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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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 …

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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% …

Volkswagen to End Production of Iconic Beetle in 2019

by Paul Riegler
Volkswagen to End Production of Iconic Beetle in 2019

After three generations and seven decades, Volkswagen will end production of the Beetle come next year.
To commemorate the final year of production, Volkswagen will add two commemorative models, the Final Edition SE and Final Edition SEL.
Earlier this year, Volkswagen announced it would not replace the current Beetle with an updated …

Alaska Air to Expand Use of Sustainable Jet Fuel

by Anna Breuer
Alaska Air to Expand Use of Sustainable Jet Fuel

Alaska Airlines announced plans to work with Neste, a supplier of renewable fuel products, in a partnership that will further their adoption in the aviation industry.
The Espoo, Finland-based company said it will help meet Alaska’s goal to “fly greener,” said Kaisa Hietala, its executive vice president for renewable products.
Alaska sees …

Uber to Fire Low-Rated Customers in Some Countries

by Anna Breuer
Uber to Fire Low-Rated Customers in Some Countries

Ride-hailing service Uber said it plans to block low-rated customers in Australia and New Zealand from using the service.
Riders who are rated four (out of five) stars or lower will be banned from using the service for six months. Passengers receive a rating from their Uber driver after each journey.
The …

Toyota to Recall Over 1 Million Prius and C-HR Hybrid Vehicles

by Anna Breuer
Toyota to Recall Over 1 Million Prius and C-HR Hybrid Vehicles

Toyota announced the recall of over one million hybrid-powered vehicles.
The recall includes over 192,000 Prii (“Prii” is the plural form of Prius) in the United States and over half a million cars sold in Japan. The world-wide recall covers the Prius plug-in hybrid and the hybrid C-HR built in Japan …

Review and Test Drive: 2018 Lexus LC 500h Hybrid Luxury Coupe

by Jonathan Spira
Review and Test Drive:  2018 Lexus LC 500h Hybrid Luxury Coupe

The striking LF-LC Concept – LF-LC stands for Lexus Future Luxury Coupe – made its debut at the North American International Auto Show in 2012 to thunderous applause although few believed it would ever make it into production relatively unchanged. It defied the odds, however, and was introduced as the …

BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant to Debut in 2019 Models

by Paul Riegler
BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant to Debut in 2019 Models

BMW announced plans to introduce the BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant with the 2019 model year.
The BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant will be an on-call platform accessible by a wake phrase, “Hey BMW,” similar to saying “Hey Siri,” “Hey Google,” or “Alexa” on the Apple, Android, and Amazon platforms. It will engage …

YourDrive Texas Introduces Toyota New Vehicle Subscription Service

by Paul Riegler
YourDrive Texas Introduces Toyota New Vehicle Subscription Service

Purdy Mobility Subscriptions announced YourDrive Texas, a new-vehicle subscription program for the Dallas area.
A monthly fee gives subscribers access to a variety of Toyota vehicles with three vehicle exchanges permitted per month. The subscription fee includes maintenance, tax, insurance, and cleaning.
The service has three tiers. The Trendsetting Tier includes basic …

Hertz to Bring Its Brands to Taiwan

by Anna Breuer
Hertz to Bring Its Brands to Taiwan

Hertz announced a partnership with Taiwanese car rental company Chailease Auto Rental that will bring its brands to the island formerly known as Formosa.
“Our new partnership will bring convenient, high quality rental solutions to Hertz, Dollar, and Thrifty customers travelling to Taiwan,” said Eoin MacNeill, Hertz’ vice president for the …

Toyota to Invest $500 Million in Autonomous Vehicle Pact

by Anna Breuer
Toyota to Invest $500 Million in Autonomous Vehicle Pact

Toyota announced plans to invest $500 million in Uber and to partner with the ride-hailing company in a joint effort in autonomous vehicles.
Uber, which lost $659 million in its last quarter, would be valued at $72 billion in the deal, a significant increase over its most recent stated value of …