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Audi Q8 first look: crossover SUVs über alles
Audi Q8 first look: crossover SUVs über alles

There's a lot to digest with the Audi Q8 that debuted Tuesday in China, a style-oriented flagship that tops the automaker's growing lineup of luxury crossover SUVs. Though it shares its underpinnings with the three-row Audi Q7, the Q8 boasts its own styling inside and out. It previews a more...Read More»

2019 BMW X5
2019 BMW X5 first look: going boldly down the same road

The 2019 BMW X5 that debuted Tuesday doesn't look all that different than the model currently in showrooms—at least until its gaping twin-kidney grille comes into view. The latest version of BMW's signature grille design stands proud, giving the popular luxury crossover SUV a distinctive look...Read More»

2019 Mercedes-Benz E-Class family
Mercedes-Benz Collection lets subscribers sample brand's lineup for a monthly fee

Mercedes-Benz on Tuesday launched a new subscription service that lets drivers swap among convertibles, sedans, and crossover SUVs for a monthly fee. Small pilot programs launched this week in Philadelphia and Nashville, Tennessee, and are limited to only 70 users in each city. The service may...Read More»

2017 Honda Pilot Apple CarPlay
Apple CarPlay gets Google-friendly, Audi Q8, Cobalt-free electric car batteries: What's New @ The Car Connection

Apple CarPlay upgraded to add Google Maps, Waze with iOS 12 Apple said Monday that the latest version of its operating system will allow for third-party navigation apps such as Google Maps and Waze to display through its updated CarPlay system. Texas brings back eco-friendly car incentives Texas...Read More»

Electrify America Level 2 chargers with Chevrolet Bolt and Nissan Leaf
Texas brings back eco-friendly car incentives

Texas may be the biggest pickup truck market in the country, but the Lone Star State wants its roads to be a little greener in the future. After staying out of the eco-car rebate for the last three years, Texas will reinstate incentives beginning Sept. 1 as high as $5,000 on alternative fuel...Read More»

Apple iOS12 CarPlay
Apple CarPlay upgraded to add Google Maps, Waze with iOS 12

Apple said Monday that the latest version of its operating system will allow for third-party navigation apps such as Google Maps and Waze to display through its updated CarPlay system. The announcement came as part of Apple's iOS 12 operating system debut at its annual Worldwide Developer...Read More»

2018 Mazda 6
2018 Mazda 6 driven, Next-gen Jeep Grand Cherokee, Texas' new eco-car incentives: What's New @ The Car Connection

2018 Mazda 6 first drive: a blown opportunity Accords and Camrys long ago became shorthand for family cars. Fusions and Malibus have thousands of showrooms for buyers to stumble into. California's new $700 digital license plates can relay messages to other drivers Future license plates in...Read More»

2018 Mazda MAZDA6
2018 Mazda 6 first drive: a blown opportunity

Accords and Camrys long ago became shorthand for family cars. Fusions and Malibus have thousands of showrooms for buyers to stumble into. In the vast universe of mid-size sedans, the Mazda 6 has toiled in semi-obscurity. It’s a fringe player, a Pluto with rarer news pegs. Mazda’s blurry...Read More»

California digital license plate
California's new $700 digital license plates can relay messages to other drivers

Future license plates in California may be powered by the same technology used in Amazon’s Kindle e-reader—but not as a touchscreen device, of course. The state of California said Monday that it will test the nearly $700 digital license plates on 24 state-owned vehicles before approving...Read More»

Teaser for Maserati Alfieri sports car
Long-term plans for Jeep, Alfa Romeo, Maserati hinge on tech-heavy future

Nearly 15 years after Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne took the reins of the global automaker, the only consistent force within the company has been change. On Friday, Marchionne and other FCA executives outlined a broad plan to focus heavily on worldwide sales of Jeep, Alfa Romeo...Read More»

2018 Chrysler 300
Chrysler likely to kill off 300, but division will stick around

Italian-American automaker Fiat Chrysler Automobiles said Friday at an investor conference in Italy that the automaker's namesake division will survive and will add at least one more product to its portfolio. When asked specifically about the 300, FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne said that the four-door...Read More»

Alfa Romeo 2020 roadmap
FCA to invest heavily in Maserati, Alfa Romeo luxury brands

Though they've been cash-starved for decades, Italian luxury brands Alfa Romeo and Maserati may have a bright future. That's according to the five-year plan revealed Friday by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, which owns the two Italian divisions. FCA indicated that Maserati will continue to push...Read More»

2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit
Partially self-driving 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee may drive itself to the trailhead

