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Non-profit petitions feds to reject GM's steering wheel-less car exemption request

Chevrolet Bolt EV Cruise Automation test mule in San FranciscoIn a petition to the NHTSA, the Center for Automotive Safety said that General Motors would use "unsuspecting motorists or pedestrians as guinea pigs" if the automaker is allowed to test self-driving cars without steering wheels or pedals on public roads. The non-profit advocacy group claimed Monday in a release that both the automaker and the...

2019 VW GTI earns Top Safety Pick award

2018 Volkswagen Golf GTIThe sporty 2019 Volkswagen GTI hatchback earned top marks in the latest IIHS crash tests and qualified for the organization's top award when equipped with extra-cost headlights and collision-prevention gear. The 2019 GTI earned "Good" ratings in every crash test, save for an "Acceptable" in the passenger-side small overlap front test. Those score...

The Car Connection's Best Performing Cars of 2019

2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1Punches were thrown. Names were taken. Integrity, honesty, and parentage were all called into question. The Car Connection’s best-performing cars draws deep divisions among our staff like whether a taco is technically a sandwich. (Eds note: It is and suggesting otherwise should be a felony if it isn’t already.) Nearly 300 cars were...

The Car Connection's Safest New Cars of 2019

Lincoln Continental crashSafety isn’t usually the first priority on car buyers’ lists—until it is. Those of us lucky enough to escape a serious crash can’t forget how vital passenger protection can be in a crash. We seek out the safest new cars because we can’t imagine life without them. This year, the top cars on our list for safety all have...

Chrysler Pacifica recalled, 2020 Land Rover Discovery Sport unveiled, Tesla value comparison: What's New @ The Car Connection

2019 Chrysler PacificaNearly 200K Chrysler Pacifica minivans recalled over power steering loss risk Fiat Chrysler Automobiles said Friday that it will recall almost 200,000 2017-2019 Chrysler Pacifica minivans to remedy an electrical wiring fault that may affect the vehicles' power steering systems. Michigan lawmaker proposes taking parallel parking out of driving test...