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New transmission bumps 2020 Hyundai Accent to EPA-rated 41 mpg on the highway
New transmission bumps 2020 Hyundai Accent to EPA-rated 41 mpg on the highway

The 2020 Hyundai Elantra will add a fuel-saving continuously variable transmission (CVT) for the new year, according to certification data posted to the EPA's website last week. The new transmission bumps the 2020 Accent's fuel economy to 33 mpg city, 41 highway, 36 combined, up considerably from...Read More»

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Florida could legalize fully self-driving cars

Florida may be the next state to make self-driving cars without a backup driver legal on its roads. Senate Bill 932 lays out a path to autonomous car legalization in the Sunshine State. Notably, the cars would not require a human driver behind the wheel, something currently not allowed in most...Read More»

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2020 Toyota Prius Prime lineup expands, adds Apple CarPlay, Amazon Alexa compatibility

The 2020 Toyota Prius Prime will come standard with Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa compatibility, and owners of the hybrid will now be able to bring an extra passenger along for the ride. Last year's model sat just four passengers, but this year's 2020 Prius Prime has five seats. Buyers shopping...Read More»

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Chinese automaker Zotye plans to sell a crossover SUV in US

When Chinese automaker Zotye opens up its dealers in the U.S., the first car it plans to sell may be aligned with American consumer tastes. The automaker's sales chief said Thursday that a version of the T600 will be its launch product when it expands in the U.S., but he didn't say when it will go...Read More»

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Waymo shows how its self-driving cars avoid cyclists

Waymo's self-driving cars can recognize many types of shared road users, but the company on Wednesday specifically highlighted how its technology avoids cyclists. In a blog update, Google's autonomous car subsidiary said it recognizes cyclists as a major road user, but acknowledged its software...Read More»

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2020 Acura RDX crossover SUV launches for $38,595

The 2020 Acura RDX goes on sale nationally this week for $38,595, the automaker said Wednesday. The starting price creeps up only $200 for the 2020 model year, which reflects no major changes after a redesign last year. All prices include a mandatory $995 destination charge. The $38,595 figure will...Read More»

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Frugal 2019 Kia Niro to cost $24,485

The 2019 Kia Niro is an affordable hybrid that will start at $24,485 including a $995 destination charge, Kia said last week. The base price reflects the cost of a Niro FE trim, which ticks the boxes for basic motoring. Inside the wagon-like crossover is a 7.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay...Read More»

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Diesel-powered 2020 Chevy Equinox, GMC Terrain ditch AWD

General Motors will drop all-wheel drive from its diesel-fueled 2020 Chevrolet Equinox and 2020 GMC Terrain crossover SUVs. CarsDirect reported Monday that crossovers with the 1.6-liter turbodiesel engine will only be offered with front-wheel drive. A Chevrolet spokesman confirmed the news and said...Read More»

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Dealers scramble to deal with growing new-car inventories

Abandoned factories, forgotten shopping malls, and undeveloped parcels of land have become parking lots full of new cars as dealers try to figure out what to do with mounting inventories of unsold vehicles. As of April 1, dealerships in the U.S. had 4.2 million unsold new cars waiting to find...Read More»

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Smart to exit US market, 2020 Jaguar XE driven, GM electric pickup truck: What's New @ The Car Connection

Smart to leave US market after 2019 The Smart city car experiment in the U.S. will conclude at the end of this year. Toyota will retrofit 2018 Camry, Sienna with Apple CarPlay, Amazon Alexa compatibility 2018 Toyota Camry and Sienna owners can take their cars to dealers to have Apple CarPlay and...Read More»

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