A Level 2 self-driving Jeep Grand Cherokee will be the first in a slew of autonomous cars headed for its U.S. showrooms, the automaker announced Friday. In a wide-ranging presentation for media and investors Jeep's parent company, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, outlined its strategy for new cars, new...Read More»

2017 Jeep Renegade Deserthawk
FCA to dabble in car-sharing, subscriptions with Jeep

FCA will leverage its growing Jeep division for its first trials in car-sharing and vehicle subscriptions, the automaker said Friday at an investor conference in Italy. Initially, the automaker said that it plans to launch a car-share pilot program next year in the Northeastern U.S. targeted at...Read More»

2018 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon
Jeep brand to grow, Alfa Romeo's resurrection, FCA pushes toward EVs: What's New @ The Car Connection

Jeep pickup, Grand Wagoneer among four new models coming by 2022 FCA's burgeoning Jeep lineup will add two new models a year through 2022: a pint-size model, a three-row crossover, a Wrangler-based pickup truck, and a range-topping Grand Wagoneer, the automaker said at a presentation to investors...Read More»

Ram Rebel TRX concept, 2016 State Fair of Texas
Upcoming Ram Rebel TRX to square-off against Ford F-150 Raptor off road

Ram Trucks will finally get a proper off-road truck as well as a mid-size pickup for American buyers, the division confirmed Friday at an investor conference in Italy. The long-rumored Ram Rebel TRX has been earmarked for production by the end of 2022, though likely much sooner. Ram didn't unleash...Read More»

Jeep 2022 roadmap
Jeep pickup, Grand Wagoneer among four new models coming by 2022

FCA's burgeoning Jeep lineup will add two new models a year through 2022: a pint-size model, a three-row crossover, a Wrangler-based pickup truck, and a range-topping Grand Wagoneer, the automaker said at a presentation to investors and the media Friday. A redesigned Jeep Grand Cherokee is also on...Read More»

Chevrolet Cruise AV self-driving car
World's largest tech fund pumps $2.25B into GM self-driving car unit

GM Cruise, the tech division of automaker GM that recently showed off a self-driving Chevrolet Bolt EV devoid of a steering wheel, is ready to shift into overdrive. That's because SoftBank Vision Fund said Thursday that it will invest $2.25 billion into GM Cruise in exchange for a 19.6 percent...Read More»

2018 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid
2018 Hyundai Sonata upgrades trim levels with new features

A number of safety and convenience upgrades have been added to certain versions of the 2018 Hyundai Sonata, the automaker announced Thursday, but they may not be easy for shoppers to spot at first glance. Mid-year update models receive "+" designations, called SEL+, Sport+, and Limited trim levels...Read More»

Waymo self-driving prototype
Google's self-driving car tech could become available in FCA vehicles

Self-driving car technology developed by Google's Waymo division could become available in Fiat Chrysler Automobiles vehicles, the two partners said Thursday as they announced plans to grow their relationship. FCA said in a statement that it and Waymo are "beginning discussions about the use of...Read More»

2019 Acura RDX Advance
2019 Acura RDX first drive video: the clean-sheet crossover SUV

While the BMW X3 and Audi Q5 lap up all the kudos, the Acura RDX quietly has emerged as a sales champ among compact luxury crossovers. In two generations, Acura has sold nearly 400,000 copies of its smallest SUV. Now Acura is eager for a little more attention, which explains the time and brainpower...Read More»

2019 Acura RDX Advance
2019 Acura RDX driven, Chrysler on the chopping block, Audi e-tron electric SUV: What's New @ The Car Connection

2019 Acura RDX Review It has chiseled lines, turbocharged power, available all-wheel drive, and a luxurious, high-tech interior. Japan leader rebukes Trump's putative new-car import tariffs Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Wednesday spoke out against rumors that the Trump administration will...Read More»

Cadillac CT6 uses advanced aluminum and steel structure to save 198 pounds
Trump imposes hefty import duties on imported steel, aluminum used to build cars in U.S.

The U.S. Commerce Department said Thursday that it won't exempt major U.S. trading partners from duties as high as 25 percent on the raw materials imported to the U.S. used to build new cars. The new protectionist import tariffs announced Thursday by Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross on imported steel...Read More»

2019 Toyota RAV4, 2018 New York auto show
Japan leader rebukes Trump's putative new-car import tariffs

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Wednesday spoke out against rumors that the Trump administration will consider tariffs as high as 25 percent on new cars shipped to the U.S. from abroad. "It's hard for Japan to understand and we cannot accept it," Abe reportedly told the Japanese parliament...Read More»

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