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2019 Ford Ranger Black Appearance Package turns lights out on mid-size pickup truck

Mon, 03/25/2019 - 14:35
The 2019 Ford Ranger's optional Black Appearance Package announced Monday dresses the automaker's new mid-size pickup truck with dark-finish wheels and exterior trim. It's not just about looks: the package includes a few functional upgrades. For $1,995, the package includes glossy black 18-inch alloy wheels (wrapped of course in black tires), a...
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2020 Kia Sportage mpg, Dodge Charger Widebody, Tesla service: What's New @ The Car Connection

Mon, 03/25/2019 - 14:30
Updated 2020 Kia Sportage fuel economy climbs to 26 mpg combined The refreshed 2020 Kia Sportage crossover SUV is more fuel efficient in every configuration than last year's model, according to fuel-economy ratings released last week by the EPA. That's better than before, but the 2020 Sportage still trails many of its rivals. Self-driving cars to...
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Updated 2020 Kia Sportage fuel economy climbs to 26 mpg combined

Mon, 03/25/2019 - 13:30
The refreshed 2020 Kia Sportage crossover SUV is more fuel efficient in every configuration than last year's model, according to fuel-economy ratings released last week by the EPA. That's better than before, but the 2020 Sportage still trails many of its rivals. The thriftiest version of the new Sportage uses a 181-horsepower 2.4-liter inline-4 to...
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Google's Waymo teaches California cops how to handle self-driving cars

Sat, 03/23/2019 - 10:00
Google's Waymo self-driving car division on Wednesday brought California Highway Patrol officers to the classroom to go teach them how to deal with self-driving cars. KNTV reported that Waymo employees showed the highway patrol officers not only how to pull over an autonomous vehicle but how self-driving cars actually operate. Waymo provided...
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Self-driving cars to shuttle workers around Brooklyn Navy Yard

Fri, 03/22/2019 - 14:35
New York is in for its first self-driving car shuttle service, thanks to Optimus Ride. The company announced Wednesday that it will bring the first autonomous shuttles to the Empire State later this year. Specifically, the shuttles will operate at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, which covers 300 acres and houses more than 400 manufacturing sites. About...
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2020 Porsche Cayenne Coupe, Bugatti La Voiture Noire, Fisker solid-state batteries: What's New @ The Car Connection

Fri, 03/22/2019 - 14:30
2020 Porsche Cayenne Coupe debuts, stretches expectations for a crossover SUV The 2020 Porsche Cayenne Coupe that broke cover Thursday blurs the already fuzzy line between crossover SUVs and sports cars. Ford will build its self-driving cars in U.S. When the first self-driving cars from Ford are ready for the road, they'll leave a Michigan...
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Ford will build its self-driving cars in U.S.

Fri, 03/22/2019 - 10:00
When the first self-driving cars from Ford are ready for the road, they'll leave a Michigan assembly plant. The automaker said that part of a $900 million investment includes plans for a new facility near Detroit to assemble its autonomous vehicles starting in 2021. Workers at the new plant will be tasked with installing self-driving car...
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2020 Porsche Cayenne Coupe debuts, stretches expectations for a crossover SUV

Thu, 03/21/2019 - 18:15
The 2020 Porsche Cayenne Coupe that broke cover Thursday blurs the already fuzzy line between crossover SUVs and sports cars. With its standard active rear spoiler that extends at highway speeds to increase downforce and available carbon fiber roof, the Cayenne Coupe has as much in common with the automaker's sports cars as it does the high-riding...
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IIHS: Pickup trucks skimp on passenger-side safety

Thu, 03/21/2019 - 14:35
A round of crash-test results released Thursday by the IIHS show that even the newest pickup truck designs aren't as safe for front-seat passengers as they are for drivers. Most of the new trucks tested by the IIHS, including the redesigned 2019 Chevrolet Silverado and 2019 GMC Sierra, produced eyebrow-raising results in the small-overlap crash...
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Volvo in-car cameras, Hyundai Tucson N Line, BMW electric cars: What's New @ The Car Connection

Thu, 03/21/2019 - 14:30
Volvo's in-car cameras will spot, slow, or stop drunk or distracted drivers New Volvos built within the next five years may include cameras pointed at the driver to spot drunk or distracted driving and potentially stop the car, the automaker announced Wednesday in Sweden. 2020 Hyundai Palisade rated at 21 mpg combined The EPA last week released...
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2019 Ford Ecosport vs. 2019 Hyundai Kona: Compare Cars

