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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Mazda Invents Diesel-Like Gasoline Engine with 30% Greater Fuel Efficiency

by Paul Riegler

Mazda announced a significant breakthrough, a petrol engine that works more like a diesel engine and is 20% to 30% more fuel efficient than its current engines.
The new homogenous charge compression ignition engine ignites gasoline through compression, virtually eliminating the use of spark plugs except in very cold temperatures. The …

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Volkswagen Executive Pleads Guilty in Dieselgate Case

by Paul Riegler
Volkswagen Executive Pleads Guilty in Dieselgate Case

A senior Volkswagen executive pleaded guilty on Friday to charges relating to the automaker’s diesel emissions compliance scandal, known as Dieselgate.
Oliver Schmidt, who as general manager of the engineering and environmental office for VW of America, had served as the beleaguered automaker’s top emissions compliance executive in the United States, …

Apple CarPlay to Get Lane Guidance, Speed Limit Info, Alternative Routes in iOS 11 But Here’s What Else We Want

by Jeremy Del Nero
Apple CarPlay to Get Lane Guidance, Speed Limit Info, Alternative Routes in iOS 11 But Here’s What Else We Want

It fell to me, the sole Android user on staff, to put together a dispassionate wish list for new features in CarPlay when Apple launches its iOS 11 operating system come fall. Some of the more rabid CarPlay fans here at Frequent Business Traveler, including FBT Editorial Director Jonathan Spira …

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 …

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 …