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IIHS: Toyota, Subaru top for child car seat ease of use
IIHS: Toyota, Subaru top for child car seat ease of use

Toyota and Subaru earned top marks from the IIHS for the way their cars can handle child seats. The insurance industry-funded safety body said the two Japanese brands tied for the most "Good+" ratings, which is the highest ranking a vehicle can earn on the federal government's hardware scale...Read More»

Toyota-Subaru electric vehicle platform
Toyota, Subaru to collaborate on electric car underpinnings

Toyota and Subaru said last week that they will collaborate on an all-wheel-drive electric car. Toyota will supply its electrification vehicle know-how, while Subaru will be responsible for engineering an all-wheel-drive system for the platform. DON'T MISS: 2019 Toyota RAV4 vs. 2019 Subaru...Read More»

2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
2019 Chevrolet Silverado crash tests, Ford Mustang honors WWII flying ace, Karma dealer expansion: What's New @ The Car Connection

2019 Chevrolet Silverado, GMC Sierra score four-star NHTSA crash-test rating The redesigned 2019 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra earned four-star overall ratings in the NHTSA's barrage of crash tests and measurements, a downgrade from the five-star rating the feds bestowed upon last year's...Read More»

ZF external airbag system
German firm tests external airbag for side-impact crashes

German automotive supplier ZF revealed its external airbag system Wednesday and said that the experimental safety feature has the ability to shield passengers and protect them to a greater extent in a side-impact crash. The system operates exactly like how it sounds. External airbags deploy on the...Read More»

2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
2019 Chevrolet Silverado, GMC Sierra score four-star NHTSA crash-test rating

The redesigned 2019 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra earned four-star overall ratings in the NHTSA's barrage of crash tests and measurements, a downgrade from the five-star rating the feds bestowed upon last year's version of the trucks. The government agency measures safety on a five-star rating...Read More»

Hertz My Car subscription service
Hertz tests car subscription program from $999 monthly

One of the world's largest car-rental companies is taking advantage of its massive car inventory by dipping its toes into car subscriptions. Hertz announced Tuesday it will roll out its Hertz My Car program in two markets to start. The structure is similar to many pilot car subscription services...Read More»

Volvo Tow For Life service
Volvo says it will tow broken-down cars for life

Volvo owners stuck on the side of the road with a broken-down car will never need to worry about arranging a tow truck. The luxury brand said Tuesday announcement it will provide free towing for life for Volvo drivers in the U.S.. The program, fittingly called "Tow For Life," extends outside of the...Read More»

GM, Michelin Uptis airless tire prototype
GM, Michelin to test airless tire prototype

General Motors and Michelin said Tuesday that they will test an airless tire prototype called the Uptis. Uptis, which stands for "unique puncture-proof tire system," is designed to be puncture-proof, to last longer than a conventional tire, and to require less energy to produce. The airless tire...Read More»

2017 Ford Fusion Sport
2020 Ford Fusion lineup trimmed for sedan's last year

The 2020 Ford Fusion lineup won't include the powerful Fusion Sport. Cars Direct reported Monday that the Fusion Sport will not return for the 2020 model year. The website confirmed with For a spokesman, who said the automaker wanted to simplify the lineup for the sedan's final model year. Instead...Read More»

Fuel pump
EPA ups amount of ethanol allowed in summer gas, but read your manual first

The EPA last week approved higher amounts of ethanol blended into gasoline to be sold at gas stations in the U.S. during summer months, but many automakers warn against using fuel with more than 10 percent ethanol content in their vehicles. The EPA said that it will allow fuel with 15 percent...Read More»

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