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2019 Ford Ranger Black Appearance Package turns lights out on mid-size pickup truck
2019 Ford Ranger Black Appearance Package turns lights out on mid-size pickup truck

The 2019 Ford Ranger's optional Black Appearance Package announced Monday dresses the automaker's new mid-size pickup truck with dark-finish wheels and exterior trim. It's not just about looks: the package includes a few functional upgrades. For $1,995, the package includes glossy black 18-inch...Read More»

2020 Kia Sportage
2020 Kia Sportage mpg, Dodge Charger Widebody, Tesla service: What's New @ The Car Connection

Updated 2020 Kia Sportage fuel economy climbs to 26 mpg combined The refreshed 2020 Kia Sportage crossover SUV is more fuel efficient in every configuration than last year's model, according to fuel-economy ratings released last week by the EPA. That's better than before, but the 2020 Sportage...Read More»

2020 Kia Sportage
Updated 2020 Kia Sportage fuel economy climbs to 26 mpg combined

The refreshed 2020 Kia Sportage crossover SUV is more fuel efficient in every configuration than last year's model, according to fuel-economy ratings released last week by the EPA. That's better than before, but the 2020 Sportage still trails many of its rivals. The thriftiest version of the new...Read More»

Waymo trains self-driving cars to identify emergency vehicles
Google's Waymo teaches California cops how to handle self-driving cars

Google's Waymo self-driving car division on Wednesday brought California Highway Patrol officers to the classroom to go teach them how to deal with self-driving cars. KNTV reported that Waymo employees showed the highway patrol officers not only how to pull over an autonomous vehicle but how...Read More»

Optimus Ride to launch at Brooklyn Navy Yard
Self-driving cars to shuttle workers around Brooklyn Navy Yard

New York is in for its first self-driving car shuttle service, thanks to Optimus Ride. The company announced Wednesday that it will bring the first autonomous shuttles to the Empire State later this year. Specifically, the shuttles will operate at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, which covers 300 acres and...Read More»

2020 Porsche Cayenne Coupe
2020 Porsche Cayenne Coupe, Bugatti La Voiture Noire, Fisker solid-state batteries: What's New @ The Car Connection

2020 Porsche Cayenne Coupe debuts, stretches expectations for a crossover SUV The 2020 Porsche Cayenne Coupe that broke cover Thursday blurs the already fuzzy line between crossover SUVs and sports cars. Ford will build its self-driving cars in U.S. When the first self-driving cars from Ford are...Read More»

Ford Flat Rock Assembly Plant
Ford will build its self-driving cars in U.S.

When the first self-driving cars from Ford are ready for the road, they'll leave a Michigan assembly plant. The automaker said that part of a $900 million investment includes plans for a new facility near Detroit to assemble its autonomous vehicles starting in 2021. Workers at the new plant will be...Read More»

2020 Porsche Cayenne Coupe
2020 Porsche Cayenne Coupe debuts, stretches expectations for a crossover SUV

The 2020 Porsche Cayenne Coupe that broke cover Thursday blurs the already fuzzy line between crossover SUVs and sports cars. With its standard active rear spoiler that extends at highway speeds to increase downforce and available carbon fiber roof, the Cayenne Coupe has as much in common with the...Read More»

2019 Toyota Tundra crash test
IIHS: Pickup trucks skimp on passenger-side safety

A round of crash-test results released Thursday by the IIHS show that even the newest pickup truck designs aren't as safe for front-seat passengers as they are for drivers. Most of the new trucks tested by the IIHS, including the redesigned 2019 Chevrolet Silverado and 2019 GMC Sierra, produced...Read More»

Volvo in-car camera system
Volvo in-car cameras, Hyundai Tucson N Line, BMW electric cars: What's New @ The Car Connection

Volvo's in-car cameras will spot, slow, or stop drunk or distracted drivers New Volvos built within the next five years may include cameras pointed at the driver to spot drunk or distracted driving and potentially stop the car, the automaker announced Wednesday in Sweden. 2020 Hyundai Palisade...Read More»

2019 Hyundai Kona
2019 Ford Ecosport vs. 2019 Hyundai Kona: Compare Cars

Small crossovers are a big deal. The 2019 Ford Ecosport and 2019 Hyundai Kona are entry-level crossovers for new buyers or empty-nesters looking for a tall ride height with a low price. Both cost less than $20,000 to start and offer all-wheel drive, a sizable cargo area, and room for up to five...Read More»

Final Chevrolet Cruze built at GM Lordstown plant
Cleveland car dealer's proposed Uber rival would have reportedly kept GM plant alive

A Cleveland car dealer reportedly proposed a plan that would have kept a now-idled General Motors new-car factory in Ohio humming for at least another five years. Bernie Moreno, a Cleveland-based car dealer who owns dealerships across the U.S., reportedly approached GM with a plan to purchase...Read More»

