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AAA study finds automaker infotainment more distracting than Apple CarPlay, Android Auto
AAA study finds automaker infotainment more distracting than Apple CarPlay, Android Auto

If you find the infotainment system in your new car to be a bit of a distraction more often than it is useful, you’re not alone. As Automotive News reported, according to a study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety and the University of Utah, smartphone-projection technologies like Apple...Read More»

2019 Alfa Romeo Stelvio equipped with Nero Edizione package
Alfa Romeo announces 2019 plans: 4C Coupe gone, hello RWD Stelvio

The Alfa Romeo 4C Coupe is dead, long live the Alfa Romeo 4C Spider. Recently rejuvenated Italian luxury brand Alfa Romeo has announced some changes to its 2019 lineup of cars and SUVs, including package and pricing changes for the Stelvio SUV and Giulia sedan, as well as a simplification of the 4C...Read More»

2019 Lincoln Nautilus
2019 Lincoln Nautilus starts at $41,335, online configurator now live

What’s in a name? Apparently a lot, according to Lincoln. Gone is the anonymous and dated MKX moniker, and here to stay is the more evocative, aquatic-themed 2019 Lincoln Nautilus. Lincoln announced this week that the new Nautilus would cost $41,335 to start, including a mandatory $995...Read More»

2018 Volvo XC60 T8
2019 Volvo XC60 adds less expensive FWD model that costs $40,000

The World Car of the Year and our Best Crossover To Buy 2018 just got a little better looking…or at least the price did anyway. The 2019 Volvo XC60 crossover SUV will get a new base trim that starts under $40,000 before destination, according to a report Tuesday by Cars Direct. The...Read More»

Volkswagen testing autonomous parking at German airport
Volkswagen, suppliers team up to standardize self-driving car tech

From vehicle-to-vehicle communication, cameras, sensors, and radar, to a secure, high-speed network linking everything together, thousands of factors have to operate in sync and without fail for self-driving cars to succeed. That’s why the Volkswagen Group on Tuesday announced that it teamed...Read More»

NHTSA Logo Large
White House taps safety official to lead NHTSA

The White House said Friday President Donald Trump intends to nominate Heidi King, an auto safety official, to head up the NHTSA. King’s nomination comes at a contentious time for the agency that oversees fuel-efficiency and car-safety rules. Since September, King has served as deputy...Read More»

2019 Volkswagen Jetta
Less for more: 2019 Volkswagen Jetta sedan priced from $19,395

The redesigned 2019 Volkswagen Jetta starts at a lower price than last year’s model, but it includes more standard features. A number of Jetta trim levels will be available starting with the Jetta S at $19,395 including a mandatory $850 destination charge. The Jetta S comes standard with a...Read More»

Chevrolet Cruise AV self-driving car
Self-driving "drone" cars should be on California roads, except that they're not

Monday was supposed to be a big day for driverless cars in California that would make history and send fleets of self-driving vehicles onto roadways. Except it wasn't. History will have to wait. April 2 was supposed to be the day that the California DMV would begin issuing permits to the 50 or so...Read More»

2018 Chevrolet Tahoe Custom Midnight
2018 Chevrolet Tahoe Custom Midnight Edition: just say no to chrome

With its 2018 Tahoe Custom Midnight Edition, Chevrolet has taken a page out of Jay Z’s lyric book: it’s “all black everything” for the new special edition. MORE: Read our 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe review The Tahoe Custom Midnight Edition comes on the heels of the Silverado Custom...Read More»

2019 GMC Sierra 1500 AT4
2019 GMC Sierra 1500 AT4: the beast-mode pickup truck

The 2019 GMC Sierra 1500 AT4 set to debut at the New York auto show this week is in "beast mode" right from the factory. The Sierra AT4 is basically GMC's version of the Chevrolet Silverado Trailboss, which means it features a two-inch suspension lift, plus a host of off-road goodies such as a...Read More»

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