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Volvo begins delivering cars through its subscription program

Wed, 06/20/2018 - 21:38
A Volvo representative confirmed Wednesday that the automaker's Care by Volvo subscription service is now able to deliver the automaker's XC40 crossover SUV in most states and that the 2019 S60 sedan unveiled at the automaker's new assembly plant in South Carolina is on track for subscription deliveries by the end of 2018. "Care by Volvo...
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Self-driving Volvo XC90 crossover SUV planned for 2021

Wed, 06/20/2018 - 20:06
Volvo will sell a Level 4 self-driving crossover SUV in 2021 to the public, the company's research and development chief told The Car Connection on Wednesday. Henrik Green said the next-generation XC90, which will be built at the automaker's new assembly plant near Charleston, South Carolina, would be able to transport "sleeping passengers" toward...
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Colorado squares off against EPA, will adopt California's stringent vehicle emissions rules

Wed, 06/20/2018 - 18:24
California's battle with the EPA over car tailpipe emissions gained a new ally. Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper on Tuesday signed an executive order to have his state join a dozen others in backing California's plan to resist the EPA's intention to roll back emissions targets. With Hickenlooper's order, Colorado becomes the first non-coastal...
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2019 Volvo S60 Preview

Wed, 06/20/2018 - 16:20
The 2019 Volvo S60 is what happens when a car is left in the dryer too long. The long-awaited heir to Volvo's aging compact luxury sedan lineup that dates back to its iconic 240, the 2019 S60 rounds out Volvo's several-year effort to remake its entire range. At first glance, the wait was worth it—even at the S60's roughly $37,000 base price...
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2019 Volvo S60 luxury sedan first look: Carolina on its mind

Wed, 06/20/2018 - 16:20
The 2019 Volvo S60 sedan that finally rolled across production floors Wednesday is significant for the automaker for several reasons. First, the automaker's newest sedan also ushers in its newest production plant, based in Charleston, South Carolina, and the first car in Volvo's more than 90-year history to be produced entirely on American soil...
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Quality survey, 2019 Mercedes C300 and C43 driven, 2019 Honda Insight review: What's New @ The Car Connection

Wed, 06/20/2018 - 15:30
Korean brands top latest J.D. Power new-car quality study A study released Wednesday by J.D. Power found that while the number of problems reported by new-car drivers during the first year of ownership declined last year, consumers continue to find fault with advanced connectivity features in their vehicles. 2019 Honda Insight first drive: relief...
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Updates bring more power, active-safety gear to 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata

Wed, 06/20/2018 - 14:38
The incarnation of the classic roadster finally joins the modern era. The 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata announced Wednesday and set to go on sale later this year finally offers automatic emergency braking, a telescoping steering wheel, and a rearview camera. Oh, and there's more power. Don't worry, enthusiasts. MORE: Read our review of the 2018 Mazda MX-5...
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2019 Jaguar I-Pace Vs. Tesla Model X 75D: Compare Electric Cars

Wed, 06/20/2018 - 12:11
It's said comparison is the thief of joy. We're here to steal the joy from Tesla Model X fans. The 2019 Jaguar I-Pace is a better electric car, though the Tesla still has a superior charging infrastructure at its back. We give the extraordinary new I-Pace a 9.4 out of 10, compared to the Model X's score of 7.7, which will be recalculated and may...
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Korean brands top latest J.D. Power new-car quality study

Wed, 06/20/2018 - 11:00
A study released Wednesday by J.D. Power found that while the number of problems reported by new-car drivers during the first year of ownership declined last year, consumers continue to find fault with advanced connectivity features in their vehicles. In the 2018 J.D. Power Initial Quality Study, Genesis came in first place with 68 problems...
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2019 Honda Insight first drive: relief in a rising sea

Wed, 06/20/2018 - 05:01
Consider us as proverbial frogs, adrift in the rising oceans and paying nickels, dimes, and quarters more for gallons of the same gasoline every time we go to the pump. Impervious to the slow march toward $5 a gallon again, we’ll march happily along in crossovers and pickups until our credit cards boil over in exhaustion. Gas can’t get...
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2019 Honda Insight hybrid sedan costs $23,725 to start

