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Hyundai's fix for smelly cities is an in-car air purification system
Hyundai's fix for smelly cities is an in-car air purification system

The outside world can be smelly: exhaust fumes, foul food, and farm animals. The South Korean automaker announced this week it developed a new "smart air purification system" that may appear in new cars soon. The smart system monitors the air quality inside of the car and purifies the air to an...Read More»

2019 Lexus UX
2019 Lexus UX crossover earns Top Safety Pick award from IIHS

The 2019 Lexus UX is an IIHS Top Safety Pick, but only with certain headlights equipped. The insurance-funded safety body said this month that the UX aced its slew of crash tests, including the trickier passenger-side small overlap front test. To qualify for a Top Safety Pick, a vehicle must earn...Read More»

2018 Dodge Journey
The Car Connection's Lowest Rated Cars of 2019

Bad things happen to the best among us. Just ask U2. Automakers are no strangers to bad compositions themselves. Although some of the lowest rated cars on our list for 2019 have withered over time, some were never fruitful in the first place. There’s no common denominator among our...Read More»

2019 Lexus LC500h
The Car Connection's Best Looking Cars of 2019

Beauty isn’t abstract, it’s a formula. For cars, beautiful is measured in the number of heads turned on the street, multiplied by the number of parking lot stares, divided by the number of right angles, which is added to the inverse of its general availability. It’s all very...Read More»

2013 Ford Fusion
2020 Elantra gets a price bump, Cadillac XTS bites the dust, and California considers EV only: What's New @ The Car Connection

270K Ford Fusion sedans recalled over rollaway risk Ford announced Wednesday that it would recall hundreds of thousands of Ford Fusion sedans for a shifter cable that could split and cause the car to roll away. 2020 Hyundai Elantra adds safety tech, to cost $19,870 New safety tech and a dropped...Read More»

2019 Chevrolet Colorado
NHTSA investigates Chevy, GMC pickups over power steering loss

The NHTSA has opened an investigation into the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon mid-size trucks to determine if a previous recall left out thousands of pickups. Automotive News (subscription required) reported on Tuesday that the probe aims to uncover more details about power steering loss in...Read More»

2016 Ford Fusion
270K Ford Fusion sedans recalled over rollaway risk

Ford on Wednesday said that it will recall about 270,000 2013 through 2016 Ford Fusion sedans to fix transmissions that could slip out of gear and allow the vehicles to roll after they've been put in park. A shifter cable bushing can degrade over time and may eventually detach from the...Read More»

2019 Ford Ranger
2019 Ford Ranger recalled for transmission fault, rollaway risk

The 2019 Ford Ranger has been recalled over a faulty transmission shift cable bracket that could allow the pickup truck to roll after being put into park, Ford said Wednesday. In total, about 2,500 2019 Ranger pickups in the U.S. may have transmission shift cable brackets that were not torqued to...Read More»

2019 Hyundai Elantra
2020 Hyundai Elantra adds safety tech, to cost $19,870

The 2020 Hyundai Elantra costs $1,750 more than last year's model to start, but it comes standard with previously optional active safety tech and a new fuel-saving transmission that boosts fuel economy to as high as 35 mpg combined. Hyundai said Thursday that 2020 Elantra shoppers will be met with...Read More»

Mitsubishi Electric and HERE develop road hazard alert system
New tech could alert drivers to potholes

Future cars may be able to tell drivers in cars behind them when to slow down to avoid potholes or other road hazards. Mitsubishi Electronics and Here Technologies collaborated on the new lane hazard warning system, which debuted Wednesday in concept form and aims to tell drivers of road hazards...Read More»

2018 Audi Q5
Audi Q5 recall, Nissan ProPilot upgrade, 2020 Mercedes-Benz EQC driven: What's New @ The Car Connection

Audi Q5 recalled over brake failure risk Some 2018-2019 Audi Q5 crossover SUVs will be recalled for potential brake failure, according to government filings made public Tuesday by the NHTSA. Volvo rolls out post-crash checklist for drivers Volvo owners involved in a crash will have immediate...Read More»

2019 Audi Q5
Audi Q5 recalled over brake failure risk

Some 2018-2019 Audi Q5 crossover SUVs will be recalled for potential brake failure according to government filings made public Tuesday by the NHTSA. The Q5 crossover's brake master cylinder may have been cast too short, which could lead to hydraulic brake failure. The electronic parking brake and...Read More»

