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2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE first drive review: Bellwether luxury crossover SUV
2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE first drive review: Bellwether luxury crossover SUV

The 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class that I rushed through a washed-out road on a steamy October afternoon didn’t seem to mind that when it rains in Central Texas, it pours. For Mercedes-Benz, the GLE has become a beacon of stability. It’s a middle child in a lineup of crossover SUVs...Read More»

2019 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid  -  First Drive, Santa Barbara CA, Nov. 2019
2019 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid priced at $35,970 ahead of LA auto show debut

Subaru's first plug-in hybrid has a price tag. The 2019 Crosstrek Hybrid will start at $35,970 (including a $995 destination fee) when it goes on sale. The brand said Monday that the Crosstrek Hybrid will make its formal debut at the 2018 Los Angeles auto show in a week. The powertrain combines...Read More»

2019 Ford Expedition
Ford Expedition, Lincoln Navigator SUVs recalled over second-row seat fastener

Ford has issued a new recall for the 2018 Expedition and Lincoln Navigator full-size SUVs over a missing J-channel reinforcement bracket. Without the fastener, the second-row seats may not be restrained in the event of a crash. The automaker announced the recall last Friday, which affects 38,000...Read More»

2019 Toyota RAV4
2019 Nissan Kicks, 2019 Toyota RAV4, 2019 Ford F-150 Raptor: What's New @ The Car Connection

2019 Nissan Kicks price punted to $19,535 The 2019 Nissan Kicks will cost $19,535 when it goes on sale soon, which reflects a $570 price bump over last year's price. The 2019 price includes a $995 destination fee and Nissan said Monday that 2019 Juke models should arrive in dealers soon. 2019...Read More»

2019 Nissan Kicks
2019 Nissan Kicks price punted to $19,535

The 2019 Nissan Kicks will cost $19,535 when it goes on sale soon, which reflects a $570 price bump over last year's price. The 2019 price includes a $995 destination fee and Nissan said Monday that 2019 Juke models should arrive in dealers soon. Nissan's Kicks replaced the Juke earlier this year...Read More»

2019 Toyota RAV4
2019 Toyota RAV4 first drive review: Reaching new heights

Traffic on California’s winding, tourist-riddled Highway 1 creeps along on a Tuesday morning in November. I’m in a 2019 Toyota RAV4 and I’m stuck behind a wandering Mustang with Nevada plates, almost certainly a rental, and I watch in vain as its occupants snap photos of the...Read More»

Steve and Janet Wozniak with new 2016 Tesla Model S, December 2016  [source: Steve Wozniak Facebook]
Apple co-founder not sold on self-driving cars

Based on his experience with his Tesla, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak said last week that doesn't believe fully self-driving cars are possible in the near-term. Wozniak told CNBC in an interview published last week he initially hoped Apple would be first to launch a self-driving car, but added...Read More»

Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn at 2016 New York Auto Show roundable discussion
Nissan executive woes, Ford new car smell, EPA's heavy truck smog restrictions: What's New @ The Car Connection

Nissan says CEO Carlos Ghosn lied about salary, misused company money Nissan said Monday that an internal investigation revealed group CEO Carlos Ghosn allegedly lied to investors about his salary and used company resources for personal expenses. Apple co-founder not sold on self-driving cars Based...Read More»

Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn with GM's Larry Nitz at 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV debut  [photo: Gary Lieber]
Nissan says CEO Carlos Ghosn lied about salary, misused company money

Nissan said Monday that an internal investigation revealed group CEO Carlos Ghosn allegedly lied to investors about his salary and used company resources for personal expenses. The company that Ghosn is widely credited as saving in the 1990s reportedly will ask for his ouster Thursday. Nissan...Read More»

Lime launches car-share service in Seattle
Scooter renter Lime gets into the car-share business

Lime, best known for bicycle and scooter rentals, wants to try its hand at the car-share business. The company will launch a fleet of Fiat 500 models across Seattle in a bid to expand its business. The company announced the car-share service will begin this week with the Fiat 500s spread out across...Read More»

2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee
2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT Trackhawk floor mats recalled

A minor floor mat imperfection could cause the accelerator pedal to become stuck in certain 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT Trackhawk models. Parent automaker Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles issued a recall for the high-performance SUV last month, according to government filings released Thursday. The...Read More»

2020 Toyota Corolla
2020 Toyota Corolla, Toyota Camry and Avalon TRD, Tesla Autopilot: What's New @ The Car Connection

2020 Toyota Corolla unveiled: More power, style for compact sedan With the 2020 Corolla Toyota unveiled Thursday at simultaneous events in China and the U.S., the automaker makes its most dramatic effort yet to shed the small car's stodgy image. 2019 Honda Passport crossover SUV teased ahead of LA...Read More»

