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2018 Kia Stinger sport sedan will cost $32,795 to start; V-6 starts at $40K
2018 Kia Stinger sport sedan will cost $32,795 to start; V-6 starts at $40K

When it goes on sale in December, the 2018 Kia Stinger will cost $32,795 to start, including destination, the automaker announced Tuesday. That's for a base model powered by a turbo-4 that makes 255 horsepower. Models equipped with a twin-turbocharged 3.3-liter V-6 making 365 hp will start at...Read More»

2018 Lexus LS 500 AWD
2018 Lexus LS 500 first drive: an ambitious remake

Cars get heart transplants all the time, but whole brands? It doesn't happen very often. When Lexus launched with its LS sedan in the 1990 model year, its success hinged on the flawless replication of the Mercedes model. That first sedan was an homage to Benz titans like the W123, and it was a...Read More»

Freightliner Inspiration Truck self-driving truck concept
Freightliner to test automated "tailgating" technology on US roads

Mercedes-Benz and Freightliner parent company Daimler will begin using self-driving trucks on American roads as it trials so-called “platooning” technology. Platooning is a means of increasing fuel efficiency wherein automated vehicles drive together in a very tight single file...Read More»

Uber launches self-driving pilot in San Francisco with Volvo Cars
Uber CEO apologizes for “mistakes we’ve made”

In the wake of London’s bombshell decision last week to deny Uber’s licence renewal, the embattled company’s new CEO has struck a conciliatory tone. In an open letter, Dara Khosrowshahi acknowledged that Uber “got things wrong along the way,” and offered an apology...Read More»

2018 GMC Sierra 1500
2018 GMC Sierra, Cadillac Super Cruise, Volvo car subscription: What’s New @ The Car Connection

2018 GMC Sierra 1500 Review It’s hard to call any full-size pickup an off-the-beaten path buy, but the 2018 GMC Sierra 1500 comes close. The 2018 Sierra 1500 is a kissing cousin to the Chevrolet Silverado, but it brings more to the table than just chiseled good looks. Greenpeace boards ship...Read More»

Volkswagen TDI diesel vehicles owned by Phil Grate and family, Seattle, Washington
VW diesels, Subaru's sporty concept, Tesla Model 3 interior details: What’s New @ The Car Connection

Greenpeace boards ship to keep VW diesels out of UK Last week, dozens of members of environmental activist group Greenpeace descended on a port in Kent, England, intent on preventing Volkswagen from importing more than 1,000 diesel-fueled vehicles into the UK. 2018 GMC Terrain Review Compact...Read More»

Volkswagen TDI diesel vehicles owned by Phil Grate and family, Seattle, Washington
Greenpeace boards ship to keep VW diesels out of UK

Last week, dozens of members of environmental activist group Greenpeace descended on a port in Kent, England, intent on preventing Volkswagen from importing more than 1,000 diesel-fueled vehicles into the UK. Forty people entered the port’s import lot and removed “thousands of...Read More»

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London kicks Uber out, BMW's M, Mongol Rally in a Nissan Leaf: What’s New @ The Car Connection

London denies Uber’s license due to “public safety and security implications” If you're in London, the next Uber you hail may be the last to whisk you past the Tower, the Bridge, and Westminster Abbey. China may open its borders to foreign electric car builders China may relax...Read More»

London anti-Uber taxi protest: June 11, 2014 (photo by Flickr user David Holt)
London denies Uber’s license due to “public safety and security implications”

If you're in London, the next Uber you hail may be the last to whisk you past the Tower, the Bridge, and Westminster Abbey. London's transportation department has refused to renew Uber’s private hire operator license, which expires at the end of September, meaning the ride-sharing giant could...Read More»

Proterra Catalyst electric bus
New electric bus runs 1,100 miles on a single charge

A Silicon Valley mass-transit vehicle builder claims it has set a world distance record for an electric vehicle on a single charge — with a 40 foot city bus. Proterra's Catalyst E2 max covered 1,102.2 miles at a testing facility in Indiana, a distance verified by an independent third party...Read More»

2018 Nissan Leaf
China may open its borders to foreign electric car builders

China may relax strict rules requiring foreign automakers to partner with Chinese companies before building electric vehicles within its borders. If such a change occurs, it carries potentially large ramifications for most of the world’s car manufacturers. As the government pushes for an...Read More»

2018 Honda Odyssey Elite
Feds, IIHS score new 2018 Honda Odyssey with top safety marks

The redesigned 2018 Honda Odyssey earned top marks for crash and advanced safety from federal and independent safety officials, the automaker announced Thursday. The minivan earned a top five-star overall federal safety score, including five stars for front- and side-impact crash safety with a...Read More»

