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Study: Half of U.S. Uber drivers make less than $10 per hour
Study: Half of U.S. Uber drivers make less than $10 per hour

A publication focused on the ride-sharing industry found that median hourly wage for nearly half of the Uber drivers in the U.S. is just $9.73 after driving costs. While average hourly pay was $14.73 after tip, nearly $5 in vehicle costs per hour for things like gas, insurance, and maintenance cut...Read More»

Chevrolet Cruise AV self-driving car
Honda-GM autonomous car tie-up, Rennsport Reunion VI, Mercedes EQC 400 debuts: What's New @ The Car Connection

Honda invests $2.75B in GM's self-driving car division Honda on Wednesday said that it would invest $2.75 billion over the next 12 years in Cruise, General Motors' self-driving car operations. 2019 Toyota Corolla hatchback does well in latest crash tests The redesigned hatchback version of Toyota's...Read More»

2019 Acura ILX
Luxe-lite: 2019 Acura ILX costs $26,895 to start

Fact: The redesigned 2019 Acura ILX will be the least-costly luxury sedan when it goes on sale later this fall. How far it pushes the definition of "luxury" is up for debate, however. Acura on Wednesday said that the 2019 ILX will start at $26,895, including a mandatory $995 destination charge...Read More»

GM Cruise AV self-driving car
Honda invests $2.75B in GM's self-driving car division

Honda on Wednesday said that it would invest $2.75 billion over the next 12 years in Cruise, General Motors' self-driving car operations. Initially, Honda will pump $750 million into Cruise in exchange for a 5.7 percent share in GM's autonomous car development arm. MORE: California DMV: Many...Read More»

2019 Toyota Corolla hatch
2019 Toyota Corolla hatchback does well in latest crash tests

The redesigned hatchback version of Toyota's compact car has earned a Top Safety Pick award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The 2019 Toyota Corolla hatchback, which shares a name but little else with the Corolla sedan, missed out on the Top Safety Pick+ award because of...Read More»

2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata
More powerful 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata priced at $26,625

The 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata will cost about $450 more than last year's model. But that price bump is accompanied by something that may help overcome the trudge of inflation: more power. The 2019 Miata is rated at 181 horsepower, a 26 hp increase over the 2018. The updated Miata also now comes with a...Read More»

Detroit (via Google Maps)
Google Maps updates, 2019 BMW 3-Series, Honda Insight recall: What's New @ The Car Connection

Google Maps update adds 'commute' functionality and music controls to app For those with a commute that can vary wildly in terms of traffic, Google’s got a new solution in its immensely popular Maps app. The company announced Monday that it would be rolling out an update this week featuring a...Read More»

Traffic in Los Angeles on Google Maps
Google Maps update adds 'commute' functionality and music controls to app

For those with a commute that can vary wildly in terms of traffic, Google’s got a new solution in its immensely popular Maps app. The company announced Monday that it would be rolling out an update this week featuring a “Commute” tab that allows users to check what type of traffic...Read More»

Car accident
Unsafe at any speed: Houston, Dallas top worst cities in US for traffic deaths

If you feel like news stories of traffic-related deaths have been everywhere recently, it’s not all in your head. In 2016, 37,461 people were killed in crashes on U.S. roads, an increase of 5.6 percent over 2015, which had seen its own increase of 10.5 percent from the year before. A lengthy...Read More»

2018 Honda Accord
Honda recalls 232,000 cars with faulty rearview cameras

A rearview camera system installed on nearly a quarter of a million Honda sedans might not do what it's supposed to—and so the automaker is recalling them. The recall applies to 2018 Honda Accord sedans and 2019 Honda Insight hybrid sedans. Both models offer the rearview camera system as...Read More»

2019 Nissan Titan
2019 Nissan Titan adds Apple CarPlay, Android Auto: Your move, Toyota

The 2019 Nissan Titan pickup truck will come with a new 7.0-inch touchscreen for infotainment with standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility when it goes on sale later this year, the truckmaker said last week. The announcement leaves the 2019 Toyota Tundra as the only full-size pickup...Read More»

FCA's Windsor, Ontario, assembly plant
NAFTA replacement USMCA could make Mexico-built cars more expensive

An 11th-hour agreement Sunday night between the U.S. and Canada sealed a new trade deal between the three primary North American economies that could increase the cost of building cars in Mexico. The new deal—the United States-Mexico-Canada-Agreement—replaces the Clinton-era NAFTA...Read More»

First 2018 Nissan Leaf produced at assembly plant in Smyrna, Tennessee, Dec 2017
New trade deal, Chevy Silverado concepts, Elon Musk vs. SEC: What's New @ The Car Connection

