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Study: Texting while driving most common during evening rush hour

ZF's distracted driver technologyA recent study of over 6 million text messaging sessions reaffirms what traffic safety advocates have long espoused: drivers are definitely using their phones behind the wheel and they're doing it when traffic is at its peak. Drivemode, a safe driving app, determined from its data that morning rush drivers prefer listening to music and news on the...

Blue Oval bye-bye: Ford axes Fiesta, Fusion, Focus, Taurus cars from future plans

2018 Ford TaurusFord’s shift toward selling predominately trucks and SUVs in the U.S. took another step Wednesday as the company announced it would not replace its long-running Fiesta, Fusion, and Taurus sedans with new versions. The Ford Focus will survive, but only as a tall-riding hatchback. “Given declining consumer demand and product...

Audi recalls 350,000 vehicles to fix overheating coolant pumps

2016 Audi Q5Audi issued a recall Tuesday for more than 350,000 cars and crossover SUVs in the U.S. electric coolant pumps in the vehicles that can overheat and present a fire risk. The recall covers the 2013 to 2016 A4, the 2013 to 2017 A5, the 2012 to 2015 A6, and the Q5 from 2013 to 2017. All of the recalled vehicles are powered by Audi’s turbocharged...

2019 Lexus ES, Electric BMW X3, Nissan Leaf rebates: What's New @ The Car Connection

2019 Lexus ES2019 Lexus ES Preview Beneath its sleek, toned shape the 2019 Lexus ES has a split personality as it seeks to court a wider range of luxury sedan shoppers. Special delivery: Amazon can now access your car's trunk Amazon is now everywhere you want to be—or at least in your trunk if you own the right car. The online shopping giant announced...

2019 Lexus ES preview

2019 Lexus ESBeneath its sleek, toned shape the 2019 Lexus ES has a split personality as it seeks to court a wider range of luxury sedan shoppers. Base ES 350 and hybrid ES 300h models prioritize traditional Lexus virtues like a plush ride and extensive sound deadening for a coddling demeanor. The wild uncle of the lineup is the new ES 350 F Sport, which...