Report from Detroit – Highlights from the 2019 North American International Auto Show

Report from Detroit – Highlights from the 2019 North American International Auto Show

by Paul Riegler

DETROIT—The North American International Auto Show remains one of the most important auto shows of the automotive industry. This will be the last year that it kicks off the international car show calendar: in 2020, the show will reboot and move to June, leaving the Cobo Center and adding outdoor …

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Why You Should Have Winter Tires on Your Car

by Paul Riegler
Why You Should Have Winter Tires on Your Car

If the blizzard-like conditions in many parts of the country over the past few weeks didn’t convince you that winter is upon us, perhaps the fact that it snowed in Hawaii might have changed your mind.
The advent of winter in many countries signals drivers to switch from summer to winter …

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5 Tips to Survive Winter Travel

by Paul Riegler
5 Tips to Survive Winter Travel

Winter travel brings with it special challenges, be it flying, taking the train, or driving.
Given that the winter storm season is in full force in much of the United States, it’s important to be prepared for multiple exigencies.
Here’s what you can do to stay safe and minimize delays when problems …

Review and Test Drive: 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring RF

by Paul Riegler
Review and Test Drive:  2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring RF

Few events are as highly anticipated as the annual arrival of a Mazda MX-5 Miata. The mid-autumn arrival of the Targa-like sports car brought with it mixed emotions as it was a painful reminder that summer is behind us although not too late in the year to drive an open-topped …

Toyota Unveils 2020 Supra with Wireless Apple CarPlay in Detroit

by Paul Riegler
Toyota Unveils 2020 Supra with Wireless Apple CarPlay in Detroit

Toyota announced that its all-new 2020 Supra sports car will feature a wireless version of Apple CarPlay.
The Supra – a nameplate which hasn’t been on sale in the United States for two decades – was introduced at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit this week.
Wireless CarPlay enables the …

Review and Test Drive: 2019 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Limited

by Jonathan Spira
Review and Test Drive:  2019 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Limited

When a 2019 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Limited in Parisian Night Pearl – a rather striking color – arrived at our offices right before Labor Day, more than a few staffers thought a Lexus had been delivered by mistake. The confusion was understandable.
Now in its 25th year, the Avalon sports a …

JFK, LaGuardia, Newark Move to Deploy Electric Bus Fleet

by Paul Riegler
JFK, LaGuardia, Newark Move to Deploy Electric Bus Fleet

New York’s three airports – John F. Kennedy International, LaGuardia, and Newark Liberty International – are in the process of deploying electric buses to replace vehicles in their diesel-powered bus fleet.
“We are continuing our commitment to reduce the agency’s carbon footprint,” said Port Authority Executive Director Rick Cotton.
The Port Authority …

Gas Prices Continue to Fall at the Pump

by Jesse Sokolow
Gas Prices Continue to Fall at the Pump

If you’ve noticed you can fill your tank at the pump for under $40 recently, it’s not an illusion. The average price of a gallon of gasoline in the United States has fallen to its lowest level in over a year.
The price at the pump averaged $2.321 on Monday according …

Lincoln Brings Back Iconic Suicide Doors with Continental 80th Anniversary Coach Door Edition

by Paul Riegler
Lincoln Brings Back Iconic Suicide Doors with Continental 80th Anniversary Coach Door Edition

The Lincoln Motor Company announced plans on Monday to bring back its iconic “suicide doors” in a special version of the Lincoln Continental dubbed the Lincoln Continental 80th Anniversary Coach Door Edition.
In addition to the coach doors, the limited edition Continental sports a six-inch longer wheelbase, a pass-through rear seat …

GM to Idle 5 Plants in the U.S. and Canada

by Paul Riegler
GM to Idle 5 Plants in the U.S. and Canada

General Motors, the largest American automobile manufacturer, said Monday it plans to stop production at three car plants and two transmission facilities next year.
The list of factories includes the Lordstown Assembly plant in northeast Ohio; the Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly plant in southeast Michigan; the Oshawa Assembly plant in Ontario, Canada; the Baltimore …

Storm Hinders Efforts for Holiday Travelers to Return Home as Blizzard-Like Conditions Are Reported in the Midwest

by Anna Breuer
Storm Hinders Efforts for Holiday Travelers to Return Home as Blizzard-Like Conditions Are Reported in the Midwest

A small but powerful storm is making travel difficult as the Thanksgiving holiday weekend comes to an end.
Snow will move through the Chicagoland area overnight with blizzard-like conditions developing there and in other parts of the Midwest.  Other cities reporting blizzard-like conditions include Kansas City; Shenandoah, Iowa; and Independence, Missouri.
The …

Review and Test Drive: 2018 Kia Niro PHEV EX Premium

by Paul Riegler
Review and Test Drive:  2018 Kia Niro PHEV EX Premium

The 2018 Niro Plug-in Hybrid is the latest edition to Kia’s Niro line of hybrids. For those unfamiliar with it, the Niro itself was introduced in 2016 and a plug-in hybrid was launched in 2017 in the United Kingdom and 2018 in the United States.
The Niro is a subcompact hybrid …

Thanksgiving Holiday Begins with Heavy Traffic and Thousands of Flight Delays

by Anna Breuer
Thanksgiving Holiday Begins with Heavy Traffic and Thousands of Flight Delays

It’s a busy day on the nation’s roads and airports as over 50 million Americans travel in many cases not just over the river and through the woods but far greater distances, and the weather in much of the United States will cooperate.
This may be the busiest Thanksgiving holiday for …

Nissan CEO Ghosn Arrested for ‘Significant’ Financial Malfeasance

by Paul Riegler
Nissan CEO Ghosn Arrested for ‘Significant’ Financial Malfeasance

Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn was arrested in Japan after an internal investigation revealed “significant acts of misconduct” over many years by him and another top executive, Greg Kelly.
“These two gentlemen were arrested this evening, that is what I understand,” said Nissan CEO Hiroto Saikawa at a press conference in Tokyo.
The …