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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Review and Test Drive: 2018 Toyota C-HR

by Jonathan Spira
Review and Test Drive:  2018 Toyota C-HR

Unveiled at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show, the Toyota C-HR keeps everyone guessing what C-HR might stand for. In introducing the car, Toyota said the name was derived from both Compact High Rider and Cross Hatch Run-about, but that really doesn’t matter.
What does matter is that it has a distinctively …

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BMW to Move Some Production from U.S. to China in Response to Tariffs

by Paul Riegler
BMW to Move Some Production from U.S. to China in Response to Tariffs

BMW, which is the largest exporter of autobiles in the United States, said Monday it plans to build more of its SUVs overseas as a result of new tariffs on U.S. goods in China.
BMW also said it would raise the price of vehicles built in South Carolina and sold in …

5 Tips for Driving in Europe This Summer

by Jonathan Spira
5 Tips for Driving in Europe This Summer

Planning a trip to Europe this summer? If so, consider touring the continent by car. Whether it’s the Romantische Straße in Germany, the Großglockner Hochalpenstraße in Austria, the Adriatic Highway from Split to Dubrovnik, or an equally beautiful but less well known path such as the Donau Straße in Lower …

EPA Chief Pruitt Resigns Following ‘First Class’ Scandals

by Anna Breuer
EPA Chief Pruitt Resigns Following ‘First Class’ Scandals

Scott Pruitt, the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, resigned Thursday.
The news was announced by President Trump in a tweet.
“I have accepted the resignation of Scott Pruitt as the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency,” he said. “Within the agency Scott has done an outstanding job, and I will always …

Volkswagen to Launch ‘We’ Electric Vehicle Car-Sharing Service

by Paul Riegler
Volkswagen to Launch ‘We’ Electric Vehicle Car-Sharing Service

Volkswagen announced plans to introduce its own car-sharing service. The new offering, dubbed We, will be available in its home market of Germany in 2019 and worldwide the following year. The fleet of cars available to drivers will be comprised solely of electric vehicles.
The automaker is entering the market “with …

German Cities Consider Free Public Transit to Avoid Diesel Ban

by Paul Riegler
German Cities Consider Free Public Transit to Avoid Diesel Ban

Public transit in German cities could become significantly less expensive or even free for residents under a plan proposed by three German officials.
“We are considering free public transit in order to reduce the number of private cars [in cities],” wrote Umweltministerin or Environmental Minister Barbara Hendricks and two colleagues in …

Review and Test Drive: 2018 Ford Mustang GT Premium Convertible

by Jonathan Spira
Review and Test Drive:  2018 Ford Mustang GT Premium Convertible

When Ford introduced the original Mustang in 1964, it also introduced an entirely new class of car, “pony cars,” a new category that comprised sporty yet affordable performance cars with long hoods and short rear decks.
The Mustang’s launch on April 16, 1964 was nothing if not monumental. To build excitement, …

Audi CEO Arrested in Dieselgate Case

by Christian Stampfer
Audi CEO Arrested in Dieselgate Case

MUNICH—Rupert Stadler, the Vorstandsvorsitzender or CEO of Audi, the German automaker, was arrested Monday morning relating to the automaker’s diesel emissions compliance scandal, known as Dieselgate., according to a statement by the Staatsanwaltschaft or district attorney’s office in Munich.
Stadler’s apartment in Ingolstadt was also searched.
“We confirm that Herr Stadler was …

Ford Debuts New Diesel and Hybrid Taxis

by Paul Riegler
Ford Debuts New Diesel and Hybrid Taxis

Ford, which was a major supplier of taxis in the United States with its Crown Victoria, produced from 1991 to 2011, introduced two new taxicab models Wednesday, one diesel, one hybrid  Both are available in School Bus Yellow.
The 2019 Ford Transit Connect Taxi is based on the new Transit Connect …

New York’s ‘Taxi of Tomorrow’ Is Now Yesterday’s News

by Paul Riegler
New York’s ‘Taxi of Tomorrow’ Is Now Yesterday’s News

The Nissan NV200, which was named New York City’s “Taxi of Tomorrow” in 2011 by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, is no longer the only taxi in town available to drivers for purchase.
Trumpeted by its proponents and the subject of legal action that was resolved (in favor of Nissan and the …

Mercedes Debuts ‘Mercedes-Benz Collection’ New Car Subscription Option

by Paul Riegler
Mercedes Debuts ‘Mercedes-Benz Collection’ New Car Subscription Option

Mercedes-Benz announced the launch of a new-vehicle subscription service, Mercedes-Benz Collection.
The new offering will have three tiers and each will allow drivers to switch between different types of vehicles during the subscription period. Two tiers will be offered in each city and prices will range from $1,095 go $2,995 per …

Tesla Reportedly Refunded 23% of Model 3 Deposits

by accura media group
Tesla Reportedly Refunded 23% of Model 3 Deposits

Electric vehicle manufacturer Tesla may have refunded some 23% of all deposits on its new Model 3 in the United States, according to new data released Monday.
Tesla began accepting $1,000 deposits for the new EV two years ago, promising customers that delivery would be in 2018. Tesla has repeatedly announced …

Hamburg First City in Germany to Ban Older Diesels

by Paul Riegler
Hamburg First City in Germany to Ban Older Diesels

Hamburg became the first city in Germany to ban older diesel-powered vehicles when it prohibited them last Thursday from using two of the city’s major thoroughfares.
The move follows a February ruling by the Bundesverwaltungsgericht, or Federal Administrative Court, to limit vehicle emissions in Stuttgart. The ruling set a precedent for …