Report from Detroit – Highlights from the 2019 North American International Auto Show

Report from Detroit – Highlights from the 2019 North American International Auto Show

by Paul Riegler

DETROIT—The North American International Auto Show remains one of the most important auto shows of the automotive industry. This will be the last year that it kicks off the international car show calendar: in 2020, the show will reboot and move to June, leaving the Cobo Center and adding outdoor …

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SEC Accuses Volkswagen and Former CEO Winterkorn of Fraud

by Paul Riegler
SEC Accuses Volkswagen and Former CEO Winterkorn of Fraud

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission said late Thursday it was suing Volkswagen and its former CEO relating to the Dieselgate affair.
The SEC is accusing the German automaker of undertaking a “massive fraud” as it raised money from American investors.
Volkswagen used software to manipulate its diesel-powered vehicles’ emissions tests in …

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Volvo to Limit New Vehicle Speeds to 112 mph Starting Next Year

by Anna Breuer
Volvo to Limit New Vehicle Speeds to 112 mph Starting Next Year

Volvo announced that, starting in 2020, the top speed of every new Volvo will be 112 mph (180 km/h).
The move is part of the automaker’s Vision 2020 program, which focuses on zero fatalities.
Volvo feels that, even with every currently available safety feature, technology alone won’t protect against injury in cases …

BMW and Daimler to Team Up on €1 Billion Ride-Sharing and Mobility Project

by Anna Breuer
BMW and Daimler to Team Up on €1 Billion Ride-Sharing and Mobility Project

BMW and Mercedes-Benz parent Daimler announced a €1 billion ($1.14 billion) mobility partnership.
The news is an update of the plan announced in March 2018, taking on tech companies such as Uber.
The move on Friday updates the March announcement. Five previously separate ventures will be “meshed” together as the two German …

Tesla’s New Strategy and Its $35,000 Model 3: What You Need to Know

by Paul Riegler
Tesla’s New Strategy and Its $35,000 Model 3: What You Need to Know

Tesla will finally deliver the mass-market electric vehicle it promised three years ago.
The automaker unveiled its standard range Model 3, priced at $35,000 before incentives. It also said it was making significant changes in how it will sell cars going forward.
In addition, Tesla said it will close almost all of its …

Why You Should Have Winter Tires on Your Car

by Paul Riegler
Why You Should Have Winter Tires on Your Car

If the blizzard-like conditions in many parts of the country over the past few weeks didn’t convince you that winter is upon us, perhaps the fact that it snowed in Hawaii might have changed your mind.
The advent of winter in many countries signals drivers to switch from summer to winter …

5 Tips to Survive Winter Travel

by Paul Riegler
5 Tips to Survive Winter Travel

Winter travel brings with it special challenges, be it flying, taking the train, or driving.
Given that the winter storm season is in full force in much of the United States, it’s important to be prepared for multiple exigencies.
Here’s what you can do to stay safe and minimize delays when problems …

Review and Test Drive: 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring RF

by Paul Riegler
Review and Test Drive:  2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring RF

Few events are as highly anticipated as the annual arrival of a Mazda MX-5 Miata. The mid-autumn arrival of the Targa-like sports car brought with it mixed emotions as it was a painful reminder that summer is behind us although not too late in the year to drive an open-topped …

Toyota Unveils 2020 Supra with Wireless Apple CarPlay in Detroit

by Paul Riegler
Toyota Unveils 2020 Supra with Wireless Apple CarPlay in Detroit

Toyota announced that its all-new 2020 Supra sports car will feature a wireless version of Apple CarPlay.
The Supra – a nameplate which hasn’t been on sale in the United States for two decades – was introduced at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit this week.
Wireless CarPlay enables the …

Review and Test Drive: 2019 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Limited

by Jonathan Spira
Review and Test Drive:  2019 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Limited

When a 2019 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Limited in Parisian Night Pearl – a rather striking color – arrived at our offices right before Labor Day, more than a few staffers thought a Lexus had been delivered by mistake. The confusion was understandable.
Now in its 25th year, the Avalon sports a …

JFK, LaGuardia, Newark Move to Deploy Electric Bus Fleet

by Paul Riegler
JFK, LaGuardia, Newark Move to Deploy Electric Bus Fleet

New York’s three airports – John F. Kennedy International, LaGuardia, and Newark Liberty International – are in the process of deploying electric buses to replace vehicles in their diesel-powered bus fleet.
“We are continuing our commitment to reduce the agency’s carbon footprint,” said Port Authority Executive Director Rick Cotton.
The Port Authority …

Gas Prices Continue to Fall at the Pump

by Jesse Sokolow
Gas Prices Continue to Fall at the Pump

If you’ve noticed you can fill your tank at the pump for under $40 recently, it’s not an illusion. The average price of a gallon of gasoline in the United States has fallen to its lowest level in over a year.
The price at the pump averaged $2.321 on Monday according …

Lincoln Brings Back Iconic Suicide Doors with Continental 80th Anniversary Coach Door Edition

by Paul Riegler
Lincoln Brings Back Iconic Suicide Doors with Continental 80th Anniversary Coach Door Edition

The Lincoln Motor Company announced plans on Monday to bring back its iconic “suicide doors” in a special version of the Lincoln Continental dubbed the Lincoln Continental 80th Anniversary Coach Door Edition.
In addition to the coach doors, the limited edition Continental sports a six-inch longer wheelbase, a pass-through rear seat …

GM to Idle 5 Plants in the U.S. and Canada

by Paul Riegler
GM to Idle 5 Plants in the U.S. and Canada

General Motors, the largest American automobile manufacturer, said Monday it plans to stop production at three car plants and two transmission facilities next year.
The list of factories includes the Lordstown Assembly plant in northeast Ohio; the Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly plant in southeast Michigan; the Oshawa Assembly plant in Ontario, Canada; the Baltimore …