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BMW to Supply LAPD with 100 i3 Electric Vehicles

BMW to Supply LAPD with 100 i3 Electric Vehicles

BMW announced that it will supply the Los Angeles Police Department with 100 BMW i3 electric vehicles.
BMW said that the LAPD selected the i3 for multiple reasons including fuel efficiency, reliability, and the fact that the ConnectedDrive services can be used to support fleet management applications. Additionally, the car company …

Pennsylvania Raises Highway Speed Limit to 70 in Many Areas

Pennsylvania Raises Highway Speed Limit to 70 in Many Areas

Officials in Pennsylvania announced that they are increasing the speed limit on hundreds of miles of highway in the state to 70 mph (112 km/h) effective Tuesday. The change impacts 396 miles (637 kilometers) of the Pennsylvania Turnpike and 400 miles (644 kilometers) of five state highways.
The state had already …

Volkswagen Starts Dieselgate Recall for Golf in Germany

Volkswagen Starts Dieselgate Recall for Golf in Germany

Volkswagen said Thursday it had begun to recall certain diesel-powered Golf models in the latest chapter of the Dieselgate scandal with the approval of the Kraftfahrt-Bundesamt or Federal Motor Authority.
The Wolfsburg-based automaker is asking owners of 15,000 Golf TDI Blue Motion Technology with an EA 189 2.0-liter engine and standard …

BMW Debuts ReachNow Ride-Sharing Service, Now Available in Seattle

BMW Debuts ReachNow Ride-Sharing Service, Now Available in Seattle

BMW announced the launch of ReachNow, a new car-sharing service. ReachNow’s first location is in Seattle, Washington, which will also serve as the company’s headquarters. The company also said that it plans to launch the service in three additional U.S. cities this year and eventually serve a total of ten …

Tesla Dramatically Expands Number of Charging Stations in Manhattan

Tesla Dramatically Expands Number of Charging Stations in Manhattan

Tesla Motors is in the process of deploying additional charging stations in Manhattan, a move that will make the ratio of charging stations to gas stations more than 2 to 1.
By the end of March, Tesla’s network of charging stations will number 105 in Manhattan. By contrast, there are fewer …

German Reporters Uncover More Details About Dieselgate Engine Software

German Reporters Uncover More Details About Dieselgate Engine Software

German journalists investigating Volkswagen’s use of emissions test-cheating software on some of its diesel models revealed that the automaker may have actually expanded the use of the illegal defeat device at the start of 2015.
Joint reporting by German broadcasters NRD and WDR along with the Süddeutsche Zeitung showed that Volkswagen’s …

Enjoy It While It Lasts: Gas Prices Continue to Slide but May Bottom Out Soon

Enjoy It While It Lasts: Gas Prices Continue to Slide but May Bottom Out Soon

The average price of a gallon of gasoline in the United States continues to slide and is just under $1.70 according to figures released by the AAA.
The $1.70 figure represents a 19-cent drop from one month ago.
One Frequent Business Traveler reader reported paying $1.59 at the Exxon station in Weehawken, …

Justice Dept. Sues Volkswagen Over Dieselgate

Justice Dept. Sues Volkswagen Over Dieselgate

The U.S. Department of Justice filed suit against Volkswagen in federal court, alleging that the German automaker installed illegal software and devices in nearly 600,000 diesel-powered automobiles that impaired the vehicles’ emissions controls, thereby causing emissions that exceeded the EPA’s standards. The suit was filed on behalf of the Environmental …

5 Winter Driving Tips

5 Winter Driving Tips

With fall gone and Christmas just around the corner, the country is gearing up for another snowy winter. We’ve already received a taste of what Mother Nature can do in terms of storms this year, and there are actions you can take to ensure you are ahead of the curve …

Volkswagen Sales in U.S. Plunge 25% After Dieselgate

Volkswagen Sales in U.S. Plunge 25% After Dieselgate

Volkswagen announced November sales figures for the United States on Tuesday. The results reflected the challenges the embattled automaker faces following the disclosure last fall that it had equipped its diesel-powered automobiles with technology that cheats during emissions tests, ensuring that the vehicle passes.
Sales for the month plunged by almost …

VW Offering $1,000 Package to U.S. Diesel Owners

VW Offering $1,000 Package to U.S. Diesel Owners

Volkswagen announced plans to offer a $1,000 goodwill package to U.S. customers who purchased diesel vehicles impacted by the recent emissions scandal as a “first step” in repairing relations with consumers.
The package, announced Monday, will include a $500 prepaid credit card and a $500 credit card that can be used …

Volkswagen Reverses Course in New EPA Dispute Over V6 Diesel Engines

Volkswagen Reverses Course in New EPA Dispute Over V6 Diesel Engines

Volkswagen announced Wednesday it was temporarily halting the sale of thousands of its larger vehicles with diesel engines following new claims by the Environmental Protection Agency that they use software that allows the car to cheat on an emissions test.
The Wolfsburg-based automaker told its dealers in the United States and …