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2019 Volkswagen Jetta GLI undercuts GTI at $26,890
2019 Volkswagen Jetta GLI undercuts GTI at $26,890

The 2019 Volkswagen Jetta GLI brings the Golf GTI's performance credentials to a sedan body for $26,890, VW said Wednesday. That figure undercuts the $28,490 2019 Golf GTI with which the four-door shares its engine and chassis. Buyers will have the choice of three trims for the 2019 Jetta GLI: S...Read More»

General Motors Renaissance Center in Detroit, Michigan
UAW files lawsuit against GM over decision to idle car factories

The United Auto Workers union served General Motors a fresh lawsuit on Tuesday over its decision to idle four assembly plants in the U.S. The UAW claimed in its lawsuit that GM breached its 2015 contract with the union by announcing that two car plants in Michigan and Ohio and a pair of...Read More»

2019 Ram 2500 Heavy Duty
First Drive: 2019 Ram 2500 and 3500 heavy duty puts 1,000 lb-ft of torque to work with confidence

The 2019 Ram 2500 and 3500 heavy-duty trucks can tow up to 35,100 pounds and can boast a turbodiesel with 1,000 pound-feet of torque, but they do even more than those massive numbers indicate. The theme with the latest, big daddy Ram is more: More power. More gears. More technology. More...Read More»

2018 Peugeot 508 SW
Gone for decades, French automaker Peugeot plans US return

Peugeot was last seen in the U.S. in 1991, but next decade, the French brand plans to return to American showrooms. On Tuesday, Peugeot parent company PSA Group confirmed it had selected the brand over its Citroen subsidiary to lead the company's return to the U.S. and Canada. The decision comes...Read More»

2020 Jaguar XE
Sharpened claws: 2020 Jaguar XE sedan refreshed

The 2020 Jaguar XE sedan unveiled Tuesday has a new interior that borrows tech from Jaguar Land Rover's more expensive models and puts a conventional gear lever back in the driver's hands. The XE has a revised look outside, with slimmer headlights, a revised bumper, and a wider grille that give it...Read More»

Polestar 2
Volvo takes on Tesla Model 3 with new Polestar 2 electric car

Numerically speaking, the Polestar 2 electric car that was unveiled Wednesday is one behind the Tesla Model 3. But the new small car from Polestar, which is owned by Volvo, has a lot of catching up to do. According to Volvo, the 78-kwh lithium-ion battery and 408-horsepower electric motor will...Read More»

GM Cruise AV self-driving car
Self-driving cars will one day pull over for police

Self-driving cars have a lot to learn before they're ready to tackle every situation, including how to pay attention to police or road crew hand signals. The Detroit News reported Monday about a California Highway Patrol officer who attempted to stop a Tesla Model S cruising at speeds above the...Read More»

2017 Honda Civic
Senators push for keyless ignition standards

After a bombshell report showed that keyless ignition systems have contributed to a rise in accidental carbon-monoxide deaths, two senators are pushing for new standards. Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-Connecticut) and Edward Markey (D-Massachusetts) introduced last week the PARK IT Act, which...Read More»

2019 Dodge Durango
FCA pushes for more truck and SUV production; Ram 1500 Classic, Dodge Durango may stick around

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles may sell the Dodge Durango and Ram 1500 Classic beyond this year as part of the automaker's push unveiled Tuesday to sell trucks and SUVs to eager buyers in North America. The automaker announced a sweeping $4.5 billion investment plan that could hire up to 6,500 new...Read More»

2017 Renault Zoe
EU moves to make active safety tech mandatory on new cars

A European Union committee last week unveiled a proposal for new regulations that would require cars to be equipped with a raft of collision-avoiding active safety tech. The EU said in a release that its House of Representatives will vote on the Internal Market Committee's proposal in March. The...Read More»

2019 Chevrolet Blazer
The dream of the 1990s is alive in SUVs

SUV showrooms today might not look much like they did 20 years ago, but the rugged names that tempt consumers with outdoorsy aspirations are surprisingly familiar. Automakers from Jeep to Honda to Land Rover have spent the last few years reviving discontinued SUV names we thought were written off...Read More»

2020 Toyota Corolla LE
2020 Toyota Corolla driven, Peugeot to return to US, Porsche Macan goes electric: What's New @ The Car Connection

First drive review: Which 2020 Toyota Corolla should you buy? No-nonsense, dependable, durable: no matter which 2020 Toyota Corolla you mention, those words inevitably come up, and for good reason. The Corolla became a go-to choice of car shoppers decades before the device on which you’re...Read More»

