Automakers Tell Trump Not to Weaken Tailpipe Emissions Standards

Automakers Tell Trump Not to Weaken Tailpipe Emissions Standards

by Paul Riegler

The U.S. auto industry – which had asked President Trump to relax pollution standards shortly after his inauguration – is now warning that his efforts to reduce tailpipe emissions are going to create instability for the automakers themselves.
In a letter released on Thursday and signed by 17 companies including General …

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Hertz to Offer BMWs and Mercedes as Part of ‘Kollektion 7’ in Germany

by Paul Riegler
Hertz to Offer BMWs and Mercedes as Part of ‘Kollektion 7’ in Germany

Hertz announced a new offering for the European rental market, Kollektion 7 – Made in Germany.
The new collection combines a selection of seven vehicles from German marques and echoes the British Collection offering that Hertz launched in England.
Kollektion 7 debuted Tuesday at Frankfurt Airport with a BMW M850i Cabriolet, BMW …

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Review and Test Drive: 2019 Infiniti QX80 Limited

by Jonathan Spira
Review and Test Drive:  2019 Infiniti QX80 Limited

Based on the Nissan Armada pickup truck, the original Infiniti QX80 – albeit as the QX56 – went on sale in 2004 as the first Infiniti manufactured in the United States. It was known for several unique design details including the concealed rear door handles, which gave it the appearance …

BMW, Jaguar Land Rover to Partner on Electric Cars

by Anna Breuer
BMW, Jaguar Land Rover to Partner on Electric Cars

BMW and Jaguar Land Rover announced plans to work together on electric vehicle technology.
The two said such a collaboration is essential as the industry moves from traditional internal-combustion powered cars and trucks to ones that are autonomous, connected, electric, and can be shared.
“Together, we have the opportunity to cater more …

Apple CarPlay to Get Redesign and Better Siri Support in the Fall

by Paul Riegler
Apple CarPlay to Get Redesign and Better Siri Support in the Fall

At its Worldwide Developers Conference this week, Apple said that its in-vehicle infotainment system will get a significant update later this year, including a new user interface and new features.
Simultaneously with the launch of iOS 13 this fall, CarPlay will get the “biggest update ever,” including a new user interface …

Review and Test Drive: Auf Wiedersehen to the 2019 Volkswagen Beetle Final Edition SE

by Paul Riegler
Review and Test Drive:  Auf Wiedersehen to the 2019 Volkswagen Beetle Final Edition SE

After three generations and seven decades, Volkswagen will end production of the Beetle come next year.
The VW tradition of a fabulous send-off, however, continues with the 2019 Beetle Final Edition SE. Just like in 1979, when the United States said “Auf Wiedersehen” to the final original Käfer, or Bug, with …

U.K. Auto Industry Output Plummets Due to Brexit Shutdowns

by Paul Riegler
U.K. Auto Industry Output Plummets Due to Brexit Shutdowns

EThe Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders said that car production in the United Kingdom fell for the 11th month in a row in April, due to factory shutdowns that were intended to allow automakers to deal with the original March 29, 2019 deadline for Brexit.
The group reported that car …

Review and Test Drive: 2019 Infiniti QX50

by Paul Riegler
Review and Test Drive:  2019 Infiniti QX50

Shown as a concept car at the 2017 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, the production version of the second-generation QX50 was unveiled later that year at the Los Angeles Auto Show as a 2019 model.
The good-looking SUV – which has all the sharp creases that are de rigeur …

Amtrak Deploys Cleaner Diesel-Electric Locomotives on Pacific Surfliner Routes

by Paul Riegler
Amtrak Deploys Cleaner Diesel-Electric Locomotives on Pacific Surfliner Routes

Amtrak announced it has placed new diesel-electric locomotives into service on its Pacific Surfliner routes.
The railroad acquired Siemens Charger locomotives for service between San Diego, Los Angeles, and San Luis Obispo.
The Siemens Charger is a family of diesel-electric passenger locomotive manufactured by Siemens Mobility specifically for the North American market. The …

SEC to Require Tougher Oversight of Tesla CEO Musk’s Tweets

by Paul Riegler
SEC to Require Tougher Oversight of Tesla CEO Musk’s Tweets

Tesla CEO Elon Musk and the Securities and Exchange Commission reached a deal that would remove the threat of having him held in contempt for allegedly violating an earlier court order over his use of Twitter.
The SEC investigated tweets made by Musk in 2018 about a potential buyout of his …

Automakers Debut Multiple Vehicles with Apple CarPlay at N.Y. Auto Show

by Paul Riegler
Automakers Debut Multiple Vehicles with Apple CarPlay at N.Y. Auto Show

Multiple automakers including Lincoln, Cadillac, Mazda, Toyota, Nissan, and Hyundai announced the addition of Apple CarPlay support in new vehicles at the 2019 New York International Auto Show.
The show, which opens to the public Saturday at the Jacob Javits Convention Center, is the oldest auto show in the country. The …

At the 2019 New York Auto Show, Fins Are In

by Paul Riegler
At the 2019 New York Auto Show, Fins Are In

If you walk over to the Cadillac stand at the 2019 New York International Auto Show, you’d be forgiven for thinking that the storied automaker was reintroducing tailfins.  The visitor is greeted by a 1959 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz Convertible about 15’ (4.5 m) in the air, with an almost larger-than-life …

Former VW CEO Indicted in Germany Over L’Affaire Dieselgate

by Paul Riegler
Former VW CEO Indicted in Germany Over L’Affaire Dieselgate

Former Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn along with four other VW executives was charged with fraud in the ongoing Dieselgate case.
The Staatsanwaltschaft, or state prosecutor, in Braunschweig is charging Winterkorn with fraud, embezzlement, and violating anti-trust laws.
Prosecutors there allege that Winterkorn was aware that VW was manipulating diesel emissions as early …

2019 New York Auto Show Preview: New EVs, SUVs, Cars to Make Their Debut

by Anna Breuer
2019 New York Auto Show Preview: New EVs, SUVs, Cars to Make Their Debut

NEW YORK — U.S. and foreign automakers will showcase dozens of new and updated automobiles this week at the New York International Auto Show at the Jacob Javits Center. The show, which dates back more than a century and was previously held at the New York Coliseum, the old Madison …