2017 Toyota Prius Prime: First Look and Photo Gallery

2017 Toyota Prius Prime: First Look and Photo Gallery

by Jonathan Spira

The Toyota Prius Prime is an all-new plug-in hybrid and the successor to the Prius Plug-In Hybrid that the Japanese automaker introduced in 2012. It’s far more efficient than the outgoing model, is replete with new technology, and can travel greater distances on all-electric power.
While the Prius Prime’s styling is …

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Volkswagen to Exit Diesel Business in U.S.

by Paul Riegler
Volkswagen to Exit Diesel Business in U.S.

Volkswagen does not plan to offer diesel-powered cars and SUVs in the United States going forward, the embattled automaker said.
“We are working under the assumption that we will no longer offer diesel vehicles in the United States,” the company’s head of brand management, Herbert Diess, told the German newspaper Handelsblatt.
The …

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VW to Cut 30,000 Jobs in Restructuring

by Christian Stampfer
VW to Cut 30,000 Jobs in Restructuring

MUNICH—Embattled automaker Volkswagen said Friday it would cut 5% of its global workforce, totalling 30,000 jobs as it tries to recover from the Dieselgate scandal.
The workforce reduction, which will take place over the coming three years, will hit the company’s home market, Germany, harder than in other regions with cuts …

5 Important Winter Driving Tips

by Jesse Sokolow
5 Important Winter Driving Tips

A major winter storm Friday, moving through parts of the Midwest and Northeast, can mean only one thing: winter is coming. Flights will be cancelled, power will go out, and snow will certainly be falling in many parts of the country over the next few months.
Despite the impending weather, people …

Prices at the Pump Drop Before Thanksgiving Day Weekend

by Jesse Sokolow

With the busiest travel week of the year right around the corner, Americans may be disappointed to learn that fuel prices across the nation are higher than they were a year ago, although lower than a few weeks ago.
The price of a gallon of gas has been falling in the …

2017 Ford Fusion Titanium Hybrid – First Look and Review

by Paul Riegler
2017 Ford Fusion Titanium Hybrid – First Look and Review

It’s been almost a decade since Ford owned Aston Martin but there it is, the Aston Martin-like grille… on a Ford Fusion.
Now in its second generation, the Ford Fusion Hybrid, first introduced in 2009 for the 2010 model year (the more conventional gasoline-powered Fusion was launched in 2006), was completely …

Mazda to Enter U.S. Diesel Market with Redesigned CX-5

by Jesse Sokolow
Mazda to Enter U.S. Diesel Market with Redesigned CX-5

LOS ANGELES—On the floor of the Los Angeles Auto Show, Japanese automaker Mazda announced plans to offer the CX-5 crossover with a diesel engine.
Mazda is introducing an all-new CX-5 for 2017 and the diesel, which will be Mazda’s first in the U.S. market, will be available in the second half …

VW, U.S. Close to Dieselgate Deal for Audi-Developed 3.0-Liter Engines

by Paul Riegler
VW, U.S. Close to Dieselgate Deal for Audi-Developed 3.0-Liter Engines

Volkswagen has reportedly reached an agreement with federal regulators to fix Volkswagen, Audi, and Porsche diesels with 3.0-liter engines, although an official announcement may not be forthcoming until November 30. The move would bring l’affaire Dieselgate closer to conclusion.
“The Court has scheduled a status conference for November 30, 2016 to …

BMW to Offer ReachNow Car-Sharing Service in Brooklyn

by Paul Riegler
BMW to Offer ReachNow Car-Sharing Service in Brooklyn

Hipsters, rejoice! BMW announced it is bringing its ReachNow car-sharing service to Brooklyn, New York. The borough, which would be the country’s fourth largest city, will be the company’s third North American location.
The ReachNow fleet typically includes the BMW 3 Series, BMW i3, Mini Clubman, and Mini hardtop. The company’s …

VW Debuts 2017 Golf in Wolfsburg

by Christian Stampfer
VW Debuts 2017 Golf in Wolfsburg

Volkswagen unveiled Thursday the latest version of the popular Golf at its headquarters in Wolfsburg, Germany. The 2017 Golf, which is a mid-life refresh of the current Mk7 model rather than all-new, will bring along a number of new high-tech features when it arrives in showrooms.
The Golf will get an …

Volkswagen Chairman Subject of Dieselgate-Related Investigation

by Christian Stampfer
Volkswagen Chairman Subject of Dieselgate-Related Investigation

Embattled automaker Volkswagen said that two members of its board including its Aufsichtsratsvorsitzenden, or chairman of the supervisory board, Hans Dieter Pötsch are under investigation by the Staatsanwaltschaft, or state prosecutor, in Braunschweig for violating securities laws.
Mr. Pötsch, who previously served as the company’s chief financial officer, stands accused of …

2 Dead After Fiery Tesla Crash in Indianapolis

by Jesse Sokolow
2 Dead After Fiery Tesla Crash in Indianapolis

A Tesla Model S exploded after the 27-year-old driver lost control of the vehicle and it crashed into a tree in Indianapolis on Thursday.
Both the passenger, a 44-year-old male, and the driver, a 27-year-old female, were killed in the accident. The driver, Casey Speckman, was reportedly traveling at excessive speed …

5 Tips Before You Take a Fall Road Trip

by Christian Stampfer

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The impending end of Daylight Saving Time makes driving more dangerous as the days become shorter and dusk arrives earlier.
The shift to fewer daylight hours not only leads to more accidents but also increases the possibility of being stranded in the dark in the breakdown lane.
Regardless of whether you are …

Toyota Developing Car-Sharing Technology Platform

by Jesse Sokolow
Toyota Developing Car-Sharing Technology Platform

Toyota Motor Corporation announced plans for a new technology platform that will support vehicle-sharing for car owners on Monday.
The platform is intended for use by car-sharing services, and the car company plans to conduct a pilot with car-sharing company Getaround, a company that somewhat akin to what Aribnb does, albeit …