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GM's Maven car-share service will add outside brands next year

2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV added to Maven car- and ride-sharing fleet in Los Angeles, CaliforniaGeneral Motors' Maven car-share will make a big change next year. The brand's Peer Cars service let users share non-GM vehicles, Automotive News (subscription required) reported on Monday. The move could be a step toward Maven allowing users to rent out non-vehicle items, too. Peer Cars gives Maven members the ability to rent out their GM vehicle...

What's New for 2019: Jeep

2019 Jeep WranglerIt'll be hard for Jeep to follow up on last year. For 2019, America's off-road brand redesigned its Wrangler to be more comfortable in town and more capable where there's no cell service. This year, the newsmakers are the popular Cherokee and Renegade crossover SUVs. Both models see newly optional turbo-4 engines added to their lineups—a...

What's New for 2019: Volkswagen

2019 Volkswagen TiguanAfter adding a pair of crossover SUVs to its lineup last year, VW for 2019 reworked its passenger car lineup. A new VW Jetta joins the lineup, now riding on a more advanced platform shared with the Golf. The latest Jetta's 1.4-liter turbo-4 delivers 40 mpg on the highway and decent passing power. After 2019, we'll say goodbye to the VW Beetle. The...

2019 Mazda CX-5, BMW 340i, VW's electric promise: What's New @ The Car Connection

2019 Mazda CX-52019 Mazda CX-5 adds 2.5-liter turbo engine option, new Signature trim level A new 2.5-liter turbocharged inline-4 engine headlines updates to the 2019 Mazda CX-5. The brand's compact crossover also benefits from a new range-topping Signature trim level with softer leather upholstery and real wood trim inside. Mercedes-Benz, Bosch to test...

VW now lets Apple users unlock their cars with Siri

VW Car-Net Siri integrationVW announced on Monday that its smartphone app now supports Siri commands for Apple users. Notably, Apple users can now unlock and lock their Volkswagen with a Siri voice command. After a user logs into the Car-Net app, a handful of new functions will be available with the typical "Hey, Siri" voice command. VW said Apple users can simply say...