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2019 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter first drive: generational shift, but as useful as ever
2019 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter first drive: generational shift, but as useful as ever

When you consider that new-car life cycles are usually measured in years, not decades, it seems silly to describe new models as “generations.” The Mercedes-Benz Sprinter is an exception: the 2019 Sprinter is only the third generation of Mercedes-Benz’s flagship van since its...Read More»

2018 Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid
Kia Niro hybrid earns Top Safety Pick+ award

The IIHS said last week that the 2018 Kia Niro is among the safest cars it has tested, at least when equipped with optional active-safety gear and headlights. The insurance industry-funded crash-testers found that the Niro and Niro Plug-In Hybrid both have a strong safety structure and they hold...Read More»

2019 BMW M850i
2019 BMW M850i xDrive brings back the '90s

The dream of the 1990s is alive in Munich. Thirty years after the original BMW 8-Series replaced the shark-nosed BMW 6-Series, the 2019 BMW M850i xDrive unveiled Friday at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in France takes the place of the automaker's recently discontinued 6-Series coupe. The new 8-Series...Read More»

2019 Jaguar I-Pace
2019 Jaguar I-Pace, Racing brakes, Ford's new taxis: What's New @ The Car Connection

2019 Jaguar I-Pace Review The 2019 Jaguar I-Pace marks a moment in time. When the first copies find a home in American garages this fall, the I-Pace will be the first real challenger to the Model S and Model X. And then, Tesla’s control over the future narrative of electric-car adoption will...Read More»

2018 GMC Sierra 1500 Denali
Learn these 8 basics about towing before hitching up

Summer is here, and that means it’s time to break out boats, jet skis, and four wheelers. Those fun machines won’t get to the lake or the trail on their own. GM says that its research indicates about three-quarters of all light-duty pickup owners actually put their trucks to work towing...Read More»

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Drones could someday fix potholes overnight

A new technology under development in the U.K. makes use of drones and 3-D printing to quickly repair potholes. Wait, what? The process involves a pair of drones, one that searches for cracks and potholes overnight and another dispatched by the first drone to patch the roadway with 3-D printed...Read More»

2018 Volvo S90, V90, XC60 and XC90 T8 Twin Engine
Volvo to invest in lidar company for its self-driving car tech

A California company that produces lidar, the technology at the forefront of self-driving car development, said Thursday that Volvo will make a "significant" investment in its operations. Speaking with Automotive News, Volvo research and design chief Henrik Green didn't reveal details of the size...Read More»

2019 GMC Yukon Graphite Performance Edition
2019 GMC Yukon, Hummer H1 reboot, Byton Level 4 self-driving sedan: What's New @ The Car Connection

2019 GMC Yukon Graphite Edition packs underhood punch Graphite is the new black, at least at GMC. On Monday, the truck maker revealed its 2019 GMC Yukon Graphite Edition and Graphite Performance Edition packages that follow in the footsteps of the 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe Custom Edition. Toyota invests...Read More»

2019 GMC Yukon Graphite Performance Edition
2019 GMC Yukon Graphite Edition packs underhood punch

Graphite is the new black, at least at GMC. On Monday, the truck maker revealed its 2019 GMC Yukon Graphite Edition and Graphite Performance Edition packages that follow in the footsteps of the 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe Custom Edition. With the 2019 Yukon, buyers have the the option of going with the...Read More»

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Toyota invests $1B in Uber's Asian ride-share rival

Toyota on Tuesday pumped $1 billion into Grab, the Singapore-based ride-sharing firm that bought out one-time rival Uber in Southeast Asia. The investment makes Toyota the largest global automaker involved in ride-sharing. By comparison, GM has invested about $500 million in Lyft in the U.S. MORE...Read More»

2018 Infiniti QX30
Updated 2018 Infiniti QX30 adds safety tech, reshuffles trim levels

With just a few months left in the model year, the 2018.5 Infiniti QX30 has been treated to a number of tweaks highlighted by additional standard active-safety gear. CarsDirect reported Monday that the QX30 subcompact luxury crossover SUV now comes standard with automatic emergency braking...Read More»

IIHS passenger-side small-overlap crash test of 2018 Ford Explorer
Crossover SUV crash-test discrepancies, Byton concept sedan, VW quantum computing: What's New @ The Car Connection

Jeep Grand Cherokee, Ford Explorer flunk passenger-side crash test Two of the most popular crossover SUVs for families don't provide nearly the same protection for front-seat passengers as they do for drivers, the IIHS said Tuesday. Improved headlights net 2019 Mini Cooper IIHS Top Safety Pick...Read More»

