Hyundai CRADLE, Hyundai Motor Company’s corporate venturing and open innovation business, today announced it is investing in Perceptive Automata to develop artificial intelligence software for self-driving cars and automated systems. Perceptive Automata, a startup based in Somerville, Mass. with an office in Silicon Valley, has developed software that gives autonomous vehicles the ability to understand …

Diminutive 2018 Kia Rio

If you ask consumers why they ended up buying crossovers or other larger vehicles, you might hear “safety” in return. But size doesn’t automatically guarantee safety in a collision, nor does a small footprint guarantee a gnarly wreck. The 2018 Kia Rio is proof. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has bestowed its highest …

2019 BMW 3

Once the standard bearer in its segment, the BMW 3 Series has lost its way in recent years. Lackluster acceleration, uninspired handling, and a dated interior have relegated the 3 Series to the middle of the pack. Now, the automaker is introducing the seventh generation, and it has the potential to put the popular model back …

Safety Pick+ Award

Two new crossovers—the 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe and Subaru Ascent—have earned the Top Safety Pick+ award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Both models scored “Good” ratings in all crash categories. This includes the new passenger-side small overlap test, which replicates what happens when the right corner of a vehicle hits a tree, pole, …

2019 Volvo XC60

The Volvo XC60 is one of the best-looking crossovers in this class. Inside and out, it exudes a premium feel that’s also slightly quirky. From the tiny Swedish flags fluttering from the seats to the Thor’s Hammer headlights, Volvo puts a lot of attention to detail in the design, and it’s rewarding for customers. The …

porsche-taycan-5-1

Porsche is getting closer in its game of catch-up with Tesla. A more production-ready Taycan prototype was spied with what are most likely the taillights and wheels we’ll see on the final version. Unsurprisingly, the taillights are connected with a horizontal strip between them. Porsche is adopting that look with all of its cars – …

2018 Jeep Wrangler

Last week I hopped off the Oklahoma panhandle into Grenville, New Mexico. After a tight right-left on Grenville’s Lake Road, the tarmac fell away into immense, scrub-filled valleys rimmed by rock spires and elevated mesas. Pushing into Colorado from the southeast, elevation and high-plains beauty come quickly. It’s like driving through the imaginary Arcadias on …

Tesla

Call me crazy, but I’d take this over a Model X any day of the week… and not just because these rear doors will never need maintenance. Volvo’s styling has been given high praise ever since it moved to its latest iteration, and it appears a man who helped capture that magic might be giving …

Mustang Combines 808 HP

It was back in 1991 when Hennessey started modifying cars and in this interval, the Texas tuner has been able to deliver more than 6.5 million horsepower based on an average of 650+ hp per each vehicle modified. Celebrating the company’s 10,000th car, this new Heritage Edition Mustang is well above the average as it …

Toyota Tacoma TRD

For years, the Toyota Tacoma ruled the midsize truck roost. Sure, the Chevy Colorado, GMC Canyon and Nissan Frontier had some success, but they were mostly bit players. The Taco was king in both performance and sales figures. That’s not the case anymore. Since Chevy introduced the second-gen Colorado and variants like the Colorado ZR2, …