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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BMW to Install 100 Electric Vehicle Charging Stations in National Parks

by Jesse Sokolow
BMW to Install 100 Electric Vehicle Charging Stations in National Parks

BMW of North America announced that the first of some 100 electric vehicle charging stations in America’s national parks is now operational at Thomas Edison National Historical Park in West Orange, New Jersey.
The automaker partnered with the National Park Foundation, National Park Service, and the Department of Energy to identify …

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Apple CarPlay Gains New Functionality and an Improved Interface with iOS 10.3

by Jeremy Del Nero
Apple CarPlay Gains New Functionality and an Improved Interface with iOS 10.3

The recently released version of iOS, 10.3, included a few updates and tweaks to Apple CarPlay as well. The new features, while minor, greatly improve CarPlay’s usability and functionality and we used a 2017 Ford Superduty F250 Platinum diesel-powered pick-up truck as a test bed.
As regular readers know, we are …

Report from the 2017 New York Auto International Auto Show, Where Bigger Is Better

by Jonathan Spira
Report from the 2017 New York Auto International Auto Show, Where Bigger Is Better

NEW YORK—Showcasing dozens of new domestic and foreign cars as well as hundreds of updated ones, the New York International Auto Show opens to the public Friday after two press preview days.
The show, currently at the Jacob Javitz Convention Center, dates back more than a century and was previously held …

Peugeot, Citroën Move to Reenter U.S. Market

by Paul Riegler

Citroën and Peugeot, two French automakers that exited the United States in 1974 and 1991 respectively, will soon be back.
PSA Group, which owns both, is taking steps to reestablish itself over the coming years, first by entering the ride-hailing and car-sharing market using its vehicles, and later by establishing a …

Apple CarPlay FAQ: A Guide to Connecting Your iPhone to Your Car

by Jeremy Del Nero
Apple CarPlay FAQ: A Guide to Connecting Your iPhone to Your Car

CarPlay, Apple’s innovative standard that brings iPhone functionality to your vehicle, is slowly and quietly taking over in-vehicle infotainment.
Having CarPlay lends a certain amount of consistency to life in and outside of one’s vehicle, thanks to the ability to use the car’s touch screen, steering wheel controls, or Apple’s personal assistant, Siri.
Think …

JetBlue to Support Green Initiatives in the Cities It Serves

by Paul Riegler
JetBlue to Support Green Initiatives in the Cities It Serves

JetBlue Airways announced its tenth annual “One Thing That’s Green” initiative.
The New York-based airline said it plans to beautify the area in Long Island City where its New York City support center is located with the help of customers and employees. Customers may cast a vote for the city to …

VW Gets Green Light to Sell Some Diesels in U.S.

by Paul Riegler
VW Gets Green Light to Sell Some Diesels in U.S.

Volkswagen’s U.S. subsidiary received the go-ahead to sell thousands of model-year 2015 diesels that have been off limits to buyers until since the Dieselgate scandal became public.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Thursday said Volkswagen dealers can sell the never-titled vehicles after updating their emissions software. Dealers will also have to …

Audi to Acquire Luxury Rental Startup Silvercar

by Paul Riegler
Audi to Acquire Luxury Rental Startup Silvercar

Saying the two companies “share a vision for the future of transportation,” Audi announced plans to acquire Silvercar, a luxury car rental company, on Thursday.
Terms of the transaction were not disclosed, but Audi had previously purchased a stake in the company in 2015 as part of a $28 million Series …

Mercedes-Benz Speeds up Electric Vehicle Development with $11 Billion Investment

by Paul Riegler
Mercedes-Benz Speeds up Electric Vehicle Development with $11 Billion Investment

Mercedes-Benz parent Daimler said Wednesday it plans to increase the number of electric vehicles it offers in order to offset higher than expected emissions levels across its product line.
The Stuttgart-based automaker said it will develop ten new electric cars by 2022 and is investing €10 billion ($10.8 billion) in the …

Review and First Drive: 2017 Volvo V90 Cross Country T6 AWD

by Jonathan Spira
Review and First Drive:  2017 Volvo V90 Cross Country T6 AWD

If you worried what Chinese ownership might mean for the venerable Volvo brand, you needn’t fret. Since Geely took control in 2010, the Gothenburg-based automaker has become nothing if not more Swedish than it was, has sold more cars (it set a record in 2015, when it sold over half …

VW Set to Plead Guilty in Dieselgate Case on Friday, New Case Unfolds Against Audi in Australia

by Paul Riegler
VW Set to Plead Guilty in Dieselgate Case on Friday, New Case Unfolds Against Audi in Australia

Volkswagen’s day in a U.S. court has come as a new investigation into l’affaire Dieselgate is unfolding in Australia.
The beleaguered automaker is expected to be formally arraigned and plead guilty to three criminal counts in the Dieselgate case Friday morning at a hearing in Detroit federal court. Judge Sean Cox …

Review and Test Drive: 2017 Cadillac CT6 Platinum AWD

by Jonathan Spira
Review and Test Drive:  2017 Cadillac CT6 Platinum AWD

The new Cadillac CT6 – the first car to adopt Cadillac’s new product naming conventions announced in 2014 – is more than just a new name with a pretty face.
Indeed, when Cadillac first announced the new product designations – each will start with the letters “CT” followed by a number …

Report from the 87th Geneva International Motor Show

by Christian Stampfer
Report from the 87th Geneva International Motor Show

The Geneva International Motor Show (Salon International de l’Auto) kicks off the automobile year 2017 in Europe as the first important international auto event for car manufacturers. The show opened to the media at the beginning of the week although the big news – the sale of General Motors’ Opel …