NAFTA replacement USMCA could make Mexico-built cars more expensive An 11th-hour agreement Sunday night between the U.S. and Canada sealed a new trade deal between the three primary North American economies that could increase the cost of building cars in Mexico. 2014-2016 Cadillac CTS recalled...Read More»

2015 Cadillac CTS
2014-2016 Cadillac CTS recalled over seat heaters that may catch fire

Seat heaters that may provide too much of a good thing prompted General Motors last week to recall about 54,000 2014-2016 Cadillac CTS sedans. GM said in government filings that the issue stems from seat heaters that are activated without an occupant, such as when the vehicles' remote start systems...Read More»

2018 Volvo XC90
Pair of Volvos earn Top Safety Pick award

The 2019 Volvo XC90 crossover SUV and 2018 Volvo S90 sedan earned the IIHS' top marks, the insurance industry-funded group said last week. Both vehicles performed well in the IIHS' barrage of crash tests. Neither model was tested in the demanding small-overlap front crash test on the passenger's...Read More»

2015 Honda Pilot
1.4 million Honda, Acura vehicles added to Takata airbag recall

Honda said last week that about 1.4 million more of its cars, crossover SUVs, and pickup trucks contain faulty airbag inflators made by automotive supplier Takata. This latest round of recalls bumps the number of vehicles equipped with dangerous Takata airbag inflators to nearly 40 million in the...Read More»

VW-Microsoft technology partnership
VW, Microsoft team up for connected cars

From Volkswagen’s perspective, it seems no number of tech partners is too many. The German giant announced Friday that it will be teaming up with Microsoft for connected car and cloud services despite a hush-hush deal with Apple to develop autonomous technology. Volkswagen has chosen...Read More»

2019 Fiat 500 1957 Edition
2019 Fiat 500 1957 Edition revived as $995 retro look

The 2019 Fiat 500 1957 Edition unveiled Thursday channels the small-car builder's past in a big way—at least as big as one of the smallest new cars can. The 1957 Edition package cost $995 and adds color-matched 16-inch alloy wheels designed to look like dog-dish hubcaps, vintage-style Fiat...Read More»

2019 Nissan Altima
2019 Nissan Altima driven, Mercedes-AMG One, BMW i3 range: What's New @ The Car Connection

2019 Nissan Altima first drive review: The long game with a Hail Mary The 2019 Nissan Altima is hardcore normcore. Judging by the way the automaker describes its new mid-size sedan, I’m not sure they mind the hashtag classification. Semi trailer makers earn praise for rear underride crash...Read More»

2019 Nissan Altima
2019 Nissan Altima price breakdown: Here's what you get for $24,645 to start

When the 2019 Nissan Altima goes on sale next month, the new mid-size sedan will have a handful of new features to tempt shoppers. It'll also feature one of its old trademarks too. On Friday, Nissan announced that the base Altima will cost $24,645 to start, including mandatory destination charges...Read More»

2019 Nissan Altima
2019 Nissan Altima first drive review: The long game with a Hail Mary

The 2019 Nissan Altima is hardcore normcore. Judging by the way the automaker describes its new mid-size sedan, I’m not sure they mind the hashtag classification. If normcore sounds to you more like an arts and crafts mounting board, it’s fine—you haven’t missed much...Read More»

Toyota 'Project Portal' proof-of-concept hydrogen fuel-cell powered semi tractor, for Port of LA
Semi trailer makers earn praise for rear underride crash protection

While it’s no secret that new cars are safer than ever, drivers can have a bit of extra peace of mind that other potential hazards on the road are getting safer as well, including semi trailers. The IIHS announced Thursday that all eight major manufacturers of large truck trailers achieved...Read More»

2019 Toyota Tacoma SX
New trim packages dress up 2019 Toyota Tacoma, 4Runner, and Tundra

Toyota took the stage at the State Fair of Texas on Thursday with a trio of special editions for its 2019 Tundra and Tacoma pickups and 4Runner SUV that add spice to their lineups. The new SX appearance package for the Toyota Tundra and Tacoma pickup trucks spruces up lower trim levels, while the...Read More»

Ford special Edition SUVs unveiled at 2018 Texas State Fair
Ford unveils 2019 Explorer and Expedition special edition SUVs at State Fair of Texas

They say everything is bigger in Texas, including the desire to buy special edition SUVs, apparently. Ford unveiled two new versions of each of its largest SUVs at the State Fair of Texas on Thursday, the 2019 Explorer Limited Luxury and Desert Copper editions as well as the Expedition Stealth and...Read More»

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