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Chinese auto brand Zotye details its US-market push
Chinese auto brand Zotye details its US-market push

Chinese automaker Zotye last week named its first U.S. dealerships as it prepares to launch in 2020, and it's not following in the tire tracks of other new brands by sticking to coastal areas to start. Automotive News reported from the National Automobile Dealers Association conference last week...Read More»

2019 Mazda 3  -  first drive  -  Los Angeles, January 2019
2019 Mazda 3 first drive: Welcoming a “hip” era for Zoom-Zoom

Before letting us drive its redesigned 2019 Mazda 3, the company’s engineers had us spend time on core-strengthening desk-chair toppers popular in Japan. No, it wasn’t because they saw too many beer guts in the room. In designing and engineering the latest version of the Mazda...Read More»

Makr Shakr Guido self-driving bar
Self-driving bar will gladly pour one out on the go

The future both thrills and frightens us. Mark Shakr revealed its self-driving bar, which combines an autonomous vehicle with robotics capable of serving up the finest adult beverages. The promise? No matter where a thirsty soul stands, the Makr Shakr "Guido," as the company calls it, can serve up...Read More»

2020 Lincoln Aviator
2020 Lincoln Aviator luxury SUV lands for $52,195

The 2020 Lincoln Aviator will go on sale this summer starting at $52,195, a figure the automaker said on Monday includes a mandatory destination charge. That base price nets buyers a 400-horsepower 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V-6 paired to a 10-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive, but...Read More»

2019 GMC Sierra 1500 Denali
2019 GMC Sierra 1500 Denali review update: The tailgate you want, the interior you don't

In the arms race that is full-size pickup trucks, the 2019 GMC Sierra 1500 Denali takes a right turn with a new tactic: tech instead of brawn. For 2019, the GMC Sierra 1500, Chevrolet Silverado, and Ram 1500 are new and the reigning sales champ Ford F-150 recently received an update. At a time when...Read More»

2018 Toyota Yaris, 2017 New York auto show
Toyota Yaris hatch canned, Polestar's Android infotainment, Green car deals: What's New @ The Car Connection

Toyota Yaris hatchback reaches end of the road in US The Toyota Yaris hatchback has expired, a Toyota spokesperson confirmed to CarsDirect Wednesday. 2019 Mazda 3 costs $21,895, cheapest AWD model adds $3,000 The redesigned 2019 Mazda 3 sedan will cost compact car buyers $21,895 in its least...Read More»

2018 Toyota Yaris, 2017 New York auto show
Toyota Yaris hatchback reaches end of the road in US

The Toyota Yaris hatchback has expired, a Toyota spokesperson confirmed to CarsDirect Wednesday. The automaker confirmed long-running rumors that the Yaris hatchback wouldn't be renewed for the 2019 model year. Demand for sub-compact cars has waned as more buyers flock to utility vehicles such as...Read More»

2019 Mazda 3
2019 Mazda 3 costs $21,895, cheapest AWD model adds $3,000

The redesigned 2019 Mazda 3 sedan will cost compact car buyers $21,895 in its least expensive form when it goes on sale in March, the Japanese automaker said Tuesday. For the first time, Mazda will offer the 3 with all-wheel drive, which adds $3,000 to the base price. All prices include a mandatory...Read More»

2019 Volkswagen Jetta
2019 VW Jetta crash test, 2019 Corvette Grand Sport Drivers Series, Small-car pricing: What's New @ The Car Connection

2019 VW Jetta aces IIHS crash tests but headlights remain sore spot The 2019 Volkswagen Jetta walked away with impressive ratings from the IIHS' latest round of crash tests, but like dim headlights held the sedan back. 2019 Jeep Cherokee improves in latest crash tests The 2019 Jeep Cherokee aced...Read More»

2019 Subaru Forester
Subaru stops production in Japan after discovering power-steering issue

Subaru has stopped production at two of its factories near Tokyo after discovering a power-steering defect in the cars assembled there. The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday that Subaru expects the two plants to remain offline until Monday. The company found the power-steering issue in the...Read More»

2015 and 2019 Jeep Cherokee crash test, via IIHS
2019 Jeep Cherokee improves in latest crash tests

The 2019 Jeep Cherokee aced the IIHS' slew of crash tests and showed major improvement over its 2015 predecessor. The latest version of the crossover SUV shares most of its bones with last year's model, illustrating how minor updates to a vehicle's structure can improve performance in crash tests...Read More»

2019 Volkswagen Jetta crash test, via IIHS
2019 VW Jetta aces IIHS crash tests but headlights remain sore spot

The 2019 Volkswagen Jetta walked away with impressive ratings from the IIHS' latest round of crash tests, but like dim headlights held the sedan back. The only time the 2019 Jetta deviated from the IIHS' "Good" rating was when it came down to headlight performance. The sedan earned a "Marginal"...Read More»