Wed, 06/20/2018 - 05:01
When it goes on sale later this month, the 2019 Honda Insight hybrid sedan will start at $23,725 the automaker announced Wednesday. That price is for a base Insight LX that includes 16-inch alloy wheels, a 5.0-inch display for audio, Bluetooth connectivity, LED headlights, cloth upholstery and a suite of active safety features that includes...
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2019 Honda Insight

Wed, 06/20/2018 - 05:01
Forget what you may remember about the Honda Insight. The 2019 Honda Insight is the third generation hybrid to wear the “Insight” name but shares little in common with its direct predecessors. The newest Insight takes competent bones passed down from the Civic and adds grown-up looks cribbed from the Accord. The Insight earns a 6.8...
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2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 23:01
The 2019 Mercedes C-Class runs deep with upgrades, but a quick glance won’t reveal many of them. Most tuck in under the skin, and that works out beautifully, since the C-Class never met a handsome angle it didn’t like. In C300 or AMG C43 spec (with AMG C63 yet to come), the 2019 C-Class flourishes with a new base engine, and revamped...
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Apple nabs ex-Google Waymo engineer to boost its self-driving car efforts

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 19:04
Self-driving car development in Silicon Valley is starting to feel like a game of autonomous musical chairs. The Information reported Friday that Apple hired Jaime Waydo, senior self-driving car engineer away from Google’s Waymo unit. The news comes not long after news that Apple and VW will collaborate on a self-driving van set to transport...
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2019 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, Pikes Peak, Tesla Model 3 AWD: What's New @ The Car Connection

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 15:30
2019 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter first drive: generational shift, but as useful as ever When you consider that new-car life cycles are usually measured in years, not decades, it seems silly to describe new models as “generations.” The Mercedes-Benz Sprinter is an exception: the 2019 Sprinter is only the third generation of...
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2019 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter first drive: generational shift, but as useful as ever

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 15:00
When you consider that new-car life cycles are usually measured in years, not decades, it seems silly to describe new models as “generations.” The Mercedes-Benz Sprinter is an exception: the 2019 Sprinter is only the third generation of Mercedes-Benz’s flagship van since its introduction in 1995, and the first new iteration in...
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Kia Niro hybrid earns Top Safety Pick+ award

Sat, 06/16/2018 - 12:00
The IIHS said last week that the 2018 Kia Niro is among the safest cars it has tested, at least when equipped with optional active-safety gear and headlights. The insurance industry-funded crash-testers found that the Niro and Niro Plug-In Hybrid both have a strong safety structure and they hold occupants in place well during a crash. Importantly...
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2019 BMW M850i xDrive brings back the '90s

Fri, 06/15/2018 - 18:30
The dream of the 1990s is alive in Munich. Thirty years after the original BMW 8-Series replaced the shark-nosed BMW 6-Series, the 2019 BMW M850i xDrive unveiled Friday at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in France takes the place of the automaker's recently discontinued 6-Series coupe. The new 8-Series revives an historic nameplate, but it looks toward...
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2019 Jaguar I-Pace, Racing brakes, Ford's new taxis: What's New @ The Car Connection

Fri, 06/15/2018 - 15:30
2019 Jaguar I-Pace Review The 2019 Jaguar I-Pace marks a moment in time. When the first copies find a home in American garages this fall, the I-Pace will be the first real challenger to the Model S and Model X. And then, Tesla’s control over the future narrative of electric-car adoption will end. Volvo to invest in lidar company for its...
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Learn these 8 basics about towing before hitching up

Fri, 06/15/2018 - 13:00
Summer is here, and that means it’s time to break out boats, jet skis, and four wheelers. Those fun machines won’t get to the lake or the trail on their own. GM says that its research indicates about three-quarters of all light-duty pickup owners actually put their trucks to work towing things. Of those, nearly a third tow more than...
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