Study Shows Which Car Windows to Roll Down to Keep Covid at Bay

Study Shows Which Car Windows to Roll Down to Keep Covid at Bay

by Kurt Stolz

The interior of a passenger car represents an elevated risk of coronavirus transmission and drivers and passengers have long since been told to roll down the windows to keep aerosols and droplets at bay.
But which windows should one lower, especially if one doesn’t wish to have all four down?
A new …

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Review and Test Drive: The 2021 Volvo 90 Series – Volvo S90 and XC90 Recharge T8 eAWD Inscription

by Jonathan Spira
Review and Test Drive:  The 2021 Volvo 90 Series – Volvo S90 and XC90 Recharge T8 eAWD Inscription

We were as excited as a group of auto writer can be when we welcomed the first of the Volvo 90 Series vehicles – a 2016 Volvo XC90 T6 AWD R-Design – into our short-term press fleet in the spring of 2016.  That was followed – in the winter of …

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Japan’s Cherry Blossoms Peak on Earliest Date in 1,200 Years in Sign of Climate Change

by Kurt Stolz
Japan’s Cherry Blossoms Peak on Earliest Date in 1,200 Years in Sign of Climate Change

Japan’s cherry blossoms season, the country’s traditional sign of the start of spring, peaked last Friday, the earliest date on record according to Osaka University.
Records go back to the year 812.
The previous record in the former imperial capital was set in 1409, when the season reached its peak on March …

Voltswagen is Dead. ‘Long Live Volkswagen’ Says Automaker After April Fool’s Stunt Fails

by Kurt Stolz
Voltswagen is Dead.  ‘Long Live Volkswagen’ Says Automaker After April Fool’s Stunt Fails

In a move reminiscent of when the International House of Pancakes said it was changing its name to IHOb, the International House of Burgers, a PR stunt that brought that brand great attention, Volkswagen of America said Monday it would change its name henceforth to Voltswagen.
The move, the automaker said, …

Google to Add Support for Routes with a Low-Carbon Footprint in Maps App

by Paul Riegler
Google to Add Support for Routes with a Low-Carbon Footprint in Maps App

Google announced that its Maps will soon default to a route that has the lowest possible carbon footprint, an effort to reduce CO2 emissions and drive sustainability. 
The new eco-friendly route mode will provide the driver with approximately the same estimated time of arrival as a regular route.  In instances …

Apple to Make Airport Coronavirus Guidelines Available in Maps App

by Kurt Stolz
Apple to Make Airport Coronavirus Guidelines Available in Maps App

Apple announced an update to its Maps app that adds current Covid-19 guidelines for airports across the globe.
The update, available to iPhone, iPad, and Mac users, provides an overview of a specific airport’s coronavirus-related requirements for arriving and departing travelers, such as mask mandates and information about quarantines for arriving …

Review and Test Drive: The 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E is ‘the EV Generation’s Pony Car’

by Jonathan Spira
Review and Test Drive:  The 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E is ‘the EV Generation’s Pony Car’

First of a Two-Part Series Looks at the Vehicle’s Significant Place in History
Remember the original pony car, the 1965 Ford Mustang?  The term for a then new class of automobile, a pony car had sporty yet affordable performance and it could carry four people. In addition, a pony car would …

Volkswagen Shifts EV Strategy into High Gear with Battery Factories and Charging Stations

by Jesse Sokolow
Volkswagen Shifts EV Strategy into High Gear with Battery Factories and Charging Stations

As part of its “Power Day” showcase on electric vehicle technology, Volkswagen announced major advancements in and plans for making EVs as convenient as petrol-powered vehicles.
“Our transformation will be bigger than anything the industry has seen in the past century,” said Herbert Diess, the automaker’s CEO, during a two-hour presentation.
Volkswagen …

Review and Test Drive: 2020 Lexus GX 460

by Jonathan Spira
Review and Test Drive:  2020 Lexus GX 460

The Lexus GX, first launched in 2002 and built on the Toyota Land Cruiser Prado platform, arrived at a time in the United States where there was no coronavirus pandemic and the biggest health concern was SARS, severe acute respiratory syndrome, an epidemic traced back to cave-dwelling horseshoe bats in …

Review and Test Drive: 2021 Cadillac XT6 Sport Platinum

by Jonathan Spira
Review and Test Drive: 2021 Cadillac XT6 Sport Platinum

The Cadillac XT6 is the largest vehicle in the automaker’s XT series, which offers three crossovers that include the smaller XT5 and XT4.   The only vehicle Cadillac offers that is larger than the XT6 is the Escalade.
Introduced at the 2019 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, the seven-seater went …

Ford Accelerates Move to All-Electric in Europe with $1 Billion Investment

by Kurt Stolz
Ford Accelerates Move to All-Electric in Europe with $1 Billion Investment

Automaker to Phase Out Internal Combustion Engines in Passenger Cars by 2030
The Ford Motor Company announced Wednesday that all of its passenger cars and light trucks in Europe would be electric vehicles by 2030 and, as an intermediate step, either zero-emissions capable, all electric, or plug-in hybrid by 2026.
In addition, …

Jaguar, Land Rover Plan to Offer All-Electric Lineup, Phase Out Conventional Powertrains

by Paul Riegler
Jaguar, Land Rover Plan to Offer All-Electric Lineup, Phase Out Conventional Powertrains

UK automaker Jaguar Land Rover announced a major shift towards electric vehicles.
The company, owned by India’s Tata Motors, said it would invest £3.5 billion  ($4.85 billion) in the move towards the electrification of its lineup. 
Jaguar will offer only electric vehicles as of the 2025 model year, while Land Rover …

Mercedes-Benz to Recall 1.3 Million Vehicles That Could Send Inaccurate Location in Emergencies

by Anna Breuer
Mercedes-Benz to Recall 1.3 Million Vehicles That Could Send Inaccurate Location in Emergencies

Mercedes-Benz said it would recall some 1.3 million vehicles in the United States because its eCall emergency collision notification system could dispatch emergency responders to the wrong location.
The recall involves vehicles manufactured from 2016 to 2021 and will fix an issue with the communication module in the eCall system where …

Review and Test Drive: 2020 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Platinum AWD

by Jonathan Spira
Review and Test Drive:  2020 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Platinum AWD

The Toyota Highlander was released in 2001 shortly after it made its debut at the 2000 New York International Auto Show. After 20 years, it was time for the fourth generation Highlander to come to these shores, “redesigned from the ground up,” as Toyota put it.
The Toyota Highlander was one …