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Kia Niro hybrid earns Top Safety Pick+ award

2018 Kia Niro Plug-In HybridThe 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

2019 BMW M850iThe 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

2019 Jaguar I-Pace2019 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

2018 GMC Sierra 1500 DenaliSummer 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

Volvo on pothole - flickr user comedy_noseA 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

2018 Volvo S90, V90, XC60 and XC90 T8 Twin EngineA 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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