2019 Ram 1500 Limited
2019 Ram 1500 Limited review update: The luxury pickup truck you want

Pickup trucks used to be a tool that tradesmen and farmers put to work. It's a different era now, as many pickup trucks live their lives running between to Starbucks on Monday morning and hauling the family boat or snowmobiles on the weekends. For 2019, the big three full-size pickup trucks from...Read More»

2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class (C43 Coupe)
2019 Mercedes C-Class crash test, 2020 Porsche 911 driven, Tesla's China factory: What's New @ The Car Connection

New headlight option bumps 2019 Mercedes C-Class to Top Safety Pick+ A new headlight option for the 2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class means the compact luxury sedan now qualifies as a Top Safety Pick+, according to an IIHS report issued Tuesday. 2020 GMC Sierra HD revealed: Taking pickup truck trailer...Read More»

Hyundai multi-collision airbag system
Hyundai's new airbag system aims to protect in secondary collisions

Hyundai on Monday revealed its new multi-collision airbag system, which aims to keep drivers and passengers safe in the event of a secondary impact. Secondary crashes are collisions that occur after the initial impact. For instance, if a driver sideswipes another vehicle and the impact is not great...Read More»

2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class
New headlight option bumps 2019 Mercedes C-Class to Top Safety Pick+

A new headlight option for the 2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class means the compact luxury sedan now qualifies as a Top Safety Pick+, according to an IIHS report issued Tuesday. Following some changes over the previous criteria for TSP+ awards, vehicles must now earn a "Good" rating in the passenger-side...Read More»

2020 GMC Sierra Heavy Duty
2020 GMC Sierra HD revealed: Taking pickup truck trailer tech to a new level

The 2020 GMC Sierra Heavy Duty pickup truck's story begins with its brash new grille and ends with a host of available tech features designed to make trailer towing easier for its owners. GMC revealed the 2020 Sierra HD on Tuesday at a private media event in California. The automaker didn't talk...Read More»

2020 Jeep Gladiator
Jeep kicks the tires on car-sharing and subscription services

Jeep will play host to a three-month pilot for car sharing and a subscription service. The brand's North American-market head, Tim Kuniskis, told the Detroit News in a report last week that both pilots kick off by the end of January on a trial basis in Boston. Turo will power the car-sharing model...Read More»

2019 Cadillac XT4
Cadillac revives subscription, Nissan Altima on tracks, Byton's development: What's New @ The Car Connection

A new chapter: Cadillac to revive Book car subscription program later this year Cadillac shut down its Book car subscription service last year, but the program won't be dead too much longer. Uber forms new division to tackle autonomous scooters and bikes Ride-sharing company Uber said at a robotics...Read More»

Uber-owned Jump electric bike-share
Uber forms new division to tackle autonomous scooters and bikes

Ride-sharing company Uber said at a robotics convention on Saturday that it is dabbling in the idea of autonomous scooters and bikes. 3D Robotics CEO Chris Anderson tweeted a photo from a presentation by Uber's JUMP group that indicates they are now hiring robotics engineers. The image also shows...Read More»

2020 Cadillac XT6, 2019 Detroit auto show
A new chapter: Cadillac to revive Book car subscription program later this year

Cadillac shut down its Book car subscription service last year, but the program won't be dead too much longer. Cadillac Chief Marketing Officer Deborah Wahl told Automotive News that a revived and modified Book by Cadillac 2.0 will launch by the beginning of the second quarter of 2019. The service...Read More»

Colorado license plates
Colorado moves to become 11th state to adopt zero-emissions vehicle standards

Colorado moved toward becoming the 11th state last week to require automakers to sell electric cars in the state to meet a specific quota tied to overall sales. Colorado would be the second non-coastal state to adopt the policy, after Vermont. The 10 other states that mandate zero-emission vehicle...Read More»

Google Maps logo
Google Maps adds speed limit info to Android Auto

Google Maps has finally begun to roll out speed limit information for drivers using the application across the U.S. The additional feature is an unusual example of Google playing catch up since rival apps have shown drivers local speed limits for years. Engadget reported last Friday that speed...Read More»

 2019 Ram 1500 North Edition
Ram 1500 crash test, Next-gen Challenger, Tesla's latest layoffs: What's New @ The Car Connection

IIHS: 2019 Ram 1500 aces crash tests but has subpar headlights The 2019 Ram 1500 aced the IIHS' slew of crash tests but missed out on its top award due to headlights that don't provide good coverage at night. Michigan puts digital license plates on the road Following their high-tech debut in...Read More»

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