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Reports: Toyota to pump $500M into Uber for self-driving car development
Reports: Toyota to pump $500M into Uber for self-driving car development

Reports Monday said that Toyota will invest about $500 million into Uber in a bid to work together developing self-driving cars. Citing "people familiar with the matter," The Wall Street Journal on Monday said that the two companies have an agreement in place. Uber and Toyota did not comment on the...Read More»

2018 Jeep Renegade
13,000 Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, and Fiat vehicles recalled over stall risk

A defective voltage regulator buried in the engine computer in 13,000 2017-2019 model year vehicles built by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) may cause them to stall or not start. FCA, which makes the wide range of recalled crossover SUVs, coupes, sedans, and pickup trucks, said last week that it...Read More»

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AutoX brings self-driving grocery delivery to Silicon Valley, first outside of Arizona

Autonomous grocery delivery is not just for a few lucky Arizonans anymore. Self-driving startup AutoX is introducing the service to customers in San Jose, California, the company announced Monday. Partnering with GrubMarket.com, which sources organic foods directly from the source and supplies to...Read More»

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US, Mexico reportedly strike deal on new NAFTA agreement

Representatives from the U.S. and Mexico tentatively struck a deal Monday to revise key portions of the North American Free Trade Agreement, possibly bringing to an end monthslong barbs between the two countries about fair trade and escalating tariff threats. The New York Times and The Washington...Read More»

Uber-owned Jump electric bike-share
Uber to prioritize bikes, scooters over cars for short journeys

Uber's chief executive officer said Thursday that he wants urban users of the ride-share service to pedal or scoot short distances rather than to ride in the back seat of a car. "During rush hour, it is very inefficient for a one ton hulk of metal to take one person 10 blocks," Uber CEO Dara...Read More»

2019 GMC Sierra
2019 GMC Sierra driven, $48M Ferrari 250 GTO, Mercedes EQC: What's New @ The Car Connection

2019 GMC Sierra 1500 first drive review: A few steps forward, a few steps back Big pickup trucks such as the 2019 GMC Sierra have been locked in an arms race for more than a decade. Payload, tow capacity, total output, even fuel economy, they’re all battles waged to win over millions of new...Read More»

2019 GMC Sierra
2019 GMC Sierra 1500 first drive review: A few steps forward, a few steps back

Big pickup trucks such as the 2019 GMC Sierra have been locked in an arms race for more than a decade. Payload, tow capacity, total output, even fuel economy, they’re all battles waged to win over millions of new pickup buyers each year. The undisputed champ of the class, the Ford F-150...Read More»

2019 Hyundai Santa Fe first drive
2019 Hyundai Santa Fe first drive: Name a better deal

That the 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe name now applies to a spacious, five-seat family crossover SUV is no surprise. For Hyundai, “Santa Fe” is kept for the people-pleasing tall wagon that’s less offensive than Thomas Kinkade. The automaker’s blitz of new SUVs to complement its...Read More»

2019 Chevrolet Malibu
2019 Chevrolet Malibu first drive: Mid-size sedan let down by its details

With the 2019 Malibu, Chevy has dressed up its mid-size sedan to take on Accords, Camrys, Altimas, and every crossover SUV under the sun with an RS trim package. But what it now has in flash, it lacks in some substance. The new Malibu RS trim adds a gloss black grille up front surrounded by...Read More»

2019 Ram 1500 Limited
2019 Ram 1500 eTorque first drive: The silent assassin of pickup trucks

The USS Seawolf attack submarine is said to be so quiet that the only way to discover it is to listen for the absence of sound. That’s a pretty tall order, and one we remembered while attempting to discern the activity of the mild hybrid electric assist motor in the 2019 Ram 1500 eTorque...Read More»

2018 Hyundai Kona first drive
2018 Hyundai Kona aces IIHS crash testing, earns Top Safety Pick+ nod in top trim

Versions of the 2018 Hyundai Kona built after May earned the top award from independent testers, the IIHS announced Friday. The small crossover earned top "Good" scores on all crash tests, including the new passenger-side small overlap test, and its headlights on Limited and Ultimate trims were...Read More»

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Americans holding onto their cars, 2019 Acura NSX, Chevy Cruze CVT: What's New @ The Car Connection

Americans are holding onto cars longer, according to federal study This might not be good news for car dealers: Americans appear to be keeping their cars longer than ever. The results of a study released Tuesday by the Federal Highway Administration indicate that the average vehicle age has...Read More»

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Americans are holding onto cars longer, according to federal study

