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Toyota to make its electrification tech open-source
Toyota to make its electrification tech open-source

the maker of the original mass-market hybrid car is feeling generous. The Japanese automaker said Wednesday that it will share its electrification tech with rival automakers in a bid to reduce vehicle emissions. The automaker said it will offer about 24,000 patents it currently holds for other...Read More»

2019 Audi Q8, Park City to Telluride
2019 Audi Q8 earns five-star crash-test scores

The 2019 Audi Q8 earned top marks NHTSA's slew of crash tests last week. The high marks follow a similarly impressive performance in the insurance-funded IIHS crash tests for the crossover SUV. The NHTSA awarded the crossover SUV five stars after assessing frontal and side impacts and four stars in...Read More»

Rush hour traffic in Washington, D.C. (photo by Flickr user haddensavix)
LA area floats possible congestion charge to reduce traffic in parts of city

One of the most congested metropolitan areas in the U.S. is considering charging drivers around $4 to enter one of its busiest neighborhoods. A group of governments in the Los Angeles area conducted a study about implementing a congestion charge for drivers in and around Santa Monica, The Los...Read More»

Hyundai next-generation cockpit prototype
Hyundai's future cars could include steering wheel-mounted touchscreens

Like a design straight out of MTV's '90s TV show "Pimp My Ride," the early prototype for Hyundai's cockpit of the future unveiled Tuesday is full of touchscreens—even on the steering wheel. The two-spoke steering wheel doesn't include a single button and instead places two touchscreen panels...Read More»

2019 Ford Ranger
2019 Ford Ranger vs. 2020 Jeep Gladiator: Compare Trucks

Pickup buyers have two new choices now that Ford and Jeep are back in the mid-size truck market. The 2020 Jeep Gladiator and 2019 Ford Ranger go about hauling in distinctly different ways. The Jeep delivers tremendous off-road capability and rugged style at the expense of refinement. It’s...Read More»

Ford self-driving cars in Washington DC
Survey: Two-thirds of Americans won't buy a self-driving car

Americans aren't ready to give up their steering wheels and pedals. About two-thirds of respondents to a survey said they do not want to buy a self-driving car. The new poll comes from Reuters, which surveyed 2,022 Americans on their thoughts about self-driving cars. Not only were respondents not...Read More»

2013 Hyundai Veloster Turbo -- First Drive, San Diego, CA, June 19, 2012
2013 Hyundai Veloster recalled over engine stall, fire risk

About 16,500 2013 Hyundai Veloster coupes are subject to a new recall over concerns that their turbocharged engines could stall or even catch fire. Details of the recall were released last week by the NHTSA. The recall specifically surrounds 2013 Veloster models equipped with the 1.6-liter turbo-4...Read More»

2014 Kia Optima
NHTSA opens investigation into 3M Hyundai, Kia vehicles over fires

The NHTSA on Monday launched an investigation into a fire risk that covers about 3 million Hyundai and Kia vehicles. The decision to open the investigation came after the U.S. government reviewed 3,000 reports of fires that left about 100 people injured. Reuters first reported on the new NHTSA...Read More»

2020 Toyota Yaris
2020 Toyota Yaris hatchback, 2019 Mercedes-AMG CLS 53 driven, Lightning Strike electric motorcycle: What's New @ The Car Connection

2020 Toyota Yaris hatchback revealed: Boxcar blues begone? The 2020 Toyota Yaris hatchback revealed Monday had few surprises for budget carbuyers. 2019 Toyota Prius, Prius Prime earn Top Safety Pick award The 2019 Toyota Prius earned a Top Safety Pick award, the IIHS said last week. Flagship 2019...Read More»

2019 Toyota Prius
2019 Toyota Prius, Prius Prime earn Top Safety Pick award

The 2019 Toyota Prius earned a Top Safety Pick award, the IIHS said last week. The hybrids almost aced the insurance industry-funded testing agency's barrage of crash tests. The Prius scored "Good" in every instrumented crash test except for an "Acceptable" rating in the challenging passenger-side...Read More»

2020 Toyota Yaris
2020 Toyota Yaris hatchback revealed: Boxcar blues begone?

The 2020 Toyota Yaris hatchback revealed Monday had few surprises for budget carbuyers. Gone is the frumpy three- and five-door hatches from Toyota's not-too-distant past, replaced this year with a sharper Yaris frame that's built by Mazda in Mexico—like the 2019 Toyota Yaris sedan. The new...Read More»

2019 Hyundai Elantra
2020 Hyundai Elantra mpg, 2019 VW Jetta GLI driven, Obama and the Chevy Volt: What's New @ The Car Connection

