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2019 BMW Z4 first look: Back in the roadster game

2019 BMW Z4 RoadsterBMW's on-again, off-again flirtation with topless driving changed its status back to "in a relationship" Tuesday when the German automaker detailed its 2019 Z4 roadster. The latest Z4 will come in two configurations—sDrive30i and M40i—with a choice of turbo-4 or turbo-6 power. An 8-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters will...

2019 Volkswagen Beetle

2019 Volkswagen Beetle Final EditionWhat was once the top-selling car of all time is now far from it, as the 2019 Volkswagen Beetle lives on for one more year before it is lost to the annals of history (at least for now). Still, we give this fitting tribute to the original peoples’ car 5.6 out of 10 overall for its quality, warranty, and attitude. (Read more about how we rate...

2019 Subaru Ascent crossover SUV crashes well, scores Top Safety Pick+

2019 Subaru Ascent first driveThe 2019 Subaru Ascent earned top marks from the IIHS, the insurance industry-funded crash testers said Tuesday. In its barrage of crash tests, the IIHS said that the 2019 Ascent earned "Good" marks in every test. Additionally, the IIHS said that the Ascent's child-seat anchors rated "Good" and that its automatic emergency braking rated...

Cargo in-car convenience store brings snacks and gum to your Uber

Cargo in-Uber food serviceOn your way to a date or business meeting in the back of an Uber and realize your breath could use freshening up? A new service called Cargo has a solution for that. According to CNBC, the start up aims to put fully-stocked boxes of snacks, toiletries, and more on the center consoles of ride-sharing vehicles, allowing users to purchase items...

10,000 Mini Cooper Countryman crossover SUVs recalled over missing part

2017 Mini Cooper CountrymanA plate that protects their fuel pumps from being punctured in a crash prompted BMW on Tuesday to issue a recall for 10,000 Mini Cooper Countryman crossover SUVs. The recall covers 2017 through 2019 Countryman models. To fix the issue, BMW-parent Mini said in government filings with the NHTSA that it will install the correct crash protection...