This might not be good news for car dealers: Americans appear to be keeping their cars longer than ever. The results of a study released Tuesday by the Federal Highway Administration indicate that the average vehicle age has increased significantly since 2009 to 10.5 years. Back then, the average...Read More»

2019 Kia Forte
2019 Kia Forte tops 40 mpg on highway in EPA estimates

EPA estimates for the redesigned 2019 Kia Forte show that the new compact sedan won't be a favorite of gas station owners. What will likely be the most popular 2019 Forte—the sedan with the optional continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT)—is rated at 30 mpg city, 40 highway...Read More»

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Poll: Fewer than a third of new-car shoppers agree with Trump's emissions rollback

Fewer than one-third of new-car shoppers agree with the Trump administration's plan to freeze fuel-economy targets for the next five years, according to a survey released Tuesday by Autolist. Just 29 percent of more than 1,000 respondents said that they agreed with the president's plan to freeze...Read More»

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Hold your hailing: AAA study finds using ride-sharing apps over twice the annual cost of car ownership

Thinking of ditching your car to save money now that you live in an urban area? Think again. A study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety published Tuesday found that using ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft instead of owning a car would cost over twice as much annually on average. The...Read More»

2018 Hyundai Sonata Sport 2.0T
2019 Hyundai Sonata Sport, Lamborghini Aventador SVJ, Honda Insight crash tests: What's New @ The Car Connection

Not so sporty: 2019 Hyundai Sonata Sport drops turbo What’s in a name? Everything but a turbocharged engine, according to Hyundai. The 2019 Hyundai Sonata Sport+ will unfortunately no longer be offered with a turbo, according to a report by CarsDirect. 154,000 Dodge, Jeep crossover SUVs and...Read More»

2019 Jeep Cherokee
154,000 Dodge, Jeep crossover SUVs and minivans recalled over brake issue

An improperly manufactured brake system prompted Fiat Chrysler Automobiles on Thursday to recall about 154,000 minivans and crossover SUVs in order to replace their brake fluid. The recall affects two Jeeps and two Dodges built in the spring of 2018: the 2018-2019 Dodge Grand Caravan, 2018 Dodge...Read More»

2018 Hyundai Sonata Sport 2.0T
Not so sporty: 2019 Hyundai Sonata Sport drops turbo

What’s in a name? Everything but a turbocharged engine, according to Hyundai. The 2019 Hyundai Sonata Sport+ will unfortunately no longer be offered with a turbo, according to a report by CarsDirect. The 2.0-liter turbo-4 engine fitted to the 2018 Sonata Sport, rated at 245 horsepower, will...Read More»

Aptiv self-driving car prototype
Lyft, Aptiv reach 5,000 paid ride milestone in self-driving BMWs

The race to the autonomous ride-sharing finish line just got a little bit tighter, as Lyft and self-driving tech company Aptiv said Tuesday that their Las Vegas-based taxis have completed 5,000 paid rides. Lyft and Aptiv's trial is the first commercial, for-profit self-driving ride-share, although...Read More»

2019 Honda Pilot
2019 Honda Pilot, 2019 Honda Insight earn Top Safety Pick+ awards

The 2019 Honda Pilot and 2019 Honda Insight all but aced their crash test evaluations, the IIHS said Wednesday. The ratings are the first assigned to the 2019 Insight and the Pilot's rating marks an improvement over last year's version of the crossover SUV. There's no such thing as a better report...Read More»

2019 Hyundai Santa Fe
What's in a name? Hyundai's crossover SUV lineup shuffles names, seats

Getting the sizes right for Hyundai's range of crossover SUVs is hard enough, and its turntable of names isn't any easier. This month and next month, Hyundai will begin selling the 2019 Santa Fe and 2019 Santa Fe XL at dealers across the country. Those names should sound vaguely familiar, even the...Read More»

2019 Hyundai Elantra
2019 Hyundai Elantra, Lyft's profitable self-driving taxi, EPA rolls back emissions: What's New @ The Car Connection

2019 Hyundai Elantra debuts: Compact car adds safety tech, gets edgier look The 2019 Hyundai Elantra bowed at a media event in Park City, Utah, on Tuesday night. With updated styling, larger standard wheels, and more safety gear, the 2019 Elantra is a more conservative approach to a sedan that...Read More»

2019 Audi A6
2019 Audi A6 priced at $59,895, higher than BMW 5-Series, Mercedes-Benz E-Class

With its totally redesigned A6 sedan, it’s clear Audi is attempting to move the model upmarket in the face of the competition. The 2019 Audi A6 starts at $59,895 including a mandatory $995 destination charge, over $5,000 more its chief rivals, the BMW 5 Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class...Read More»

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