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Redesigned Jeep Wrangler to be recalled over frame welding problems
Redesigned Jeep Wrangler to be recalled over frame welding problems

Jeep informed its dealers last week that it will launch a recall for its redesigned 2018 and 2019 Wranglers over improper welds on front suspension components that many not have been attached correctly at the factory. If the welds break, the bracket holding the front track bar separates from the...Read More»

2018 Kia Rio
2018 Kia Rio's added safety tech earns IIHS Top Safety Pick+ award

The 2018 Kia Rio is an award-winning car for safety according to the IIHS. The insurance industry-funded crash testers gave the Rio its Top Safety Pick+ award last week, although those top marks apply only to certain 2018 Rio trim levels. Both the Rio sedan and hatchback models received...Read More»

GM Cruise Automation self-driving Bolt EV
Feds loosen safety guidance that impedes self-driving car development

The U.S. Department of Transportation released an 80-page update of NHTSA guidance dubbed “Automated Vehicles 3.0” on Thursday in an effort to make self-driving car development easier. Currently, NHTSA regulations require automakers to meet nearly 75 different safety standards, all of...Read More»

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French automaker returns to US with car-sharing Chevrolets, not Peugeots and Citroëns

When French automaker PSA, the maker of Peugeot and Citroën, returns to the U.S. market after decades away later this month, all will not be as it seems. PSA has ambitions to become a world leader in car-sharing and will launch a program in Washington, D.C., at the end of October, Reuters...Read More»

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Study: Half of U.S. Uber drivers make less than $10 per hour

A publication focused on the ride-sharing industry found that median hourly wage for nearly half of the Uber drivers in the U.S. is just $9.73 after driving costs. While average hourly pay was $14.73 after tip, nearly $5 in vehicle costs per hour for things like gas, insurance, and maintenance cut...Read More»

Traffic in Los Angeles on Google Maps
Google Maps update adds 'commute' functionality and music controls to app

For those with a commute that can vary wildly in terms of traffic, Google’s got a new solution in its immensely popular Maps app. The company announced Monday that it would be rolling out an update this week featuring a “Commute” tab that allows users to check what type of traffic...Read More»

Car accident
Unsafe at any speed: Houston, Dallas top worst cities in US for traffic deaths

If you feel like news stories of traffic-related deaths have been everywhere recently, it’s not all in your head. In 2016, 37,461 people were killed in crashes on U.S. roads, an increase of 5.6 percent over 2015, which had seen its own increase of 10.5 percent from the year before. A lengthy...Read More»

VW-Microsoft technology partnership
VW, Microsoft team up for connected cars

From Volkswagen’s perspective, it seems no number of tech partners is too many. The German giant announced Friday that it will be teaming up with Microsoft for connected car and cloud services despite a hush-hush deal with Apple to develop autonomous technology. Volkswagen has chosen...Read More»

Toyota 'Project Portal' proof-of-concept hydrogen fuel-cell powered semi tractor, for Port of LA
Semi trailer makers earn praise for rear underride crash protection

While it’s no secret that new cars are safer than ever, drivers can have a bit of extra peace of mind that other potential hazards on the road are getting safer as well, including semi trailers. The IIHS announced Thursday that all eight major manufacturers of large truck trailers achieved...Read More»

Ford special Edition SUVs unveiled at 2018 Texas State Fair
Ford unveils 2019 Explorer and Expedition special edition SUVs at State Fair of Texas

They say everything is bigger in Texas, including the desire to buy special edition SUVs, apparently. Ford unveiled two new versions of each of its largest SUVs at the State Fair of Texas on Thursday, the 2019 Explorer Limited Luxury and Desert Copper editions as well as the Expedition Stealth and...Read More»

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