Introducing The Green Car Driver’s 2017 BMW i3 with Range Extender Test Car

Introducing The Green Car Driver’s 2017 BMW i3 with Range Extender Test Car

by Jonathan Spira

The BMW i3 is a car that has long fascinated me, both for its unusual and handsome good looks, unparalleled greenness, and the story that goes with it. While we’ve spent considerable time with the i3 since its launch, the Bavarian EV gained additional range and power for 2017 and …

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Mercedes-Benz to Manufacture Electric Vehicles in the United States

by Paul Riegler
Mercedes-Benz to Manufacture Electric Vehicles in the United States

Mercedes-Benz announced Friday it plans to expand its Tuscaloosa plant to produce electric passenger cars. The news came at the time of the facilities’ 20th anniversary celebration.
In addition to manufacturing SUV models for the automaker’s EQ brand, Mercedes said it will also build a battery factory near the plant to …

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BMW: ‘We Don’t Need No Stinking Keys’

by Christian Stampfer
BMW: ‘We Don’t Need No Stinking Keys’

MUNICH—The first ignition keys were introduced by Chrysler in 1949, although car doors required keys prior to that time. Early innovations in car keys included jackknife-like flip keys and keys with elaborate marque’s logos on them. Starting in the mid-1990s, cars began to come with transponder keys, programmed to allow …

Review and Test Drive: 1993 Mercedes-Benz 500SL Coupe/Roadster

by Jonathan Spira
Review and Test Drive:  1993 Mercedes-Benz 500SL Coupe/Roadster

One of the most beautiful cars ever built arguably was the Mercedes-Benz SL coupe, which was introduced in 1954 as the 300SL, a model known for its distinctive gullwing doors. The legendary 300SL was developed specifically for the U.S. market as the result of a suggestion by legendary European automobile …

Review and Test Drive: 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring RF

by Jonathan Spira
Review and Test Drive:  2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring RF

September signals the end of the meteorological summer season and what better send-off to summer than a Soul Red Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring RF. Indeed, that’s what arrived at our offices on a warm and sunny day, perfect convertible weather.
With a striking silhouette that gives it a more coupe-like …

Uber to Scrap Petrol and Diesel Cars in U.K. by 2022

by Paul Riegler
Uber to Scrap Petrol and Diesel Cars in U.K. by 2022

Ride-hailing service Uber said it plans to start charging riders a “clean air” fee as part of its plans to eliminate diesel- and petrol-powered cars from its U.K. fleet within the next five years.
The company said it plans to add a 35p ($0.46) charge to rides in the United Kingdom …

As Expected, Gas Prices Spike Just In Time for Labor Day Weekend

by Paul Riegler
As Expected, Gas Prices Spike Just In Time for Labor Day Weekend

Although it took a few days, the effects of Hurricane Harvey are finally beginning to be felt at the pump. The price for a gallon of regular unleaded fuel hit $2.45 on average, the highest recorded price so far this year according to the Automobile Association of America. The average …

BMW Unveils Mini Electric Concept

by Jesse Sokolow
BMW Unveils Mini Electric Concept

BMW Group debuted its new Mini Electric Concept Wednesday. A production version of the concept car will come in 2019.
The car is fully electric, and is the direct ancestor of the Mini E, BMW’s first all-electric car, introduced almost ten years ago.
The vehicle has many of the characteristics of the …

BMW Introduces New 2018 i3 and i3s Electric Vehicles

by Christian Stampfer
BMW Introduces New 2018 i3 and i3s Electric Vehicles

MUNICH—BMW introduced a redesigned i3 electric vehicle for the model year 2018 and announced a new model, the BMW i3s, the sport version of the i3.
The new 2018 i3 features an updated design, new standard features, and the same powerplant as the 2017 model, which, in turn was updated for …

‘Challenge Tesla,’ Says Chancellor’s Office to German Auto Industry

by Christian Stampfer
‘Challenge Tesla,’ Says Chancellor’s Office to German Auto Industry

MUNICH—The German auto industry should invest more in electric vehicles and not rest on its laurels, said Kanzleramtschef, or Chancellor’s Chief of Staff, Peter Altmaier over the weekend in Berlin.
Mr. Altmaier said he was disappointed by the response of managers at German automakers following the Dieselgate scandal while speaking at …

Review and Test Drive: 2017 Volkswagen e-Golf SEL Premium

by Paul Riegler
Review and Test Drive:  2017 Volkswagen e-Golf SEL Premium

Volkswagen didn’t put all of its eggs in the diesel basket. The company’s plans call for it to produce one million electric vehicles a year by 2025, a number similar to what Tesla is projecting for its own sales. The significant difference is that VW has experience in building millions …

Mazda Invents Diesel-Like Gasoline Engine with 30% Greater Fuel Efficiency

by Paul Riegler

Mazda announced a significant breakthrough, a petrol engine that works more like a diesel engine and is 20% to 30% more fuel efficient than its current engines.
The new homogenous charge compression ignition engine ignites gasoline through compression, virtually eliminating the use of spark plugs except in very cold temperatures. The …

Volkswagen Executive Pleads Guilty in Dieselgate Case

by Paul Riegler
Volkswagen Executive Pleads Guilty in Dieselgate Case

A senior Volkswagen executive pleaded guilty on Friday to charges relating to the automaker’s diesel emissions compliance scandal, known as Dieselgate.
Oliver Schmidt, who as general manager of the engineering and environmental office for VW of America, had served as the beleaguered automaker’s top emissions compliance executive in the United States, …

Apple CarPlay to Get Lane Guidance, Speed Limit Info, Alternative Routes in iOS 11 But Here’s What Else We Want

by Jeremy Del Nero
Apple CarPlay to Get Lane Guidance, Speed Limit Info, Alternative Routes in iOS 11 But Here’s What Else We Want

It fell to me, the sole Android user on staff, to put together a dispassionate wish list for new features in CarPlay when Apple launches its iOS 11 operating system come fall. Some of the more rabid CarPlay fans here at Frequent Business Traveler, including FBT Editorial Director Jonathan Spira …