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Latest news, reviews, and more from around the High Gear Media network of sites
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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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Drones could someday fix potholes overnight

Thu, 06/14/2018 - 23:13
A new technology under development in the U.K. makes use of drones and 3-D printing to quickly repair potholes. Wait, what? The process involves a pair of drones, one that searches for cracks and potholes overnight and another dispatched by the first drone to patch the roadway with 3-D printed asphalt. The Telegraph reported Monday that some fixes...
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Volvo to invest in lidar company for its self-driving car tech

Thu, 06/14/2018 - 17:24
A California company that produces lidar, the technology at the forefront of self-driving car development, said Thursday that Volvo will make a "significant" investment in its operations. Speaking with Automotive News, Volvo research and design chief Henrik Green didn't reveal details of the size and scope of the automaker's investment in Palo...
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2019 GMC Yukon, Hummer H1 reboot, Byton Level 4 self-driving sedan: What's New @ The Car Connection

Thu, 06/14/2018 - 15:30
2019 GMC Yukon Graphite Edition packs underhood punch Graphite is the new black, at least at GMC. On Monday, the truck maker revealed its 2019 GMC Yukon Graphite Edition and Graphite Performance Edition packages that follow in the footsteps of the 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe Custom Edition. Toyota invests $1B in Uber's Asian ride-share rival Toyota on...
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2019 GMC Yukon Graphite Edition packs underhood punch

Wed, 06/13/2018 - 20:11
Graphite is the new black, at least at GMC. On Monday, the truck maker revealed its 2019 GMC Yukon Graphite Edition and Graphite Performance Edition packages that follow in the footsteps of the 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe Custom Edition. With the 2019 Yukon, buyers have the the option of going with the regular Graphite Edition which features a long list...
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Toyota invests $1B in Uber's Asian ride-share rival

Wed, 06/13/2018 - 14:16
Toyota on Tuesday pumped $1 billion into Grab, the Singapore-based ride-sharing firm that bought out one-time rival Uber in Southeast Asia. The investment makes Toyota the largest global automaker involved in ride-sharing. By comparison, GM has invested about $500 million in Lyft in the U.S. MORE: Uber costs less than driving in some cities In the...
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Updated 2018 Infiniti QX30 adds safety tech, reshuffles trim levels

Tue, 06/12/2018 - 18:36
With just a few months left in the model year, the 2018.5 Infiniti QX30 has been treated to a number of tweaks highlighted by additional standard active-safety gear. CarsDirect reported Monday that the QX30 subcompact luxury crossover SUV now comes standard with automatic emergency braking. Previously, automatic emergency braking was a pricey...
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Crossover SUV crash-test discrepancies, Byton concept sedan, VW quantum computing: What's New @ The Car Connection

Tue, 06/12/2018 - 15:30
Jeep Grand Cherokee, Ford Explorer flunk passenger-side crash test Two of the most popular crossover SUVs for families don't provide nearly the same protection for front-seat passengers as they do for drivers, the IIHS said Tuesday. Improved headlights net 2019 Mini Cooper IIHS Top Safety Pick award All it took was a revised headlight design to...
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Improved headlights net 2019 Mini Cooper IIHS Top Safety Pick award

Tue, 06/12/2018 - 14:12
All it took was a revised headlight design to earn the 2019 Mini Cooper two-door Top Safety Pick accolades from the IIHS after the 2018 model missed out on the award, the insurance industry-funded safety group said Monday. Not every 2019 Cooper earns the award. Buyers will need to pay extra for optional equipment to upgrade the car with automatic...
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Jeep Grand Cherokee, Ford Explorer flunk passenger-side crash test

Tue, 06/12/2018 - 05:01
Two of the most popular crossover SUVs for families don't provide nearly the same protection for front-seat passengers as they do for drivers, the IIHS said Tuesday. In its demanding passenger-side small-overlap crash test, the IIHS bestowed "Poor" ratings on the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee and 2018 Ford Explorer. By comparison, the two crossover...
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Kia recall, 2019 Chevrolet Spark, Porsche Taycan: What's New @ The Car Connection

Mon, 06/11/2018 - 15:30
Kia recalls 508,000 vehicles over airbags that may not deploy A faulty control unit that could prevent airbags from deploying in the event of a wreck has prompted Kia to recall 508,000 2010 through 2013 model year vehicles, the automaker said last week. 2019 Chevrolet Spark Review Some cars are honest about their intentions. Not the 2019 Chevrolet...
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Kia recalls 508,000 vehicles over airbags that may not deploy

Mon, 06/11/2018 - 14:33
A faulty control unit that could prevent airbags from deploying in the event of a wreck has prompted Kia to recall 508,000 2010 through 2013 model year vehicles, the automaker said last week. Kia said in a government filing that the airbag control unit, which tells the airbag and the seat belt pretensioners when to activate, could be "susceptible...
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2019 Hyundai Ioniq

Sun, 06/10/2018 - 18:41
The 2019 Hyundai Ioniq builds further on the automaker’s green credentials. The Ioniq is relatively unchanged from last year’s car, but Hyundai has added some needed standard active safety features to the Hybrid SEL trim level. We’ve rated the 2019 Ioniq 6.0 out of 10, with extra points awarded for its strong green scores and...
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2019 Chevrolet Spark

Sun, 06/10/2018 - 01:08
Some cars are honest about their intentions. Not the 2019 Chevrolet Spark. The five-door minicar that could, the 2019 Spark is offered in a bevy of trim levels and bursts with personality. It’s a cheap car that doesn’t want to be lumped with other transportation appliances. It has its virtues, but also its compromises. Overall, we rate...
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2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross review update: 8-bit in a 4k world

Fri, 06/08/2018 - 15:54
If you're old enough to remember when Mitsubishi built cars in the U.S., then the very idea of the 2018 Eclipse Cross might seem like heresy. Eclipses are Diamond-Stars, have hatchback bodies and turbo motors and... Wait. The Eclipse Cross has all those things, it's just delivered a couple of feet higher in the air. So much for heresy. A spin-off...
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Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross review, Nissan Kicks driven, Porsche Cayenne coupe: What's New @ The Car Connection

Fri, 06/08/2018 - 15:30
2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross review update: 8-bit in a 4k world If you're old enough to remember when Mitsubishi built cars in the U.S., then the very idea of the 2018 Eclipse Cross is heresy. Eclipses are Diamond-Stars, have hatchback bodies and turbo motors and... 2018 Nissan Kicks first drive: the used-car alternative Tasked with spending...
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2018 Nissan Kicks first drive: the used-car alternative

Fri, 06/08/2018 - 12:00
Tasked with spending $20,000 on a transportation, most shoppers head to the classifieds. The 2018 Nissan Kicks wants to be the antidote to a used Honda CR-V or Ford Escape. It wafts its eau du voiture nouveau toward budget-conscious shoppers, luring them away from the pre-owned lot to the main showroom, the one with free popcorn and hot dogs for...
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