Let’s Motor: Celebrating 15 Years of Mini in America

Let’s Motor: Celebrating 15 Years of Mini in America

by Jonathan Spira

As a child, I had seen them in England but hadn’t paid much attention. It was a fixture in spy films of the 1960s and 1970s including the classic 1969 film “The Italian Job,” starring Michael Caine. It was featured in what was one of the most memorable scenes in …

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Trump Threatens the ‘Very Bad’ German Auto Industry

by Christian Stampfer
Trump Threatens the ‘Very Bad’ German Auto Industry

MUNICH—President Trump appears to not like the fact that German automobiles have been selling in the United States as well as they have.
During Thursday’s NATO summit in Brussels, the president reportedly threatened to call a halt to sales of German cars in the United States and had some choice words …

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U.S. Government Sues Fiat Chrysler for Emissions Fraud

by Paul Riegler
U.S. Government Sues Fiat Chrysler for Emissions Fraud

The U.S. Department of Justice filed suit against Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Tuesday, accusing the automaker of using software to enable over 100,000 diesel-powered automobiles to pass emissions tests.
The suit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, says that the automaker built and sold 104,000 vehicles …

Mercedes-Benz to Debut New Smart Fortwo EV with Increased Torque in U.S.

by Jesse Sokolow
Mercedes-Benz to Debut New Smart Fortwo EV with Increased Torque in U.S.

Mercedes-Benz announced availability of the 2017 smart fortwo electric drive coupe and cabrio.
At $23,800 for the coupe and $28,000 for the cabrio, the two will be among the least expensive electric vehicles in the United States.
The 2017 models will feature new a higher top speed and more powerful motor than …

Judge Approves Settlement for VW Dieselgate 3.0-Liter Vehicles

by Jesse Sokolow
Judge Approves Settlement for VW Dieselgate 3.0-Liter Vehicles

Volkswagen announced a resolution for the Dieselgate lawsuits concerning its 3.0-liter diesel-powered vehicles.
Judge Charles R. Breyer of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California granted final approval to the settlement agreement between the beleaguered automaker company and private plaintiffs on Wednesday.
The settlement will resolve outstanding civil …

BMW to Install 100 New EV Chargers in Seattle

by Jesse Sokolow
BMW to Install 100 New EV Chargers in Seattle

BMW of North America announced that it installed the first of 20 new Light and Charge electric vehicle charging locations in Seattle. The station is located at Woodland Park Zoo.
The 20 stations will provide a total of 100 chargers, including both DC Fast Chargers and Level II chargers. Each station …

General Motors Retrenches International Operations to Focus on ‘Future of Mobility’

by Paul Riegler
General Motors Retrenches International Operations to Focus on ‘Future of Mobility’

General Motors, once the world’s largest automaker, said Thursday it will discontinue sales of Chevrolet vehicles in India, South Africa, and East Africa as part of a restructuring to help it focus on more profitable markets and invest in the “future of personal mobility.”
The company sold its European division, Adam Opel, …

Lyft and Alphabet’s Waymo Reach Deal to Partner on Self-Driving Cars

by Paul Riegler
Lyft and Alphabet’s Waymo Reach Deal to Partner on Self-Driving Cars

Waymo, the self-driving car unit of Google parent Alphabet, and Lyft announced plans to collaborate on the development of autonomous vehicle technology.
The two startups will work together to create products and technology for self-driving cars although neither offered specifics on what that would entail or what the terms of the …

ExxonMobil Adds Apple Watch and Ford Sync 3 Support in Speedpass+ App

by Paul Riegler
ExxonMobil Adds Apple Watch and Ford Sync 3 Support in Speedpass+ App

ExxonMobil added multiple features to its Speedpass+ iOS app earlier this week.
The new features include support for the Apple Watch and Touch ID, as well as the ability to add the Speedpass+ app to Ford and Lincoln vehicles with the Sync3 infotainment system.
The addition of Apple Watch support allows owners …

BMW and Intel Launch ‘Highly Automated’ Car Test Fleet

by Paul Riegler
BMW and Intel Launch ‘Highly Automated’ Car Test Fleet

BMW and Intel announced the launch of their highly automated car test fleet Wednesday.
Using technology from Intel’s recent acquisition, Mobileye, the two companies are rolling out a fleet of 40 BMW 7 Series highly automated sedans with multiple Mobileye cameras for road scanning.
The companies plan to use the fleet to …

Europe Goes ‘On Sale’ for the Summer

by Jeremy Del Nero
Europe Goes ‘On Sale’ for the Summer

A spate of terrorist attacks, changes in government, and the looming exit of a major nation from the European Union have brought about an unlikely benefit for travelers: Europe, at least for Americans, is on sale.
Now is the time to start thinking about a European vacation this summer and, in …

BMW to Install 100 Electric Vehicle Charging Stations in National Parks

by Jesse Sokolow
BMW to Install 100 Electric Vehicle Charging Stations in National Parks

BMW of North America announced that the first of some 100 electric vehicle charging stations in America’s national parks is now operational at Thomas Edison National Historical Park in West Orange, New Jersey.
The automaker partnered with the National Park Foundation, National Park Service, and the Department of Energy to identify …

Apple CarPlay Gains New Functionality and an Improved Interface with iOS 10.3

by Jeremy Del Nero
Apple CarPlay Gains New Functionality and an Improved Interface with iOS 10.3

The recently released version of iOS, 10.3, included a few updates and tweaks to Apple CarPlay as well. The new features, while minor, greatly improve CarPlay’s usability and functionality and we used a 2017 Ford Superduty F250 Platinum diesel-powered pick-up truck as a test bed.
As regular readers know, we are …

Report from the 2017 New York Auto International Auto Show, Where Bigger Is Better

by Jonathan Spira
Report from the 2017 New York Auto International Auto Show, Where Bigger Is Better

NEW YORK—Showcasing dozens of new domestic and foreign cars as well as hundreds of updated ones, the New York International Auto Show opens to the public Friday after two press preview days.
The show, currently at the Jacob Javitz Convention Center, dates back more than a century and was previously held …