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10K Ram 1500 pickup trucks recalled over driveshaft failure risk
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»

Motor Authority builds a 2019 Volvo S60
2019 Volvo S60 recalled over incorrectly tightened suspension part

The 2019 Volvo S60 has been recalled to address suspension components that may not have been tightened correctly on the assembly line, according to filings released Monday by the NHTSA. According to the filings, the recall will address suspension toe links, a relatively small but important...Read More»

2020 Lexus RX
2020 Lexus RX adds touchscreen infotainment, Android Auto compatibility

The 2020 Lexus RX crossover SUV ditches last year's troublesome computer mouse-like control knob in favor of a touchpad and touchscreen for infotainment, which is now compatible with Android Auto. When it announced the upgraded tech Wednesday, Lexus said that it also tweaked the luxury crossover...Read More»

2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer
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. The crossover that will arrive in dealers early next year will be bigger than the subcompact Trax but smaller than the Equinox and Blazer and will aim for younger...Read More»

2020 BMW X1
2020 BMW X1 updated with new looks, bigger screen

The 2020 BMW X1 has a new front end that makes it look even more like the automaker's larger crossover SUVs. BMW revealed the 2020 X1 on Tuesday, and it's hard to miss its enlarged kidney-style grille. The headlights are also treated to hexagonal LED designs, while the front and rear bumpers boast...Read More»

2020 Buick Encore GX
2020 Buick Encore GX crossover revealed: Premium 'tweener by way of Korea

Buick's once-bare crossover SUV lineup is filling fast. The automaker announced Wednesday that the Korea-sourced 2020 Buick Encore GX will slot between the smaller Encore and the larger Envision. Buick didn't say how much the Encore GX would cost, nor when it would arrive in dealerships. With the...Read More»

2020 Ford Escape
2020 Ford Escape costs $25,980 to start

The redesigned 2020 Ford Escape will cost $780 more to start than last year's model when it goes on sale this fall. Order guides for the new compact crossover show the 2020 Escape S base model will start at $25,980 including a mandatory destination charge, which is more than some of its closest...Read More»

Lyft
Ride-share car recalls, "Top Gear" season 27, VW electric-car batteries: What's New @ The Car Connection

Many ride-share cars have open safety recalls Nearly one sixth of all ride-share vehicles in two major U.S. markets are subject to safety recalls that haven't been performed. 49K Mazda 6 sedans recalled over rust risk About 50,000 Mazda 6 sedans registered in states with wintry weather have been...Read More»

TuSimple self-driving semi truck
USPS to test autonomous long-haul delivery trucks

We've come a long way from the Pony Express. The U.S. Postal Service said last week that it will test autonomous long-haul mail delivery trucks in the relatively remote stretch between Phoenix and Dallas. The USPS said that San Diego-based TuSimple won the contract to self self-driving semi trucks...Read More»

2010 Mazda Mazda6
49K Mazda 6 sedans recalled over rust risk

About 50,000 Mazda 6 sedans registered in states with wintry weather have been recalled to address a rust-prone structural component. The NHTSA last week published the recall, which will begin June 24. Mazda said that road salt may corrode a crossmember that serves as both a structural component...Read More»

Uber driver (photo by Uber)
Many ride-share cars have open safety recalls

Nearly one sixth of all ride-share vehicles in two major U.S. markets are subject to safety recalls that haven't yet been performed. Consumer Reports reported last week that one in six ride-share vehicles in a study of vehicles in the New York City and Seattle areas had an open recall. The issues...Read More»

Renault logo and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles logo
Fiat Chrysler-Renault merger, Ferrari hybrid supercar teased, Byton readies its SUV: What's New @ The Car Connection

Fiat Chrysler proposes mega-merger with Renault in auto industry shakeup Fiat Chrysler Automobiles submitted a proposal Monday to merge with French automaker Renault in a multibillion-dollar deal that could create the world's third-largest automaker by volume. The equity offer would merge the...Read More»

Renault logo and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles logo
Fiat Chrysler proposes mega-merger with Renault in auto industry shakeup

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles submitted a proposal Monday to merge with French automaker Renault in a multibillion-dollar deal that could create the world's third-largest automaker by volume. The equity offer would merge the automakers equally and combine complementary vehicle lineups together into a...Read More»

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