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2019 Ram 1500 Classic Warlock fights for pickup truck buyers on a budget
2019 Ram 1500 Classic Warlock fights for pickup truck buyers on a budget

With its 2019 Ram 1500 Classic Warlock, Ram revives an historic name for a special edition of its last-generation pickup truck. While there's a redesigned 2019 Ram 1500 pickup truck in dealers, the Warlock package is exclusively available on the old model that was renamed Ram 1500 Classic for the...Read More»

2017 Honda Ridgeline Black Edition
Honda Ridgeline recalled, Volvo V60 Cross Country driven, Kia Soul EV's 243-mile range: What's New @ The Car Connection

Honda Ridgeline recalled for fuel pump that may crack when exposed to car wash soap Keeping a car clean is usually a good thing, but not when it comes to certain Honda Ridgeline pickup trucks. The Honda pickup is subject to a new recall to rectify a faulty fuel pump that could crack when exposed to...Read More»

Quadrobot self-driving package delivery vehicle
Detroit-built self-driving delivery vehicles put to the test in China

Detroit-based Quadrobot is ready to take its self-driving mail delivery vehicle on the road. The startup company told The Detroit Free Press Sunday that it has plans to begin tests in China, and locally in Michigan, later this year with its Quadrobot U1. The tiny vehicle boasts an all-wheel-drive...Read More»

2019 Honda Ridgeline
Honda Ridgeline recalled for fuel pump that may crack when exposed to car wash soap

Keeping a car clean is usually a good thing, but not when it comes to certain Honda Ridgeline pickup trucks. The Honda pickup is subject to a new recall to rectify a faulty fuel pump that could crack when exposed to certain car-wash detergents. The recall approved by the NHTSA this week covers...Read More»

2014 Ford F-150
Ford truck recall, New JLR engine, Washington state's EV push: What's New @ The Car Connection

1.5M Ford F-150 pickup trucks recalled over transmission problem Ford Motor Company said Wednesday that it will recall about 1.3 million full-size pickup trucks in the U.S. to fix a software issue that could cause their automatic transmissions to abruptly downshift. The recall affects 2011-2013...Read More»

Shell gas payment in a 2018 Chevrolet
Gas prices hurt more than health care, Americans say

Americans consider fuel prices more important than their health care budget, results of a new study from GasBuddy revealed Tuesday. In fact, Americans would prefer a free fill-up to finding $20 on the street, or even having their meal paid for. The study looked at a small sample of 1,016 Americans...Read More»

Cadillac automatic emergency braking
Japan, EU push to make automatic emergency braking a requirement

Forty countries have agreed to a United Nations regulation draft that calls for automatic emergency braking to be standard equipment on all new cars and commercial vehicles by early 2020. Chief among the countries are members of the European Union and Japan. Reuters reported on the regulation draft...Read More»

2013 Ford F-150
1.5M Ford F-150 pickup trucks recalled over transmission problem

Ford Motor Company said Wednesday that it will recall about 1.3 million full-size pickup trucks in the U.S. to fix a software issue that could cause their automatic transmissions to abruptly downshift. The recall affects 2011-2013 Ford F-150 pickup trucks built with 6-speed automatic transmissions...Read More»

2020 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport
2020 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport, 2019 Corvette ZR1, Rivian's suitors: What's New @ The Car Connection

Feds say auto loans went up in 2018–but so did the number of delinquencies Car shoppers borrowed more in 2018 than before, but roughly 7 million owners are behind in their car payments by 90 days or more, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York reported Tuesday. Amazon makes investment in Aurora...Read More»

2018 Lexus GX 460
Lexus, Porsche, Toyota tops for long-term dependability in latest study

Three-year-old cars are more reliable than they used to be, J.D. Power found in its latest study of long-term reliability released Wednesday. The study named Lexus the most reliable brand, with 106 problems per 100 cars reported, while Porsche and Toyota tied for second place with 108 problems...Read More»

2020 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport
Reworked 2020 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport bows with Eclipse Sport Cross style

The 2020 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport made an early internet debut Tuesday ahead of its global unveiling at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show next month. The photos released by the automaker show the Mitsubishi ASX, which the brand sells as the Outlander Sport in the U.S. The redesigned 2020 Outlander Sport...Read More»

Aurora Innovation self-driving car prototype
Amazon makes investment in Aurora Innovation self-driving car company

Online shopping and technology giant Amazon last week confirmed that it has invested in a self-driving car technology startup called Aurora Innovation. Aurora listed Amazon as one of several investors in its latest round of fundraising. Aurora's financial documents show it secured $530 million, but...Read More»

