharing service

Sixteen people have been arrested in Chicago and are accused of stealing as many as 100 vehicles from Daimler's car-sharing service Car2Go. The car-sharing service features numerous Mercedes-Benz and Smart vehicles to rent and the company said in a tweet that the cars were stolen via a "fraud"...Read More»

2006 BMW 5-Series 550i
BMW recalls 184K vehicles for fire risk

Luxury automaker BMW will recall 184,505 vehicles, including sedans, wagons, and coupes, for a fire risk. The brand filed documents with the NHTSA on April 4 that named the 2006 model year BMW 5-Series, 3-Series, Z4 coupe as the affected models. BMW estimates only 1 percent of the 184,505 recalled...Read More»

2019 Dodge Charger and Challenger finished in Sublime paint
Dodge, Chrysler recall cars over failure to illuminate dashboard driver warnings

About 8,000 new Dodge and Chrysler sedans and coupes have been recalled to address an electrical issue that may prevent their dashboard warning lights from being illuminated, according to documents filed with the NHTSA that were released Wednesday. Because of the defect, the 2019 Dodge Charger...Read More»

Marijuana
Study shows 60 percent of recreational marijuana users drive under the influence

Over half of legal recreational marijuana users who responded to a survey said that they have driven under the influence of the drug. The survey was conducted by insurance comparison website in March The Zebra and its findings released last week may underscore the lack of regulations and guidelines...Read More»

Volvo connected car safety
Volvo cars can alert each other to road hazards

New Volvos will harness cloud-based communication technology to alert each other about obstacles and road hazards ahead. Initially, the system launches across Europe for the 2020 model year. Volvo told The Car Connection that there are plans to introduce the feature to the U.S., but it was not...Read More»

2019 Audi A4
Audi expands new-car subscription service options

Audi's trial new-car subscription service now offers shoppers a less-expensive tier called Core Collection, the automaker said Tuesday. The trial program is only offered in the Dallas/Fort Worth area and now includes two tiers priced at $995 and $1,495 per month. Previously, Audi offered just one...Read More»

2020 Ford Escape, 2019 New York International Auto Show
NY auto show wrapup, VW pickup truck, 2019 Mazda CX-5 diesel: What's New @ The Car Connection

The 13 most important cars of the 2019 New York auto show From three-row crossover SUVs to shapely mid-size sedans, the 2019 New York International Auto Show had an important new-car introduction for just about every kind of buyer Wednesday. 2020 Subaru Outback unveiled: Crossover SUV laces up with...Read More»

2020 Toyota Highlander, 2019 New York International Auto Show
2020 Toyota Highlander unveiled: Crossover SUV juices up with thrifty, 34-mpg hybrid

With the 2019 New York auto show debut Wednesday of its redesigned 2020 Highlander, Toyota hasn’t built the Prius of three-row crossover SUVs. The automaker’s 34-mpg combined fuel-economy estimate for the 2020 Highlander Hybrid comes close, however. That figure is a hefty 6 mpg higher...Read More»

2020 Subaru Outback, 2019 New York International Auto Show
2020 Subaru Outback unveiled: Crossover SUV laces up with more tech, turbo power

The redesigned 2020 Subaru Outback hits the road, trail, mountain, river crossing, or middle-of-nowhere in late 2019. Its styling is largely carried over—think tall station wagon with chunky roof rack, unpainted side cladding, and a stack of LED fog lights on most trims. Inside, the upgrades...Read More»

2020 Hyundai Venue, 2019 New York International Auto Show
2020 Hyundai Venue crossover revealed: Stage is set and the crowd is only getting bigger

Small crossovers like the 2020 Hyundai Venue are cheap cars for a new generation. The tiny Hyundai hatchback that made its debut Wednesday at the 2019 New York International Auto Show has a smaller footprint than the Accent sedan and slots below the compact Kona in the automaker's menu of...Read More»

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS, 2019 New York International Auto Show
The 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class stretches into Maybach territory, almost

Opulence and space take the driver’s seat in the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class, the three-row SUV that made its debut Wednesday at the 2019 New York auto show. With the new GLS, Mercedes blocks and tackles to defend its turf from new arrivals such as the BMW X7 and Lincoln Navigator. MORE...Read More»

2020 Toyota Highlander, 2019 New York International Auto Show
The 13 most important cars of the 2019 New York auto show

From three-row crossover SUVs to shapely mid-size sedans, the 2019 New York International Auto Show had an important new-car introduction for just about every kind of buyer Wednesday. The show opens to the public Friday and highlights include the 34-mpg 2020 Toyota Highlander Hybrid, the shapely...Read More»

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