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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles puts brakes on proposed merger with Renault, blames French government
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles puts brakes on proposed merger with Renault, blames French government

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' proposed merger with French automaker Renault quickly came to a halt Wednesday. FCA said after its second day of negotiations with Renault that it would withdraw its merger offer that would have made a combined company the world's third-largest automaker. Renault said...Read More»

Volvo Tow For Life service
Volvo says it will tow broken-down cars for life

Volvo owners stuck on the side of the road with a broken-down car will never need to worry about arranging a tow truck. The luxury brand said Tuesday announcement it will provide free towing for life for Volvo drivers in the U.S.. The program, fittingly called "Tow For Life," extends outside of the...Read More»

GM, Michelin Uptis airless tire prototype
GM, Michelin to test airless tire prototype

General Motors and Michelin said Tuesday that they will test an airless tire prototype called the Uptis. Uptis, which stands for "unique puncture-proof tire system," is designed to be puncture-proof, to last longer than a conventional tire, and to require less energy to produce. The airless tire...Read More»

2017 Ford Fusion Sport
2020 Ford Fusion lineup trimmed for sedan's last year

The 2020 Ford Fusion lineup won't include the powerful Fusion Sport. Cars Direct reported Monday that the Fusion Sport will not return for the 2020 model year. The website confirmed with For a spokesman, who said the automaker wanted to simplify the lineup for the sedan's final model year. Instead...Read More»

2019 Buick Envision
U.S. denies tariff exemption for China-made Buick Envision crossover SUV

As they make the journey across the Pacific Ocean from China to the U.S., Buick Envision crossover SUVs pick up more than just a passport stamp. For nearly a year, they have also been subject to a hefty 25-percent import tariff levied by the Trump Administration as part of an escalating trade war...Read More»

Pump with multiple ethanol/gasoline blends.
EPA OKs more ethanol in gasoline, airless tires, VW sets EV lap record: What's New @ The Car Connection

EPA ups amount of ethanol allowed in summer gas, but read your manual first The EPA last week approved higher amounts of ethanol blended into gasoline to be sold at gas stations in the U.S. during summer months, but many automakers warn against using fuel with more than 10 percent ethanol content...Read More»

Fuel pump
EPA ups amount of ethanol allowed in summer gas, but read your manual first

The EPA last week approved higher amounts of ethanol blended into gasoline to be sold at gas stations in the U.S. during summer months, but many automakers warn against using fuel with more than 10 percent ethanol content in their vehicles. The EPA said that it will allow fuel with 15 percent...Read More»

Apple CarPlay iOS 13
Apple CarPlay interface updated with latest iOS 13 update

The refreshed Apple CarPlay interface shown Monday at the tech firm's Worldwide Developers Conference marks a major cosmetic and functional overhaul for the in-car smartphone interface and opens up the ability for third-party apps to work with the Siri virtual assistant. The updated CarPlay...Read More»

2020 Chevrolet Silverado with turbodiesel engine
2020 Chevrolet Silverado turbodiesel engine priced from $42,285

The 2020 Chevrolet Silverado's new turbodiesel will command the same price premium over other engines as the optional 6.2-liter V-8 also available under the pickup truck's hood. On Monday, Chevrolet said the 3.0-liter Duramax turbodiesel inline-6 engine will cost $3,890 for trucks originally...Read More»

2014 GMC Acadia
NHTSA investigates GM SUVs, Porsche 909 Bergspyder successor, Hyundai Kona Hybrid: What's New @ The Car Connection

NHTSA begins investigation into GM SUV seat belt failures The NHTSA last week opened an investigation into 1.4 million General Motors crossover SUVs after reports that an earlier recall may not have fixed faulty seat belt cables. British owner puts Greyhound bus line up for sale An icon of the...Read More»

Greyhound bus
British owner puts Greyhound bus line up for sale

An icon of the American highway system is up for sale. Reuters reported last week that the British firm that owns Greyhound has put the bus line up for sale. Greyhound has struggled to compete with low-cost airlines in areas where the bus line typically serves. Relatively low oil prices have also...Read More»

2012 Buick Enclave
NHTSA begins investigation into GM SUV seat belt failures

The NHTSA last week opened an investigation into 1.4 million General Motors crossover SUVs after reports that an earlier recall may not have fixed faulty seat belt cables. The probe surrounds faulty seat belts that were supposedly fixed in a 2014 recall for 2009-2014 Buick Enclave, Chevrolet...Read More»

