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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The 2020 New York International Auto Show Has Been Cancelled Amidst the Coronavirus Pandemic

by Paul Riegler
The 2020 New York International Auto Show Has Been Cancelled Amidst the Coronavirus Pandemic

The 2020 New York International Auto Show, which was slated to take place in early April at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center and then postponed until August, has been cancelled, the show’s organizers said.
The Javits Center location is currently an active field hospital that is in stand-by mode for …

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Car Rental Pioneer Hertz First Major Travel Company to File for Bankruptcy Amidst Coronavirus Pandemic

by Paul Riegler
Car Rental Pioneer Hertz First Major Travel Company to File for Bankruptcy Amidst Coronavirus Pandemic

The economic effects of the coronavirus claimed its first major travel company as on Friday as Hertz Global Holdings and several of its U.S. and Canadian subsidiaries filed for bankruptcy protection under Chapter 11. The company is the number two car rental agency in the world after Avis.
The company said …

BMW Welt Reopens in Munich As Coronavirus Restrictions in Germany Ease

by Kurt Stolz
BMW Welt Reopens in Munich As Coronavirus Restrictions in Germany Ease

The BMW Welt, BMW’s €500 million ($540 million) brand experience and delivery center, reopened Friday after closing on March 17, following a directive issued by the Bavarian government for all tourist attractions to close.
Now the most popular tourist attraction in Munich, the BMW Welt opened its doors on October …

BMW to End European Delivery Program

by Kurt Stolz
BMW to End European Delivery Program

BMW of North America announced it will end its European Delivery program in the fall of 2020.
European Delivery, which has existed since the 1960s, allows a car buyer in the United States to take delivery of the vehicle at the manufacturer’s factory delivery location. The program is, of course, only available …

Photo Essay: A Surreal Look at New York City in the Age of the Coronavirus

by Anna Breuer
Photo Essay: A Surreal Look at New York City in the Age of the Coronavirus

Over the past few weeks, Green Car Driver Editorial Director Jonathan Spira has been photographically documenting New York City.
Most streets are deserted and cultural landmarks have gone dark. Indeed, since mid-March, there has been a 90% decline in subway ridership, a 20% drop in the crime rate, a 60% decrease in …

General Motors Shuts Down Maven Car-Sharing Service

by Paul Riegler
General Motors Shuts Down Maven Car-Sharing Service

General Motors said Tuesday it would shutter its car-sharing service, Maven.
The General launched Maven in 2016, calling it a competitor to Zipcar.  The service offered new GM vehicles equipped with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, satellite radio, and a 4G LTE Internet connection but it struggled to build a substantial following.
Maven …

Mercedes, Volkswagen, and Volvo to Restart Production in Europe Next Week

by Paul Riegler

Automakers in Europe – which employ some 9% of factory workers in the European Union – said they would cautiously begin to reopen their plants.
Volkswagen will reopen assembly lines in Zwickau, Germany, and Bratislava, Slovakia, on Monday, and Volvo will restart production at its Torslanda factory in Sweden.  Daimler, parent …

Review and Test Drive: 2020 Volvo XC90 T8 eAWD Plug-In Hybrid

by Jonathan Spira
Review and Test Drive:  2020 Volvo XC90 T8 eAWD Plug-In Hybrid

While I’ve always admired Volvo from afar, it wasn’t until the launch of the new 90 Series, specifically the XC90 and the S90 that quickly followed it, that I actually lusted after one.
All 90 Series vehicles are built on the automaker’s global platform, SPA or Scalable Product Architecture. They all …

It’s a Pandemic, But Can I Travel?

by Paul Riegler
It’s a Pandemic, But Can I Travel?

‘The Life You Save May Be Your Own’
Readers of The Green Car Driver were always on the go, until of course they weren’t, a trait now shared with the rest of the world.
While most of the population might think such a question as the one posed in the headline is frivolous, …

Review and Test Drive: 2020 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro and Nightshade Edition

by Jonathan Spira
Review and Test Drive:  2020 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro and Nightshade Edition

If you want a bit of fun, park your Army Green Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro somewhat adjacent to an off-road trail or gravel road.  For even more fun, wear a safety vest and hold a large walkie-talkie in your hand. For no good reason whatsoever, almost every car turning off will …

Review and Test Drive: 2020 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross SEL S-AWC

by Paul Riegler
Review and Test Drive:  2020 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross SEL S-AWC

The Mitsubishi Eclipse is permanently enshrined in my personal hall of fame of marketers. Why?  The automaker hitched its wagon, perhaps quite literally, to what was truly rather remarkable total solar eclipse that traveled across entire continental United States for the first time in almost a century in the summer …

2020 New York International Auto Show to be Postponed Due to Coronavirus Outbreak

by Paul Riegler
2020 New York International Auto Show to be Postponed Due to Coronavirus Outbreak

The 2020 New York International Auto Show, which was slated to take place in early April, will be postponed until August, the show’s organizers said.
The show dates back more than a century and was previously held at the New York Coliseum, the old Madison Square Garden, and the Grand Central …

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 …