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Fast food: Walmart and Waymo to test self-driving grocery pickup and delivery
Fast food: Walmart and Waymo to test self-driving grocery pickup and delivery

Grocery delivery services are nothing new, but Walmart and Google autonomous vehicle venture Waymo’s new partnership aims to take one more factor out of the equation: the driver. The two companies said Wednesday that a pilot program will take place in Waymo’s Phoenix self-driving car...Read More»

2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class
2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class, Land Rover Road Rover, Tesla Model 3 Performance: What's New @ The Car Connection

2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class revealed: Starting at the bottom The 2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class sedan unveiled Monday at a private event in New York represents a grab for a market Mercedes-Benz has moved away from with its C-Class sedan: a three-pointed star priced for entry-level luxury buyers. 2018...Read More»

2019 Ford F-150 Limited
2019 Ford F-150 Limited: more power, more luxury

A new engine option for the 2019 Ford F-150 Limited makes the luxo-truck a hot-rod among pickups. With 450 horsepower and 510 pound-feet of torque, the available high-output version of Ford's twin-turbocharged V-6 boasts a lot more power than last year's 375 hp and 470 lb-ft. In the 2019 F-150, the...Read More»

2018 Lincoln Navigator L in Black Label Destination trim
2018 Lincoln Navigator, Genesis brand take top honors in J.D. Power APEAL study

The owners of new 2018 vehicles have spoken and have named the Lincoln Navigator and Hyundai's new Genesis luxury brand most satisfying overall in the J.D. Power APEAL study. The results of the study, released on Wednesday, showed an average score increase of 10 points on a 1,000 point scale across...Read More»

2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class
2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class revealed: Starting at the bottom

The 2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class sedan unveiled Monday at a private event in New York represents a grab for a market Mercedes-Benz has moved away from with its C-Class sedan: a three-pointed star priced for entry-level luxury buyers. With the 2019 A-Class, Mercedes is back in that market—at...Read More»

2019 Audi Q3
2019 Audi Q3 revealed: flagship style, bite-size dimensions

The 2019 Audi Q3 unveiled Wednesday has a face that might look familiar, but only if you've been shopping the high end of the automaker's crossover SUV lineup. That's because the smallest Audi crossover now shares much of its design with the company's new Q8 flagship. That's good news for the Q3...Read More»

Sergio Marchionne
FCA CEO passes away, 2019 Audi Q3, 2019 Porsche Macan: What's New @ The Car Connection

2019 Audi Q3 revealed: flagship style, bite-size dimensions The 2019 Audi Q3 unveiled Wednesday has a face that might look familiar, but only if you've been shopping the high end of the automaker's crossover SUV lineup. That's because the smallest Audi crossover now shares much of its design with...Read More»

Sergio Marchionne
Sergio Marchionne, who merged Fiat and Chrysler, dies at 66

Sergio Marchionne, the man credited with saving post-bankruptcy Chrysler by merging the Detroit automaker with Italian-giant Fiat, died Wednesday. He was 66. Marchionned died after "unexpected complications" during shoulder surgery in Switzerland. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles announced Saturday that...Read More»

Waymo Jaguar I-Pace
Google-owned Waymo’s self-driving cars go 25,000 miles a day

If you think your commute is long, try driving for Waymo… or sitting behind the wheel, rather. The Google-owned autonomous vehicle development company announced that its vehicles have reached 8 million miles on public roads, an average of 25,000 combined miles daily. MORE: Ford to pump $4B...Read More»

Self-driving Ford Fusion Hybrid for Domino's pizza delivery
Ford to pump $4B into new self-driving car subsidiary

Ford will spend $4 billion over five years on a new subsidiary called Ford Autonomous Vehicles LLC to develop a self-driving car by 2021. To do so, Ford said Tuesday that it installed Sherif Marakby, who led up Uber's self-driving car division for a year, to lead the subsidiary as its CEO. Under...Read More»

2019 Honda HR-V
2019 Honda HR-V cute crossover updated with new looks, available active safety, bigger price

The Honda HR-V was among our favorite budget buys for many reasons. Not only was the small compact crossover versatile and fuel-efficient with a small inline-4, at just over $20,000 it's also relatively cheap among new cars. On Tuesday, the automaker detailed the 2019 Honda HR-V and put our favor...Read More»

2019 Dodge Durango
2018 BMW X2 crash test, 2019 Toyota 86 TRD, California HOV stickers: What's New @ The Car Connection

2018 BMW X2 headrests come under fire from the IIHS The 2018 BMW X2 features headrests that don't protect occupants from whiplash in a rear impact as well as those on nearly every other car on the market, the IIHS said Monday when it issued a rare "Acceptable" rating for the crossover SUV's seats...Read More»

