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2019 Toyota Avalon first drive: full-size sedan with a sassy chassis
2019 Toyota AvalonFirst, the Toyota Avalon came for old luxury buyers with old-school ideas. It had stretch-out space, comfortable ride, and it was quiet like the No. 17 tee box at Sawgrass. Then it came for the rest of us. Lagging racier competitors, including the Nissan Maxima, the Avalon looks to shed a stodgy image for a younger, spicier audience. The 2019...
2019 Toyota Avalon
2019 Toyota AvalonThe 2019 Toyota Avalon trims its sails and heads for more adventurous waters this year. The full-size sedan has sportier looks now, and most of the hardware to match. It’s longer and lower than the outgoing version, and its superlative interior space hasn’t changed. A 9.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay compatibility is standard on...
Cadillac shakeup, Jaguar F-Type, Maybach SUV concept: What's New @ The Car Connection
2019 Cadillac CT6, 2018 New York auto showCadillac shake up: division chief out, strategy could shift General Motors announced Wednesday what could be the beginning of a major shift for its Cadillac luxury division—starting from the top down. 2019 Jaguar F-Type Review The 2019 Jaguar F-Type defines beauty without beastliness. This shapely two-door, available as a coupe or as a...
Swipe no more: Chevrolets now available with i-car payment for Shell gas
Shell gas payment in a 2018 ChevroletDrivers of certain newer Chevrolet vehicles can now tap away at their vehicle's infotainment screen to pay for gas while they remain behind the wheel, eliminating the need to swipe a credit card. Most 2017 and newer Chevrolet vehicles now feature a Shell icon in their infotainment systems' Markeplace app. A tap of that icon generates a code that...
Ford F-150 diesel, Jaguar XE and XF 300 Sport, Fast charging stations for electric cars: What’s New @ The Car Connection
2018 Ford F-150 Power Stroke2018 Ford F-150 Power Stroke Diesel rated at 30 mpg highway, with a big catch A new turbodiesel V-6 gives the rear-wheel drive 2018 Ford F-150 Power Stroke Diesel fuel economy akin to a mid-size sedan, but the four-wheel drive version is much thirstier. Congress likely to repeal consumer protection regulation for auto loans An Obama-era regulation...
2018 Ford F-150 Power Stroke Diesel rated at 30 mpg highway, with a big catch
2018 Ford F-150 Power StrokeA new turbodiesel V-6 gives the rear-wheel drive 2018 Ford F-150 Power Stroke Diesel fuel economy akin to a mid-size sedan, but the four-wheel drive version is much thirstier. Ford said Thursday that the EPA rates the rear-wheel-drive diesel pickup at: 22 mpg city, 30 highway, 25 combined. The four-wheel drive one comes in at just 20/25/22 mpg, a...
Congress likely to repeal consumer protection regulation for auto loans
Auto loanAn Obama-era regulation designed to prevent unnecessary interest-rate hikes on auto loans may be gone soon. On Tuesday, the Senate approved a resolution to repeal guidance issued by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in 2013 designed to keep lenders from disproportionately charging minorities more for car loans. The measure is headed next to...
2018 BMW X3 aces crash tests, with caveats
2018 BMW X3 in IIHS crash-testingThe 2018 BMW X3 holds up well in crash tests, the IIHS said Tuesday when it awarded certain versions of the compact crossover SUV its Top Safety Pick+ award. Not every 2018 X3 sitting on a dealer's lot qualifies for the IIHS' top award, but all feature a strong body structure that performed well in front- and side-impact testing. It's what options...
Cadillac shake up: division chief out, strategy could shift
2019 Cadillac CT6, 2018 New York auto showGeneral Motors announced Wednesday what could be the beginning of a major shift for its Cadillac luxury division—starting from the top down. The automaker said that Johan de Nysschen, Cadillac's now-former president, has been replaced by GM Canada president Steve Carlisle. De Nysschen, who will leave the automaker immediately, made waves...
Eyes on the road (and you): Hyundai, Verisk team up to monitor drivers in effort to lower insurance costs
2019 Hyundai Santa Fe, 2018 New York auto showHyundai and data analytics provider Verisk have teamed up in an effort to lower car insurance premiums, the two announced Wednesday. The program, which will require drivers to consent to being monitored while they drive, will send Verisk driving behavior information compiled from Hyundai’s Blue Link connected car service. The driving data...
High octane push, 2019 Lexus ES, Chevy Bolt EV batteries: What’s New @ The Car Connection
Gas + Electricity sign: how long until we see this for highway rest stops?   [mockup: John Briggs]Citing fuel-economy benefits, automakers push for 95 octane gas Touting lower greenhouse gas emissions and higher fuel economy, Detroit's automakers want the U.S. to boost its octane. Tesla turns to local machine shops to fix parts before they're installed on new cars Struggling to meet production goals, Tesla is reportedly outsourcing repair of...
Citing fuel-economy benefits, automakers push for 91 octane gas
Audi brings Traffic Light Info system to Washington DCTouting lower greenhouse gas emissions and higher fuel economy, Detroit's automakers want the U.S. to boost its octane. GM, Ford, and FCA are working with the U.S. Council for Automotive Research on a plan to switch from the three octane choices at most pumps to just one: 91 octane. Such a move would put the U.S. in line with Europe, which uses a...
2019 Jaguar F-Type
2019 Jaguar F-TypeThe 2019 Jaguar F-Type defines beauty without beastliness. This shapely two-door, available as a coupe or as a convertible, has an engine and a transmission for nearly everyone and it splits the line between sports car and touring coupe. We rate the F-Type lineup at 7.0 out of 10 points for its generous customizability, its solid driving dynamics...
Sedans falling out of favor, Ram Rebel TRX on its way, Electric car fees: What’s New @ The Car Connection
2018 Chevrolet CruzeSlowing sedan demand forces GM to cut up to 1,500 jobs in Ohio It's a trend that shows no sign of slowing: consumers are ditching sedans in favor of crossover SUVs, and now it's affecting the workers who assemble sedans. Cadillac targets Lincoln, offers $10,000 discount on 2018 Escalade SUV Cadillac has put a price on loyalty: $10,000. That's the...
Tesla turns to local machine shops to fix parts before they're installed on new cars
2018 Tesla Model 3Struggling to meet production goals, Tesla is reportedly outsourcing repair of parts—brand new parts, that is—before they are installed on its electric cars. Just 30 minutes from Tesla’s main factory, a machine shop in San Jose, California, has racks stacked with Tesla parts waiting to be re-machined. MORE: Read our 2018 Tesla...