American automakers Ford and General Motors are primed to dominate the self-driving car market, according to a new study from technology firm Navigant Research. The two Detroit automakers were named the first and second biggest players in the self-driving car space, respectively, based on their strategies and actions, which include investments of more than $500 million each in self-driving car startups. Renault-Nissan ranked third and Mercedes-Benz’s parent company Daimler, which recently announced plans to bring self-driving robo-taxis to market by 2020, finished fourth.
The 2018 Buick Regal is getting a serious makeover. General Motors announced it has replaced the traditional Regal sedan with two new variants: the Sportback and the TourX. The Regal Sportback is a fastback with a roofline that slopes in the back, similar to a coupe, but with more than twice the cargo space of the 2017 Regal. The Regal TourX is a wagon that rides higher than the Sportback and includes roof rails and standard all-wheel drive. Buick says both will go on sale in the fourth quarter of 2017.
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Top photo: The 2018 Buick Regal Sportback (Photo: Buick Pressroom)