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What’s New in Apple CarPlay in iOS 16: Updates to Navigation, Easier Dictation, and New Driving Task Apps

What’s New in Apple CarPlay in iOS 16: Updates to Navigation, Easier Dictation, and New Driving Task Apps

Apple CarPlay has become the premier in-vehicle infotainment system, in many respects, since its launch at the Geneva Motor Show in 2014.  With each new version of its mobile operating system, Apple added features and functionality that enhanced the drivers’ and passengers’ experience as well as their safety.
The Cupertino-based company …

BMW Heats Up Subscription Market by Charging for Heated Seats in Some Countries

BMW Heats Up Subscription Market by Charging for Heated Seats in Some Countries

Move Comes 6 Years After Failed Attempt for Apple CarPlay Subscription
On an episode of the mockumentary television comedy “Come Fly With Me” from 2010, Omar Baba, the CEO of FlyLo (a parody amalgamation of Flybe, Ryanair, and EasyJet), explains he’s “made it easier than ever for passengers to use the …

Apple to Enhance CarPlay With Deep Integration Into Dashboard and Other Vehicle Displays

Apple to Enhance CarPlay With Deep Integration Into Dashboard and Other Vehicle Displays

Apple, which first introduced its now ubiquitous CarPlay infotainment system in 2014, announced a number of significant updates at its 2022 World Wide Developers Conference, currently underway in Cupertino, California.
The big news is what Apple termed its “next generation” CarPlay interface, for which the company offered a “sneak peek” in …

New York Auto Show Returns and Electric Vehicles Take the Spotlight

New York Auto Show Returns and Electric Vehicles Take the Spotlight

NEW YORK — The New York International Auto Show returned this week after a pandemic-induced three-year hiatus and electric vehicles are commanding the spotlight.
The show opened to the public on Friday following two press days and runs through April 24. The show dates back more than a century and was …

As Fuel Prices Rise, More Drivers Run on Empty… And Get Stranded

As Fuel Prices Rise, More Drivers Run on Empty… And Get Stranded

Some drivers are letting their cars literally run on fumes amidst higher gas prices.
Gas prices have hit record highs in the United States in the past two weeks, but after sharply increasing they hit a peak on March 11 and have since begun to decline, albeit slightly, except for prices …

Review and Test Drive: 1997 Mercedes-Benz C280 Elegance

Review and Test Drive:  1997 Mercedes-Benz C280 Elegance

Der Kleine Mercedes Offers Comfort, Safety, and Teutonic Engineering
While it seems as if the Mercedes-Benz C-Klasse, or C-Class, has been around forever, it was only introduced in 1993 as a replacement for the so-called “Baby Benz, the 190 range, of which 1.9 million models were sold and which had become …

Six Expert Tips on How to Save Gas Amidst Record Prices at the Pump

Six Expert Tips on How to Save Gas Amidst Record Prices at the Pump

Drivers are paying record prices at the pump now, and the cost of a gallon of gasoline is expected to increase even further following President Biden’s ban on Russian oil imports.
The average price of gas in the U.S. rose by $0.10 per gallon from Monday to Tuesday, hitting a record $4.17 …

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

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 …

Review and Test Drive: 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA250 SUV

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, …

Review and Test Drive: 2021 Kia Sorento Hybrid EX

Review and Test Drive:  2021 Kia Sorento Hybrid EX

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 …

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

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 …

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

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 …