10 Tips for Safe Winter Driving

by Paul Riegler

The blizzard that was the first in the history of the United States to bury New York, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C. at the same time has passed but more winter weather is on the way.
Whether you are embarking on a long journey by car or simply driving around town, being …

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Tesla to Debut $35,000 Model 3 Electric Vehicle in March

by Paul Riegler
Tesla to Debut $35,000 Model 3 Electric Vehicle in March

Tesla Motors announced that it would unveil its new Model 3 electric vehicle on March 31. The news was disclosed earlier in the week in the company’s earnings release letter.
The entry-level vehicle will retail for $35,000 before a federal and state tax credits for electric vehicles, which could range from …

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Winter Tires Review: Bridgestone Blizzak WS80 and Pirelli Scorpion Ice and Snow

by Jonathan Spira

We honestly thought we would not be able to complete winter tire review this year.  From the time that we mounted our first set of winter tires, Bridgestone Blizzak WS80s in November, the New York metropolitan area – actually much of the East Coast – enjoyed rather balmy, spring-like weather.
While …

Starting Recall in Europe, VW Says an Emissions Retrofit May Not Work for Some Cars

by Paul Riegler
Starting Recall in Europe, VW Says an Emissions Retrofit May Not Work for Some Cars

As Volkswagen began recalling diesel-powered cars in Europe to bring them into compliance with emissions standards there, it admitted that it might not be able to do the same for all of its cars in the United States.
The recall involves 11 million cars worldwide but VW is no closer to …

Justice Dept. Sues Volkswagen Over Dieselgate

by Jesse Sokolow
Justice Dept. Sues Volkswagen Over Dieselgate

The U.S. Department of Justice filed suit against Volkswagen in federal court, alleging that the German automaker installed illegal software and devices in nearly 600,000 diesel-powered automobiles that impaired the vehicles’ emissions controls, thereby causing emissions that exceeded the EPA’s standards. The suit was filed on behalf of the Environmental …

BMW and Nissan Announce EV Charging Station Networks in 19 States

by Paul Riegler
BMW and Nissan Announce EV Charging Station Networks in 19 States

BMW and Nissan announced plans to jointly launch a network of dual-port fast chargers across the nation to support Nissan Leaf and BMW i3 owners in 19 states.
The two automakers have installed 120 dual-port 50kW DC Fast-charging stations and hope to promote the adoption of electric vehicles with the promise …

California Moves One Step Closer to Allowing Autonomous Vehicles on its Roads

by Paul Riegler
California Moves One Step Closer to  Allowing Autonomous Vehicles on its Roads

However, Driverless Cars Will Still Require a Driver
California’s Department of Motor Vehicles issued potential regulations for the use of autonomous vehicles in the state. While they are a work in progress, they will mandate that such vehicles be operated by a licensed driver capable of taking over control of the vehicle …

Volkswagen Enlists Kenneth Feinberg to Oversee Dieselgate Fund

by Paul Riegler
Volkswagen Enlists Kenneth Feinberg to Oversee Dieselgate Fund

Volkswagen announced it has engaged Kenneth Feinberg, a lawyer specializing in compensation funds, to create and administer an independent claims resolution program that will compensate VW owners for vehicles affected by the automaker’s use of deceptive emissions test cheating software.
Feinberg is known for his work in numerous cases including the …

German Authorities Approve Volkswagen’s ‘Dieselgate’ Fix

by Christian Stampfer
German Authorities Approve Volkswagen’s ‘Dieselgate’ Fix

MUNICH—Volkswagen said Wednesday that the Kraftfahrt-Bundesamt or Federal Motor Transport Authority has given preliminary approval for the automaker’s proposal to modify diesel engines affected by emissions-cheating software in Germany and Europe.
The plan, which is slated to begin at the end of January, will bring its line of diesel engines into …

Volkswagen: ‘Chain of Mistakes and ‘Insufficient’ IT Infrastructure Led to Dieselgate

by Christian Stampfer
Volkswagen: ‘Chain of Mistakes and ‘Insufficient’ IT Infrastructure Led to Dieselgate

MUNICH—Volkswagen’s emissions-cheating scandal was the result of a “chain of mistakes,” a “Fehlerkette” in German, which began in 2005 when the automaker saw an opportunity to develop a niche market in diesel-powered automobiles in the United States, Hans Dieter Pötsch, the company’s chairman, said Thursday.
Realizing that the company could not …

Volkswagen: CO2 Emissions Not as Bad as Feared, ‘Almost All’ Matched Original Figures

by Christian Stampfer
Volkswagen: CO2 Emissions Not as Bad as Feared, ‘Almost All’ Matched Original Figures

MUNICH—Volkswagen said that its investigation of possible understatement of carbon dioxide emissions showed that it had the fuel consumption and with it CO2 levels on far fewer vehicles than thought.
“Following extensive internal investigations and measurement checks, it is now clear that almost all of these model variants do correspond to …

5 Winter Driving Tips

by Jesse Sokolow
5 Winter Driving Tips

With fall gone and Christmas just around the corner, the country is gearing up for another snowy winter. We’ve already received a taste of what Mother Nature can do in terms of storms this year, and there are actions you can take to ensure you are ahead of the curve …

Porsche to Invest One Billion Euros in EV Sports Car

by Christian Stampfer
Porsche to Invest One Billion Euros in EV Sports Car

MUNICH—Porsche announced Friday it will invest approximately €1 billion ($1.09 billion) in Mission E, the project to develop and build the first 100% electrically powered Porsche.
The Stuttgart-based automaker’s supervisory board approved the project that will set Porsche on a course that is “beginning a new chapter in the history of …

Fuel Prices at Lowest Point in Eight Years

by Paul Riegler
Fuel Prices at Lowest Point in Eight Years

The average price of gasoline and diesel fuel has continued to fall as the end of the year approaches, and experts foresee the drop to continue through at least the end of the year.
At the start of the week, the average price for a gallon of diesel was $2.482, down …