Money and car keys
Feds say auto loans went up in 2018–but so did the number of delinquencies

Car shoppers borrowed more in 2018 than before, but roughly 7 million owners are behind in their car payments by 90 days or more, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York reported Tuesday. Last year, car shoppers borrowed $584 billion to buy new cars, up $9 billion from 2017. Last year's sum is the...Read More»

Texting while driving
Virginia votes to ban handheld cellphone use while driving

Come Jan. 1, 2020, it will be illegal to use a cellphone while while at the wheel of a car in Virginia. Both houses in the General Assembly voted to pass new legislation to ban cellphone use while driving to curb distracted driving in the state. The Washington Post reported last week that drivers...Read More»

2020 Toyota Corolla
2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid's fuel economy rivals Prius, other models less impressive

Fuel economy estimates from the EPA for the 2020 Toyota Corolla range from below average to ultra thrifty depending on what's underhood. The EPA estimates 30 mpg city, 38 highway, 33 combined for what's likely to be the most popular version of the 2020 Corolla: the L, LE, and XLE trim level with...Read More»

2019 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class
2019 Mercedes CLS-Class, 2019 Maserati Levante GTS, Tesla Model 3 charging: What's New @ The Car Connection

2019 Mercedes-Benz CLS Class Review The 2019 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class may carry over its predecessors' trademark style, but it's what's underhood that makes it really stand out. For the first time, the CLS-Class is a hybrid (though a mild one) tuned both for performance and efficiency. NYPD calls on...Read More»

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NYPD calls on Google and Waze to stop sharing DUI checkpoints

The New York Police Department asked Google's crowd-sourced Waze navigation app to remove the ability to pinpoint where police and checkpoints for drunk driving are located. The department sent a letter to Google that said Waze's ability to show DUI checkpoints impairs the the police department's...Read More»

Chevy Volt recharging on the street in Cambridge, MA   [photos: John C. Briggs]
Chicago tows about 50 cars from its streets every day

Thousands of Chicago residents have left their homes this winter to find their cars no longer where they parked them. The vehicles weren't stolen. City workers instead towed them from their spaces after deeming they were in the way. According to local CBS News affiliate CBS2, the city has towed on...Read More»

Mercedes-Benz safety - SL airbags
Takata airbag recall, 2019 Acura NSX driven, Cold-weather EVs: What's New @ The Car Connection

1.5M more cars added to Takata airbag recall Last week, more than half a dozen automakers added another 1.5 vehicles to the growing list of cars recalled to fix faulty Takata airbags. Lexus unveils details for its subscription plan Lexus on Tuesday jumped into the new-car subscription foray. Tesla...Read More»

Takata logo (photo by Flickr user jo.schz)
1.5M more cars added to Takata airbag recall

Last week, more than half a dozen automakers added another 1.5 vehicles to the growing list of cars recalled to fix faulty Takata airbags. The issue is the same as other Takata airbag recalls and it affects both driver- and passenger-side airbags, depending on vehicles. Airbag inflators made by...Read More»

2019 Lexus UX
Lexus unveils details for its subscription plan

Lexus on Tuesday jumped into the new-car subscription foray. Lexus calls its program the "Complete Lease" program, although it mirrors rivals' subscription programs in many ways. One difference, however, is that Complete Lease does not allow swapping into other cars throughout the subscription...Read More»

2019 Tesla Model 3 Performance
Tesla reworks model names, slashes Model 3 prices again

Tesla has revamped the naming scheme for its most expensive and luxurious cars, the Model S and Model X, the company announced Wednesday. The electric cars no longer call out their battery sizes as part of their full name. The previous base Model S, for example, was called the 75D to denote its...Read More»

2020 Toytota RAV4 TRD Off-Road, 2019 Chicago Auto Show
2019 Chicago Auto Show, Mid-engine Corvette badge leaks, Green New Deal: What's New @ The Car Connection

The 8 most exciting new cars at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show The world's automakers gathered under the bright lights at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show on Thursday to show off some off their latest and greatest new cars, trucks, and SUVs. 2020 Ford Ranger recalled for shifter that could pop out of park...Read More»

2020 Toytota RAV4 TRD Off-Road, 2019 Chicago Auto Show
The 8 most exciting new cars at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show

The world's automakers gathered under the bright lights at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show on Thursday to show off some off their latest and greatest new cars, trucks, and SUVs. Though there weren't many major debuts, this year's show is notable in that nearly all of the flashy new cars unwrapped in...Read More»

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