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GM moves from cars to bicycles, introduces ARIV e-bike brand for Europe
GM moves from cars to bicycles, introduces ARIV e-bike brand for Europe

General Motors largely exited the European new-car market in 2017, but it's now introduced a new brand that has nothing to do with traditional automobiles: ARIV. The automaker's (or should we say bikemaker's) e-bike brand was unveiled last week and will be available in Meld and Merge models soon in...Read More»

2019 Ram 2500, 2019 Detroit auto show
2019 Ram Heavy Duty pickup truck will cost $35,090 to start

The least expensive version of the redesigned 2019 Ram Heavy Duty pickup truck will cost $350 more than the outgoing model, the truckmaker said Tuesday. For $35,090 including a mandatory (and hefty) $1,695 destination charge, the 2019 Ram 2500 Heavy Duty Tradesman trim level in regular-cab...Read More»

2020 Kia Telluride
2020 Kia Telluride mpg, Ford Focus ST revealed, Ford Explorer Hybrid priced: What's New @ The Car Connection

2020 Kia Telluride crossover SUV rated as high as 23 mpg combined Fuel-economy ratings for the 2020 Kia Telluride show that the automaker's biggest crossover SUV won't exactly be frugal, but it'll be on par with its big crossover SUV rivals. Buick Cascada on the chopping block as automaker scales...Read More»

Audi traffic light recognition
Audi unveils new tech to ride "wave" of green lights

Ask many commuters around downtown Denver and they'll acknowledge that catching the "South Broadway wave" is great, but it has nothing to do with the landlocked state's surf scene. That's because Denver's timed traffic lights along the major thoroughfare generally expedite traffic leaving downtown...Read More»

2019 Buick Cascada
Buick Cascada on the chopping block as automaker scales back its car lineup

Convertible fans have just a few more months to buy one of the last American-brand droptops. Buick last week confirmed a long-running rumor that it will discontinue its Cascada convertible after the 2019 model year. The 2019 Buick Cascada is the only front-wheel-drive convertible from a Detroit...Read More»

2020 Kia Telluride
2020 Kia Telluride crossover SUV rated as high as 23 mpg combined

Fuel-economy ratings for the 2020 Kia Telluride show that the automaker's biggest crossover SUV won't exactly be frugal, but it'll be on par with its big crossover SUV rivals. The EPA released last week its estimates of 20 mpg city, 26 highway, 23 combined for the front-wheel drive 2020 Telluride...Read More»

2020 Ford Explorer hybrid
2020 Ford Explorer priced, Manual transmission tips, 2021 Ford Mach E: What's New @ The Car Connection

Redesigned 2020 Ford Explorer to cost $33,860 to start When it hits dealer showrooms this summer, the 2020 Ford Explorer will command $33,860—that's $400 more than the outgoing model. Faulty fuel pump prompts Honda, Acura to recall 437k cars and crossover SUVs Honda last week recalled nearly...Read More»

2017 Honda Accord
Faulty fuel pump prompts Honda, Acura to recall 437k cars and crossover SUVs

Honda last week recalled nearly half a million sedans and crossovers SUVs sold under both its mainstream Honda and its upmarket Acura divisions due to a defective fuel pump. The latest recall, effective Jan. 29 and published by the NHTSA last week, includes the 2015-2019 Acura TLX sedan, 2016-2018...Read More»

2020 Ford Explorer, 2019 Detroit auto show
Redesigned 2020 Ford Explorer to cost $33,860 to start

When it hits dealer showrooms this summer, the 2020 Ford Explorer will command $33,860—that's $400 more than the outgoing model. For most buyers, the redesigned 2020 Explorer will be worth the extra cost. It boasts a new rear-wheel-drive platform shared with the Lincoln Aviator and...Read More»

2019 Ram 1500 Classic Warlock
2019 Ram 1500 Classic Warlock fights for pickup truck buyers on a budget

With its 2019 Ram 1500 Classic Warlock, Ram revives an historic name for a special edition of its last-generation pickup truck. While there's a redesigned 2019 Ram 1500 pickup truck in dealers, the Warlock package is exclusively available on the old model that was renamed Ram 1500 Classic for the...Read More»

2017 Honda Ridgeline Black Edition
Honda Ridgeline recalled, Volvo V60 Cross Country driven, Kia Soul EV's 243-mile range: What's New @ The Car Connection

Honda Ridgeline recalled for fuel pump that may crack when exposed to car wash soap Keeping a car clean is usually a good thing, but not when it comes to certain Honda Ridgeline pickup trucks. The Honda pickup is subject to a new recall to rectify a faulty fuel pump that could crack when exposed to...Read More»

