Review and Test Drive:  2020 Volkswagen Golf

Review and Test Drive: 2020 Volkswagen Golf

by Paul Riegler

The Volkswagen Rabbit –intended 46 years ago to be the successor to the vaunted VW Beetle, which never quite left the scene until the past year – is now in its eighth generation and is essentially all-new for 2020, having had its reveal in October 2019.
It’s important to keep in …

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VW Debuts 2021 ID.4 Electric SUV

by Paul Riegler
VW Debuts 2021 ID.4 Electric SUV

Volkswagen launched and began production of the ID.4 compact SUV, the automaker said Thursday.
The ID.4 is the second model in the beleaguered automaker’s planned family of electric vehicles that will make up the majority of its lineup across the globe. The new SUV is built on VW’s modular MEB platform …

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California Pulls the Plug on Sales of Gasoline-Powered Cars

by Paul Riegler
California Pulls the Plug on Sales of Gasoline-Powered Cars

The state of California will effectively ban the sale of gasoline-powered automobiles by the year 2035 as it attempts to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions by encouraging drivers to switch to electric vehicles.
Governor Gavin Newsome issued an executive order Wednesday that bans the sale of new petrol-powered vehicles in trucks …

Lucid Air Electric Luxury Sedan with 517-Mile Range Revealed in Silicon Valley

by Paul Riegler
Lucid Air Electric Luxury Sedan with 517-Mile Range Revealed in Silicon Valley

Lucid Motors launched its first vehicle, the Lucid Air, on Wednesday, which was also World EV Day.
The Air, built on the automaker’s LEAP or Lucid Electric Advanced Platform, will have an industry-leading range of 517 miles (832 kilometers) with the extended-range option.  The launch edition – dubbed the Lucid Air …

Why You Won’t Find Any Labor Day Blowout Sales for Cars and Appliances This Year

by Paul Riegler
Why You Won’t Find Any Labor Day Blowout Sales for Cars and Appliances This Year

Labor Day. One’s thoughts run to barbecues, beach, and blowout sales at appliance stores and car dealerships.
Something is missing, however, this year, namely those loud, boisterous commercials by car dealers and appliance salesmen touting never-before-seen savings.  As a result, car and appliance buyers are in for a disappointment.
In recent months, car …

As Labor Day Weekend Starts, Gas Prices Fall to Lowest Level in 16 Years

by Kurt Stolz
As Labor Day Weekend Starts, Gas Prices Fall to Lowest Level in 16 Years

As Americans take to the roads this holiday weekend, the pandemic not withstanding, low gasoline prices are fueling more driving than ever.
On Friday, as the Labor Day weekend started, the national average for a gallon of regular gasoline was $2.22, $0.34 lower than last year’s price, according to a survey …

Review and Test Drive: 2020 Chevrolet Bolt EV Premier

by Jonathan Spira
Review and Test Drive:  2020 Chevrolet Bolt EV Premier

The Chevrolet Bolt, Detroit’s answer to the call for electric vehicles with sufficient range as to be useful for more than short trips and commutes, made its debut not at one of the major auto shows but at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show.
That alone should be telling.
The Bolt is assembled …

Review and Test Drive: 2020 Kia Telluride SX AWD

by Jonathan Spira
Review and Test Drive:  2020 Kia Telluride SX AWD

The last thing one might think of is that the world needs yet another mid-size SUV.  The folks at Kia clearly thought it did, and, after a little over a week with the new 2020 Kia Telluride – the largest vehicle Kia ever produced for the United States – we …

Review and Test Drive: 2021 Kia Seltos SX AWD

by Jonathan Spira
Review and Test Drive:  2021 Kia Seltos SX AWD

As crossovers continue to gain in popularity, automakers are naturally adding additional models to their lineups.  Some models are merely OK, while others stand out in their class.  The all-new 2021 Kia Seltos is representative of the latter.
The Seltos is Kia’s sixth SUV in the United States and fits in …

Review and Test Drive: 2020 Honda CR-V Touring

by Jonathan Spira
Review and Test Drive:  2020 Honda CR-V Touring

 Since its launch in 1995, the Honda CR-V has been one of the best-selling vehicles in the United States. We last looked at the fourth generation CR-V in 2015, and the current fifth generation CR-V made its debut in 2016 at the North American International Auto Show and went on sale …

Review and Test Drive: 2020 Volkswagen Passat 2.0T SEL

by Paul Riegler
Review and Test Drive:  2020 Volkswagen Passat 2.0T SEL

Introducing the redesigned 2020 Volkswagen Passat.  If you liked the recent editions of the Passat (and there was a lot to like), you will undoubtedly like the new one as well.
We last looked at the Passat in GT form two years ago, a vehicle that offered tighter handling and a …

U.S. Car Sales Plummet Amidst Coronavirus Pandemic

by Paul Riegler
U.S. Car Sales Plummet Amidst Coronavirus Pandemic

Automakers in the United States reported a 30% drop in car sales in the second quarter. Stay-at-home orders and plant shutdowns contributed to the decline.
The drop was the biggest recorded fall in sales since the 2009 recession, when multiple automakers went bankrupt.
Most dealerships in the United States have been closed during …

What’s New in Apple CarPlay in iOS 14: Wallpaper, Camera Warnings, and EV Support

by Paul Riegler
What’s New in Apple CarPlay in iOS 14: Wallpaper, Camera Warnings, and EV Support

Apple CarPlay has come a long way since its launch at the Geneva Motor Show in 2014.  Indeed, Apple, which at one point had designs on producing its own cars, has now almost fully penetrated the in-vehicle infotainment market: the Cupertino-based company says that CarPlay is now available on 97% …

Apple Aims to Replace Car Keys with CarKey

by Kurt Stolz
Apple Aims to Replace Car Keys with CarKey

CUPERTINO—At the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference held Monday, the company best known for its iPod and iPhone devices said it wants the latter to replace the ubiquitous car key.
Apple, which at one point had designs on producing its own cars, now estimates that its CarPlay infotainment system is available in …