Study Shows Which Car Windows to Roll Down to Keep Covid at Bay

Study Shows Which Car Windows to Roll Down to Keep Covid at Bay

by Kurt Stolz

The interior of a passenger car represents an elevated risk of coronavirus transmission and drivers and passengers have long since been told to roll down the windows to keep aerosols and droplets at bay.
But which windows should one lower, especially if one doesn’t wish to have all four down?
A new …

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Review and Test Drive: 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer AWD RS

by Jonathan Spira
Review and Test Drive:  2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer AWD RS

If you’re a subcompact buyer, there may be a Korean-designed crossover that will allow you to “see the U.S.A. in your Chevrolet.”
The Chevrolet Trailblazer, designed by GM Korea, made its debut at the 2019 Shanghai International Automobile Industry Exhibition, and its U.S. debut later that year at the Los Angeles …

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by Jonathan Spira

Mercedes-Benz introduced the first GLS Class, which was known as the GL-Class, at the North American Auto Show in 2006.  It was the flagship SUV in the Stuttgart-based automaker’s lineup, the SUV equivalent to the S Class, if you will.
While we didn’t review the original GL, we did review the …

Fiat Chrysler, PSA Group Merge to Form World’s Third Largest Automaker, Stellantis

by Paul Riegler
Fiat Chrysler, PSA Group Merge to Form World’s Third Largest Automaker, Stellantis

Peugeot S.A. and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles announced the completion of their merger, forming a new parent company, Stellantis.
Stellantis, derived from a Latin word meaning “to brighten with stars,” will be the world’s third-largest auto maker by sales, according to 2019 figures.
The move comes some 13 years after Chrysler’s so-called merger …

General Motors to Adopt New Logo, Will Promote its New EV Models

by Paul Riegler
General Motors to Adopt New Logo, Will Promote its New EV Models

General Motors, which held the title of world’s largest automaker from 1931 to 2007, announced it will adopt a new, more modern logo, only the fifth time it will do so in its long history.
The General, which was founded by William C. Duran in 1908, once had a 50% in …

Review and Test Drive: 2021 Kia K5 GT-Line

by Jonathan Spira
Review and Test Drive:  2021 Kia K5 GT-Line

Despite long being a symbol of the open road, Americans are falling out of love with the sedan and have focused their affections on behemoth SUVs, which now dominate the market.  General Motors, whose models for the majority of the automaker’s existence were the epitome of the genre, recently killed …

Travel Nightmare’ Cancels Holiday Travel for Thousands

by Paul Riegler
Travel Nightmare’ Cancels Holiday Travel for Thousands

What healthcare officials could not accomplish amidst the coronavirus pandemic was taken care of in part by Mother Nature, who unleashed a storm that made Christmas travel near impossible for hundreds of thousands of people.
One forecaster with the National Weather Service predicted a “travel nightmare.”
Heavy rains and blizzard-like conditions delayed …

Apple May Introduce Autonomous Electric Vehicle with New Battery Tech by 2024

by Paul Riegler
Apple May Introduce Autonomous Electric Vehicle with New Battery Tech by 2024

Apple could bring its own autonomous electric vehicle to market by 2024, using a new battery design that improves range and lowers the cost of the batteries themselves.
The new-car program, which has been on and off since 2014, is internally known as Project Titan.
The move could stem from the return …

Winter Storm Threatens 45 Million People on East Coast

by Kurt Stolz
Winter Storm Threatens 45 Million People on East Coast

Although the start of astronomical winter is over a week away Mother Nature has plans to make it look a lot Christmas in the coming days: A powerful Nor’easter is threatening bring significant snow fall to the East Coast starting Wednesday.
Over 45 million people are under a winter storm watch …

Review and Test Drive: 2021 Cadillac XT5 Premium Luxury AWD

by Jonathan Spira
Review and Test Drive:  2021 Cadillac XT5 Premium Luxury AWD

Cadillac, the “Standard of the World” since 1908, is one of the oldest automakers and automotive brands in the world, second in the United States only to Buick.   For decades it was known for its sleek sedans and coupes such as the Sedan de Ville, the Fleetwood Brougham, and the …

Here Are the States in the U.S. with Coronavirus-Related Travel Restrictions

by Anna Breuer
Here Are the States in the U.S. with Coronavirus-Related Travel Restrictions

Almost half the states in the Union, as well as the District of Columbia, now require or ask individuals traveling to these locations to be tested for Covid-19 and/or to self-quarantine upon arrival.
Now that the Thanksgiving holiday is past, and health officials are more concerned than ever about a surge …

Apple CarPlay Gains Enhanced EV Charger Info with ChargePoint Integration

by Kurt Stolz
Apple CarPlay Gains Enhanced EV Charger Info with ChargePoint Integration

ChargePoint, which operates a network of electrical vehicle chargers, announced integration with Apple CarPlay.
“This new integration brings essential EV charging data inside the vehicle,“ ChargePoint said in a statement, calling it a “pivotal step” in the shift to electric mobility.
The action adds new EV charging data to Apple’s in-vehicle infotainment …

Traveling for Thanksgiving? ‘Don’t’ Says the CDC

by Paul Riegler
Traveling for Thanksgiving? ‘Don’t’ Says the CDC

Citing the rise in new cases and deaths from Covid-19, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urged Americans not to travel for the Thanksgiving holiday.
The “CDC is recommending against travel during the Thanksgiving period,” said Dr. Henry Walke, its Covid-19 incident manager. 
There is “no more important time than …

BMW to Shift Engine Production to Austria and England as German Plants Go Electric

by Kurt Stolz
BMW to Shift Engine Production to Austria and England as German Plants Go Electric

BMW announced Wednesday that it plans to retool all of its German factories to build electric cars, rather than just gasoline, diesel and plug-in hybrid powertrains.
The Bavarian automaker said that it will invest €400 million to retool its Munich factory to produce electric vehicles and components while shifting the manufacture …