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Trump trade tirade threatens BMW, Mercedes-Benz business on a global scale

BMW X7 pre-production at plant in Spartanburg, South CarolinaIn the growing trade standoff between the U.S., China, and Europe, spearheaded by President Trump, a number of automakers that manufacture thousands of vehicles in the U.S. are facing threats to their business on a global scale. German manufacturers BMW and Mercedes-Benz may face the greatest challenge going forward. MORE: Hyundai union says...

Self-driving vehicle regulation, Goodwood record-breaker, Eco-car deals: What's New @ The Car Connection

Nissan and Dena Easy Ride self-driving taxi serviceNHTSA regulator: self-driving vehicles shouldn't be regulated... yet A top auto safety official at the NHTSA has claimed that it’s too early to regulate self-driving vehicles, such as the ones being tested by Uber, Waymo, and more. 2019 Volvo XC40 T5 AWD R-Design review update: cheeky and fun, but not without foibles Volvo has spent the past...

2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class (C43 Coupe)The 2019 Mercedes C-Class runs deep with upgrades, but a quick glance won’t reveal many of them. Most tuck in under the skin, and that works out beautifully, since the C-Class never met a handsome angle it didn’t like. In C300 or AMG C43 spec (with AMG C63 yet to come), the 2019 C-Class flourishes with a new base engine, and revamped...

2018 Kia Stinger GT2 AWD V6 review update: tilting at benchmarks

2018 Kia Stinger GT2 AWD V6The Kia showroom of today isn't the Kia showroom of ten, or even five, years ago. The 2018 Stinger? It's proof that Kia no longer is happy with being an economy-car benchmark. Now it's aimed its sights at the big luxury brands and their sport-sedan standard-bearers. The 2018 Stinger is a five-door hatchback that looks like a sedan, and acts like a...

2019 Volvo XC40 T5 AWD R-Design review update: cheeky and fun, but not without foibles

2019 Volvo XC40 T5 AWD R-DesignVolvo has spent the past two years checking off a lot of tasks: big SUV, mid-size SUV, sedan, wagon. Now it's time for its maiden voyage into the small crossover SUV world, and with the 2019 XC40, Volvo takes on accomplished vehicles already on the road: the BMW X1, the Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class, and the Audi A3. With the XC40, Volvo may not be...