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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4th of July Travelers to See Lower Prices at the Pump

by Jesse Sokolow
4th of July Travelers to See Lower Prices at the Pump

While Memorial Day is the unofficial start of summer, the real summer travel season starts close to the 4th of July, which happens to be this weekend. If you are driving – and millions will be on the road at some point during what will be for most a four-day …

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Review and Test Drive: 2017 Lexus GS 450h Sedan

by Jonathan Spira
Review and Test Drive:  2017 Lexus GS 450h Sedan

The Lexus GS first made an appearance in 1993 and throughout all four generations has been available with six-cylinder engines and rear-wheel drive. A hybrid version debuted in 2005 and the fourth generation GS received a mid-life refresh in 2016.
It’s clear that Lexus has worked hard to differentiate the GS …

Jaguar Land Rover to Invest $25 Million in Lyft

by Jesse Sokolow
Jaguar Land Rover to Invest $25 Million in Lyft

Jaguar Land Rover announced that its mobility services business, InMotion, is making a $25 million investment in ride-hailing service Lyft.
Under the terms of the agreement, Jaguar Land Rover plans to supply Lyft with a fleet of vehicles for testing purposes. Lyft says it will use the cash to fund an …

Nissan, Honda Move to Improve Safety on the Road

by Paul Riegler
Nissan, Honda Move to Improve Safety on the Road

Two Japanese automakers, Nissan and Honda, individually announced, earlier in the week, features that should make driving safer.
Nissan said it will make its Automatic Emergency Braking feature standard on nearly one million cars it expects to sell in the United States in the 2018 model year. The feature will be …

War of Words: Turbulence in the German-American Transatlantic Partnership

by Christian Stampfer
War of Words: Turbulence in the German-American Transatlantic Partnership

MUNICH—Germany and the United States have, since the end of the Second World War, been the closest of allies and partners. The relationship has been predicated on the two nations’ strong beliefs in democratic ideals and a strong transatlantic economic trade partnership.
The Berlin Airlift and the Marshall Plan did much …

Review and Test Drive: 2017 Lincoln Continental

by Jonathan Spira
Review and Test Drive:  2017 Lincoln Continental

During my formative years in Beechhurst, I didn’t know much about my neighbor Rudolph Creteur, but what I did know is that he had been somehow connected to the automobile industry. The gentleman had the most amazing cars in his garage: a black 1961 Cadillac Sedan DeVille and a dark …

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 …

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, …

Review and Test Drive: 2017 Mazda Mazda6, Now Featuring G-Vectoring Control

by Jonathan Spira
Review and Test Drive:  2017 Mazda Mazda6, Now Featuring G-Vectoring Control

Mazda’s Mazda6 remains one of our favorite cars to drive when it comes for a week-long stay. We last reviewed it a little over a year ago, taking note of the use of the automaker’s Kodo design language – first introduced on the Shinari concept car in 2010. Kodo is …