Introducing The Green Car Driver’s 2017 BMW i3 with Range Extender Test Car

Introducing The Green Car Driver’s 2017 BMW i3 with Range Extender Test Car

by Jonathan Spira

The BMW i3 is a car that has long fascinated me, both for its unusual and handsome good looks, unparalleled greenness, and the story that goes with it. While we’ve spent considerable time with the i3 since its launch, the Bavarian EV gained additional range and power for 2017 and …

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Are Big American Sedans Finally Making Their Swan Song?

by Paul Riegler
Are Big American Sedans Finally Making Their Swan Song?

It’s happened before. Venerable nameplates such as Sedan de Ville, Buick LeSabre, Chevrolet Impala, Chrysler Imperial, and Lincoln Continental once ruled American roads. They were repeatedly downsized starting in the 1970s and most eventually became extinct. Now, amidst tanking sales, it appears the current crop of large American sedans might …

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Review and Test Drive: 2017 Infiniti QX30 Sport

by Jonathan Spira
Review and Test Drive:  2017 Infiniti QX30 Sport

If you scratch your head when someone mentions the Infiniti QX30, you aren’t alone: based on the Q30, the QX30 was introduced at the Geneva International Motor Show in 2015. It made its U.S. debut the same year at the New York International Auto Show.
Nissan’s third SUV also bears an …

New Law in Washington State Penalizes Driving Under the Influence of Electronic Devices

by Jesse Sokolow
New Law in Washington State Penalizes Driving Under the Influence of Electronic Devices

A new distracted-driving law went into effect in Washington State on Sunday that goes well beyond what the state’s current law covers.
In addition to making it illegal to hold a mobile phone to one’s ear while driving or to send text messages by typing them on the device, the new …

BMW Denies Collusion with Other Automakers on Diesel Emissions

by Christian Stampfer
BMW Denies Collusion with Other Automakers on Diesel Emissions

MUNICH—BMW went on record about its diesel-powered cars Sunday after a media report stated that German automakers had illegally colluded to rig their vehicles to pass emissions tests.
“BMW Group vehicles are not manipulated and comply with respective legal requirements,” the Bavarian manufacturer said in a statement.
“This of course also applies …

Mercedes Parent Daimler to Spend $255 Million to Reduce Pollution from Diesel

by Christian Stampfer
Mercedes Parent Daimler to Spend $255 Million to Reduce Pollution from Diesel

MUNICH—Daimler announced Tuesday that its management board had given the green light to plans to reduce pollution from diesel-powered vehicles. The move includes authorizing an investment of €220 million ($255 million) to update the emissions systems over three million Mercedes-Benz diesels in Europe.
The announcement comes after Daimler, the parent of …

Daimler Facing Dieselgate II, May Have Sold Over 1 Million Cars with Non-Compliant Emissions Controls

by Christian Stampfer
Daimler Facing Dieselgate II, May Have Sold Over 1 Million Cars with Non-Compliant Emissions Controls

MUNICH—Daimler, the parent of Mercedes-Benz, stands accused of selling over a million cars with non-compliant emissions controls, according to a warrant issued by the Amtsgericht Stuttgart, the city’s municipal court.
The news was first reported on Wednesday by the Süddeutsche Zeitung.
The discovery appears to impact over one million cars that were …

The Future of Electric (Vehicles) Is Bright

by Paul Riegler
The Future of Electric (Vehicles) Is Bright

If you want a view into the future of electric vehicles, you need not look much farther than Scandinavia, specifically Norway and Sweden.
Drivers in Norway are adopting electric vehicles faster than anywhere else, where high taxes on conventionally-powered vehicles (i.e. diesels and gassers) alongside generous subsidies available to those purchasing …

France to Ban the Sale of Gasoline and Diesel Cars by 2040

by Jesse Sokolow
France to Ban the Sale of Gasoline and Diesel Cars by 2040

France will ban all diesel- and gasoline-powered cars by 2040. The news was announced by the new environment minister of France, Nicolas Hulot, at a briefing.
Hulot also pledged to make his country completely carbon neutral by 2050.
The minister said that the French government will be offering incentives to drivers who …

Volvo to Move to All-Electric Lineup, Phase Out Conventional Powertrains

by Paul Riegler
Volvo to Move to All-Electric Lineup, Phase Out Conventional Powertrains

Volvo announced plans to offer an electric power train on all of its models by 2019 and will phase out conventionally-powered vehicles.
“This announcement marks the end of the solely combustion-engine-powered car,” said the company’s CEO, Håkan Samuelsson. “People increasingly demand electrified cars and we want to respond to our customers’ …

3 Things to Consider Before Going Green with a Hybrid or Electric Vehicle

by Paul Riegler
3 Things to Consider Before Going Green with a Hybrid or Electric Vehicle

If you are thinking about a more fuel-efficient vehicle, be it a hybrid, plug-in hybrid, electric, or diesel, you are certainly not alone. Seesawing fuel prices over the past decade have made fuel economy one of the top selection criteria on everyone’s list.
This notwithstanding, when it comes to finalizing the …

BMW Plans to Debut a 3 Series Electric Vehicle at the Frankfurt Show

by Jonathan Spira
BMW Plans to Debut a 3 Series Electric Vehicle at the Frankfurt Show

BMW, which currently offers several electric vehicles including the BMW i3, will introduce an all-electric 3 Series at the 2017 International Motor Show in Frankfurt.
The news was first reported by the Handelsblatt, a German business newspaper.
The move is intended to counter the Tesla Model 3, a forthcoming compact four-door sedan …

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 …

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 …