Thu, 03/21/2019 - 12:00
Small crossovers are a big deal. The 2019 Ford Ecosport and 2019 Hyundai Kona are entry-level crossovers for new buyers or empty-nesters looking for a tall ride height with a low price. Both cost less than $20,000 to start and offer all-wheel drive, a sizable cargo area, and room for up to five adults in a pinch. But that’s about all the two...
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Cleveland car dealer's proposed Uber rival would have reportedly kept GM plant alive

Thu, 03/21/2019 - 10:00
A Cleveland car dealer reportedly proposed a plan that would have kept a now-idled General Motors new-car factory in Ohio humming for at least another five years. Bernie Moreno, a Cleveland-based car dealer who owns dealerships across the U.S., reportedly approached GM with a plan to purchase hundreds of thousands of cars per year to use for an...
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2019 Ford F-150 vs. 2019 Ford Ranger: Compare Trucks

Thu, 03/21/2019 - 10:00
Walking into a Ford dealer and picking out a pickup truck isn’t easy anymore. The 2019 Ford Ranger mid-size truck and 2019 Ford F-150 full-size pickup overlap in more ways than some shoppers might expect. Overall, we rate the 2019 F-150 and 6.5 and the 2019 Ranger at 5.8 on our scale that rewards the bigger truck for its spacious interior...
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Volvo's in-car cameras will spot, slow, or stop drunk or distracted drivers

Wed, 03/20/2019 - 18:31
New Volvos built within the next five years may include cameras pointed at the driver to spot drunk or distracted driving and potentially stop the car, the automaker announced Wednesday in Sweden. Volvo safety engineers said it may be automakers that are ultimately responsible for curbing fatal crashes that involve impaired or distracted drivers...
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2020 Hyundai Palisade rated at 21 mpg combined

Wed, 03/20/2019 - 14:35
The EPA last week released fuel-economy estimates for the 2020 Hyundai Palisade. At 19 mpg city, 24 highway, 21 combined with optional all-wheel drive, its estimates match that of its Kia Telluride cousin, but neither is not thrifty as some of their rivals. The 2020 Palisade uses a 3.8-liter V-6 engine paired to an 8-speed automatic transmission...
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$200K Mercedes-Maybach SUV, Koenigsegg Jesko, Amazon and Kia electric car chargers: What's New @ The Car Connection

Wed, 03/20/2019 - 14:30
Mercedes-Benz to build $200K Maybach luxo-SUV in Alabama The Mercedes-Maybach GLS-Class could be the most expensive car built on an assembly line in the U.S. when it goes into production by early next year at a factory near Tuscaloosa, Alabama. 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class Coupe debuts with more power, tech, and updated looks The updated 2020...
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2019 Audi TT

Wed, 03/20/2019 - 12:00
The 2019 Audi TT is a style statement in coupe or convertible form that ranges from comfortable toy to rip-roaring mini-supercar. With four seats, a hatchback, and a humble VW platform, the TT may seem practical on paper, but its specs can be deceiving. For its style, tech, and driving fun, we give it 6.2 out of 10 overall. (Read more about how we...
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2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class Coupe debuts with more power, tech, and updated looks

Tue, 03/19/2019 - 23:01
The updated 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class Coupe bowed Monday ahead of its formal unveiling at the 2019 New York International Auto Show in April. Like the standard 2020 GLC-Class that debuted earlier this year, the GLC Coupe features refreshed styling with a new infotainment system and a more powerful 2.0-liter turbo-4 engine underhood. It goes on...
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Mercedes-Benz to build $200K Maybach luxo-SUV in Alabama

Tue, 03/19/2019 - 17:00
The Mercedes-Maybach GLS-Class could be the most expensive car built on an assembly line in the U.S. when it goes into production by early next year at a factory near Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Automotive News reported Monday that the ultra-luxury Maybach version of Mercedes-Benz's next-generation will cost around $200,000 to start and will square off...
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2019 Audi Q8, A6 earn high marks in latest crash tests

Tue, 03/19/2019 - 14:35
Both the 2019 Audi Q8 and A6 earned high marks in IIHS crash test ratings, but headlight effectiveness separated them from top honors. The 2019 Q8 walked away with a Top Safety Pick award, while the 2019 A6 and its better-rated headlights earned it a Top Safety Pick+. More often than not, headlight performance is the defining factor for an IIHS...
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