Automakers Tell Trump Not to Weaken Tailpipe Emissions Standards

Automakers Tell Trump Not to Weaken Tailpipe Emissions Standards

by Paul Riegler

The U.S. auto industry – which had asked President Trump to relax pollution standards shortly after his inauguration – is now warning that his efforts to reduce tailpipe emissions are going to create instability for the automakers themselves.
In a letter released on Thursday and signed by 17 companies including General …

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BMW Shutters ReachNow Car-Sharing Service

by Jesse Sokolow
BMW Shutters ReachNow Car-Sharing Service

BMW announced on Wednesday the closing of its ReachNow ride-hailing and car-sharing business.
The business, which was recently rolled into a joint venture with Daimler, offered services in Seattle and Portland and was set to be merged with Car2Go, also part of the joint venture, but a new “realignment” meant that …

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BMW Names Production Chief New CEO

by Anna Breuer
BMW Names Production Chief New CEO

BMW’s Vorstand, or supervisory board, announced the appointment of Oliver Zipse to the position of chief executive officer.
The appointment is effective on August 16, 2019, the Munich-based automaker said following a meeting of the Vorstand in Spartanburg, South Carolina, where BMW has a plant. Mr. Zipse will succeed Harald Krüger, …

After Seven Decades, Final VW Beetle Rolls Off the Assembly Line

by Paul Riegler
After Seven Decades, Final VW Beetle Rolls Off the Assembly Line

After eight decades, the longest-running and most-manufactured automobile in history, the Volkswagen Beetle, has become extinct.
Production of the current generation Volkswagen Beetle rolled to an end at the automaker’s plant in Puebla, Mexico, on Wednesday.
The final Volkswagen Beetle was a Denim Blue coupe that will remain on display at the …

BMW to Seek New CEO

by Paul Riegler
BMW to Seek New CEO

BMW’s chief executive, Harald Krüger, will step down before his contract ends in April of next year.
The Munich-based automaker said Friday that its Vorstand, or supervisory board, will name a new CEO after its July 18 meeting.
The news follows BMW’s announcement that it is accelerating its rollout of a fleet …

Review: 1963 Lincoln Continental Convertible

by Jonathan Spira
Review:  1963 Lincoln Continental Convertible

Classic. Iconic. Few vehicles are deserved of such exultations as the fourth generation Lincoln Continental and Lincoln Continental Convertible.
Introduced in 1961 with the marque’s first rear-hinged doors in a decade, the 1963 Lincoln Continental Convertible was America’s only four-door convertible, not just in that model year but for the entirety …

Lee Iacocca, Auto Industry Icon Who Led Both Ford and Chrysler, Dies at 94

by Jesse Sokolow
Lee Iacocca, Auto Industry Icon Who Led Both Ford and Chrysler, Dies at 94

Lee Iacocca, an auto industry visionary who led both Ford and Chrysler and who is credited with having created the Ford Mustang, died Tuesday at his hem in Bel Air, California He was 94.
His death from complications from Parkinson’s disease was confirmed by his youngest daughter.
Mr. Iacocca began his career …

Record Number of Americans to Hit the Road This July 4th as Gas Prices Drop

by Jeremy Del Nero
Record Number of Americans to Hit the Road This July 4th as Gas Prices Drop

If you are heading out on the road to celebrate the 4th of July holiday, you most certainly won’t be alone. Some 41.4 million Americans will hit the road according to figures released by the Automobile Association of America.
That figure represents a 4.1% increase over 2018, which means that an …

Apple Acquires Autonomous Driving Startup Drive.ai

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Apple Acquires Autonomous Driving Startup Drive.ai

Apple announced the acquisition of Drive.ai, a developer of autonomous vehicle systems.
The Bay Area based company was reportedly days away from shutting down due to a lack of funding.
Drive.ai had already laid off 90 workers and notified the state of California it intended to shut down operations prior to the …

BMW Speeds Up Plans for Electric Vehicle Rollout

by Christian Stampfer
BMW Speeds Up Plans for Electric Vehicle Rollout

MUNICH—BMW will accelerate its plans to bring additional electric and hybrid-electric vehicles to the market, the automaker said Tuesday at an event in Munich. It is also introducing a new feature that will automatically switch off internal combustion engines in its hybrid cars when they enter heavily polluted city centers, …

Hertz to Offer BMWs and Mercedes as Part of ‘Kollektion 7’ in Germany

by Paul Riegler
Hertz to Offer BMWs and Mercedes as Part of ‘Kollektion 7’ in Germany

Hertz announced a new offering for the European rental market, Kollektion 7 – Made in Germany.
The new collection combines a selection of seven vehicles from German marques and echoes the British Collection offering that Hertz launched in England.
Kollektion 7 debuted Tuesday at Frankfurt Airport with a BMW M850i Cabriolet, BMW …

Review and Test Drive: 2019 Infiniti QX80 Limited

by Jonathan Spira
Review and Test Drive:  2019 Infiniti QX80 Limited

Based on the Nissan Armada pickup truck, the original Infiniti QX80 – albeit as the QX56 – went on sale in 2004 as the first Infiniti manufactured in the United States. It was known for several unique design details including the concealed rear door handles, which gave it the appearance …

BMW, Jaguar Land Rover to Partner on Electric Cars

by Anna Breuer
BMW, Jaguar Land Rover to Partner on Electric Cars

BMW and Jaguar Land Rover announced plans to work together on electric vehicle technology.
The two said such a collaboration is essential as the industry moves from traditional internal-combustion powered cars and trucks to ones that are autonomous, connected, electric, and can be shared.
“Together, we have the opportunity to cater more …

Apple CarPlay to Get Redesign and Better Siri Support in the Fall

by Paul Riegler
Apple CarPlay to Get Redesign and Better Siri Support in the Fall

At its Worldwide Developers Conference this week, Apple said that its in-vehicle infotainment system will get a significant update later this year, including a new user interface and new features.
Simultaneously with the launch of iOS 13 this fall, CarPlay will get the “biggest update ever,” including a new user interface …