Waymo self-driving car
Google's Waymo to launch driverless taxi service in two months

Waymo, Google and parent company Alphabet's self-driving car subsidiary, plans to launch its first self-driving taxi service in the next two months. The company's chief executive officer, John Krafcik, told an audience at the Wall Street Journal's D.Live conference on Tuesday that the service will...Read More»

2020 Toyota Corolla
2020 Toyota Corolla unveiled: More power, style for compact sedan

With the 2020 Corolla Toyota unveiled Thursday at simultaneous events in China and the U.S., the automaker makes its most dramatic effort yet to shed the small car's stodgy image. When the 2020 Toyota Corolla goes on sale next spring, it'll have a split personality. Most Corollas will likely be...Read More»

2019 Honda Passport teaser
2019 Honda Passport crossover SUV teased ahead of LA revival

After rumors swirled at the start of 2018 over a reborn Honda Passport, the brand has confirmed the nameplate's revival. Honda teased the forthcoming mid-size crossover SUV on Thursday (#ThrowbackThursday) and announced the model will make its global debut at the 2018 Los Angeles auto show. The...Read More»

Uber Rewards program
Uber, Lyft roll out rewards programs

The ride-sharing industry has gotten more competitive in the past few years, and both Uber and Lyft will kick the rivalry up another notch with the launch of ride reward programs. Uber announced its rewards program on Wednesday and said it will initially roll it out in nine cities across the U.S...Read More»

2020 BMW M340i xDrive
BMW M340i, Frankencar, California's carpool lane stickers: What's New @ The Car Connection

2020 BMW M340i revealed with more sporting aspirations On Tuesday, BMW expanded its M Performance range with the 2020 M340i sedan. Ford, Walmart team up for self-driving delivery program Ford and Walmart have teamed up to launch a new self-driving delivery service pilot with the help of Postmates...Read More»

Ford partners with Walmart for self-driving delivery service
Ford, Walmart team up for self-driving delivery program

Ford and Walmart have teamed up to launch a new self-driving delivery service pilot with the help of Postmates. The automaker announced Wednesday that Walmart and Postmates will help carry out the program, which intends to deliver a variety of goods to Walmart shoppers from the comfort of their...Read More»

2018 Zotye T600
Chinese Ford partner Zotye gears up to sell crossover SUV in U.S.

For years, the Chinese have promised to break into the U.S., and a second automaker has revealed its plans to finally do just that. Zotye, which works with Ford to build cars in China, detailed plans on Tuesday to begin selling a crossover SUV in the U.S. in 2020. The new company, called Zotye USA...Read More»

2020 BMW M340i xDrive
2020 BMW M340i revealed with more sporting aspirations

On Tuesday, BMW expanded its M Performance range with the 2020 M340i sedan. The 2020 BMW M340i features a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-6 to make 382 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque. Power is sent to either the rear wheels or the brand's xDrive all-wheel-drive system via an 8-speed...Read More»

2019 Chevrolet Equinox
Active safety tech, Aston Martin DBX SUV, Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid: What's New @ The Car Connection

IIHS: Automatic emergency braking reduces crashes in GM vehicles Sometimes technology is a good thing. New research presented by the IIHS Tuesday shows automatic emergency braking systems helped reduce the number of collisions and crash-related injuries in General Motors vehicles. What's New for...Read More»

2019 Chevrolet Equinox
IIHS: Automatic emergency braking reduces crashes in GM vehicles

Sometimes technology is a good thing. New research presented by the IIHS Tuesday shows automatic emergency braking systems helped reduce the number of collisions and crash-related injuries in General Motors vehicles. The independent safety body said optional front crash prevention systems (which...Read More»

2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV added to Maven car- and ride-sharing fleet in Los Angeles, California
GM's Maven car-share service will add outside brands next year

General Motors' Maven car-share will make a big change next year. The brand's Peer Cars service let users share non-GM vehicles, Automotive News (subscription required) reported on Monday. The move could be a step toward Maven allowing users to rent out non-vehicle items, too. Peer Cars gives Maven...Read More»

2019 Jeep Wrangler
What's New for 2019: Jeep

It'll be hard for Jeep to follow up on last year. For 2019, America's off-road brand redesigned its Wrangler to be more comfortable in town and more capable where there's no cell service. This year, the newsmakers are the popular Cherokee and Renegade crossover SUVs. Both models see newly optional...Read More»

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