First Look and Review:  2018 Lexus LC 500h and LC 500

First Look and Review: 2018 Lexus LC 500h and LC 500

by Jonathan Spira

Please Don’t Call It ‘Boring’
When the striking LF-LC Concept was revealed at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in 2012, few if any thought it would make it into production relatively unchanged. Indeed, the LF-LC, which stands for Lexus Future Luxury Coupe – in the guise of the …

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VW Set to Plead Guilty in Dieselgate Case on Friday, New Case Unfolds Against Audi in Australia

by Paul Riegler
VW Set to Plead Guilty in Dieselgate Case on Friday, New Case Unfolds Against Audi in Australia

Volkswagen’s day in a U.S. court has come as a new investigation into l’affaire Dieselgate is unfolding in Australia.
The beleaguered automaker is expected to be formally arraigned and plead guilty to three criminal counts in the Dieselgate case Friday morning at a hearing in Detroit federal court. Judge Sean Cox …

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Review and Test Drive: 2017 Cadillac CT6 Platinum AWD

by Jonathan Spira
Review and Test Drive:  2017 Cadillac CT6 Platinum AWD

The new Cadillac CT6 – the first car to adopt Cadillac’s new product naming conventions announced in 2014 – is more than just a new name with a pretty face.
Indeed, when Cadillac first announced the new product designations – each will start with the letters “CT” followed by a number …

Report from the 87th Geneva International Motor Show

by Christian Stampfer
Report from the 87th Geneva International Motor Show

The Geneva International Motor Show (Salon International de l’Auto) kicks off the automobile year 2017 in Europe as the first important international auto event for car manufacturers. The show opened to the media at the beginning of the week although the big news – the sale of General Motors’ Opel …

New York to Offer $2,000 Rebate for Electric Vehicle Purchases

by Jesse Sokolow
New York to Offer $2,000 Rebate for Electric Vehicle Purchases

Beginning April 1, New York State will offer a rebate of up to $2,000 to buyers of electric vehicles.
The rebate will be available to those who purchase a battery-only electric vehicle, a plug-in electric hybrid, or a fuel-cell electric vehicle. This will include vehicles such as the BMW i3 and …

GM May Announce Deal to Sell Opel on Monday

by Christian Stampfer
GM May Announce Deal to Sell Opel on Monday

MUNICH—General Motors is expected to announce on Monday that it is selling its Adam Opel unit to French automaker PSA Group, maker of Peugeot and Citroën cars.
The two companies said Saturday they would hold a joint press conference Monday morning in Paris. Last month the two acknowledged they were in …

Review and Test Drive: 2017 Kia Cadenza Limited

by Paul Riegler
Review and Test Drive:  2017 Kia Cadenza Limited

This car is most certainly not your father’s Kia.
Our 2017 Kia Cadenza, completely redesigned, arrived at our offices on a sunny winter day and staffers were speculating from afar what it was. “It’s a Kia,” someone said. Others, clearly doubters, started laughing. “No really,” they were assured, as another staff …

Report from the 2017 Chicago Auto Show

by Paul Riegler
Report from the 2017 Chicago Auto Show

CHICAGO—February is the coldest month of the year, Chicago is one of the coldest cities in the nation, and the onset of a major winter storm means that, despite the frigid temperatures, it’s time for the Chicago Auto Show, the largest auto show in North America.
At an off-site media event …

Review and Road Test: 2017 Acura MDX AWD Advance

by Jonathan Spira
Review and Road Test: 2017 Acura MDX AWD Advance

Acura took the wraps off the then new Acura MDX at the annual New York Auto Show back in 2000, explaining that MDX stood for “Multi-Dimensional Luxury.” Fast forward to today, when Acura refreshed the third generation of the MDX, becoming the first production Acura to receive the brand’s new …

Volkswagen, Bosch Agree to $1.55 Billion Dieselgate Settlement for 3.0-Liter Vehicles

by Christian Stampfer
Volkswagen, Bosch Agree to $1.55 Billion Dieselgate Settlement for 3.0-Liter Vehicles

MUNICH—Volkswagen said it had reached an agreement that will have it pay a minimum of $1.22 billion to fix or buy back some 78,000 vehicles with 3.0-liter diesel engines to settle claims that the cars were sold with illegal emissions-cheating software.
The automaker said it submitted a proposed class settlement with …

BMW, Nissan to Add 174 Electric Vehicle Fast Charging Stations

by Jesse Sokolow
BMW, Nissan to Add 174 Electric Vehicle Fast Charging Stations

BMW and Nissan announced that the two automakers have expanded their network of fast chargers for Nissan Leaf and BMW i3 vehicles.
The two partnered with EVgo to install 174 additional 50kW DC Fast charging stations across 33 states. The chargers are compatible with any electric vehicle including the Nissan Leaf …

Road Test and Review: 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid Touring

by Paul Riegler
Road Test and Review: 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid Touring

You may notice something different about the photographs of our short-term 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid. We typically like to photograph the cars in showroom condition but winter hit us hard right after the Accord arrived and we decided to make an exception.
The Honda Accord, which turned 40 last year, has …

Review and Test Drive: 2017 Nissan Rogue SL AWD

by Paul Riegler
Review and Test Drive: 2017 Nissan Rogue SL AWD

Just as the movie “Star Wars: Rogue One” was debuting in theaters, I found myself behind the wheel of a 2017 Nissan Rogue. While Nissan is offering a special Rogue One Edition inspired by the movie, mine was the more mainstream edition.
The Nissan Rogue first debuted as a 2008 model …

Dieselgate Spreads to Italy as EPA Accuses Fiat Chrysler of Violating Emissions Standards

by Paul Riegler
Dieselgate Spreads to Italy as EPA Accuses Fiat Chrysler of Violating Emissions Standards

L’affaire Dieselgate has spread from Germany to Italy as the Environmental Protection Agency accused Fiat Chrysler on Thursday of using “undisclosed” software that allowed a number of its vehicles to exceed emissions standards in the United States.
“Once again, a major automaker made the business decision to skirt the rules and …