2018 Chrysler Pacifica
2018 Honda Odyssey vs. 2018 Chrysler Pacifica: Compare Cars

Minivans hardly get the recognition they deserve as functional family utensils. They're big, comfortable, relatively frugal, and can take toddler temper tantrums in stride. Two of the biggest names in the minivan world are fresh from complete overhauls and ready to vie for families attentions. The...Read More»

Waymo self-driving prototype
Self-driving car tech, Hellcat Durango, Porsche Mission E: What’s New @ The Car Connection

Intel, Waymo team up to design self-driving car computers Google spinoff-slash-self-driving technology firm Waymo is partnering with Intel to develop new computing platforms. The companies announced the partnership this week, and revealed that Intel technologies have featured in Waymo’s...Read More»

Mercedes-Benz C-Class production in Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Report: Mercedes-Benz building $1B electric battery, SUV plant in Alabama

The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday that Mercedes-Benz parent-company Daimler AG will spend $1 billion on a battery and electric SUV plant near the company's facilities in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. A company spokeswoman said the automaker would make an official announcement later in the day. The...Read More»

Waymo self-driving prototype
Intel, Waymo team up to design self-driving car computers

Google spinoff-slash-self-driving technology firm Waymo is partnering with Intel to develop new computing platforms. The companies announced the partnership this week, and revealed that Intel technologies have featured in Waymo’s self-driving Chrysler Pacifica minivans and their predecessors...Read More»

2018 Volvo S60 Polestar
Before it even opens, Volvo nearly doubles investment in US plant

Before its new South Carolina plant slated to open next year even builds its first car, Swedish automaker Volvo is expanding its plans for the factory. CNBC is reporting that the company plans to hire an additional 1,900 employees and up its total investment in the facility to $1 billion. Earlier...Read More»

2018 Chevrolet Cruze
Leasing deals, Mitsubishi Evo returns, Electric cars in China: What’s New @ The Car Connection

Study: Cheap cars don't always make great lease deals If you’re looking for a great lease deal on a new car, you might want to avoid the bottom tier of the market. That’s CarsDirect's conclusion after analyzing over 560 leases to see which ones stood out as supremely bad deals...Read More»

2017 Mazda MAZDA6
2017 Mazda 6 gains more standard safety tech

According to dealer spec sheets obtained by Cars Direct, the 2017 Mazda 6 will gain a few important standard safety features in the middle of its production run. The changes amount to different option combinations, rather than entirely new features, and are likely intended to make Mazda’s...Read More»

2013 Ram 2500 HD
494,000 diesel-fueled Ram Heavy Duty pickups recalled over faulty water pump

Nearly half a million 2013-2017 Ram Heavy Duty pickup trucks are subject to a new recall designed to correct a faulty water pump bearing, the automaker's parent company said on Tuesday. The recall covers 494,000 Ram 2500 and 3500 pickups, as well as 3500, 4500, and 5500 chassis cab configurations...Read More»

2017 Infiniti QX50
Crossover cross-up: 2018 Infiniti QX50 skipped; QX60 Hybrid shelved

Infiniti won't offer an updated QX50 crossover this year and quietly axed its slow-selling hybrid QX60, the automaker confirmed Tuesday. A redesign for the QX50 is expected next year, and according to an Infiniti spokeswoman, should look similar to the QX50 Concept unveiled at the Detroit auto show...Read More»

2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV electric cars outside dealership    [photo: Patrick Reid]
Study: Cheap cars don't always make great lease deals

If you’re looking for a great lease deal on a new car, you might want to avoid the bottom tier of the market. That’s CarsDirect's conclusion after analyzing over 560 leases to see which ones stood out as supremely bad deals. While at face value, logic would seem to dictate that cheap...Read More»

Chevrolet Bolt EV Cruise Automation test mule in San Francisco
GM's self-driving car test, Dodge Challenger and Charger makeover, VW's next Golf: What’s New @ The Car Connection

GM looking to let public test its self-driving cars GM’s Cruise Automation plans on letting members of the general public test its self-driving cars, pending regulatory approval. Cruise Anywhere is its ride-hailing service, which is currently limited to GM employees in the San Francisco area...Read More»

Car keys
BMW: Keys to be replaced by smartphone apps

The car key is set to follow in the path of the window crank, carburetor, and mother-in-law seat on the road to extinction. At least, that’s the word from BMW board member Ian Robertson, who told Reuters that the marque is considering using a smartphone app-based system to replace the...Read More»

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