Photo Essay: The American Cars of Cuba

Photo Essay: The American Cars of Cuba

by Paul Riegler

One of the images of Cuba ingrained in my mind is the incredible scene of classic American cars from the 1950s that continue to ply Cuban streets. Indeed, a ride in a classic American car (many serve as taxis) is a rite of passage for visitors to Havana.
It is an …

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Inside The Green Car Driver

U.S. Gives Green Light to VW 3.0-Liter Diesel Engine Dieselgate Fix

by Paul Riegler
U.S. Gives Green Light to VW 3.0-Liter Diesel Engine Dieselgate Fix

U.S. and California regulators approved Volkswagen AG’s recommended course of action for 38,000 diesel-powered vehicles from the company’s Volkswagen, Audi, and Porsche brands, according to a letter released publicly on Monday.
The approval addresses the automaker’s SUVs with 3.0-liter diesel engines believed to emit excess emissions and means that the German …

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Delayed Fall Foliage Season Arrives with Promise of Color

by Anna Breuer
Delayed Fall Foliage Season Arrives with Promise of Color

Many parts of the Northeast United States including New York and New England will experience peak foliage conditions in the coming week as the extended summer season begins to come to a close. This means it’s time for a fall foliage drive or weekend getaway to see the colors.
Trees throughout …

GM and Ford Announce Plans to Expand Lineup of Electric Models

by Paul Riegler
GM and Ford Announce Plans to Expand Lineup of Electric Models

General Motors announced plans on Monday for 20 all-new all-electric vehicles. The automaker said it would introduce all 20 by 2023, including two within the next 18 months.
The General’s move was followed by an announcement by Ford, which said it would add 13 electrified models by the end of the …

Road Test and Review: Apple CarPlay iOS 11 Lane Guidance, Speed Limit Info, and Alternative Routes

by Paul Riegler
Road Test and Review: Apple CarPlay iOS 11 Lane Guidance, Speed Limit Info, and Alternative Routes

Apple has released the latest and greatest version of its mobile operating system, iOS 11, which included significant updates to Apple CarPlay, Apple’s in-vehicle touch-based display interface that functions as an extension of a driver’s iPhone. We took the opportunity to spend a few weeks behind the wheel in several …

Review and Test Drive: 2017 Ford Focus ST

by Paul Riegler
Review and Test Drive:  2017 Ford Focus ST

While the words “Ford Focus” might not generate a big grin on the part of most auto enthusiasts, adding two letters – ST – will surely change that. The ST is an enthusiast’s car, fun to drive, inexpensive, and powerful.
Our Ford Focus ST arrived in with the new Triple Yellow …

Dyson to Develop an Electric Vehicle

by Paul Riegler
Dyson to Develop an Electric Vehicle

Dyson, a company known for its innovative vacuum cleaners and fans, said Tuesday it is working on an electric vehicle to be launched by 2020.
The news was announced by the company in a tweet.
“James Dyson just announced to @Dyson employees that we’ve begun work on a battery electric vehicle, due …

Mercedes-Benz to Manufacture Electric Vehicles in the United States

by Paul Riegler
Mercedes-Benz to Manufacture Electric Vehicles in the United States

Mercedes-Benz announced Friday it plans to expand its Tuscaloosa plant to produce electric passenger cars. The news came at the time of the facilities’ 20th anniversary celebration.
In addition to manufacturing SUV models for the automaker’s EQ brand, Mercedes said it will also build a battery factory near the plant to …

BMW: ‘We Don’t Need No Stinking Keys’

by Christian Stampfer
BMW: ‘We Don’t Need No Stinking Keys’

MUNICH—The first ignition keys were introduced by Chrysler in 1949, although car doors required keys prior to that time. Early innovations in car keys included jackknife-like flip keys and keys with elaborate marque’s logos on them. Starting in the mid-1990s, cars began to come with transponder keys, programmed to allow …

Review and Test Drive: 1993 Mercedes-Benz 500SL Coupe/Roadster

by Jonathan Spira
Review and Test Drive:  1993 Mercedes-Benz 500SL Coupe/Roadster

One of the most beautiful cars ever built arguably was the Mercedes-Benz SL coupe, which was introduced in 1954 as the 300SL, a model known for its distinctive gullwing doors. The legendary 300SL was developed specifically for the U.S. market as the result of a suggestion by legendary European automobile …

Review and Test Drive: 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring RF

by Jonathan Spira
Review and Test Drive:  2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring RF

September signals the end of the meteorological summer season and what better send-off to summer than a Soul Red Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring RF. Indeed, that’s what arrived at our offices on a warm and sunny day, perfect convertible weather.
With a striking silhouette that gives it a more coupe-like …

Uber to Scrap Petrol and Diesel Cars in U.K. by 2022

by Paul Riegler
Uber to Scrap Petrol and Diesel Cars in U.K. by 2022

Ride-hailing service Uber said it plans to start charging riders a “clean air” fee as part of its plans to eliminate diesel- and petrol-powered cars from its U.K. fleet within the next five years.
The company said it plans to add a 35p ($0.46) charge to rides in the United Kingdom …

As Expected, Gas Prices Spike Just In Time for Labor Day Weekend

by Paul Riegler
As Expected, Gas Prices Spike Just In Time for Labor Day Weekend

Although it took a few days, the effects of Hurricane Harvey are finally beginning to be felt at the pump. The price for a gallon of regular unleaded fuel hit $2.45 on average, the highest recorded price so far this year according to the Automobile Association of America. The average …

BMW Unveils Mini Electric Concept

by Jesse Sokolow
BMW Unveils Mini Electric Concept

BMW Group debuted its new Mini Electric Concept Wednesday. A production version of the concept car will come in 2019.
The car is fully electric, and is the direct ancestor of the Mini E, BMW’s first all-electric car, introduced almost ten years ago.
The vehicle has many of the characteristics of the …