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Mercedes-Benz Metris van recalled for leaky fuel hoses

Fri, 12/14/2018 - 15:35
Mercedes-Benz issued a new recall for the Metris van over leaky fuel hoses due to the improper use of a tool to affix the clamp during production. In documents filed with the NHTSA in late November and published this week, the German brand said 12,383 Mercedes-Benz Metris vans from the 2016-2017 model years are part of the recall. The leaky hose...
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Waymo's self-driving cars, Lincoln Continental revives suicide doors, Hyundai Santa Fe diesel dead: What's New @ The Car Connection

Fri, 12/14/2018 - 15:30
Arizona tallies 21 assault cases against Waymo self-driving cars Not everyone is completely in love with Waymo's self-driving cars zipping around local Arizona roads. Study: Mazda least expensive automaker when it comes to check engine light problems A new study from CarMD found Mazda is the lest expensive car to repair when a check engine light...
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2019 Mercedes-Benz G-Class

Fri, 12/14/2018 - 14:21
A typical car is redesigned every few years. The 2019 Mercedes-Benz G-Class is not a typical car. Not by a long shot. In its first complete renovation, ever, we give the 2019 G-Class a 6.6 out of 10, with a huge hit taken in fuel economy scores. (Read more about how we rate cars.) The updates are at first glance subtle, but they’re...
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2019 Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class

Fri, 12/14/2018 - 14:16
The 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class once wore the GL badge. The name’s changed, but the big, boxy-but-beautiful family hauler hasn’t changed much at all. It carries over for the 2019 model year, while a new edition waits for a public reveal. The 2019 Benz GLS is a capable all-weather performer and has enough real utility to make it a...
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2019 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class

Fri, 12/14/2018 - 14:15
The 2019 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class is a big, expensive two-door cruiser with a shrinking purpose in the brand’s lineup. Other models like the AMG GT are faster, while the S-Class is a more competent cruiser. Despite that, the SL-Class offers a range of engine choices and a first-class interior, topped off with a sky-high price tag. The SL...
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2019 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class

Fri, 12/14/2018 - 14:15
With the GLA, Mercedes-Benz shucked some of its reputation for stodgy small cars. The Mercedes-Benz GLA arrived in the 2015 model year and has since seen a few small refreshments, the most significant coming last model year. The 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class gets some humble updates, but all models in the lineup—the front-wheel-drive GLA250...
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2019 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class

Fri, 12/14/2018 - 14:10
The 2019 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class is a four-door sedan that’s entry-level luxury, if that’s a thing. With an aging but striking design, the CLA is an eye-catcher from every angle. The reasonable $30,000 starting price doesn’t stay that way for very long, as the CLA rolls out of the factory without much of the luxury kit that...
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2019 Porsche Cayenne

Fri, 12/14/2018 - 14:00
The 2019 Porsche Cayenne heaps astonishing performance into its tall-wagon crossover body. It’s a formula once thought to be heresy; now it’s old hat. Now it’s in its third generation, and thanks to a smartly re-engineered cabin and a trio of powertrains, the 2019 Cayenne earns a score of 8.0 overall. (Read more about how we rate...
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Arizona tallies 21 assault cases against Waymo self-driving cars

Fri, 12/14/2018 - 12:49
Not everyone is completely in love with Waymo's self-driving cars zipping around local Arizona roads. The Arizona Republic reported Monday that the state has seen 21 cases in which an individual has assaulted a Waymo self-driving car over the past two years. According to the report, people have thrown rocks, slashed tires, and harassed the cars...
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2019 BMW X1

Fri, 12/14/2018 - 11:00
The 2019 BMW X1 crossover is the automaker’s most affordable model for this year, and it’s the right shape. Buyers likely will be attracted to the tall ride height, spacious cargo area, BMW roundel, and relatively low price tag at $36,000, but we like the things that we can’t see. The X1’s engine is bright and its...
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Study: Mazda least expensive automaker when it comes to check engine light problems

