Porsche Celebrates 70 Years of Iconic Sports Cars

Porsche Celebrates 70 Years of Iconic Sports Cars

by Paul Riegler

Porsche, known formally as Dr. Ing. h. c. F. Porsche GmbH, is celebrating 70 years since its first vehicle, the 356 Model 1 Roadster, received street certification in 1948.
The 356 was a rear-engine, rear-wheel drive, two door that was available both as a hardtop coupe and a cabriolet.
Early prototypes of …

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Volkswagen Rabbit GTI to Return for 2019

by Jonathan Spira
Volkswagen Rabbit GTI to Return for 2019

Fahrvergnügen Continues, 35 Years Down the Road
The first generation Volkswagen Golf was marketed as the Volkswagen Rabbit in the United States when it was introduced in 1974 to replace the Beetle. Wolfsburg introduced a second generation Golf in 1983 along with a sportier model called the GTI.
The GTI is turning …

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U.S. to Rewrite Safety Regulations to Allow Cars Without Steering Wheels or Pedals

by Anna Breuer
U.S. to Rewrite Safety Regulations to Allow Cars Without Steering Wheels or Pedals

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released a report late last week in which it said it will change the rules for autonomous vehicles and allow them to be sold without a steering wheel, pedals, and mirrors.
The agency “intends to reconsider the necessity and appropriateness of its current safety standards” …

Review and Test Drive: 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport 2.4 SEL AWD

by Jonathan Spira
Review and Test Drive:  2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport 2.4 SEL AWD

The Mitsubishi Outlander first made its appearance in 2001 in Japan as the Airtrek, a vehicle that promised “footloose, adventure-filled motoring pleasure.” It arrived in the States in 2003 as the Outlander and that name replaced Airtrek in all markets, including Japan, by 2005.
Now in its third generation, the Mitsubishi …

Road Test and Review: Waze in Apple CarPlay

by Paul Riegler
Road Test and Review: Waze in Apple CarPlay

Waze is now the second non-Apple navigation app to work with Apple CarPlay following the release of iOS 12 last week. Version 4.43.4 officially supports the popular option and I updated my iPhone the moment the update was available.
Once the download was complete, I was able to go to the …

Fuel Prices Approach Four-Year Highs

by Anna Breuer
Fuel Prices Approach Four-Year Highs

If you’ve noticed it’s costing more to fill up at the pump recently, it’s not an illusion. The average price of a gallon of gasoline in the United States is approaching a four-year high with no sign of relenting. The cost of diesel fuel is also up substantially.
At $2.866 per …

Review and Test Drive: 2018 Lexus LS 500h

by Jonathan Spira
Review and Test Drive:  2018 Lexus LS 500h

When Lexus’ flagship sedan, the LS, made its debut in 1989, it marked the first successful volley of a Japanese automaker into the luxury space. Its very existence was headline worthy and it overtook BMW and Mercedes-Benz in overall U.S. sales within two years, although it took a little over …

Porsche Says ‘Auf Wiedersehen’ to Diesels in Wake of Dieselgate Scandal

by Paul Riegler
Porsche Says ‘Auf Wiedersehen’ to Diesels in Wake of Dieselgate Scandal

Porsche, a unit of Volkswagen AG, announced on Sunday it would no longer offer diesel versions of its cars.
The move makes Porsche the first German automaker to drop the diesel engine following the 2015 Dieselgate emissions-cheating scandal.
“As a sports-car maker where diesel has traditionally played an inferior role, we have …

Road Test and Review: Google Maps in Apple CarPlay

by Paul Riegler
Road Test and Review: Google Maps in Apple CarPlay

With the launch of Apple iOS 12, Apple introduced the ability to support Google Maps and other third-party navigation apps via the new CarPlay framework that allows developers to provide detailed maps, search, and other navigation functions.
Google released version 5.0 of the iOS version of Google Maps on September 18, …

Audi Debuts ‘Audi Select’ New Car Subscription Program

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Audi Debuts ‘Audi Select’ New Car Subscription Program

Audi Debuts ‘Audi Select’ New Car Subscription Program
Audi of America announced the launch of a new-vehicle subscription service, Audi select.
The new offering will have a single tier and drivers will be able to switch two times each month between different types of vehicles during the subscription period. The subscription will …

Some California EV and Hybrid Drivers to Lose Carpool Lane Privileges

by Paul Riegler
Some California EV and Hybrid Drivers to Lose Carpool Lane Privileges

Drivers in California who own older low- and zero-emission vehicles will soon lose the right to drive in the state’s high-occupancy vehicle, or HOV, lanes.
The move, which is expected to affect some 220,000 drivers and vehicles, goes into effect on January 1, 2019.
Drivers who received the stickers which permit them to …

What’s New in CarPlay with iOS 12

by Paul Riegler
What’s New in CarPlay with iOS 12

With the launch of iOS 12, Apple provides some significant updates to CarPlay as well. The updates revolve around two of the most popular types of apps used by drivers, namely audio and navigation.
If you’re not familiar with Apple CarPlay, it is an in-vehicle touch-based display interface that functions as …

Review and Test Drive: 2018 Mazda Mazda6 Signature

by Paul Riegler
Review and Test Drive:  2018 Mazda Mazda6 Signature

The new 2018 Mazda Mazda6 is confusing. While we do love Mazda – and have appreciated how all Mazdas seem to share a common DNA in handling, à la BMW – we weren’t fully prepared for the makeover that Mazda has bestowed on the Mazda6, giving it the aura of …

Study Finds that CO2 Emissions in 27 Cities Have Declined Since 2012

by Anna Breuer
Study Finds that CO2 Emissions in 27 Cities Have Declined Since 2012

CO2 emissions in 27 major cities have been declining by an average of 2% each year since 2012, according to a report by the C40 Cities Group.
The list of cities includes London, New York, Paris, San Francisco, and Toronto and shows that greenhouse gas levels were a minimum of 10% …