Quadrobot self-driving package delivery vehicle
Detroit-built self-driving delivery vehicles put to the test in China

Detroit-based Quadrobot is ready to take its self-driving mail delivery vehicle on the road. The startup company told The Detroit Free Press Sunday that it has plans to begin tests in China, and locally in Michigan, later this year with its Quadrobot U1. The tiny vehicle boasts an all-wheel-drive...Read More»

2019 Honda Ridgeline
Honda Ridgeline recalled for fuel pump that may crack when exposed to car wash soap

Keeping a car clean is usually a good thing, but not when it comes to certain Honda Ridgeline pickup trucks. The Honda pickup is subject to a new recall to rectify a faulty fuel pump that could crack when exposed to certain car-wash detergents. The recall approved by the NHTSA this week covers...Read More»

2014 Ford F-150
Ford truck recall, New JLR engine, Washington state's EV push: What's New @ The Car Connection

1.5M Ford F-150 pickup trucks recalled over transmission problem Ford Motor Company said Wednesday that it will recall about 1.3 million full-size pickup trucks in the U.S. to fix a software issue that could cause their automatic transmissions to abruptly downshift. The recall affects 2011-2013...Read More»

Shell gas payment in a 2018 Chevrolet
Gas prices hurt more than health care, Americans say

Americans consider fuel prices more important than their health care budget, results of a new study from GasBuddy revealed Tuesday. In fact, Americans would prefer a free fill-up to finding $20 on the street, or even having their meal paid for. The study looked at a small sample of 1,016 Americans...Read More»

Cadillac automatic emergency braking
Japan, EU push to make automatic emergency braking a requirement

Forty countries have agreed to a United Nations regulation draft that calls for automatic emergency braking to be standard equipment on all new cars and commercial vehicles by early 2020. Chief among the countries are members of the European Union and Japan. Reuters reported on the regulation draft...Read More»

2013 Ford F-150
1.5M Ford F-150 pickup trucks recalled over transmission problem

Ford Motor Company said Wednesday that it will recall about 1.3 million full-size pickup trucks in the U.S. to fix a software issue that could cause their automatic transmissions to abruptly downshift. The recall affects 2011-2013 Ford F-150 pickup trucks built with 6-speed automatic transmissions...Read More»

2020 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport
2020 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport, 2019 Corvette ZR1, Rivian's suitors: What's New @ The Car Connection

Feds say auto loans went up in 2018–but so did the number of delinquencies Car shoppers borrowed more in 2018 than before, but roughly 7 million owners are behind in their car payments by 90 days or more, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York reported Tuesday. Amazon makes investment in Aurora...Read More»

2018 Lexus GX 460
Lexus, Porsche, Toyota tops for long-term dependability in latest study

Three-year-old cars are more reliable than they used to be, J.D. Power found in its latest study of long-term reliability released Wednesday. The study named Lexus the most reliable brand, with 106 problems per 100 cars reported, while Porsche and Toyota tied for second place with 108 problems...Read More»

2020 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport
Reworked 2020 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport bows with Eclipse Sport Cross style

The 2020 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport made an early internet debut Tuesday ahead of its global unveiling at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show next month. The photos released by the automaker show the Mitsubishi ASX, which the brand sells as the Outlander Sport in the U.S. The redesigned 2020 Outlander Sport...Read More»

Aurora Innovation self-driving car prototype
Amazon makes investment in Aurora Innovation self-driving car company

Online shopping and technology giant Amazon last week confirmed that it has invested in a self-driving car technology startup called Aurora Innovation. Aurora listed Amazon as one of several investors in its latest round of fundraising. Aurora's financial documents show it secured $530 million, but...Read More»

Money and car keys
Feds say auto loans went up in 2018–but so did the number of delinquencies

Car shoppers borrowed more in 2018 than before, but roughly 7 million owners are behind in their car payments by 90 days or more, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York reported Tuesday. Last year, car shoppers borrowed $584 billion to buy new cars, up $9 billion from 2017. Last year's sum is the...Read More»

Texting while driving
Virginia votes to ban handheld cellphone use while driving

Come Jan. 1, 2020, it will be illegal to use a cellphone while while at the wheel of a car in Virginia. Both houses in the General Assembly voted to pass new legislation to ban cellphone use while driving to curb distracted driving in the state. The Washington Post reported last week that drivers...Read More»

2020 Toyota Corolla
2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid's fuel economy rivals Prius, other models less impressive

Fuel economy estimates from the EPA for the 2020 Toyota Corolla range from below average to ultra thrifty depending on what's underhood. The EPA estimates 30 mpg city, 38 highway, 33 combined for what's likely to be the most popular version of the 2020 Corolla: the L, LE, and XLE trim level with...Read More»

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