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Mercedes-Benz Metris van recalled for leaky fuel hoses
Mercedes-Benz Metris van recalled for leaky fuel hoses

Mercedes-Benz issued a new recall for the Metris van over leaky fuel hoses due to the improper use of a tool to affix the clamp during production. In documents filed with the NHTSA in late November and published this week, the German brand said 12,383 Mercedes-Benz Metris vans from the 2016-2017...Read More»

Waymo self-driving prototype
Waymo's self-driving cars, Lincoln Continental revives suicide doors, Hyundai Santa Fe diesel dead: What's New @ The Car Connection

Arizona tallies 21 assault cases against Waymo self-driving cars Not everyone is completely in love with Waymo's self-driving cars zipping around local Arizona roads. Study: Mazda least expensive automaker when it comes to check engine light problems A new study from CarMD found Mazda is the lest...Read More»

Waymo self-driving prototype
Arizona tallies 21 assault cases against Waymo self-driving cars

Not everyone is completely in love with Waymo's self-driving cars zipping around local Arizona roads. The Arizona Republic reported Monday that the state has seen 21 cases in which an individual has assaulted a Waymo self-driving car over the past two years. According to the report, people have...Read More»

2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF
Study: Mazda least expensive automaker when it comes to check engine light problems

A new study from CarMD found Mazda is the lest expensive car to repair when a check engine light surfaces on the dashboard. The findings, released on Wednesday, showed the average repair for a Mazda vehicle cost $285.70 for check engine light-related repairs. The company looked at 10 makes and 100...Read More»

2005 Toyota Corolla CE
Toyota to replace 65,000 defective Takata airbag inflators

Toyota on Wednesday issued a follow-up recall to replace defective Takata airbag inflators—again—on 65,000 vehicles. This time, however, Toyota said that it will replace the inflators with new units produced by another third-party supplier. The automaker announced the recall on...Read More»

2019 Honda Pilot
Honda Pilot recall, Millennials and classic cars, 2019 Toyota Prius e-AWD driven: What's New @ The Car Connection

2019 Honda Pilot, Ridgeline recalled over airbag issue The 2019 Honda Ridgeline and 2019 Honda Pilot are subject to a new recall over concerns that their side-curtain airbags may not deploy properly. US DoT grants $25M to help BMW's South Carolina plant A new grant from the U.S. Department of...Read More»

BMW X7 pre-production at plant in Spartanburg, South Carolina
US DoT grants $25M to help BMW's South Carolina plant

A new grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation will directly benefit logistics at BMW's South Carolina production plant. Automotive News (subscription required) reported on Wednesday that $25 million will be funneled into an intermodal project in Greer, South Carolina, to expand the Port...Read More»

Hertz introduces Clear for quicker car rentals
Hertz partners with Clear to streamline car rentals

Car rental giant Hertz and TSA PreCheck rival Clear have partnered to make the rental car counter a less stressful stop for travelers. On Tuesday, the two companies announced the Hertz Fast Lane powered by Clear to speed up the rental process with facial recognition. Clear has rolled out its facial...Read More»

2019 Honda Pilot
2019 Honda Pilot, Ridgeline recalled over airbag issue

The 2019 Honda Ridgeline and 2019 Honda Pilot are subject to a new recall over concerns that their side-curtain airbags may not deploy properly. In documents filed with the NHTSA in late November and published this week, the automaker said the pillar mounting holes in both the Pilot and Ridgeline...Read More»

2019 Ford Ranger
2019 Ford Ranger mpg, 2019 BMW 3-Series driven, VW and Audi electric cars: What's New @ The Car Connection

2019 Ford Ranger pickup truck to be rated as high as 23 mpg combined, Ford says According to Ford, the 2019 Ranger mid-size pickup truck will return best-in-class fuel economy for gasoline-powered trucks. The automaker said on Tuesday the 2019 Ranger is estimated to return 21 mpg city, 26 mpg...Read More»

2019 Ford Ranger
2019 Ford Ranger pickup truck to be rated as high as 23 mpg combined, Ford says

According to Ford, the 2019 Ranger mid-size pickup truck will return best-in-class fuel economy for gasoline-powered trucks. The automaker said on Tuesday the 2019 Ranger is estimated to return 21 mpg city, 26 mpg highway, and 23 mpg combined. Those figures are for a two-wheel-drive Ranger, while...Read More»

2017 Ford Focus
Three-cylinder powered Ford Focus recalled for clutch slip and transmission fluid leak

Ford Focus models powered by the automaker's inline-3 engine and mated to a 6-speed manual transmission are subject to a new recall. In documents filed with the NHTSA in late November and published this week, Ford said the models could experience a clutch fracture, which can cause a transmission...Read More»

