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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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 …

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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 …

With Summer Just Around the Corner, Fuel Prices Rise Precipitously

by Jesse Sokolow
With Summer Just Around the Corner, Fuel Prices Rise Precipitously

Schools are letting out, graduation caps are being tossed, and the beginning of summer is nearly here. For many people, that means packing up the car and heading to the beach or the mountains. For drivers around the country though, the bad news is that fuel prices are up across …

Review and Test Drive: 2018 Volvo XC60 T8 E-AWD and T6 R-Design

by Jonathan Spira
Review and Test Drive:  2018 Volvo XC60 T8 E-AWD and T6 R-Design

Those not in the know might assume that the typical Volvo wagon driver is a retired college professor, or perhaps a dentist somewhere in New England. Starting with the introduction of the storied automaker’s Scalable Product Architecture and the S90 sedan, Volvo is the epitome of Scandinavian cool, that image …

Former VW CEO Winterkorn Indicted in Dieselgate Case

by Paul Riegler
Former VW CEO Winterkorn Indicted in Dieselgate Case

Former Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn has been indicted for his alleged role in the Dieselgate emissions-cheating scandal that cost the automaker its reputation and billions of dollars in fines and penalties.
The indictment, which was filed in secret in U.S. District Court in Detroit on March 14, was unsealed Thursday as …

States Sue Trump Administration Over Rollback of Auto Emissions Rules

by Paul Riegler
States Sue Trump Administration Over Rollback of Auto Emissions Rules

A coalition of 17 states and the District of Columbia sued the Trump administration on Tuesday over its plan to weaken federal auto emissions standards.
The states, which are led by California and include Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania, said that the Environmental Protection Agency’s attempts to roll …

In 1899, Henry Bliss, America’s First Pedestrian Fatality, Was Struck by an Electric Taxi

by Paul Riegler
In 1899, Henry Bliss, America’s First Pedestrian Fatality, Was Struck by an Electric Taxi

Although much fuss was made five years ago when a test fleet of Nissan Leaf all-electric taxicabs hit New York City streets hailed as the first all-electric powered taxis, the facts are a little different. In 1899, almost 90% of the New York City taxi fleet was electric.
At the turn …

Bosch Announces A ‘Breakthrough’ That Could Save Diesel

by Christian Stampfer
Bosch Announces A ‘Breakthrough’ That Could Save Diesel

MUNICH—Robert Bosch said Wednesday that it has developed a new diesel-exhaust system that would allow automakers to continue to offer diesel powerplants in the future.
The new technology would cut emissions to below the 2020 EU emissions regulations by bringing nitrogen oxides or NOx to 13 milligrams per kilometer, well below …

Apple Adds Lane Guidance in Maps App to Czechia, Finland, Hungary, Ireland, and Poland

by Paul Riegler
Apple Adds Lane Guidance in Maps App to Czechia, Finland, Hungary, Ireland, and Poland

Apple added the Lane Guidance feature to its Maps App for users in Czech Republic, Finland, Hungary, Ireland, and Poland
In February, Apple added Austria, South Africa, and Switzerland to the list.
Lane Guidance displays the lane the driver should be in via a floating black information panel that disappears after it’s …