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Volvo could add used cars to its Netflix-style subscription plan
Volvo could add used cars to its Netflix-style subscription plan

Volvo may make used cars available through its Care by Volvo monthly subscription plan, the head of the automaker's North American division said Tuesday. Anders Gustafsson, chief executive for Volvo in the U.S., told CNET that it could make cars in its certified pre-owned program available via...Read More»

2019 Buick Cascada
Production shift in Europe could spell end for Buick Cascada

Former General Motors subsidiary Opel's announcement Tuesday that it will cease production of its four-seat convertible by the end of next year could have major implications for the Buick Cascada. Opel said in a statement that its version of the Cascada convertible "will remain on sale until the...Read More»

Proposed EPA E15 gasoline pump warning label for ethanol content
Trump to lift seasonal ban on higher ethanol content in gasoline

President Donald Trump is expected Tuesday to lift a longstanding summer ban on gasoline that contains higher amounts of corn-based ethanol. The move would legalize E15 gasoline year-round, according to multiple reports. A senior White House official told Reuters that Trump will make the...Read More»

2019 Ford Edge
2019 Ford Edge ST, Jeep Wrangler recall, Electric car sales: What's New @ The Car Connection

2019 Ford Edge Review The 2019 Ford Edge has one of the newer names in the company’s crossover-SUV lineup, but it’s been an unqualified hit since it was new in 2007. The latest second-generation Edge has carved out a niche between the bigger Explorer and the smaller Escape, one that...Read More»

2019 Jeep Wrangler
Redesigned Jeep Wrangler to be recalled over frame welding problems

Jeep informed its dealers last week that it will launch a recall for its redesigned 2018 and 2019 Wranglers over improper welds on front suspension components that many not have been attached correctly at the factory. If the welds break, the bracket holding the front track bar separates from the...Read More»

2018 Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid
Electrical fire risk prompts Kia Niro hybrid recall

Kia last week said that it will recall two of its hybrid models over an electrical issue that the automaker says increases the risk of a fire. The recall covers about 27,000 examples of the 2017 and 2018 Kia Niro and Niro Plug-In hybrid hatchbacks. MORE: Read our 2018 Kia Niro review At fault is...Read More»

2018 Kia Rio
2018 Kia Rio's added safety tech earns IIHS Top Safety Pick+ award

The 2018 Kia Rio is an award-winning car for safety according to the IIHS. The insurance industry-funded crash testers gave the Rio its Top Safety Pick+ award last week, although those top marks apply only to certain 2018 Rio trim levels. Both the Rio sedan and hatchback models received...Read More»

2018 Kia Rio
Kia Rio crash tests, Rolls-Royce Cullinan driven, VW's electric car pricing: What's New @ The Car Connection

2018 Kia Rio's added safety tech earns IIHS Top Safety Pick+ award The 2018 Kia Rio is an award-winning car for safety according to the IIHS. The insurance industry-funded crash testers gave the Rio its Top Safety Pick+ award last week, although those top marks apply only to certain 2018 Rio trim...Read More»

2019 Alfa Romeo Stelvio equipped with Nero Edizione package
Alfa Romeo Stelvio, Giulia recalled over fire risk

A control module that can allow exhaust system components to overheat prompted Alfa Romeo last week to recall its Giulia sedan and Stelvio crossover SUV. Alfa Romeo said in government filings that vehicles equipped with its 2.0-liter turbo-4 engine have software that can, in isolated cases, allow...Read More»

2019 Toyota Avalon
Toyota recalls 168,000 pickup trucks, SUVs, and sedans over airbag defect

An improperly programmed control unit that may prevent airbags from going off in a crash prompted Toyota last week to issue a recall for 168,000 vehicles. The recall covers 2018 and 2019 Toyota Tundra, Toyota Sequoia, and Toyota Avalon vehicles in the U.S. The automaker will notify owners of the...Read More»

2019 Ford Ranger
2019 Ford Ranger specs reveal stout turbo-4 that overachieves

Anemic bug trucks from the 1990s just got swatted. When the 2019 Ford Ranger goes on sale later this year, the revived mid-sizer from the Blue Oval will pack a wallop. The truckmaker announced Friday that the 2.3-liter turbo-4 under hoods of the new Ranger will tow up to 7,500 pounds, lug up to...Read More»

2014 Subaru Legacy
Subaru Outback, Legacy recalled over faulty parking brake

An electronic parking brake that may not do its job prompted Subaru on Thursday to recall about 27,000 of its sedans and crossover SUVs. The recall covers 2010-2014 Subaru Outback and Subaru Legacy vehicles equipped with manual transmissions in the U.S. MORE: Read our 2019 Subaru Legacy and 2019...Read More»

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Toyota Prius recall, 2019 Kia K900 driven, Tesla Autopilot: What's New @ The Car Connection

800,000 Toyota Prius hybrids recalled over stall risk Toyota on Friday said that it will recall about 800,000 examples of its popular Prius hybrid in the U.S. and about 1.6 million more worldwide over a concern that the vehicles may lose power and stall while being driven. 2018 Infiniti QX80: A...Read More»

2014 Toyota Prius V
800,000 Toyota Prius hybrids recalled over stall risk

Toyota on Friday said that it will recall about 800,000 examples of its popular Prius hybrid in the U.S. and about 1.6 million more worldwide over a concern that the vehicles may lose power and stall while being driven. Toyota said in a statement that the recalled vehicles—2012-2014 Toyota...Read More»

2018 Infiniti QX80 on a Canadian fishing adventure
2018 Infiniti QX80: A luxury limo fit for a Canadian fishing adventure

The text from Mission Commander Dan—aka my dad—regarding Operation Canadian Invasion came exactly one week before our departure. Our invasion of Canadian waters was to include fishing, cocktails, movies, and some good laughs. Minutes after first testing the waters for what became known...Read More»

GM Cruise Automation self-driving Bolt EV
Feds loosen safety guidance that impedes self-driving car development

The U.S. Department of Transportation released an 80-page update of NHTSA guidance dubbed “Automated Vehicles 3.0” on Thursday in an effort to make self-driving car development easier. Currently, NHTSA regulations require automakers to meet nearly 75 different safety standards, all of...Read More»

2019 Hyundai Kona
2019 Hyundai Kona adds active safety tech, sees modest price hike

The 2019 Hyundai Kona will cost $20,970, about $500 more than last year's model, thanks to a suite of newly standard active safety tech. Automatic emergency braking, active lane control, and a driver attention monitoring system were previously grouped in costly option packages only available on...Read More»

Uber app
Ride-share driver pay, Paris show wrapup, California EV chargers: What's New @ The Car Connection

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. French automaker returns to US with car-sharing Chevrolets, not Peugeots...Read More»

PSA Peugeot Citroën logo
French automaker returns to US with car-sharing Chevrolets, not Peugeots and Citroëns

When French automaker PSA, the maker of Peugeot and Citroën, returns to the U.S. market after decades away later this month, all will not be as it seems. PSA has ambitions to become a world leader in car-sharing and will launch a program in Washington, D.C., at the end of October, Reuters...Read More»

Uber driver (photo by Uber)
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»

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