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2018 Fiat 500 Urbana: the citified subcompact car
2018 Fiat 500 Urbana: the citified subcompact car

Fiat will roll into the New York auto show this week rocking a new urban-inspired package option designed to dress up its 2018 Fiat 500 hatchback, the automaker said Monday. The appropriately named Urbana Edition was inspired by a similar package already available on the Fiat 500X crossover. On the...Read More»

2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback
Toyota puts brakes on self-driving car development, for now

After the fatal pedestrian collision in Tempe, Arizona, Sunday involving a Volvo XC90 crossover fitted with Uber's self-driving technology, Toyota says it is halting testing of its autonomous car tech. The automaker has paused on-road development of its Chauffeur Autonomous System on all public...Read More»

Uber logo
Police chief: Uber self-driving car may not be at fault in fatal Arizona crash

The Uber test car involved in a fatal crash in Tempe, Arizona, may not be at fault, the city's police chief said Tuesday. Tempe police chief Sylvia Moir chief instead suggested that the impact between a pedestrian and a Volvo XC90 equipped with self-driving technology couldn't have been avoided...Read More»

2012 BMW M Performance M550d Sedan
Police raid BMW headquarters in diesel emissions probe

Over 100 investigators raided two BMW facilities in Europe Tuesday searching for evidence that the automaker rigged software for their vehicles to pass tough diesel emissions standards. German police descended on the automaker’s Munich headquarters, while their Austrian counterparts visited...Read More»

2012 Ram 1500 Express Crew Cab
270,000 Dodge Ram 1500 pickup trucks recalled over wintry market rust concerns

Wintry roads covered in snow-melting salt may cause metal straps used to attach fuel tanks onto Dodge and Ram 1500 pickups to corrode and cease doing their jobs, which has prompted FCA to issue a recall to rectify the issue. The recall affects 270,254 2009-2012 Dodge and Ram 1500 pickup trucks; the...Read More»

2018 Kia Optima
2018 Kia Optima modified to ace crash tests

After adopting some mid-year changes, the 2018 Kia Optima earned top marks in independent crash-testing last week. The Optima previously earned the Top Safety Pick Award but now qualifies for the more challenging Top Safety Pick+ after Kia made some changes to improve the mid-size sedan's...Read More»

Factory worker assembles a Jeep in Belvidere, Illinois
Import tariffs on aluminum may not have an immediate effect on car prices in U.S.

Aluminum suppliers to carmakers are revving up their investments to push out as much metal as possible while the White House decides whether or not to grant permanent tariff exemption status to Canada, but those import taxes may not necessarily translate to higher new car prices in the short term...Read More»

2018 BMW X2, BMW Test Fest, February 2018
Sunbelt ready: BMW adds two-wheel-drive X2, X3 crossover SUVs

The BMW X2 and X3 are now up to $2,000 less expensive, if buyers are willing to forgo all-wheel drive for new two-wheel-drive versions of the automaker's crossover SUVs. The crossovers will now start under $38,000 for the less snow-friendly 2018 X2 sDrive and $42,000 for the 2019 X3 sDrive. For the...Read More»

2018 Volkswagen Beetle
VW Beetle set for extermination

After a long and storied history dating back eight decades, VW says it will finally squash its iconic Beetle. Speaking at the Geneva motor show Monday, VW’s head of research and design, Frank Welsch said that the production version of the company's ID Buzz electric concept–which takes...Read More»

2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport
2018 Hyundai Santa Fe, Santa Fe Sport crossovers recalled over steering wheels that may detach

Hyundai is recalling nearly 44,000 2018 Santa Fe and 2018 Santa Fe Sport crossovers sold in the US and approximately 8,500 of the vehicles sold in Canada over a defect that could cause the steering wheel to detach from the steering column and increase the possibility of an accident. The recall was...Read More»

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