Category: CARS

SsangYong Musso review – a class leader, in its own special way 

The Rebel (silly names, I am assured, are a crucial part of pickup truck marketing) weighs in at £22,495 and comes with heated, ventilated front seats, a reversing camera and an 8-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Audi. The alloys are an inch bigger than those of the EX. But for £24,995 the Saracen…



2018 Hyundai Sonata Plug-In Hybrid price cut to $34,135

In an effort to spur sales amidst the onslaught of crossover SUVs, Hyundai on Thursday sliced the cost of its 2018 Sonata Plug-In Hybrid sedan by $1,350 to $34,135. MORE: 2018 Hyundai Accent, 2018 Kia Rio pass stringent IIHS crash test The top-tier Limited trim gets a price bump of $250 to $39,750 before adding…



Trump’s aim to forge ahead with auto tariffs could lead to higher car prices, international retaliation

President Donald Trump’s threat to levy a 20-25 percent tariff on cars imported to the U.S. if a trade deal with the European Union isn’t reached next week could result in a dramatic increase in new-car pricing and may lead to international retaliation. EU officials, including European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, and the president are…



BMW goes after Uber, expands ReachNew car-share app to include ride-sharing

BMW said Tuesday that its ReachNow car-sharing app will add the ability to book an Uber or Lyft-like ride-share, making it the first to merge the two services. The app allows members to reserve a car, snag a ride, or schedule a pick-up for later. MORE: Trump trade tirade threatens BMW, Mercedes-Benz business on a global…



Brose expects $5 million in costs this year from Trump’s tariffs

An example of Brose’s adjustable power console. Photo credit: Daniel Lb DETROIT — Brose Group CEO Kurt Sauernheimer and Brose North America President Frank Lubischer said they must be “flexible” when it comes to tariffs, which could cost the supplier $5 million this year. The executives also discussed with reporters strategies behind the company’s investment…



Ford recalling more than 500K Fusion sedans, Escape crossovers for rollaway risk

Ford announced Wednesday that it would recall more than half a million Fusion sedans and Escape crossovers built between 2013 and 2015 because of a faulty shift cable that could fail to park the car. The recall includes 2013-16 Ford Fusions and 2013-14 Ford Escapes. The automaker suggested that drivers use the parking brake in…



Mazda adds Apple CarPlay, Android Auto capability to global, but not US models

Mazda said last week that it will add Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability to some of its new cars—but American drivers will have to wait. New and existing global Mazdas fitted with the MZD Connect system will gain compatibility both services as an option beginning next month, but as for when Mazda plans to roll…



more safety features for $32,445

Sometimes price hikes are easy to justify. Case-in point: The 2019 Honda Pilot crossover SUV, which features a slew of additional safety gear and an updated infotainment system for about $550 more than last year. Honda announced Monday pricing for the updated 2019 Pilot lineup, which will start at $32,445 including a mandatory $995 destination…



Sonic warns of earnings hit on ‘lower’ BMW, Honda spiffs

Sonic Automotive Inc. on Tuesday warned that second-quarter and full-year earnings will suffer from an unexpected drop in new-vehicle gross profits at its BMW and Honda dealerships. Dealerships selling those brands “historically have represented approximately 40 percent of our store level profits,” Jeff Dyke, Sonic Automotive’s executive vice president of operations, said in a statement….



2019 Acura MDX gets modest sporty new trim, even more modest price bump

Three rows, seven or more seats, a 9-speed automatic, and an Acura badge will command at least $100 more Tuesday. The 2019 Acura MDX adds a new modest sporty appearance package, wider availability for its optional adjustable suspension, and a retuned automatic transmission for a humble fee, according to the automaker.  The 2019 Acura MDX…