Porsche Celebrates 70 Years of Iconic Sports Cars

Porsche Celebrates 70 Years of Iconic Sports Cars

by Paul Riegler

Porsche, known formally as Dr. Ing. h. c. F. Porsche GmbH, is celebrating 70 years since its first vehicle, the 356 Model 1 Roadster, received street certification in 1948.
The 356 was a rear-engine, rear-wheel drive, two door that was available both as a hardtop coupe and a cabriolet.
Early prototypes of …

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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 …

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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 …

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 …

Volkswagen Plans €20,000 Tesla Competitor

by Anna Breuer
Volkswagen Plans €20,000 Tesla Competitor

Volkswagen will reportedly introduce a new electric vehicle that will compete with Tesla yet sell for less than €20,000 ($22,719).
The German automaker will convert multiple factories to produce electric vehicles according to a report in the Handelsblatt. The new electric vehicles will be based on the automaker’s MEB electric vehicle …

Review and Test Drive: 2018 Volkswagen Passat GT

by Paul Riegler
Review and Test Drive:  2018 Volkswagen Passat GT

I’ve always had a soft spot for the Volkswagen that was first introduced in the United States as the Dasher in 1974.It was mechanically identical to the Audi 80, while the five-door Passat wagon was in America as the Audi Fox.
One of the things that attracted me to the Passat …

Cadillac Presses Pause on Vehicle Subscription Service

by Paul Riegler
Cadillac Presses Pause on Vehicle Subscription Service

General Motors said it was suspending its Book by Cadillac vehicle subscription on December 1, ahead of a planned relaunch in 2019.
The program was revolutionary when it launched in February 2017 with an $1,800 fee that included registration, taxes, insurance, and maintenance with no limit on mileage.. The first city …

Review and Test Drive: 2018 Toyota Prius c

by Paul Riegler
Review and Test Drive:  2018 Toyota Prius c

Introduced in 2011, the Toyota Prius c (the letter “c” indicates “city”), is the third member of the Prius family and is marketed as the Toyota Aqua in the Japanese automaker’s home market.
The c is a hybrid gasoline-electric subcompact hatchback with a price tag lower than the traditional Prius. It …

Review and Test Drive: 2019 Volvo XC40 T5 AWD Momentum

by Jonathan Spira
Review and Test Drive:  2019 Volvo XC40 T5 AWD Momentum

The Volvo XC40 was first unveiled in September 2017 and was fast tracked into production by November 2017. Most notably, the XC40 is the first in the Swedish automaker’s 40 Series of vehicles and is the first to be built on the new CMA modular small car platform.
Unusual for a …

Volkswagen Rabbit GTI to Return for 2019

by Jonathan Spira
Volkswagen Rabbit GTI to Return for 2019

Fahrvergnügen Continues, 35 Years Down the Road
The first generation Volkswagen Golf was marketed as the Volkswagen Rabbit in the United States when it was introduced in 1974 to replace the Beetle. Wolfsburg introduced a second generation Golf in 1983 along with a sportier model called the GTI.
The GTI is turning …

U.S. to Rewrite Safety Regulations to Allow Cars Without Steering Wheels or Pedals

by Anna Breuer
U.S. to Rewrite Safety Regulations to Allow Cars Without Steering Wheels or Pedals

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released a report late last week in which it said it will change the rules for autonomous vehicles and allow them to be sold without a steering wheel, pedals, and mirrors.
The agency “intends to reconsider the necessity and appropriateness of its current safety standards” …

Review and Test Drive: 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport 2.4 SEL AWD

by Jonathan Spira
Review and Test Drive:  2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport 2.4 SEL AWD

The Mitsubishi Outlander first made its appearance in 2001 in Japan as the Airtrek, a vehicle that promised “footloose, adventure-filled motoring pleasure.” It arrived in the States in 2003 as the Outlander and that name replaced Airtrek in all markets, including Japan, by 2005.
Now in its third generation, the Mitsubishi …

Road Test and Review: Waze in Apple CarPlay

by Paul Riegler
Road Test and Review: Waze in Apple CarPlay

Waze is now the second non-Apple navigation app to work with Apple CarPlay following the release of iOS 12 last week. Version 4.43.4 officially supports the popular option and I updated my iPhone the moment the update was available.
Once the download was complete, I was able to go to the …