Review and Test Drive:  2019 Volkswagen Arteon SEL Premium R-Line

Review and Test Drive: 2019 Volkswagen Arteon SEL Premium R-Line

by Jonathan Spira

When it was introduced in 2008, it was the latest in a trend from German automakers: the four-door coupe. Traditionally, a coupe had two doors but those presumptions have long fallen by the wayside.  We’re talking about the Volkswagen CC. We loved it when it came out (CC stood for “Comfort …

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Nissan to Offer ‘Switch’ Car Subscription Option

by Paul Riegler
Nissan to Offer ‘Switch’ Car Subscription Option

Nissan announced the launch of a new-vehicle subscription service, Nissan Switch, on Wednesday.
The automaker is piloting the program in the Houston area.
Switch by Nissan will provide members with a selection of Nissan vehicles ranging from the Altima, Frontier, Pathfinder, and Rogue that are included in the Select program, and the …

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GM to Shutter Holden in Australia, Further Withdraws from Right-Hand Drive Markets

by Paul Riegler
GM to Shutter Holden in Australia, Further Withdraws from Right-Hand Drive Markets

General Motors said it will discontinue its iconic Holden brand in Australia and New Zealand and pull out of those markets.
“At the highest levels of our company we have the deepest respect for Holden’s heritage and contribution to our company and to the countries of Australia and New Zealand,” said …

German Court Orders Tesla to Stop Cutting Down Trees for Gigafactory

by Paul Riegler
German Court Orders Tesla to Stop Cutting Down Trees for Gigafactory

U.S. electric car manufacturer Tesla was ordered by a Germany court to stop clearing trees in in a forest near Berlin as it prepared to build a so-called Gigafactory to build cars and batteries in Grünheide.
The ruling by the Oberverwaltungsgericht of Berlin and Brandenburg came after the state Landsat für …

Review and Test Drive: 2020 Lincoln Aviator Reserve

by Jonathan Spira
Review and Test Drive:  2020 Lincoln Aviator Reserve

If the name Lincoln Aviator sounds familiar, that’s because it is: the first generation Lincoln Aviator was produced from 2003 through 2005 as a rebadged Mercury Mountaineer, itself being a rebadged Ford Explorer.  Perhaps the only Lincoln with a shorter shelf life was the Lincoln Blackwood pickup, which made its …

CES to Open Its Doors Sunday: Expect New EVs, Futuristic Sex Toys, and Gadgets of all Shapes and Sizes

by Paul Riegler
CES to Open Its Doors Sunday: Expect New EVs, Futuristic Sex Toys, and Gadgets of all Shapes and Sizes

The Consumer Electronics Show, which prefers to be known as the CES, will open its doors Sunday, unleashing an avalanche of giant TVs, robots, sex toys from the future, and all kinds of gadgets, many with Alexa built in.
What the CES is not is a platform for some of the …

Review and Test Drive: 2019 Volkswagen Jetta SEL Premium

by Paul Riegler
Review and Test Drive:  2019 Volkswagen Jetta SEL Premium

The all-new 2019 Volkswagen Jetta is the latest generation in the Wolfsburg automaker’s 40-year run with the seemingly unbeatable compact. It’s also the most premium Jetta ever.
The Jetta – which depending on year and market has been branded as Atlantic, Vento, Bora, City Jetta,Jetta City, GLI, Clasico, and Sagiar – …

Review and Test Drive: 2019 Lexus ES 350 F Sport

by Jonathan Spira
Review and Test Drive:  2019 Lexus ES 350 F Sport

Executive Sedan.  If you weren’t paying attention, that’s what the “ES” in Lexus ES stands for.  Lexus first introduced the ES series in its earliest days back in 1989 a mere seven generations ago.  The ES started as a compact executive sedan and over the years became a mid-sized luxury …

Review and Test Drive: 2019 Lexus LS and LS Hybrid

by Jonathan Spira
Review and Test Drive:  2019 Lexus LS and LS Hybrid

Now in its fifth generation, the current LS made its debut at the 2017 North American International Auto Show in Detroit and claims a heritage that goes back to 1989, when Lexus first entered the U.S. market.
While the first four generations of the LS were V8 powered and predominantly rear-wheel …

Review and Test Drive: 2019 Volkswagen Atlas SEL R-Line 4Motion

by Paul Riegler
Review and Test Drive:  2019 Volkswagen Atlas SEL R-Line 4Motion

Introduced in 2017 as a 2018 model, the Volkswagen Atlas filled in a gap in Wolfsburg’s lineup: a three-row SUV.
Previewed as the Volkswagen Crossblue, the Volkswagen Atlas, made in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Its name is quite apt: In Greek mythology, of course, Atlas was the Titan condemned by Zeus to hold …

Jaguar Boosts Range of I-Pace EV With Software Update

by Anna Breuer
Jaguar Boosts Range of I-Pace EV With Software Update

Jaguar is releasing a software update to its I-Pace EV that will increase the vehicle’s range by 12 miles (19 kilometers).
The I-Pace was unveiled in concept-car form at the 2016 Los Angeles International Auto Show and officially announced in early 2018. Manufactured under contract by Magna Steyr in Austria, the …

Germany Surpasses Norway as Europe’s Largest Electric Car Market

by Paul Riegler
Germany Surpasses Norway as Europe’s Largest Electric Car Market

Germany is now poised to take the lead in sales of electric vehicles, beating out perennial favorite Norway, which has held the position of frontrunner since 2010.
The news shows that German automakers’ investments in developing electric vehicles that average consumers will buy are finally paying off.
The number of new electric …

5 Tips for a Safer Uber or Lyft Ride

by Anna Breuer
5 Tips for a Safer Uber or Lyft Ride

With recent headlines that include over 3,000 allegations of sexual assault by Uber drivers in 2018, many passengers are justly concerned about their safety when using a ride-hailing service such as Uber or Lyft.
Here are five tips that will help keep passengers safe.
1.)       Compare vehicle info before entering the vehicle.  …

BMW Drops $80 Annual Subscription Fee for Apple CarPlay

by Paul Riegler
BMW Drops $80 Annual Subscription Fee for Apple CarPlay

BMW said it would discontinue the unpopular annual subscription fee it charges some drivers to use their vehicle’s Apple CarPlay feature.
The Bavarian automaker introduced the fee in 2016, first as a one-time $300 fee and then as an annual $80 subscription. The fee did not apply to older vehicles with …