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Self-driving car pioneers link up to study "human impact" of driverless future
2019 Volvo S60Millions of jobs could be eliminated by driverless cars in the future. A newly formed organization announced Tuesday—The Partnership for Transportation Innovation and Opportunity (PTIO)—combines the forces of the major firms building and testing on self-driving cars with the intention of studying the "human impact" of driverless cars...
Volvo begins delivering cars through its subscription program
2019 Volvo XC40A 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...
Self-driving Volvo XC90 crossover SUV planned for 2021
2018 Volvo XC90Volvo 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. Volvo Senior Vice President 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...
Colorado squares off against EPA, will adopt California's stringent vehicle emissions rules
Colorado license platesCalifornia'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...
2019 Volvo S60 Preview
2019 Volvo S60The 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...
2019 Volvo S60 luxury sedan first look: Carolina on its mind
2019 Volvo S60 Reveal in South CarolinaThe 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...
Quality survey, 2019 Mercedes C300 and C43 driven, 2019 Honda Insight review: What's New @ The Car Connection
2018 Genesis G90Korean 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...
Updates bring more power, active-safety gear to 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata
2019 Mazda MX-5 MiataThe 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...
2019 Jaguar I-Pace Vs. Tesla Model X 75D: Compare Electric Cars
2019 Jaguar I-Pace SIt'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...
Korean brands top latest J.D. Power new-car quality study
2018 Genesis G90A 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...
2019 Honda Insight first drive: relief in a rising sea
2019 Honda InsightConsider 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...
2019 Honda Insight hybrid sedan costs $23,725 to start
2019 Honda InsightWhen 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...
2019 Honda Insight
2019 Honda InsightForget 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...
2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class
2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class (C43 sedan)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...
Apple nabs ex-Google Waymo engineer to boost its self-driving car efforts
Appleā€™s self-driving system atop a Lexus RX - Image via MacCallister HigginsSelf-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...