2018 BMW X2
2018 BMW X2 headrests come under fire from the IIHS

The 2018 BMW X2 features headrests that don't protect occupants from whiplash in a rear impact as well as those on nearly every other car on the market, the IIHS said Monday when it issued a rare "Acceptable" rating for the crossover SUV's seats. Headrests, which function as a safety item designed...Read More»

2019 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class (GLE43)
Revised headlights help 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class earn IIHS Top Safety Pick+ award

Thanks to strong crash-test performance and improved headlights, the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class garnered a Top Safety Pick+ award from the IIHS last week. The 2018 GLE crossover SUV passed the passenger side small front overlap test with a “Good” rating, the highest score awarded by...Read More»

2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class (Mercedes-AMG GLE43 SUV)
Latest crash-tests, Lamborghini Huracán Performante Spyder, Tesla's car of the decade: What's New @ The Car Connection

Toyota C-HR aces IIHS crash-tests, faulted for weak headlights Thanks to strong crash-test performance and improved headlights, the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class garnered a Top Safety Pick+ award from the IIHS last week. 2018 Hyundai Sonata Plug-In Hybrid price cut to $34,135 In an effort to spur...Read More»

2018 Toyota C-HR
Toyota C-HR aces IIHS crash tests, faulted for weak headlights

The 2018 Toyota C-HR can't see very well in the dark, the IIHS said last week. Toyota's subcompact crossover SUV earned top marks in all of the insurance industry-funded group's instrumented crash tests, but its weak headlights prevented it from earning a Top Safety Pick award. The IIHS said in a...Read More»

2018 Hyundai Sonata Plug-In Hybrid
2018 Hyundai Sonata Plug-In Hybrid price cut to $34,135

In an effort to spur sales amidst the onslaught of crossover SUVs, Hyundai on Thursday sliced the cost of its 2018 Sonata Plug-In Hybrid sedan by $1,350 to $34,135. MORE: 2018 Hyundai Accent, 2018 Kia Rio pass stringent IIHS crash test The top-tier Limited trim gets a price bump of $250 to $39,750...Read More»

Donald J. Trump in November 2016       [photo: The Trump Organization]
Trump's trade woes, 2019 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack 1320, Electric-car chargers: What's New @ The Car Connection

Trump's aim to forge ahead with auto tariffs could lead to higher car prices, international retaliation President Donald Trump's threat to levy a 20-25 percent tariff on cars imported to the U.S. if a trade deal with the European Union isn't reached next week could result in a dramatic increase in...Read More»

BMW X7 pre-production at plant in Spartanburg, South Carolina
Trump's aim to forge ahead with auto tariffs could lead to higher car prices, international retaliation

President Donald Trump's threat to levy a 20-25 percent tariff on cars imported to the U.S. if a trade deal with the European Union isn't reached next week could result in a dramatic increase in new-car pricing and may lead to international retaliation. EU officials, including European Commission...Read More»

2020 Ford Focus Active
Ford cuts off compact car production, sales in US ahead of 2020 Focus Active

Ford made a big splash back in April when it announced it would not replace the Fiesta, Fusion, and Taurus with new models in the U.S. Though the 2020 Ford Focus Active will carry on the Focus name as a crossover, it won’t be built here like the current Focus is, as Ford confirmed to us...Read More»

2016 Ford Fusion
Ford recall, Keen Project Safari 911 driven, Tesla profits: What's New @ The Car Connection

Ford recalling more than 500K Fusion sedans, Escape crossovers for rollaway risk Ford announced Wednesday that it would recall more than half a million Fusion sedans and Escape crossovers built between 2013 and 2015 because of a faulty shift cable that could fail to park the car. The recall...Read More»

2014 Ford Fusion
Ford recalling more than 500K Fusion sedans, Escape crossovers for rollaway risk

Ford announced Wednesday that it would recall more than half a million Fusion sedans and Escape crossovers built between 2013 and 2015 because of a faulty shift cable that could fail to park the car. The recall includes 2013-16 Ford Fusions and 2013-14 Ford Escapes. The automaker suggested that...Read More»

Mazda Apple CarPlay connectivity
Mazda adds Apple CarPlay, Android Auto capability to global, but not US models

Mazda said last week that it will add Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability to some of its new cars—but American drivers will have to wait. New and existing global Mazdas fitted with the MZD Connect system will gain compatibility both services as an option beginning next month, but as for...Read More»

BMW ReachNow
BMW goes after Uber, expands ReachNew car-share app to include ride-sharing

BMW said Tuesday that its ReachNow car-sharing app will add the ability to book an Uber or Lyft-like ride-share, making it the first to merge the two services. The app allows members to reserve a car, snag a ride, or schedule a pick-up for later. MORE: Trump trade tirade threatens BMW...Read More»

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