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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...

Ford may have overstated fuel economy figures, hires investigators

2017 Ford GT originally commissioned by John Cena - Image via Mecum AuctionsIn response to internal concerns that it may have overstated fuel economy and emissions figures, Ford said Thursday that it has hired an outside firm to conduct an investigation as to whether there was any wrongdoing with making its vehicles compliant with federal standards. The automaker's Group Vice President, Sustainability, Environment &...

Lyft's IPO, F1 race tech, Ford investigates fuel economy: What's New @ The Car Connection

Lyft car picking up a riderRide-hailing company Lyft could beat Uber to IPO Lyft could launch an initial public offering as soon as next week, The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday. Mercedes-Benz SLC roadster reaches end of the road After two decades, Mercedes-Benz is finally pulling the plug on its Mercedes-Benz SLC roadster. The automaker on Wednesday unveiled the...

2019 Jeep Renegade

2019 Jeep RenegadeThe 2019 Jeep Renegade is a compact crossover SUV with the chunky details and a boxy shape to drive home the brand’s woodsy heritage. With the Renegade, Jeep persona goes deeper than the surface on rugged Trailhawk trims. It's a capable performer off-road but requires compromises—such as rear space and noisy engine—to everyday...