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Parents Magazine and Edmunds Name The 10 Best Family Cars of 2018

NEW YORK, N.Y. — June 05, 2018 — Parents magazine and the car shopping experts from Edmunds today revealed their 2018 list of the 10 Best Family Cars, a reliable resource for families considering a new car purchase. For the 11th consecutive year, the parenting and car experts from both organizations partnered to evaluate more than 300 vehicles, narrowing down the list to the 10 models that offer the best value, safety features, driving performance, and family-friendly elements on the…

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New UK driving test: learner drivers now allowed on motorways

Learner drivers are now allowed to hone their skills on motorways in England, Scotland and Wales following a change in the law. The new rules, which came into effect on 4 June 2018, mean learners in a dual-control car with L-plates can practise driving on motorways, provided they’re under the supervision of an approved driving instructor. • How to get your driving licence The driving test is not being updated, though, so motorway driving will not be officially assessed come…

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Volvo North America CEO Anders Gustafsson Q&A

Volvo Cars of North America CEO Anders Gustafsson is less than a year into the job of transforming the carmaker’s continental operations, and he’s already learning to pace himself. “Profitability is not a sprint, it’s a marathon,” Gustafsson said. In March the Volvo XC40 crossover hit dealerships, and 2,483 have been sold through April. Volvo has introduced a subscription ownership model the company hopes will lure young buyers fed up with the complicated cost of vehicle ownership and limitations of…

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FCA plans new Jeep Grand Cherokee, midsize Ram, updted Alfa Romeos and an electric Maserati

Jeep’s Desert Hawk designation, expected by 2020, emphasizes high-speed sand capability. With another Fiat Chrysler Automobiles five-year plan now in the books, what are the major product-related takeaways for U.S. dealers? If the forecast comes to pass — and there are no guarantees, if FCA’s previous five-year plans are any guide — dealers will get a new three-row Jeep Grand Cherokee, a midsize Ram pickup, several new or updated Alfa Romeos, a Tesla-fighting Maserati coupe and a midsize Maserati plug-in…

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Honda confirms new Takata airbag rupture in fatal Malaysia crash

Honda Motor Co. on Friday confirmed that a Takata airbag inflator had ruptured in a fatal crash earlier this week in Malaysia in what appears to be the 23rd death worldwide linked to the faulty part that can emit deadly metal fragments. The Japanese automaker has previously confirmed 18 deaths since 2009 linked to the issue that sparked the largest auto industry recall in history, while Ford Motor Co. has reported two Takata inflator deaths. Three other crashes, including the…

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VW/AUDI: More lift from crossovers

Aided by new and redesigned crossovers, U.S. sales at the Volkswagen brand have climbed each month year over year through May in 2018. Photo credit: DAVID PHILLIPS The Volkswagen brand’s U.S. sales rose 4 percent in May to 31,211, powered by new and redesigned crossovers. Audi deliveries inched 0.6 percent higher in May to 19,315, fueled by sales of the A4 sedan and Q5 crossover, extending the luxury brand’s streak of year-over-year sales gains to 103 months. Brands: VW up…

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Ram and Fiat midsize pickups emerge from FCA’s 5-year plan as company mulls Dodge Dakota successor

The Dakota inherited the Ram’s big-rig styling in the mid-1990s and sold well, usually racking up sales in the 150,000 range most years in the U.S. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ plan for the Ram brand to re-enter the midsize pickup market returns the company to the segment it invented in the mid-1980s. At Friday’s investor presentation in Italy, Ram brand head Mike Manley revealed plans for the new truck to debut in 2022. There will also be a Fiat-badged version of…

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GM exec crashes 2019 Corvette ZR1 pace car, delaying Detroit Grand Prix

An image taken from video of the pace car crash at the Detroit Grand Prix. The first car knocked out of Sunday’s leg of the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix was not an Indy car. It was a 2019 Corvette ZR1 pace car driven by General Motors product chief Mark Reuss. Reuss had just begun the parade lap, leading the IndyCar field, when he lost control of the car and it hit hard into the wall. The crash took out a good chunk of the…

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