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2019 GMC Yukon Graphite Edition packs underhood punch
2019 GMC Yukon Graphite Edition packs underhood punch

Graphite is the new black, at least at GMC. On Monday, the truck maker revealed its 2019 GMC Yukon Graphite Edition and Graphite Performance Edition packages that follow in the footsteps of the 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe Custom Edition. With the 2019 Yukon, buyers have the the option of going with the...Read More»

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Toyota invests $1B in Uber's Asian ride-share rival

Toyota on Tuesday pumped $1 billion into Grab, the Singapore-based ride-sharing firm that bought out one-time rival Uber in Southeast Asia. The investment makes Toyota the largest global automaker involved in ride-sharing. By comparison, GM has invested about $500 million in Lyft in the U.S. MORE...Read More»

2018 Infiniti QX30
Updated 2018 Infiniti QX30 adds safety tech, reshuffles trim levels

With just a few months left in the model year, the 2018.5 Infiniti QX30 has been treated to a number of tweaks highlighted by additional standard active-safety gear. CarsDirect reported Monday that the QX30 subcompact luxury crossover SUV now comes standard with automatic emergency braking...Read More»

IIHS passenger-side small-overlap crash test of 2018 Ford Explorer
Crossover SUV crash-test discrepancies, Byton concept sedan, VW quantum computing: What's New @ The Car Connection

Jeep Grand Cherokee, Ford Explorer flunk passenger-side crash test Two of the most popular crossover SUVs for families don't provide nearly the same protection for front-seat passengers as they do for drivers, the IIHS said Tuesday. Improved headlights net 2019 Mini Cooper IIHS Top Safety Pick...Read More»

2019 Mini Cooper
Improved headlights net 2019 Mini Cooper IIHS Top Safety Pick award

All it took was a revised headlight design to earn the 2019 Mini Cooper two-door Top Safety Pick accolades from the IIHS after the 2018 model missed out on the award, the insurance industry-funded safety group said Monday. Not every 2019 Cooper earns the award. Buyers will need to pay extra for...Read More»

IIHS passenger-side small-overlap crash test of 2018 Ford Explorer
Jeep Grand Cherokee, Ford Explorer flunk passenger-side crash test

Two of the most popular crossover SUVs for families don't provide nearly the same protection for front-seat passengers as they do for drivers, the IIHS said Tuesday. In its demanding passenger-side small-overlap crash test, the IIHS bestowed "Poor" ratings on the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee and 2018...Read More»

2019 Chevrolet Spark
Kia recall, 2019 Chevrolet Spark, Porsche Taycan: What's New @ The Car Connection

Kia recalls 508,000 vehicles over airbags that may not deploy A faulty control unit that could prevent airbags from deploying in the event of a wreck has prompted Kia to recall 508,000 2010 through 2013 model year vehicles, the automaker said last week. 2019 Chevrolet Spark Review Some cars are...Read More»

2013 Kia Forte sedan
Kia recalls 508,000 vehicles over airbags that may not deploy

A faulty control unit that could prevent airbags from deploying in the event of a wreck has prompted Kia to recall 508,000 2010 through 2013 model year vehicles, the automaker said last week. Kia said in a government filing that the airbag control unit, which tells the airbag and the seat belt...Read More»

2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross
2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross review update: 8-bit in a 4k world

If you're old enough to remember when Mitsubishi built cars in the U.S., then the very idea of the 2018 Eclipse Cross might seem like heresy. Eclipses are Diamond-Stars, have hatchback bodies and turbo motors and... Wait. The Eclipse Cross has all those things, it's just delivered a couple of feet...Read More»

2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross
Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross review, Nissan Kicks driven, Porsche Cayenne coupe: What's New @ The Car Connection

2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross review update: 8-bit in a 4k world If you're old enough to remember when Mitsubishi built cars in the U.S., then the very idea of the 2018 Eclipse Cross is heresy. Eclipses are Diamond-Stars, have hatchback bodies and turbo motors and... 2018 Nissan Kicks first drive...Read More»

2018 Nissan Kicks
2018 Nissan Kicks first drive: the used-car alternative

Tasked with spending $20,000 on a transportation, most shoppers head to the classifieds. The 2018 Nissan Kicks wants to be the antidote to a used Honda CR-V or Ford Escape. It wafts its eau du voiture nouveau toward budget-conscious shoppers, luring them away from the pre-owned lot to the main...Read More»

2018 Nissan Kicks
5 things to know about the 2018 Nissan Kicks

The 2018 Nissan Kicks puts the automaker into full crossover mode, even if it stretches the definition of what’s crossing over what. This subcompact five-door is Nissan’s answer to the Kia Soul and the Hyundai Kona. Each forges its own path and the Kicks has its own story to tell. Here...Read More»

2018 Tesla Model X
Tesla Model X using Autopilot self-driving tech sped up automatically before fatal crash

A report released Thursday by the National Transportation Safety Board said that a Tesla Model X fitted with the automaker's Autopilot self-driving car tech accelerated on its own before striking a damaged highway barrier near Mountain View, California, in March. The impact killed the Tesla's...Read More»

2019 Lexus ES
2019 Lexus ES driven, Hyundai Grandmaster SUV concept, Electric big-rigs: What's New @ The Car Connection

2019 Lexus ES first drive: a luxury staple breaks into three-part harmony Freed from its burden of being the mid-size sedan for every luxury buyer, the 2019 Lexus ES sedan, now in its seventh generation, grows slightly sharper in each of its several distinct flavors. The 2019 ES350 plays the...Read More»

2019 Lexus ES
2019 Lexus ES first drive: a luxury staple breaks into three-part harmony

Freed from its burden of being the mid-size sedan for every luxury buyer, the 2019 Lexus ES sedan, now in its seventh generation, grows slightly sharper in each of its several distinct flavors. The 2019 ES350 plays the middle-of-the-road luxury role, the ES300h hits hybrid high-economy notes while...Read More»

2018 GMC Terrain, 2017 Detroit auto show
Faulty airbag sensor prompts 2018 GMC Terrain crossover SUV recall

A defective sensor that may prevent the airbags from deploying in the event of a wreck has prompted General Motors to recall 88,000 2018 GMC Terrain crossover SUVs. The automaker explained that if the sensor fails to activate when the vehicle is started, a "service restraint system" message will...Read More»

Audi brings Traffic Light Info system to Washington DC
Uber costs less than driving in some major cities

In four of the five largest U.S. cities, it may be cheaper to replace car ownership with a ride-sharing service such as Uber. Results of a study released last week released found that commuters in New York City, Chicago, Washington, D.C.. and Los Angeles spend less weekly commuting and running...Read More»

2019 GMC Sierra 1500 Elevation
2019 GMC Sierra 1500 Elevation, 2019 BMW X5, Electric car education: What's New @ The Car Connection

2019 GMC Sierra 1500 Elevation pickup truck first look: bridging the off-road gap Following in the footsteps—or all-terrain tire tracks—of the "beast mode" GMC Sierra AT4, the 2019 GMC Sierra 1500 Elevation unveiled Wednesday has the looks and some of the goods for four-wheeling. Audi...Read More»

2019 GMC Sierra 1500 Elevation
2019 GMC Sierra 1500 Elevation pickup truck first look: bridging the off-road gap

Following in the footsteps—or all-terrain tire tracks—of the "beast mode" GMC Sierra AT4, the 2019 GMC Sierra 1500 Elevation unveiled Wednesday has the looks and some of the goods for four-wheeling. When it goes on sale this fall, the Sierra Elevation will slot between the SLT and AT4...Read More»

Audi Q8
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»

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