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Toyota to replace 65,000 defective Takata airbag inflators

Thu, 12/13/2018 - 15:35
Toyota on Wednesday issued a follow-up recall to replace defective Takata airbag inflators—again—on 65,000 This time, however, Toyota said that it will replace the inflators with new units produced by another third-party supplier. The automaker announced the recall on Wednesday, which affects certain 2003-2005 model year Corolla...
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Honda Pilot recall, Millennials and classic cars, 2019 Toyota Prius e-AWD driven: What's New @ The Car Connection

Thu, 12/13/2018 - 15:30
2019 Honda Pilot, Ridgeline recalled over airbag issue The 2019 Honda Ridgeline and 2019 Honda Pilot are subject to a new recall over concerns that their side-curtain airbags may not deploy properly. US DoT grants $25M to help BMW's South Carolina plant A new grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation will directly benefit logistics at BMW's...
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US DoT grants $25M to help BMW's South Carolina plant

Thu, 12/13/2018 - 13:42
A new grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation will directly benefit logistics at BMW's South Carolina production plant. Automotive News (subscription required) reported on Wednesday that $25 million will be funneled into an intermodal project in Greer, South Carolina, to expand the Port Authority's lead railroad tracks and extend rails...
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Hertz partners with Clear to streamline car rentals

Thu, 12/13/2018 - 11:00
Car rental giant Hertz and TSA PreCheck rival Clear have partnered to make the rental car counter a less stressful stop for travelers. On Tuesday, the two companies announced the Hertz Fast Lane powered by Clear to speed up the rental process with facial recognition. Clear has rolled out its facial recognition services at many airports in the U.S...
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2019 Honda Pilot, Ridgeline recalled over airbag issue

Wed, 12/12/2018 - 15:35
The 2019 Honda Ridgeline and 2019 Honda Pilot are subject to a new recall over concerns that their side-curtain airbags may not deploy properly. In documents filed with the NHTSA in late November and published this week, the automaker said the pillar mounting holes in both the Pilot and Ridgeline may be larger than intended. If the holes are too...
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2019 Ford Ranger mpg, 2019 BMW 3-Series driven, VW and Audi electric cars: What's New @ The Car Connection

Wed, 12/12/2018 - 15:30
2019 Ford Ranger pickup truck to be rated as high as 23 mpg combined, Ford says According to Ford, the 2019 Ranger mid-size pickup truck will return best-in-class fuel economy for gasoline-powered trucks. The automaker said on Tuesday the 2019 Ranger is estimated to return 21 mpg city, 26 mpg highway, and 23 mpg combined. Three-cylinder powered...
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2019 Ford Ranger pickup truck to be rated as high as 23 mpg combined, Ford says

Wed, 12/12/2018 - 12:52
According to Ford, the 2019 Ranger mid-size pickup truck will return best-in-class fuel economy for gasoline-powered trucks. The automaker said on Tuesday the 2019 Ranger is estimated to return 21 mpg city, 26 mpg highway, and 23 mpg combined. Those figures are for a two-wheel-drive Ranger, while the four-wheel-drive model predictably returns...
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2019 Ford Expedition

Wed, 12/12/2018 - 12:25
The 2019 Ford Expedition is a category-killer. It weds excellent performance with pure and clean styling and substantial cargo and people space, whether in standard or long-wheelbase Expedition Max form. Offered in XLT, Limited, and Platinum trim, we give the 2019 Expedition a 6.3 out of 10, with strong scores in utility and safety, and...
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2019 Ford EcoSport

Wed, 12/12/2018 - 12:24
The 2019 Ford EcoSport is the smallest of six crossover SUVs sold with the blue oval badge. Distinct from the compact Escape, the EcoSport doesn’t offer very good value compared to that larger, slightly more expensive vehicle. The EcoSport’s a dated design sold around the world long before it made it to the U.S., and it shows in its...
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2019 Ford Explorer

Wed, 12/12/2018 - 12:24
The 2019 Ford Explorer tackles family life well. The popular Explorer makes its way onto just about every three-row crossover SUV shopping list, and with good reason. It’s roomy, rides well, and offers some standout features. Yet the 2019 Explorer’s basic design is showing its age, now nearly a decade into its life cycle. A new model...
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2019 Ford Transit

