2017 Toyota Prius Prime: First Look and Photo Gallery

2017 Toyota Prius Prime: First Look and Photo Gallery

by Jonathan Spira

The Toyota Prius Prime is an all-new plug-in hybrid and the successor to the Prius Plug-In Hybrid that the Japanese automaker introduced in 2012. It’s far more efficient than the outgoing model, is replete with new technology, and can travel greater distances on all-electric power.
While the Prius Prime’s styling is …

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Chevrolet to Offer Diesel Option in 2018 Equinox

by Jesse Sokolow
Chevrolet to Offer Diesel Option in 2018 Equinox

Chevrolet announced details about the redesigned Equinox model, which will arrive for the 2018 model year.
The new Equinox will offer multiple powertrain options including a diesel. A nine-speed automatic transmission will be standard across the model range. The Equinox will feature an exterior design reminiscent of the GMC Acacia, a …

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Google Self-Driving Car Involved in Serious Accident

by Paul Riegler
Google Self-Driving Car Involved in Serious Accident

A Google-operated self-driving Lexus SUV was struck by a commercial van at an intersection in Mountain View, California.   The truck failed to stop at the red light and ran into the Lexus causing significant damage but no injuries were reported.
“A Google vehicle was traveling northbound on Phyllis Ave. in Mountain …

VW Shareholders Seek €8.2 Billion for Lost Value after Dieselgate

by Paul Riegler
VW Shareholders Seek €8.2 Billion for Lost Value after Dieselgate

Volkswagen’s latest Dieselgate travail comes from its shareholders, who are looking to hold the embattled German automaker accountable for deceiving vehicle buyers, dealerships, and the shareholders.
The shareholders are filing suit against the company in record numbers after their holdings lost significant value following the news of the diesel emissions scandal.
The …

BMW Launches ReachNow Car Sharing in Portland

by Paul Riegler
BMW Launches ReachNow Car Sharing in Portland

BMW of North America announced Monday that its ReachNow car-sharing service has commenced operations in Portland, Oregon.
ReachNow’s goal is to “provide drivers with an experience that is as convenient as owning a car,” BMW said in a statement.
ReachNow’s Portland fleet includes 260 vehicles including the BMW 3 Series, Mini Clubman, …

BMW to Offer 2 New ChargeNow Electric Vehicle Charging Options in 25 Cities

by Jesse Sokolow
BMW to Offer 2 New ChargeNow Electric Vehicle Charging Options in 25 Cities

BMW introduced two new public charging programs for drivers of its electric vehicles. The ChargeNow by EVgo Annual Pass and ChargeNow by EVgo Pay as you Go plans offer various benefits to BMW EV owners.
The ChargeNow by EVgo Annual Pass offers BMW i3 drivers unlimited access to 30-minute DC Fast …

Road Test and Review: 2016 Volvo S60 T5 Inscription

by Jonathan Spira
Road Test and Review: 2016 Volvo S60 T5 Inscription

Of all the places I had imagined I’d drive a Volvo – Alaska, Gothenburg, even New England in the snow – I never thought of the car as a desert warrior. But there I was in Palm Springs, California, in a Seashell Metallic S60 Inscription T5 and the temperature had …

VW Engineer Pleads Guilty in Dieselgate Criminal Case

by Paul Riegler
VW Engineer Pleads Guilty in Dieselgate Criminal Case

A senior Volkswagen engineer pleaded guilty to conspiring to defraud buyers of VW diesels as well as federal regulators in the first criminal charges stemming from the U.S. investigation into the German carmaker’s emissions deception known as Dieselgate.
James Liang entered his plea in made in the United States District Court …

2016 Toyota Avalon Hybrid – Review and Road Test

by Jonathan Spira
2016 Toyota Avalon Hybrid – Review and Road Test

The first-ever Toyota Avalon, a 1995 model, rolled off the assembly line at the automaker’s plant in Georgetown, Kentucky in 1994, and it has been updated several times since. The current fourth generation model, introduced for the 2013 model year marked the debut of the Avalon Hybrid, which is built …

EU: Volkswagen May Have Broken Consumer Laws in 20 Countries

by Paul Riegler
EU: Volkswagen May Have Broken Consumer Laws in 20 Countries

The European Commission believes that Volkswagen may have broken consumer-protection laws in 20 countries by installing software that cheated on emissions testing.
The two statutes cited are the Consumer Sales and Guarantees Directive that prohibits companies from making exaggerated environmental claims in their marketing as well as the Unfair Commercial Practises …

Jaguar Debuts 2 New Diesel Models in the U.S.

by Paul Riegler
Jaguar Debuts 2 New Diesel Models in the U.S.

Jaguar Land Rover announced the launch of two diesel-powered sedans in the United States.
Both come with the new Ingenium 2.0-liter inline four banger that develops 180 horsepower at 4,000 rpm and 318 pound-feet of torque between 1,750 and 2,500 rpm.  The diesel engine is paired with an eight-speed ZF automatic …

Left Lane Hogs: Speed Up, Stay Right, or Get a Ticket

by Jonathan Spira
Left Lane Hogs: Speed Up, Stay Right, or Get a Ticket

Growing up partially in Europe, where the majority of my time behind the wheel was on the Autobahns of Germany and Austria, I was struck by the poor lane discipline exhibited by drivers in the United States when it came to driving on the right and passing on the left.
Lane …

VW to Pay U.S. Dealers $1.2 Billion as Dieselgate Compensation

by Paul Riegler
VW to Pay U.S. Dealers $1.2 Billion as Dieselgate Compensation

In the wake of the Dieselgate scandal, many Volkswagen dealerships found that their franchises had little value beyond that of their real estate and their parts and new car inventory. Fahrvergnügen, it turned out, had little residual value.
On Thursday, Volkswagen Group of America agreed to compensate its 650 dealers for …

BMW Unveils First 4-Cylinder 7 Series: the 64 MPGe 2017 740e xDrive iPerformance

by Jesse Sokolow
BMW Unveils First 4-Cylinder 7 Series: the 64 MPGe 2017 740e xDrive iPerformance

BMW of North America announced the introduction of the 2017 740e xDrive iPerformance. The new sedan is the first 7er in the U.S. market to come with a four-cylinder engine.
The 7er is powered by a plug-in hybrid drive system that combines a BMW four-cylinder gasoline engine with TwinPower Turbo technology …