2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class (C43 Coupe)
Mercedes-Benz recalls number of models over non-functioning seatbelt tensioners

Mercedes-Benz has recalled some of its new models to address faulty sensors that may cause seatbelt tensioners to fail. In documents filed with the NHTSA last month published this week, Mercedes-Benz said it will recall 5,433 vehicles to fix seatbelts that may not register when an occupant buckles...Read More»

GM & Lyft launch Express Drive program
Lyft's awards, Porsche Macan driven, Tesla self-driving cars: What's New @ The Car Connection

Lyft recognizes its most popular destinations in major cities Ride-share giant Lyft is keeping track of where its customers go. On Monday, it released a list of the most popular destinations in some of America's biggest cities. Meet the woman who drove a 2013 Hyundai Elantra 1 million miles Most...Read More»

Lyft's most-popular destinations Lyftie Awards
Lyft recognizes its most popular destinations in major cities

Ride-share giant Lyft is keeping track of where its customers go. On Monday, it released a list of the most popular destinations in some of America's biggest cities. Called the "Lyftie" awards, the ride-share company delved into its data to find the most visited bar, gym, concert venue, brunch...Read More»

Uber app
Uber, Lyft reportedly filed for IPOs, expect to go public in 2019

The two largest ride-sharing companies reportedly filed for initial public offerings as of last week. Lyft and Uber are said to debut as public companies as soon as the first quarter of 2019. The New York Times reported on Friday that Uber filed for its IPO the day before, the same day rival Lyft...Read More»

2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class (C43 Coupe)
Mercedes airbag recall, 2020 VW Passat driven, Electric car drivetrains: What's New @ The Car Connection

Mercedes-Benz recalls 104,000 cars over false airbag status error An computer error that may not tell owners when the passenger-side airbag has been deactivated prompted Mercedes-Benz to issue a new recall for 104,663 vehicles. Black Friday saw 0% financing return, but don't expect low rates to...Read More»

2013 Hyundai Elantra goes 1 million miles
Meet the woman who drove a 2013 Hyundai Elantra 1 million miles

Most owners celebrate when their car's odometer turns over 100,000 miles, but for Farrah Haines that was a mere early footnote in the life of her 2013 Hyundai Elantra. Haines' Elantra recently clocked 1 million miles—in just five years. She's a delivery who puts on about 200,000 annually...Read More»

2018 Mercedes-Benz C-Class (Mercedes-AMG C63 S Cabriolet)
Mercedes-Benz recalls 104,000 cars over false airbag status error

An computer error that may not tell owners when the passenger-side airbag has been deactivated prompted Mercedes-Benz to issue a new recall for 104,663 vehicles. A software and signal error could show that the airbag is on and active when it's actually dormant. Owners who aren't aware of the airbag...Read More»

Buick and GMC dealership
Black Friday saw zero-percent financing return, but don't expect low rates to stick around

As Americans dive deeper into the holiday shopping season, many consumers were tempted with Black Friday new-car deals promoting zero-percent financing. However, buyers shouldn't get too comfortable with interest-free deals again as they continue to evaporate from dealerships' toolboxes to sell new...Read More»

2018 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon
Jeep Wrangler crash test, Mustang adventures, Toyota's hybrid batteries: What's New @ The Car Connection

2018 Jeep Wrangler fails European crash test European crash testers gave the 2018 Jeep Wrangler a scathing one-star rating. Europe's New Car Assessment Program said the off-roader earned the poor rating due in part to its lack of modern active safety equipment. Three VWs recalled over lack of...Read More»

2020 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD High Country
2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD High Country revealed: Luxury pickup truck goes big

We learned Tuesday that the 2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD Z71 does not do subtle. The 2020 Silverado HD High Country unveiled by the automaker Thursday is no quieter about its intentions than the Z71 off-roader, but its more conventional grille gives the big pickup truck a look a hair less...Read More»

2018 Jeep JL Wrangler Euro NCAP crash test
2018 Jeep Wrangler fails European crash test

European crash testers gave the 2018 Jeep Wrangler a scathing one-star rating Wednesday. Europe's New Car Assessment Program said the off-roader earned the poor rating due in part to its lack of modern active safety equipment. The new Jeep Wrangler didn't offer automatic emergency braking on 2018...Read More»

Uber driver (photo by Uber)
NYC sets a minimum wage for Uber, Lyft drivers

The New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission voted to approve a minimum wage for drivers of ride-sharing services such as Lyft and Uber. At the end of this year, drivers will be paid a mandated $17.22 per hour, which accounts for expenses, the Washington Post reported Tuesday. The Commission's...Read More»

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