Wed, 12/12/2018 - 12:23
The 2019 Ford Transit is truth in advertising. It’s a cargo or passenger van with a straightforward look—it’s about what’s inside, not outside. It earns a 4.0 on our overall scale, which is about average for commercial-oriented vans. (Read more about how we rate cars.) This year, the Transit is unchanged from last year...
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2019 Ford Escape

Wed, 12/12/2018 - 12:23
The 2019 Ford Escape lives in a household full of bro-dozers and brute-utes, and somehow it thrives. The sleek, hatchback-ish crossover sells hundreds of thousands of copies a year, and we think we know why. Sold in S, SE, SEL, and Titanium trim, the 2019 Escape can and wants to be driven like a hot hatch, so long as you order the frothy engine...
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2019 Ford F-150

Wed, 12/12/2018 - 12:23
The 2019 Ford F-150 proves that the title of “best-selling” doesn’t have to mean “sellout.” The F-150 makes few compromises on its way to excellent towing, comfort, and safety; it’s the best among full-size trucks in those regards. It didn’t choose the luxury-wagon life, but in King Ranch and Limited trim...
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2019 Ford Taurus

Wed, 12/12/2018 - 12:21
We all forget a thing or two, so perhaps we should forgive Ford for dropping the ball on its full-size sedan. The 2019 Ford Taurus has been around for a while. The current model debuted 10 years ago, and even then its bones were derived from a decade-old Volvo platform. The years have not been kind to the Taurus, which is likely to disappear...
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Three-cylinder powered Ford Focus recalled for clutch slip and transmission fluid leak

Wed, 12/12/2018 - 11:00
Ford Focus models powered by the automaker's inline-3 engine and mated to a 6-speed manual transmission are subject to a new recall. In documents filed with the NHTSA in late November and published this week, Ford said the models could experience a clutch fracture, which can cause a transmission fluid leak. The presence of transmission fluid near...
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Mercedes-Benz recalls number of models over non-functioning seatbelt tensioners

Tue, 12/11/2018 - 15:35
Mercedes-Benz has recalled some of its brand new models to address faulty address sensors which may cause seatbelt tensioners to not function. In documents filed with the NHTSA last month that were published this week, Mercedes-Benz said it will recall 5,433 vehicles to fix seatbelts that may not register when an occupant buckles in. The sensor...
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Lyft's awards, Porsche Macan driven, Tesla self-driving cars: What's New @ The Car Connection

Tue, 12/11/2018 - 15:30
Lyft recognizes its most popular destinations in major cities Ride-share giant Lyft is keeping track of where its customers go. On Monday, it released a list of the most popular destinations in some of America's biggest cities. Meet the woman who drove a 2013 Hyundai Elantra 1 million miles Most owners celebrate when their car's odometer turns...
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2019 Ram 1500

Tue, 12/11/2018 - 12:56
The 2019 Ram 1500 pickup truck wants to be more than just a trusted hauler. With its roomy, refined interior and its choice of engine options, the 2019 Ram is the most livable full-size pickup on the market today. We rate it 5.8 out of 10 overall, with some caveats. For one, we haven’t driven the new mild-hybrid V-6 and V-8 engines. For...
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2019 Ram ProMaster City

Tue, 12/11/2018 - 12:55
The 2019 Ram ProMaster City doesn’t have time for our clever analysis—there’s work to do. Normally, it’s a small cargo van (sometimes a small passenger van) destined for a rough-and-tumble life wherever it goes. With seats up front and a box in back, it wasn’t built to shine on our scale that prefers passenger cars...
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2019 Ram ProMaster

Tue, 12/11/2018 - 12:55
The 2019 Ram ProMaster pares its available engine lineup down to one this year: a gas-powered V-6 that’s used throughout the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles family. Less isn’t more here. The Ram ProMaster rates 3.0 on our overall scale because it was never going to do well. It’s not built like passenger cars, our rating scale was...
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