New transmission makes 2020 Hyundai Elantra more fuel efficient The 2020 Hyundai Elantra will be a frugal compact car when it goes on sale later this year. The EPA last week said that Hyundai's compact sedan will return estimated 31 mpg city, 41 highway, 35 combined with the addition of a...Read More»

2019 Volkswagen Arteon R-Line package
Flagship 2019 Volkswagen Arteon arrives for $36,840

The 2019 Volkswagen Arteon will cost $36,840 when it goes on sale this spring, VW said last week. That base price, which includes a mandatory $995 destination charge, is for an Arteon SE with front-wheel drive. Arteon SEL and SEL Premium trims cost $40,990 and $45,940. All-wheel drive is a $1,800...Read More»

2019 Hyundai Elantra
New transmission makes 2020 Hyundai Elantra more fuel efficient

The 2020 Hyundai Elantra will be a frugal compact car when it goes on sale later this year. The EPA last week said that Hyundai's compact sedan will return estimated 31 mpg city, 41 highway, 35 combined with the addition of a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) to the Elantra lineup...Read More»

New York City skyline
Driving in New York may be (even more) expensive soon

Driving in the Big Apple could take a big bite out of wallets soon. On Monday, the state Legislature could be offered a budget proposal that would include congestion charges for driving in the most populous city in the U.S. The fees, which could cost between $12 and $14 for passenger vehicles and...Read More»

2020 Jeep Gladiator
First drive review: 2020 Jeep Gladiator truck tackles off-road terrain that competitors can't

The 2020 Jeep Gladiator does more with more. There’s nothing subtle, dainty, or delicate about Jeep’s first pickup truck in 25 years, and it’s that dogged refusal to acquiesce to slippery lines and soft suspension tuning that sets the 2020 Jeep Gladiator apart from competitors...Read More»

2020 Jeep Gladiator, 2018 LA Auto Show
2020 Jeep Gladiator pickup truck will cost more than $60K fully loaded

The 2020 Jeep Gladiator pickup truck will cost at least $35,040 when it goes on sale in May, the automaker said Saturday. The 2020 Gladiator costs about $5,500 more than the base 2019 Jeep Wrangler two-door and about $2,000 more than the Wrangler four-door. Jeep has not announced pricing for the...Read More»

2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV
GM tax credit runs out of juice, Lyft's IPO cash raise, and Ram 1500 hybrid gives us a charge: What's new @ The Car Connection

GM electric car federal tax credit cut in half Monday, Chevy Bolt EV price won't change Chevy Bolt shoppers better book it to the nearest dealers soon. The automaker's federal tax credit available for the electric vehicle of up to $7,500 will halve on Monday and GM won't discount the model further...Read More»

2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV
GM electric car federal tax credit cut in half Monday, Chevy Bolt EV price won't change

On April 1, General Motors' federal electric car tax credit will be cut in half from up to $7,500 to $3,750. It leaves the Chevy Bolt EV without full federal incentives against rival electric cars. The automaker said Thursday that it will not reduce the electric car's price due to the tax credit...Read More»

Find Your Ford pre-owned vehicle website
Ford begins testing new website tailored to used-car buying

Used car shoppers in the Detroit area will have an easier time finding a pre-owned Ford vehicle with the launch of Find Your Ford, a new website from the automaker. Ford announced the new website Wednesday, which comes from two self-driving and electric vehicle engineers inside the Ford X...Read More»

2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 diesel engine nabs best-in-class power figures

The new 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 funneled into dealerships last year, but this summer, the pickup will offer a light-duty diesel engine for the first time in over a decade—and it earns bragging rights for topping Ford and Ram. Chevrolet confirmed this week that the 2019 Silverado's...Read More»

2018 Mazda MAZDA6
2019 Mazda 6 loses a manual, 2020 Range Rover Evoque speaks Greek, and lessons learned from Chevy Volt: What's New @ The Car Connection

2019 Mazda 6 sedan starting price rises with new standard active safety features The 2019 Mazda 6 reportedly will lose a manual transmission option, but gain standard active safety features that rivals like Honda and Toyota make standard on their mid-size sedans. Europe proposes mandatory speed...Read More»

Renault Nissan Mitsubishi Alliance logo
Nissan partner Renault reportedly wants to merge with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles

Renault and Nissan are keen to sort out any rough patches left in the two automaker's current alliance and will reportedly restart talks about merging entirely in the next year. The two companies also reportedly have another automaker eyed to create a larger automotive powerhouse: Fiat Chrysler...Read More»

Shell fuel station in Europe
Europe proposes mandatory speed limiters by 2022

Europe is ready to crack down on speeding and the European Transport and Safety Council has introduced a slew of proposed safety systems that may change how people can drive. According to a report from The Financial Times on Wednesday, the broadest proposal is the addition of an "Intelligent Speed...Read More»

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