2019 Ford F-150
2019 Ford F-150 vs. 2019 Ford Ranger: Compare Trucks

Walking into a Ford dealer and picking out a pickup truck isn’t easy anymore. The 2019 Ford Ranger mid-size truck and 2019 Ford F-150 full-size pickup overlap in more ways than some shoppers might expect. Overall, we rate the 2019 F-150 and 6.5 and the 2019 Ranger at 5.8 on our scale that...Read More»

Volvo in-car camera system
Volvo's in-car cameras will spot, slow, or stop drunk or distracted drivers

New Volvos built within the next five years may include cameras pointed at the driver to spot drunk or distracted driving and potentially stop the car, the automaker announced Wednesday in Sweden. Volvo safety engineers said it may be automakers that are ultimately responsible for curbing fatal...Read More»

2020 Hyundai Palisade first drive
2020 Hyundai Palisade rated at 21 mpg combined

The EPA last week released fuel-economy estimates for the 2020 Hyundai Palisade. At 19 mpg city, 24 highway, 21 combined with optional all-wheel drive, its estimates match that of its Kia Telluride cousin, but neither is not thrifty as some of their rivals. The 2020 Palisade uses a 3.8-liter V-6...Read More»

Mercedes-Benz C-Class production in Tuscaloosa, Alabama
$200K Mercedes-Maybach SUV, Koenigsegg Jesko, Amazon and Kia electric car chargers: What's New @ The Car Connection

Mercedes-Benz to build $200K Maybach luxo-SUV in Alabama The Mercedes-Maybach GLS-Class could be the most expensive car built on an assembly line in the U.S. when it goes into production by early next year at a factory near Tuscaloosa, Alabama. 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class Coupe debuts with more...Read More»

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class Coupe
2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class Coupe debuts with more power, tech, and updated looks

The updated 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class Coupe bowed Monday ahead of its formal unveiling at the 2019 New York International Auto Show in April. Like the standard 2020 GLC-Class that debuted earlier this year, the GLC Coupe features refreshed styling with a new infotainment system and a more...Read More»

Mercedes-Benz C-Class production in Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Mercedes-Benz to build $200K Maybach luxo-SUV in Alabama

The Mercedes-Maybach GLS-Class could be the most expensive car built on an assembly line in the U.S. when it goes into production by early next year at a factory near Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Automotive News reported Monday that the ultra-luxury Maybach version of Mercedes-Benz's next-generation will...Read More»

2019 Audi Q8, Park City to Telluride
2019 Audi Q8, A6 earn high marks in latest crash tests

Both the 2019 Audi Q8 and A6 earned high marks in IIHS crash test ratings, but headlight effectiveness separated them from top honors. The 2019 Q8 walked away with a Top Safety Pick award, while the 2019 A6 and its better-rated headlights earned it a Top Safety Pick+. More often than not, headlight...Read More»

Donald J. Trump in November 2016       [photo: The Trump Organization]
Trump demands action at GM, Cadillac CT6-V, Tesla Model Y rivals: What's New @ The Car Connection

President Trump demands GM CEO "do something quickly" about former Chevy Cruze plant President Donald Trump took to Twitter on Sunday to put pressure on General Motors CEO Mary Barra, demanding she "do something quickly" about the assembly plants GM intends to close in the near future. Federal...Read More»

GM Cruise Automation self-driving Bolt EV
Federal regulators want to know what the public thinks of self-driving cars

Safety officials are asking for the public's help to rewrite the rules for self-driving cars, which were written decades ago. General Motors last year petitioned the NHTSA to allow self-driving Chevrolet Bolt EVs on the road that lacked steering wheels and pedals. The federal agency languished for...Read More»

2020 Cadillac CT5 Luxury
2020 Cadillac CT5 revealed, 2019 Subaru WRX STI S209 driven, Fisker electric SUV spotted: What's New @ The Car Connection

2020 Cadillac CT5 mid-size luxury sedan revealed, and there's turbo power everywhere Cadillac has been thick and fast with new crossovers for the last 12 months. Last year, the brand unleashed long-awaited compact and full-size crossover SUVs to round out its lineup, the 2019 XT4 and 2020 XT6...Read More»

Donald Trump
President Trump demands GM CEO "do something quickly" about former Chevy Cruze plant

President Donald Trump took to Twitter on Sunday to put pressure on General Motors CEO Mary Barra, demanding she "do something quickly" about the assembly plants GM intends to close in the near future. After General Motors announced last November that it would "unallocate" and idle four U.S...Read More»

2020 Cadillac CT5 Sport
2020 Cadillac CT5 mid-size luxury sedan revealed, and there's turbo power everywhere

Cadillac has been thick and fast with new crossovers for the last 12 months. Last year, the brand unleashed long-awaited compact and full-size crossover SUVs to round out its lineup, the 2019 XT4 and 2020 XT6, respectively. On Monday the luxury automaker turned its attention to its aging sedan...Read More»

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