Argo AI self-driving car
VW to pump $1.7B into Ford's self-driving car subsidiary

Volkswagen will reportedly invest nearly $2 billion into the self-driving car development arm of Ford Motor Company, The Wall Street Journal said Tuesday. Eventually VW and Ford could hold equal parts of Argo AI, according to the report. Ford invested $1 billion into the Pittsburgh-based autonomous...Read More»

2020 Toyota Corolla SE
First drive review: Which 2020 Toyota Corolla should you buy?

No-nonsense, dependable, durable: no matter which 2020 Toyota Corolla you mention, those words inevitably come up, and for good reason. The Corolla became a go-to choice of car shoppers decades before the device on which you’re reading this was invented. For 2020, both the Corolla sedan and...Read More»

Lyft Shared Saver mode
Walk a few blocks, save a few bucks with Lyft's newest option

Lyft users can now avoid surge pricing and lock in the lowest possible ride rate with the ride-sharing company's newest option: Shared Saver. The company said last week that users can now save money by selecting their ride type to Shared Saver, which requires the user to walk a few blocks to their...Read More»

2020 Kia Soul First Drive
First drive: 2020 Kia Soul grooves into low-price rhythm

What do you see in the 2020 Kia Soul: practical commuter, spacious hatchback, or schtick with light-up speakers? The Soul catfished us all with its “all of the above” answer and low price. It very well may be an automotive Rorschach, just don’t connect the blobs and spot a...Read More»

Australian license plates with emoji
Australia introduces emoji license plates

The Australian state of Queensland takes texting so seriously that it'll soon put emojis on car license plates. The state's third-party vanity license plate vendor, Personalised Plates Queensland, said last week that it will soon offer one of five emoji designs as a license plate theme in addition...Read More»

2020 Kia Soul First Drive
2020 Kia Soul hatchback costs $18,485 to start; perky turbo costs $28,485

The new 2020 Kia Soul LX hatchback will cost $18,485, including $995 destination, when it goes on sale soon, the automaker announced Friday. That's $1,000 more than the outgoing base 2019 Soul, but the new model includes a more powerful 2.0-liter engine, 7.0-inch touchscreen for infotainment, and...Read More»

Distracted driving
Distracted driving, VW T-Roc R, 2019 Nissan Leaf Plus: What's New @ The Car Connection

States moving to penalize distracted drivers more, even though the cost is already too great Casey Feldman planned the summer between her junior and senior years at Fordham University on the New Jersey shore, working the last “non-aggravation” job she wanted as a young adult. Daimler...Read More»

BMW Group CEO Harald Kr├╝ger (left) and Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche
Daimler, BMW merge mobility operations with $1.1B investment

German rivals BMW and Daimler said Friday that they've merged their car-share operations in a bid to challenge Lyft, Uber, and others in the burgeoning mobility sector. BMW and Daimler, which owns Mercedes-Benz, invest $1.1 billion combined into the joint venture. The cooperation is organized into...Read More»

Waymo self-driving car
Waymo self-driving car navigates flashing traffic light, follows police signals

Self-driving cars aren't ready for prime time yet, but they continue to show promising signs of intelligence. The latest example is Waymo's self-driving Chrysler Pacifica that successfully navigated a broken traffic light and followed a police officer's hand signals. The quick video shows the...Read More»

Toy cars for children patients at British hospital
British hospital uses miniature cars to ease kids' worries ahead of surgery

The last place kids want to spend time is in the hospital, but one medical center in Britain has a fleet of miniature cars to help kids keep their minds off of surgery. The BBC reported on the mini cars used at the James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough, highlighting a frequent visitor...Read More»

2019 Chevrolet Impala
2019 Chevrolet Impala, Cadillac CT6 sedans get brief stay of execution

General Motors said Friday that it won't discontinue two of its full-size sedans this summer as the automaker had originally planned. The big cars will continue to be built until early next year instead. Last fall, GM said that it planned to close its Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant in Michigan...Read More»

2020 Volvo XC90
Refreshed 2020 Volvo XC90 crossover SUV adds Android Auto, rear captain's chairs

The 2020 Volvo XC90 set to make its public debut at next month's 2019 Geneva Motor Show doesn't deviate much from the current model, but it gains some worthwhile tech and adds second-row captain's chairs to its roster of options. Volvo unveiled the 2020 XC90 Friday and confirmed to The Car...Read More»

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