Fri, 12/14/2018 - 11:00
A new study from CarMD found Mazda is the lest expensive car to repair when a check engine light surfaces on the dashboard. The findings, released on Wednesday, showed the average repair for a Mazda vehicle cost $285.70 for check engine light-related repairs. The company looked at 10 makes and 100 models that span from the 1996 through 2018 model...
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Toyota to replace 65,000 defective Takata airbag inflators

Thu, 12/13/2018 - 15:35
Toyota on Wednesday issued a follow-up recall to replace defective Takata airbag inflators—again—on 65,000 This time, however, Toyota said that it will replace the inflators with new units produced by another third-party supplier. The automaker announced the recall on Wednesday, which affects certain 2003-2005 model year Corolla...
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Honda Pilot recall, Millennials and classic cars, 2019 Toyota Prius e-AWD driven: What's New @ The Car Connection

Thu, 12/13/2018 - 15:30
2019 Honda Pilot, Ridgeline recalled over airbag issue The 2019 Honda Ridgeline and 2019 Honda Pilot are subject to a new recall over concerns that their side-curtain airbags may not deploy properly. US DoT grants $25M to help BMW's South Carolina plant A new grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation will directly benefit logistics at BMW's...
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US DoT grants $25M to help BMW's South Carolina plant

Thu, 12/13/2018 - 13:42
A new grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation will directly benefit logistics at BMW's South Carolina production plant. Automotive News (subscription required) reported on Wednesday that $25 million will be funneled into an intermodal project in Greer, South Carolina, to expand the Port Authority's lead railroad tracks and extend rails...
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Hertz partners with Clear to streamline car rentals

Thu, 12/13/2018 - 11:00
Car rental giant Hertz and TSA PreCheck rival Clear have partnered to make the rental car counter a less stressful stop for travelers. On Tuesday, the two companies announced the Hertz Fast Lane powered by Clear to speed up the rental process with facial recognition. Clear has rolled out its facial recognition services at many airports in the U.S...
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2019 Honda Pilot, Ridgeline recalled over airbag issue

Wed, 12/12/2018 - 15:35
The 2019 Honda Ridgeline and 2019 Honda Pilot are subject to a new recall over concerns that their side-curtain airbags may not deploy properly. In documents filed with the NHTSA in late November and published this week, the automaker said the pillar mounting holes in both the Pilot and Ridgeline may be larger than intended. If the holes are too...
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2019 Ford Ranger mpg, 2019 BMW 3-Series driven, VW and Audi electric cars: What's New @ The Car Connection

Wed, 12/12/2018 - 15:30
2019 Ford Ranger pickup truck to be rated as high as 23 mpg combined, Ford says According to Ford, the 2019 Ranger mid-size pickup truck will return best-in-class fuel economy for gasoline-powered trucks. The automaker said on Tuesday the 2019 Ranger is estimated to return 21 mpg city, 26 mpg highway, and 23 mpg combined. Three-cylinder powered...
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2019 Ford Ranger pickup truck to be rated as high as 23 mpg combined, Ford says

Wed, 12/12/2018 - 12:52
According to Ford, the 2019 Ranger mid-size pickup truck will return best-in-class fuel economy for gasoline-powered trucks. The automaker said on Tuesday the 2019 Ranger is estimated to return 21 mpg city, 26 mpg highway, and 23 mpg combined. Those figures are for a two-wheel-drive Ranger, while the four-wheel-drive model predictably returns...
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2019 Ford Expedition

Wed, 12/12/2018 - 12:25
The 2019 Ford Expedition is a category-killer. It weds excellent performance with pure and clean styling and substantial cargo and people space, whether in standard or long-wheelbase Expedition Max form. Offered in XLT, Limited, and Platinum trim, we give the 2019 Expedition a 6.3 out of 10, with strong scores in utility and safety, and...
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2019 Ford EcoSport

Wed, 12/12/2018 - 12:24
The 2019 Ford EcoSport is the smallest of six crossover SUVs sold with the blue oval badge. Distinct from the compact Escape, the EcoSport doesn’t offer very good value compared to that larger, slightly more expensive vehicle. The EcoSport’s a dated design sold around the world long before it made it to the U.S., and it shows in its...
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