2019 Mini Cooper
Improved headlights net 2019 Mini Cooper IIHS Top Safety Pick award

All it took was a revised headlight design to earn the 2019 Mini Cooper two-door Top Safety Pick accolades from the IIHS after the 2018 model missed out on the award, the insurance industry-funded safety group said Monday. Not every 2019 Cooper earns the award. Buyers will need to pay extra for...Read More»

IIHS passenger-side small-overlap crash test of 2018 Ford Explorer
Jeep Grand Cherokee, Ford Explorer flunk passenger-side crash test

Two of the most popular crossover SUVs for families don't provide nearly the same protection for front-seat passengers as they do for drivers, the IIHS said Tuesday. In its demanding passenger-side small-overlap crash test, the IIHS bestowed "Poor" ratings on the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee and 2018...Read More»

2019 Chevrolet Spark
Kia recall, 2019 Chevrolet Spark, Porsche Taycan: What's New @ The Car Connection

Kia recalls 508,000 vehicles over airbags that may not deploy A faulty control unit that could prevent airbags from deploying in the event of a wreck has prompted Kia to recall 508,000 2010 through 2013 model year vehicles, the automaker said last week. 2019 Chevrolet Spark Review Some cars are...Read More»

2013 Kia Forte sedan
Kia recalls 508,000 vehicles over airbags that may not deploy

A faulty control unit that could prevent airbags from deploying in the event of a wreck has prompted Kia to recall 508,000 2010 through 2013 model year vehicles, the automaker said last week. Kia said in a government filing that the airbag control unit, which tells the airbag and the seat belt...Read More»

2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross
2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross review update: 8-bit in a 4k world

If you're old enough to remember when Mitsubishi built cars in the U.S., then the very idea of the 2018 Eclipse Cross might seem like heresy. Eclipses are Diamond-Stars, have hatchback bodies and turbo motors and... Wait. The Eclipse Cross has all those things, it's just delivered a couple of feet...Read More»

2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross
Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross review, Nissan Kicks driven, Porsche Cayenne coupe: What's New @ The Car Connection

2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross review update: 8-bit in a 4k world If you're old enough to remember when Mitsubishi built cars in the U.S., then the very idea of the 2018 Eclipse Cross is heresy. Eclipses are Diamond-Stars, have hatchback bodies and turbo motors and... 2018 Nissan Kicks first drive...Read More»

2018 Nissan Kicks
2018 Nissan Kicks first drive: the used-car alternative

Tasked with spending $20,000 on a transportation, most shoppers head to the classifieds. The 2018 Nissan Kicks wants to be the antidote to a used Honda CR-V or Ford Escape. It wafts its eau du voiture nouveau toward budget-conscious shoppers, luring them away from the pre-owned lot to the main...Read More»

2018 Nissan Kicks
5 things to know about the 2018 Nissan Kicks

The 2018 Nissan Kicks puts the automaker into full crossover mode, even if it stretches the definition of what’s crossing over what. This subcompact five-door is Nissan’s answer to the Kia Soul and the Hyundai Kona. Each forges its own path and the Kicks has its own story to tell. Here...Read More»

2018 Tesla Model X
Tesla Model X using Autopilot self-driving tech sped up automatically before fatal crash

A report released Thursday by the National Transportation Safety Board said that a Tesla Model X fitted with the automaker's Autopilot self-driving car tech accelerated on its own before striking a damaged highway barrier near Mountain View, California, in March. The impact killed the Tesla's...Read More»

2019 Lexus ES
2019 Lexus ES driven, Hyundai Grandmaster SUV concept, Electric big-rigs: What's New @ The Car Connection

2019 Lexus ES first drive: a luxury staple breaks into three-part harmony Freed from its burden of being the mid-size sedan for every luxury buyer, the 2019 Lexus ES sedan, now in its seventh generation, grows slightly sharper in each of its several distinct flavors. The 2019 ES350 plays the...Read More»

2019 Lexus ES
2019 Lexus ES first drive: a luxury staple breaks into three-part harmony

Freed from its burden of being the mid-size sedan for every luxury buyer, the 2019 Lexus ES sedan, now in its seventh generation, grows slightly sharper in each of its several distinct flavors. The 2019 ES350 plays the middle-of-the-road luxury role, the ES300h hits hybrid high-economy notes while...Read More»

2018 GMC Terrain, 2017 Detroit auto show
Faulty airbag sensor prompts 2018 GMC Terrain crossover SUV recall

A defective sensor that may prevent the airbags from deploying in the event of a wreck has prompted General Motors to recall 88,000 2018 GMC Terrain crossover SUVs. The automaker explained that if the sensor fails to activate when the vehicle is started, a "service restraint system" message will...Read More»

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