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2019 Chevrolet Impala, Cadillac CT6 sedans get brief stay of execution

2019 Chevrolet ImpalaGeneral Motors said Friday that it won't discontinue two of its full-size sedans this summer as the automaker had originally planned. The big cars will continue to be built until early next year instead. Last fall, GM said that it planned to close its Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant in Michigan this summer. The automaker said in a statement that...

Refreshed 2020 Volvo XC90 crossover SUV adds Android Auto, rear captain's chairs

2020 Volvo XC90The 2020 Volvo XC90 set to make its public debut at next month's 2019 Geneva Motor Show doesn't deviate much from the current model, but it gains some worthwhile tech and adds second-row captain's chairs to its roster of options. Volvo unveiled the 2020 XC90 Friday and confirmed to The Car Connection that it will go on sale later this year in the...

States moving to penalize distracted drivers more, even though the cost is already too great

Joel Feldman holds up a picture of his daughter, CaseyCasey Feldman planned the summer between her junior and senior years at Fordham University on the New Jersey shore, working the last “non-aggravation” job she wanted as a young adult. The aspiring reporter racked up internships at newspapers, bylines at local papers and Philadelphia Style magazine. She was her school newspaper’s...

IIHS begins evaluating how effectively cars automatically brake for pedestrians

IIHS automatic emergency braking for pedestrian protection testThe BMW X1 didn't even appear to slow down as it barreled toward a dummy on the IIHS' test track in Virginia. With a pop, the small crossover SUV plowed into the dummy, launching it into the air. Nine of 11 crossover SUVs tested by the IIHS had no problem automatically applying the brakes in enough time to avoid impact with pedestrians, the...

California senator aims to remove speed limits to build America's autobahn

California state capitol, SacramentoCalifornia could do away with speed limits in certain situations if a new bill introduced by an Orange County-area senator moves forward. State Sen. John M. W. Moorlach proposed Senate Bill 319 that would not only add two lanes to Interstate 5 and State Route 99, which connect the Los Angeles area to the Bay Area, but also would eliminate speed...