Automakers Tell Trump Not to Weaken Tailpipe Emissions Standards

Automakers Tell Trump Not to Weaken Tailpipe Emissions Standards

by Paul Riegler

The U.S. auto industry – which had asked President Trump to relax pollution standards shortly after his inauguration – is now warning that his efforts to reduce tailpipe emissions are going to create instability for the automakers themselves.
In a letter released on Thursday and signed by 17 companies including General …

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Study: Pedestrian Detection Tech Works, but Has a Long Way to Go

by Paul Riegler
Study: Pedestrian Detection Tech Works, but Has a Long Way to Go

A new study found that, as pedestrian fatalities are increasing dramatically, driver-assistance technology designed to detect and avoid pedestrians has made significant technological gains. 
The study, conducted by the Automobile Association of America, found that these systems, which incorporate automatic emergency braking, still have a long way to go to …

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VW CEO, Chairman Charged with Misleading Shareholders over Dieselgate Scandal

by Paul Riegler
VW CEO, Chairman Charged with Misleading Shareholders over Dieselgate Scandal

Volkswagen AG Chairman Hans Dieter Pötsch, VW CEO Herbert Diess, and former VW CEO Martin Winterkornwere charged with misleading shareholders in the months that preceded the 2015 Dieselgate emissions-cheating scandal.
The Staatsanwaltschaft, or state prosecutor, in Braunschweig is said the executives withheld information about the scandal from shareholders in an effort …

Fuel Prices Start to Rise at the Pump Following Saudi Attack

by Anna Breuer
Fuel Prices Start to Rise at the Pump Following Saudi Attack

The drone attack on an oil facility in Saudi Arabia that saw a spike in crude prices is likely to cause gasoline and diesel prices to jump later this week.
The average price in the United States for a gallon of regular gasoline on Tuesday was $2.592 according to the AAA.  …

At the 2019 Frankfurt Auto Show, Green Means Go

by Jonathan Spira
At the 2019 Frankfurt Auto Show, Green Means Go

The biennial Internationale Automobil-Ausstellung, aka the Frankfurt Auto Show, facing a dwindling number of exhibitors, says it will no longer focus on numbers, instead championing “sustainable individual mobility.”
“We wish to provide intelligent answers to the most urgent questions about the future of mobility,” said Bernhard Mattes, president of the Verband …

Review: What’s New in Apple CarPlay in iOS 13

by Paul Riegler
Review: What’s New in Apple CarPlay in iOS 13

Apple CarPlay, first introduced five years ago at the 2014 Geneva Auto Show, is turning five and Apple has some major changes in store for it with the launch of iOS 13.
If you’re not familiar with Apple CarPlay, it is an in-vehicle touch-based display interface that functions as an extension …

Volkswagen to Restate Fuel Economy Rating on Gasoline-Powered Vehicles, Pay Owners $97 Million

by Paul Riegler
Volkswagen to Restate Fuel Economy Rating on Gasoline-Powered Vehicles, Pay Owners $97 Million

Volkswagen of America said late Friday it had settled a lawsuit with vehicle owners over incorrect fuel economy ratings of certain gasoline-powered 2013 through 2017 models.
The automaker’s U.S. subsidiary said that the agreement covers approximately 98,000 vehicles or 3.5% of its sales over the four-year span and that it will …

Silvercar Introduces New Loyalty Program

by Paul Riegler
Silvercar Introduces New Loyalty Program

Rental car company Silvercar by Audi will introduce its first loyalty program.
The new Premium Rewards program offers renters one point for every dollar spent with the company excluding taxes, fees, and fuel charges. The program only has one tier, VIP, and there are no blackout days.
A free one-day rental is …

Let’s Motor: Mini Turns 60

by Paul Riegler
Let’s Motor: Mini Turns 60

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 the film “The Bourne Identity,” released in 2002, where Matt Damon playing the amnesiac …

Tesla Model 3 Explodes After Crashing into Tow Truck While on Autopilot

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Tesla Model 3 Explodes After Crashing into Tow Truck While on Autopilot

A Tesla electric vehicle operating on autopilot exploded after crashing into a tow truck stopped to assist another vehicle on a highway near Moscow.
The driver, Alexey Tretyakov, was behind the wheel of his Model 3 EV on the Moscow Ring Road or Московская кольцевая автомобильная дорога, Moskovskaya Koltsevaya Avtomobilnaya Doroga, …

Review and Test Drive: 2019 Jaguar I-Pace EV400 HSE

by Jonathan Spira
Review and Test Drive:  2019 Jaguar I-Pace EV400 HSE

Close your eyes for a moment. Wouldn’t you imagine that the first electric SUV from a European automaker would be from, say, BMW, or perhaps Mercedes-Benz, given those companies’ highly publicized EVs? You’d be wrong, as the first electric SUV from a European automaker is actually from Jaguar, and it’s …

Review and Test Drive: 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback SE

by Paul Riegler
Review and Test Drive:  2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback SE

The Toyota Corolla’s reputation is that of a solid, reliable, economical, and boring sedan since its launch in the 1970s. Back then, Toyota called its hatch a Liftback but, with the launch of the aggressively styled 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback SE, the “h” word is in.
Our Oxide Bronze Metallic hatch …

Automakers Reject Trump Emission Plan, Make Deal with California

by Jeremy Del Nero
Automakers Reject Trump Emission Plan, Make Deal with California

Four major automakers agreed to voluntarily meet stricter California emissions standards than those that were proposed earlier this year by the Trump administration.
The four – BMW, Ford, Honda, and Volkswagen – said they will comply with California’s new standards in a move to show support for a single, nationwide standard …

BMW Shutters ReachNow Car-Sharing Service

by Jesse Sokolow
BMW Shutters ReachNow Car-Sharing Service

BMW announced on Wednesday the closing of its ReachNow ride-hailing and car-sharing business.
The business, which was recently rolled into a joint venture with Daimler, offered services in Seattle and Portland and was set to be merged with Car2Go, also part of the joint venture, but a new “realignment” meant that …