Review and Test Drive:  2021 Kia Sorento Hybrid EX

Review and Test Drive: 2021 Kia Sorento Hybrid EX

by Jonathan Spira

While the original Kia Sorento was introduced in 2002 as a compact SUV and relaunched in 2009 as a mid-sized one, we never had the occasion to review a Sorento.  That is, until now.  Four generations after launch, the 2021 Sorento, originally slated to make its debut at the Geneva …

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New York City Plans Curbside EV Charging Stations

by Paul Riegler
New York City Plans Curbside EV Charging Stations

New York City is planning to offer thousands of curbside public charging stations for electric vehicles and is currently rolling out a pilot program to test the concept.
PlugNYC, the program being operated as a partnership between the city, Con Edison, and Flo, an operator of EV charging infrastructure.
The city will …

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The 2021 Frankfurt Auto Show? It’s Now in Munich

by Paul Riegler
The 2021 Frankfurt Auto Show? It’s Now in Munich

Things were different at the biennial Internationale Automobil-Ausstellung, aka the Frankfurt Auto Show, this year.  For one thing, the IAA is now known as IAA Mobility.  It’s also not just about cars anymore, but covers everything from bikes to e-scooters to automobiles.  Oh, and it’s no longer in Frankfurt but …

States of Emergency, Evacuation Orders in Force in N.Y., Connecticut, Rhode Island as Henri Bears Down

by Kurt Stolz
States of Emergency, Evacuation Orders in Force in N.Y., Connecticut, Rhode Island as Henri Bears Down

As Hurricane Henri made its way to landfall in New York, Governor Andrew Cuomo declared a state of emergency for New York City, Long Island, and numerous counties on the mainland, a move echoed by Governors Ned Lamont and Daniel McKee in Connecticut and Rhode Island, respectively.
“New Yorkers are no …

2021 New York Auto Show Cancelled Amidst Concerns Over Delta Variant

by Paul Riegler
2021 New York Auto Show Cancelled Amidst Concerns Over Delta Variant

The 2021 New York International Automobile Show at the Javits Center was canceled due to the growing incidences of the Covid-19 Delta variant and the increased measures that state and local officials recently announced to stop its spread.
The show was originally intended to open to the public on August 20 …

Lucid Motors, Launching on Nasdaq, Changes Definition of Luxury EV

by Paul Riegler
Lucid Motors, Launching on Nasdaq, Changes Definition of Luxury EV

Tesla competitor Lucid Motors celebrated its debut on the Nasdaq Monday with fanfare worthy of the best of television game shoes, including the appropriate amount of confetti for a company with a market value of roughly $43 billion that has yet to sell a single vehicle.
While there are many comparisons …

Volkswagen Passat Reaches the End of the Road in the U.S.

by Kurt Stolz
Volkswagen Passat Reaches the End of the Road in the U.S.

Once upon a time, boys and girls, there was the Chevrolet Impala, the Buick Electra, the Ford Taurus, and even the Lincoln Continental. But car buyers began to reject sedans in favor of crossovers and gone were these models with the stroke of a pen, along with Acura RLX, the …

VW, BMW Fined €875 Million Over Diesel Emissions Collusion

by Paul Riegler
VW, BMW Fined €875 Million Over Diesel Emissions Collusion

The European Commission Thursday hit Volkswagen and BMW with €875 million ($1 billion) in fines after finding that the German automakers had colluded to hinder competition in emissions systems for diesel-powered automobiles.
The decision encompassed VW’s Audi and Porsche units as well.
The EU’s investigation came in the wake of the VW …

The Insider’s Guide to Fourth of July Road Trips: The Best Times to Travel

by Paul Riegler
The Insider’s Guide to Fourth of July Road Trips: The Best Times to Travel

If you are planning a road trip on Independence Day weekend, you most certainly won’t be alone.
More than 47.7 million Americans will travel during the five-day July 4th holiday period according to the American Automobile Association, and 91% of them will be going by car.
If possible, leave before the extended …

Review and Test Drive: The 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 Electric Vehicle Offers Fahrvergnügen for the EV Era

by Jonathan Spira
Review and Test Drive:  The 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 Electric Vehicle Offers Fahrvergnügen for the EV Era

There will be a time when it will no longer be necessary to write the words “Electric Vehicle” after a model name in the headline of a car review, but that time has not yet arrived. However, if more cars such as Volkswagen’s entertaining ID.4 come to market, we may soon …

VW to Stop Selling Internal Combustion Engine-Powered Vehicles by 2035

by Paul Riegler
VW to Stop Selling Internal Combustion Engine-Powered Vehicles by 2035

Volkswagen announced it plans to stop selling internal combustion engine-powered vehicles in the European market by 2035 and become completely carbon neutral by 2050, a member of its Vorstand, or board of directors, told a German newspaper on Saturday.
The move comes as it undertakes a global shift to electric vehicles.
“We …

Oil Prices Hit Two-Year High as OPEC Sees Higher Demand

by Kurt Stolz
Oil Prices Hit Two-Year High as OPEC Sees Higher Demand

The price of oil settled at a two-year after OPC and its allies said they would maintain the current output plan amidst a forecast of higher demand.
Brent crude, the is the leading global price benchmark for Atlantic basin crude oils, rose 1.3% to $70.25 a barrel, its highest close since …

Ford Doubles Down on EVs, Expects They Will Be 40% of Global Volume by 2030

by Paul Riegler
Ford Doubles Down on EVs, Expects They Will Be 40% of Global Volume by 2030

Ford Motor Company plans to boost spending on the development of electric vehicles to $30 billion by 2025, a third more than it forecast earlier this year.
The move comes as the Dearborn-headquartered automaker plans to begin manufacturing its own batteries, including at two new U.S. battery-cell factories in partnership with …

Review and Test Drive: 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA250 SUV

by Jonathan Spira
Review and Test Drive:  2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA250 SUV

‘Tech, Style, Comfort, and Driving Pleasure’
Redesigned for 2021, the Mercedes-Benz GLA250 is not only a significant improvement over its predecessor but it packs enough tech, style, comfort, and driving pleasure that it will make it stand out from the pack.
The GLA nameplate is part of the automaker’s current SUV nomenclature, …