Automakers Tell Trump Not to Weaken Tailpipe Emissions Standards

Automakers Tell Trump Not to Weaken Tailpipe Emissions Standards

by Paul Riegler

The U.S. auto industry – which had asked President Trump to relax pollution standards shortly after his inauguration – is now warning that his efforts to reduce tailpipe emissions are going to create instability for the automakers themselves.
In a letter released on Thursday and signed by 17 companies including General …

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CES to Open Its Doors Sunday: Expect New EVs, Futuristic Sex Toys, and Gadgets of all Shapes and Sizes

by Paul Riegler
CES to Open Its Doors Sunday: Expect New EVs, Futuristic Sex Toys, and Gadgets of all Shapes and Sizes

The Consumer Electronics Show, which prefers to be known as the CES, will open its doors Sunday, unleashing an avalanche of giant TVs, robots, sex toys from the future, and all kinds of gadgets, many with Alexa built in.
What the CES is not is a platform for some of the …

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Review and Test Drive: 2019 Lexus ES 350 F Sport

by Jonathan Spira
Review and Test Drive:  2019 Lexus ES 350 F Sport

Executive Sedan.  If you weren’t paying attention, that’s what the “ES” in Lexus ES stands for.  Lexus first introduced the ES series in its earliest days back in 1989 a mere seven generations ago.  The ES started as a compact executive sedan and over the years became a mid-sized luxury …

Review and Test Drive: 2019 Lexus LS and LS Hybrid

by Jonathan Spira
Review and Test Drive:  2019 Lexus LS and LS Hybrid

Now in its fifth generation, the current LS made its debut at the 2017 North American International Auto Show in Detroit and claims a heritage that goes back to 1989, when Lexus first entered the U.S. market.
While the first four generations of the LS were V8 powered and predominantly rear-wheel …

Jaguar Boosts Range of I-Pace EV With Software Update

by Anna Breuer
Jaguar Boosts Range of I-Pace EV With Software Update

Jaguar is releasing a software update to its I-Pace EV that will increase the vehicle’s range by 12 miles (19 kilometers).
The I-Pace was unveiled in concept-car form at the 2016 Los Angeles International Auto Show and officially announced in early 2018. Manufactured under contract by Magna Steyr in Austria, the …

Germany Surpasses Norway as Europe’s Largest Electric Car Market

by Paul Riegler
Germany Surpasses Norway as Europe’s Largest Electric Car Market

Germany is now poised to take the lead in sales of electric vehicles, beating out perennial favorite Norway, which has held the position of frontrunner since 2010.
The news shows that German automakers’ investments in developing electric vehicles that average consumers will buy are finally paying off.
The number of new electric …

5 Tips for a Safer Uber or Lyft Ride

by Anna Breuer
5 Tips for a Safer Uber or Lyft Ride

With recent headlines that include over 3,000 allegations of sexual assault by Uber drivers in 2018, many passengers are justly concerned about their safety when using a ride-hailing service such as Uber or Lyft.
Here are five tips that will help keep passengers safe.
1.)       Compare vehicle info before entering the vehicle.  …

BMW Drops $80 Annual Subscription Fee for Apple CarPlay

by Paul Riegler
BMW Drops $80 Annual Subscription Fee for Apple CarPlay

BMW said it would discontinue the unpopular annual subscription fee it charges some drivers to use their vehicle’s Apple CarPlay feature.
The Bavarian automaker introduced the fee in 2016, first as a one-time $300 fee and then as an annual $80 subscription. The fee did not apply to older vehicles with …

BMW Recalls Thousands of Older Models for Defective Airbags

by Paul Riegler
BMW Recalls Thousands of Older Models for Defective Airbags

BMW announced the recall of 116,000 models manufactured between 1999 and 2001.
The move comes after a new and distinct problem was uncovered in air bags made by Takata, which in 2017 filed for bankruptcy after being at the center of the world’s largest auto safety recall.  Like the earlier problem, …

Driver Found Guilty of Vehicular Homicide After Texting While Driving

by Paul Riegler
Driver Found Guilty of Vehicular Homicide After Texting While Driving

A driver who was texting at the time her car hit another which then struck a pedestrian was found guilty on Friday of vehicular homicide by a New Jersey jury.
The driver, Alexandra Mansonet, had looked down and begun to respond to a text message from her sister-in-law, asking “Cuban, American, …

Review and Test Drive: 2019 Lexus UX 200 Luxury

by Jonathan Spira
Review and Test Drive:  2019 Lexus UX 200 Luxury

Lexus introduced its tiny (based on Lexus standards) UX 200 subcompact crossover SUV at the March 2018 Geneva Motor Show, slotting it below the compact NX, which we last reviewed in April.   For the curious, UX stands for “Urban Explorer,” Lexus tells us, and the moniker does fit nicely.
The UX …

It’s Time to Put Winter Tires on Your Car

by Paul Riegler
It’s Time to Put Winter Tires on Your Car

In many European countries, the advent of late fall or winter is a signal for drivers to switch to winter tires on their vehicles, where it’s understood to be as important as setting the clock to Winter Time.
Indeed, having winter tires on your vehicle is required by law starting in …

Ford to Introduce Wireless Apple CarPlay on Some 2020 Models

by Jeremy Del Nero
Ford to Introduce Wireless Apple CarPlay on Some 2020 Models

Ford Motor Company unveiled Sync 4, the newest iteration of its in-vehicle infotainment system.
Sync 4 will introduce wireless Apple CarPlay as well as wireless Android Auto compatibility along with new displays that range from 8” to 15.5” diagonally.  The new version also adds cloud connectivity for Internet search as well …

Fiat Chrysler, Peugeot Citroën Plan $50 Billion Merger of Equals

by Jesse Sokolow
Fiat Chrysler, Peugeot Citroën Plan $50 Billion Merger of Equals

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and Groupe PSA unveiled plans to merge on Thursday in a $50 billion deal would result in an automaker that would effectively eclipse such rivals such as General Motors, Ford, and Hyundai-Kia to effectively become the fourth largest carmaker in the world behind Volkswagen, Renault-Nissan, and Toyota.
The …