Mustang Shelby GT500 to include two 3D-printed brake parts

The automaker showed off its 135,000-square-foot Advanced Manufacturing Center, where roughly 100 workers use augmented and virtual reality, robotics, digital manufacturing and 3D printing to hone Ford’s vehicle-building processes DETROIT — Ford Motor Co.’s upcoming Mustang Shelby GT500, which will be revealed next month at the Detroit auto show, will be made with two 3D-printed […]

2019 Volvo V60 station wagon to cost $39,895

The Volvo V60 station wagon costs $39,895 and is now available for order as a crossover SUV alternative.  The V60’s base trim level, Momentum, includes a host of high-end features $40,000. Buyers will receive a front-wheel-drive V60 with a 250-horsepower 2.0-liter turbo-4 engine, a suite of active safety features, panoramic sunroof, power tailgate, and an 8.0-inch […]

Mercedes holds its lead over BMW in U.S. luxury race

Despite an anemic 0.6 percent increase in November U.S. sales, Mercedes-Benz remained No. 1 among luxury brands last month. Mercedes sold 31,022 vehicles in the month, excluding commercial vans. Sales by No. 2 BMW inched 1 percent higher to 28,330 vehicles in November. Lexus sales fell 2.5 percent to 26,446. Audi’s deliveries fell 11 percent […]

Headlights improving, but you’ll pay for better tech

More new vehicles than ever offer headlights that create safer situations at night, but the IIHS found consumers will often have to pay more better visibility. A study from the insurance industry-funded independent safety body found 32 new cars and trucks offer “Good” headlights as the best-available units. Further, 58 models offer “Acceptable” units as […]

Nissan says Saikawa reported crime; others say it’s more complex

Carlos Ghosn, accused of improperly reporting his compensation, was being held in the Tokyo Detention House. TOKYO — As Carlos Ghosn sits in a cramped Japanese jail with the fate of his global auto empire in limbo, two conflicting scenarios are emerging to explain the stunning upheaval. The first — the official story laid out […]

What’s New @ The Car Connection

Volvo issues recall for GPS-equipped models over lack of crash location Volvo has issued a new recall for a slew of models equipped a GPS antenna. In the event of a crash, the GPS antenna may not relay a crash location, which can inhibit an emergency response, according to documents filed with the NHTSA earlier […]

Kia will return to Super Bowl for 10th straight year

Kia’s 2018 spot featured Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler kicking a Kia Stinger in reverse. Photo credit: KIA Kia will extend its Super Bowl ad streak to 10 years. A spokesman for the auto brand confirmed Kia’s return. The ad will be handled by U.S. agency-of-record David & Goliath, but the automaker declined to confirm other […]

Level 5 self-driving car could happen by 2021

The self-driving car industry is flush with optimism, and the latest dose comes from German brand BMW. The company said it believes it could have a Level 5 self-driving car ready by 2021. Klaus Froehlich, BMW Group Board of Management, told Motor Authority at the 2018 LA Auto Show on Wednesday that BMW will be […]

Judge gives preliminary OK to VW’s $48M settlement with investors

UPDATED: 11/30/2018 4:57 pm ET – adds VW statement WASHINGTON — A U.S. judge in California granted preliminary approval to a $48 million settlement for investors who said Volkswagen AG made false and misleading statements over excess diesel emissions. Lawyers for the investors, who include police and other municipal pension funds, had estimated that the […]

Big SUV doesn’t fall far from family tree

The 2020 Hyundai Palisade crossover SUV that appeared Wednesday is a new name from the automaker, even if it’s not a new idea. The three-row crossover that made its debut at the 2018 LA Auto Show takes over as the full-size family rig from Hyundai for the outgoing Santa Fe XL, which also had three rows […]