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2016 Volvo XC90 recalled for leaky coolant hose, fire risk
2016 Volvo XC90 recalled for leaky coolant hose, fire risk

The 2016 Volvo XC90 crossover SUV has been recalled to fix a faulty coolant hose that could leak and create a fire risk. Documents filed with the NHTSA last month and published this week show that 34,006 XC90 models are affected. The Swedish automaker said the heat and humidity could cause the...Read More»

2018 Lexus LS 500h Executive Package (Lexus LS Hybrid)
Lexus makes Apple CarPlay, Amazon Alexa available on recent models for $199

Owners of a handful of recent Lexus cars and crossover SUVs now have the option to upgrade their infotainment system software to include Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa compatibility—for a price. DON'T MISS: 2019 Lexus UX crossover earns Top Safety Pick award from IIHS The luxury automaker...Read More»

Chevrolet Bolt EV Cruise Automation test mule in San Francisco
Nonprofit petitions feds to reject GM's steering wheel-less car exemption request

In a petition to the NHTSA, the Center for Auto Safety said that General Motors would use "unsuspecting motorists or pedestrians as guinea pigs" if the automaker is allowed to test self-driving cars without steering wheels or pedals on public roads. The nonprofit advocacy group claimed Monday in a...Read More»

2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI
2019 VW GTI earns Top Safety Pick award

The sporty 2019 Volkswagen GTI hatchback earned top marks in the latest IIHS crash tests and qualified for the organization's top award when equipped with extra-cost headlights and collision-prevention gear. The 2019 GTI earned "Good" ratings in every crash test, save for an "Acceptable" in the...Read More»

2019 Kia Sorento
2019 Kia Sorento adds high-value S, EX Sport trim levels

The 2019 Kia Sorento enters summer with two new trim levels packed with features that could make the crossover SUV appealing to shoppers comparing it to the automaker's larger Telluride. Cars Direct reported last week that two new high-value trims designed to jazz up the vehicle for shoppers on a...Read More»

Baltimore parking meter  -  flickr user daquella_manera
Michigan lawmaker proposes taking parallel parking out of driving test

Student drivers in Michigan may soon no longer have to learn how to parallel park a car in order to pass the state driving test if a lawmaker gets her way. According to local ABC News affiliate ABC 13, Republican State Rep. Sarah Lightner unveiled a new bill last week to ditch parallel parking from...Read More»

2016 MINI Cooper S Convertible
BMW, Mini, and Rolls-Royce cars recalled to replace faulty seat belts

BMW, Mini, and Rolls-Royce will recall about 15,500 cars to fix faulty rear seat belts that may not retract correctly, according to documents released by the NHTSA last week. All three automakers are owned by the BMW Group. In total, the recall covers five models: the 2016 BMW 5-Series, 2016-2017...Read More»

2019 Chrysler Pacifica
Nearly 200K Chrysler Pacifica minivans recalled over power steering loss risk

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles said on Friday that it will recall almost 200,000 2017-2019 Chrysler Pacifica minivans to remedy an electrical wiring fault that may affect the vehicles' power steering system. A loss of electric power steering assist may occur if a wiring harness and an electrical contact...Read More»

2019 Mercedes-Benz AMG CLS 53 coupe
Mercedes-Benz to scale back models, options in US

After years of adding new nameplates to its portfolio, Mercedes-Benz is ready to prune some vehicles from its lineup. The German luxury brand will reportedly cull some models, variants, and options from its U.S. portfolio, Automotive News (subscription required) reported on Sunday. The brand...Read More»

2017 Ram 1500 Copper Sport
Ram recalls 410,351 pickups with faulty tailgate latches

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will recall 410,351 Ram pickup trucks that have faulty tailgate latches, the automaker said Friday. The recall affects 2015-2018 Ram 1500, 2500, and 3500 models equipped with 8-foot cargo beds. The redesigned 2019 Ram 1500 is not affected. FCA said the power-locking...Read More»

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