Why Electric Vehicles May Have the Edge When It Comes to Cost of Ownership and Operation

Why Electric Vehicles May Have the Edge When It Comes to Cost of Ownership and Operation

by Jonathan Spira

While electric vehicles still look expensive, when compared to more traditional petrol-powered vehicles, their prices have come down in recent years. But that’s only half the story: their total cost of ownership is significantly lower as is the cost to power the vehicle.
More affordable EVs have come onto the market …

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Report from Detroit – Highlights from the 2018 North American International Auto Show

by Christian Stampfer
Report from Detroit – Highlights from the 2018 North American International Auto Show

DETROIT—The North American International Auto Show remains one of the most important auto shows of the automotive industry. Year by year, it kicks off the international car show calendar and is followed by major events in Europe and Asia. The show is held at the Cobo Center in Detroit and …

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BMW Acquires Parkmobile, Parking App Developer

by Anna Breuer
BMW Acquires Parkmobile, Parking App Developer

BMW announced the acquisition of Parkmobile, a developer of parking apps.
Parkmobile is the largest mobile parking services provider in North America according to BMW, and BMW has held a minority stake in the company for several years.
The move is part of BMW’s strategy to address mobility beyond selling cars and …

Volvo XC60 Judged Safest Car You Can Buy

by Paul Riegler
Volvo XC60 Judged Safest Car You Can Buy

The Volvo XC60 may very well be one of the safest cars money can buy, according to tests conducted by the European New Car Assessment Program, or Euro NCAP.
Testers found the XC60 to be the car with the best overall performance in the 2017 Euro NCAP 2017 Best in Class …

Toyota to (Finally) Add Apple CarPlay Support, Starting with 2019 Avalon

by Christian Stampfer
Toyota to (Finally) Add Apple CarPlay Support, Starting with 2019 Avalon

DETROIT—Starting with the all-new fifth generation mid-size Avalon model, revealed at the North American International Auto Show, Toyota will offer support for Apple CarPlay in its vehicles.
Apple CarPlay is an in-vehicle touch-based display interface that functions as an extension of a driver’s iPhone.
Virtually every car manufacturer offers select vehicles that …

Mazda and Toyota Announce Joint Factory in Alabama

by Paul Riegler
Mazda and Toyota Announce Joint Factory in Alabama

Mazda and Toyota announced Wednesday that the two automakers have selected Alabama as the site of a future joint-venture auto plant.
The $1.6-billion plant, to be located in Huntsville, will eventually employ as many as 4,000 workers. Production is expected to start by 2021, the two automakers said. Production will be …

New Jersey Now Last State Where Drivers Can’t Pump Their Own Gas

by Paul Riegler
New Jersey Now Last State Where Drivers Can’t Pump Their Own Gas

Along with laws legalizing recreational marijuana in California and restricting cigarette smoking to those over 21 in Guam at the start of 2018, a new law went into effect in Oregon that relaxed restrictions on self-service pumps, making New Jersey the last remaining state in the union in which drivers …

EU Court: Uber is a Taxi Service

by Paul Riegler
EU Court: Uber is a Taxi Service

The European Court of Justice ruled on Wednesday that ride-hailing service Uber was a transportation business and not merely a technology platform that connects passengers with drivers.
“The service provided by Uber connecting individuals with non-professional drivers is covered by services in the field of transport,” the court said in a …

Toyota Outlines Revised Electric Vehicle Strategy

by Paul Riegler
Toyota Outlines Revised Electric Vehicle Strategy

Toyota, which led the gas-electric hybrid revolution but has lagged behind rivals in offering fully electric vehicles, announced its strategy for that market.
The plan calls for the Japanese automaker to invest ¥1.5 trillion ($13 billion) in research and development by the year 2030. Half of that investment will be earmarked …

Review and Test Drive: 2017 Lexus RC 350 F Sport

by Jonathan Spira
Review and Test Drive:  2017 Lexus RC 350 F Sport

When the striking Ultrasonic Blue Mica Lexus RC 350 F Sport coupe showed up at the Frequent Business Traveler driveway, it got more than the usual share of attention a new car in the press fleet typically garners.
First unveiled at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show, the RC was introduced to …

Nissan Turns Over New Leaf in Tennessee with Start of 2018 Leaf Production

by Anna Breuer
Nissan Turns Over New Leaf in Tennessee with Start of 2018 Leaf Production

Nissan announced that the all-new 2018 Nissan Leaf electric vehicle has gone into production at its Smyrna, Tennessee, plant on Monday. The cars will reach dealerships next month.
The new generation Leaf, which was introduced in its home market in October of this year, has a range of 150 miles (241 …

10 Tips for Your First Time Driving Abroad

by Paul Riegler
10 Tips for Your First Time Driving Abroad

One of the great pleasures of traveling abroad is driving the magnificent highways and scenic roads, be it the Großglockner Hochalpenstraße in Austria, Route One in Iceland, the Stelvio Pass in Italy, the Trollstigen in Norway, or the Karakoram Highway connecting China and Pakistan. A drive is a brilliant way …

Auto Industry Debuts Multiple New Vehicles with Apple CarPlay at LA Show

by Paul Riegler
Auto Industry Debuts Multiple New Vehicles with Apple CarPlay at LA Show

The Los Angeles Auto Show returned to the Convention Center and many automakers took advantage of the post-Thanksgiving event to introduce multiple new vehicles that will be available with Apple CarPlay, Apple’s in-vehicle touch-based display interface that functions as an extension of a driver’s iPhone.
Virtually every car manufacturer offers vehicles …

Shell to Roll Out EV Charging Network Across Europe

by Paul Riegler
Shell to Roll Out EV Charging Network Across Europe

Royal Dutch Shell said Monday it is working with leading automakers to deploy ultra-fast chargers on European highways.
The move will propel Shell ahead of its rivals and provide a solid backbone of charging stations across the continent. Shell said it is working with Ionity, a joint venture between BMW, Daimler, …