2018 Ram 1500 Tungsten Edition
10K Ram 1500 pickup trucks recalled over driveshaft failure risk

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will recall about 10,000 models of its popular Ram 1500 pickup truck after a number of reports of driveshaft failures. The recall is scheduled to begin June 15 and was detailed last week in government filings released by the NHTSA. According to the filings, the driveshaft...Read More»

2019 Chevrolet Blazer
2019 Chevrolet Blazer, Cadillac CT4 and CT5, Ethanol in gasoline: What's New @ The Car Connection

2019 Chevrolet Blazer Review The 2019 Chevrolet Blazer reboots a name from the past, and leaves truck bona fides behind for crossover comfort. Jaguar Land Rover tests steering wheel that heats and cools to indicate driving directions Jaguar-Land Rover has shown off a heated and cooled steering...Read More»

Jaguar Land Rover sensory steering wheel
Jaguar Land Rover tests steering wheel that heats and cools to indicate driving directions

Jaguar-Land Rover has shown off a heating and cooling steering wheel that it imagines could help drivers with navigation directions. The automaker on Wednesday detailed its "sensory steering wheel," which can heat or cool down in the driver's hands as they approach a junction or turn indicated on...Read More»

2019 Hyundai Veloster Turbo R-Spec
2019 Hyundai Veloster earns Top Safety Pick award

The IIHS subjected the 2019 Hyundai Veloster to its barrage of crash tests for a second time. With optional headlights, the 2019 Veloster is rated a Top Safety Pick. The results come after an earlier test where the driver's door opened following impact with a barrier. The problem could lead to an...Read More»

2019 Kia Stinger
2019 Kia Stinger crash tests, 2020 Cadillac CT4-V, the politics of electric cars: What's New @ The Car Connection

2019 Kia Stinger earns Top Safety Pick+ award The 2019 Kia Stinger is rated a Top Safety Pick+ when equipped with optional headlights and active safety equipment, the IIHS said last week. Review update: 2019 Land Rover Discovery Td6 smooths off-roader's rougher edges Diesel powertrains might be on...Read More»

2020 Cadillac CT4-V
Entry lux: Cadillac CT4 to do battle with BMW 3-Series, Audi A4

The 2020 Cadillac CT4 that bowed Thursday stands ready to take on Germany's best, and it started from the top. The 320-horsepower turbocharged CT4-V is the enthusiast-oriented flagship of a lineup that will grow downward with at least one additional, less-powerful and more affordable model...Read More»

President Donald Trump (Photo courtesy Gage Skidmore/Wikimedia Commons)
Automakers brace as Trump threatens imports from Mexico with tariffs

President Donald Trump on Thursday threatened to tax goods imported to the U.S. from Mexico with a 5% tariff beginning June 10 to curb illegal immigration. Trump announced the policy shift on Twitter, saying Mexico would need to curtail illegal immigrants flowing from Mexico to the U.S. or he would...Read More»

2019 Land Rover Discovery Td6
Review update: 2019 Land Rover Discovery Td6 smooths off-roader's rougher edges

Diesel powertrains might be on the ropes, but what’s left hits like a freight train. The 3.0-liter turbodiesel V-6 is one of the last left standing due to its outstanding applications including the three-row 2019 Land Rover Discovery TD6. For some, the smoother lines of this...Read More»

2019 Kia Stinger
2019 Kia Stinger earns Top Safety Pick+ award

The 2019 Kia Stinger is rated a Top Safety Pick+ when equipped with optional headlights and active safety equipment, the IIHS said last week. A Top Safety Pick+ is the insurance industry-funded group's highest accolade. The safety body put the sport sedan through its slew of tests and the car...Read More»

2018 Mitsubishi Mirage G4
Airbag fault prompts recall of 26K Mitsubishi Mirage G4 sedans

Mitsubishi has recalled thousands of Mitsubishi Mirage G4 sedans in the U.S. over airbags that may not deploy because of a sensor that misreads rough road conditions. The Japanese brand filed documents with the NHTSA last month, which the agency published this week. The recall documents state that...Read More»

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Uber to ban low-rated riders from its ride-share service

Uber will ban low-rated riders from its service in the U.S., a move the ride-share company has already made in Australia and New Zealand. In a statement released Wednesday, Uber said the policy change puts the same level of accountability on riders as it does on drivers. Any rider who falls into a...Read More»

2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer
2021 Chevy Trailblazer, Ferrari SF90 Stradale, Tesla Model Y production: What's New @ The Car Connection

2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer crossover revealed: Small utility goes long on heritage The 2021 Chevy Trailblazer that made its debut Wednesday takes one of the automaker's cherished names from history for a new spin. 2020 Lexus RX adds touchscreen infotainment, Android Auto compatibility The 2020...Read More»

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