2020 Volvo XC90
Volvo rolls out post-crash checklist for drivers

Volvo owners involved in a crash will have immediate support from the automaker. The brand announced Tuesday its Volvo Car Accident Advisor, which delivers an essential checklist to a driver's smartphone if the vehicle detects it has been in a crash. The feature will be available to all 2015.5 and...Read More»

2019 Mini Oxford Edition
Mini makes its high-value Oxford Edition available to active and retired U.S. military members

Active and recently retired U.S. military members are now eligible to purchase the 2019 Mini Cooper Oxford Edition, a high-value trim level previously offered only to students. Mini on Tuesday called its decision to expand Oxford Edition availability as a gesture of appreciation for those who serve...Read More»

2014 Jaguar XFR-S Sportbrake
NHTSA hits the brakes, Audi A4 updates, Tesla Model Y strains battery supply: What's New @ The Car Connection

NHTSA backtracks, won't mandate brake override systems The NHTSA on Monday said that it doesn't plan to follow through with a promise it made seven years ago to make brake override systems mandatory on new cars, a move applauded by automakers that have already installed the feature. 2019 BMW...Read More»

2019 Tesla Model 3 Performance
Study: Consumers have more confidence in self-driving cars than electric vehicles

American consumers have more confidence in self-driving car technology than electric vehicles, according to the results of a survey conducted by the AAA. Results of the study released last week show that Americans are more likely to think that most cars will be able to drive themselves come 2029...Read More»

Brake and accelerator pedals of 2013 Tesla Model S  [photo: David Noland]
NHTSA backtracks, won't mandate brake override systems

The NHTSA on Monday said that it doesn't plan to follow through with a promise it made seven years ago to make brake override systems mandatory on new cars, a move applauded by automakers that have already installed the feature. The Trump administration's decision to scrap the mandate proposed...Read More»

Burger King in-traffic delivery in Mexico
Whopper deliveries, Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 driven, EVgo network upgrades: What's New @ The Car Connection

Have it your way: Burger King delivers Whoppers via motorcycle to cars stuck in traffic Burger King is taking food delivery to congested roadways. Illinois electric car owners may face $1,000 annual fee Electric car owners in Illinois may soon face an annual $1,000 registration fee to offset...Read More»

Burger King in-traffic delivery in Mexico
Have it your way: Burger King delivers Whoppers via motorcycle to cars stuck in traffic

Burger King is taking food delivery to congested roadways. The fast food restaurant chain announced it will begin delivering food via motorcycle to cars stuck in traffic starting this month in Mexico, The Washington Post reported last Thursday. The in-traffic delivery will launch in Mexico City...Read More»

2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV
Illinois electric car owners may face $1,000 annual fee

Electric car owners in Illinois may soon face an annual $1,000 registration fee to offset uncollected fuel taxes. The Chicago Tribune last week reported on the proposed registration fee, which would be 60 times more expensive than registration for a standard vehicle with an internal-combustion...Read More»

2011 Ford Focus
Lawyers argue that Ford knowingly built Focus, Fiesta cars with faulty transmissions

Two of Ford Motor Company's discontinued small cars may come back to haunt it for the second time. The automaker is facing potential legal action as a law firm in California hopes to undo an earlier class-action lawsuit in pursuit of an even bigger payday for consumers over transmission woes in its...Read More»

2011 NIssan 370Z Roadster
Dead cars, 2020 Toyota Supra driven, EV confidence: What's New @ The Car Connection

Done to death: Here are the cars that are dead for 2020 Death is an inevitability for everything, even for hearses like the newly discontinued Cadillac XTS. BMW, Microsoft team up to improve in-car voice recognition BMW and Microsoft have forged a partnership to improve in-car voice-recognition...Read More»

BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant
BMW, Microsoft team up to improve in-car voice recognition

BMW and Microsoft have forged a partnership to improve in-car voice-recognition systems. Both companies announced at Microsoft's Build developer conference on Thursday a partnership for improved machine learning and artificial intelligence. The goal is to create an open-source platform for voice...Read More»

Packard plant bridge in Detroit, Michigan, collapsed Photo via Historic Detroit
Court rules that Michigan can suspend driver's licenses for unpaid fines

The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled Michigan is allowed to suspend a driver's license over unpaid fines, something opponents argue disproportionately affects poorer people. Reuters reported on the ruling in a Wednesday report after the court ruled 2-1 in favor of suspending driver's...Read More»

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