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Waymo heads to Atlanta, Jeep Grand Commander, Byton electric SUV: What’s New @ The Car Connection
Waymo trains self-driving cars to identify emergency vehiclesWaymo to test self-driving cars in Atlanta Waymo is already testing its self-driving technology everywhere from the high-tech, artificial town of Castle, California, to the trying Michigander winter, to the leisurely suburb of Chandler, Arizona, where its cars drive themselves without an engineer in the driver’s seat as a failsafe. Now, it...
Peugeot, Citroen eye return to U.S. with new Atlanta HQ
2017 Peugeot 3008PSA Group, the French parent company of Peugeot and Citroen brands, is reportedly making Atlanta, Georgia, the home of their U.S. headquarters as part of a bid to return to this market after decades away. Though PSA representatives didn't comment on an Automotive News report, the trade journal states that the company has already started hiring...
Waymo to test self-driving cars in Atlanta
Waymo self-driving prototypeWaymo is already testing its self-driving technology everywhere from the high-tech, artificial town of Castle, California, to the trying Michigander winter, to the leisurely suburb of Chandler, Arizona, where its cars drive themselves without an engineer in the driver’s seat as a failsafe. Now, it faces a new frontier: Atlanta...
Here's how a 25 cent gas tax increase could affect you
Fuel pumpLast week, the United States Chamber of Commerce proposed a 25 cent increase in the so-called gas tax. The rise would represent a 135 percent increase over the current 18.5 cent tax, which was implemented a full quarter century ago in 1993. Since then, most states have raised their own fuel tax rates, and myriad business leaders, from Ford to...
2018 Toyota Sienna
2018 Toyota SiennaThe 2018 Toyota Sienna has a familiar minivan shape and mission, but its new shape and unique features separate the van from the clan—maybe that's the plan? Last year, the Sienna's upgrades were largely confined to spaces you couldn't see: a new engine and transmission. This year's upgrades are all about what we can see: a new front bumper...
2018 Toyota C-HR
2018 Toyota C-HRThe 2018 Toyota C-HR is a small hatchback that its maker calls a crossover, despite the lack of all-wheel drive. Originally intended for the now-defunct Scion brand, it’s a well-equipped and highly stylized five-door that rides higher than most other cars of its size. The C-HR comes in just two trim levels, XLE and XLE Premium, and its sole...
2018 Smart Fortwo
2018 Smart Fortwo 10th Anniversary EditionAfter launching a redesigned Smart car a couple of years ago, owner Mercedes-Benz has radically simplified the 2018 Smart Fortwo lineup: it’s available as a coupe or a Cabrio soft-top, but only with a battery-electric powertrain. There’s no longer a gasoline option available. It now comes in three trim levels—Pure, Passion, and...
2018 Mercedes-Benz SLC-Class
2018 Mercedes-Benz SLC-Class (Mercedes-AMG SLC43)The 2018 Mercedes-Benz SLC might be more familiar under its old moniker, SLK. It’s still the same idea, and virtually the same car, though some mild updates have been recently applied. We think the Mercedes SLC 300 and the uprated AMG SLC43 still are charming two-doors worthy of consideration if you’re interested in a Z4, or in a...
2018 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class
2018 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class (CLS 550)The 2018 Mercedes-Benz CLS is on the warning track. This will be the final year it’s available in this form–a new model will go on sale for the 2019 model year. The CLS-Class earns a good outgoing score of 7.2 on our overall scale. (Read more about how we rate cars.) When it was new in 2006, the CLS defined the so-called...
2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class
2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class (Mercedes-AMG GLE43 SUV)The 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE doesn’t worry so much about the off-road package it no longer offers, or the world-plundering capability of some British SUVs that rival it in price. It’s a family wagon, first and foremost, and a very good one. With the GLE, Mercedes has crafted an American-built answer to the likes of the Acura MDX and the...
2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class
2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC Class (Mercedes-AMG GLC63 SUV)Mercedes-Benz has built lovely sedans since the very beginning of the automotive age, but it’s adapted well to the SUV era. It has five of them now, and one of the better ones is this. The 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class is the C-Class for most of us, whether it’s a GLC 300, a GLC43 AMG, or a GLC63. Four doors? Plus one, in fact, and...
2018 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class
2018 Mercedes-Benz SL-ClassThat the 2018 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class is a popular pick for mid-lifers pondering their futures may be a small coincidence. The big, comfortable Benz has a similar predicament in the automaker’s lineup. The newest AMG GT does superlative speed more competently, the new S-Class coupes and convertibles do cruising nearly better than the...
2018 Mercedes-Benz Metris
2018 Mercedes-Benz MetrisWalk into a Mercedes-Benz showroom and the 2018 Metris is perhaps the vehicle you’d last expect to see. The 2018 Mercedes-Benz Metris is a smaller, commercial-oriented van available in passenger and cargo configurations. Available in fleet-oriented Worker and more configurable standard configurations, the Metris was designed primarily for...
2018 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class
2018 Mercedes-Benz CLA-ClassThe 2018 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class serves as the most affordable luxury model from the brand and also as a statement for what entry luxury cars can be nowadays. Its looks punch above its starting price, but the Mercedes-Benz CLA250 doesn’t stay affordable for long—many of the features luxury buyers would want on the CLA don’t come...
2018 Mercedes-Benz AMG GT
2018 Mercedes-Benz AMG GT RoadsterMercedes-Benz’s AMG division has set its three-pointed sights on the world’s serious sports cars, supercars, and even racing cars with its 2018 AMG GT lineup. This year, Mercedes fleshes out the range even further, which begins with the touring-oriented AMG GT and works its way through GT S, GT C, and track-ready GT R variants. GT and...