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Volkswagen to Exit Diesel Business in U.S.

Volkswagen to Exit Diesel Business in U.S.

Volkswagen does not plan to offer diesel-powered cars and SUVs in the United States going forward, the embattled automaker said.
“We are working under the assumption that we will no longer offer diesel vehicles in the United States,” the company’s head of brand management, Herbert Diess, told the German newspaper Handelsblatt.
The …

2017 Ford Fusion Titanium Hybrid – First Look and Review

2017 Ford Fusion Titanium Hybrid – First Look and Review

It’s been almost a decade since Ford owned Aston Martin but there it is, the Aston Martin-like grille… on a Ford Fusion.
Now in its second generation, the Ford Fusion Hybrid, first introduced in 2009 for the 2010 model year (the more conventional gasoline-powered Fusion was launched in 2006), was completely …

VW, U.S. Close to Dieselgate Deal for Audi-Developed 3.0-Liter Engines

VW, U.S. Close to Dieselgate Deal for Audi-Developed 3.0-Liter Engines

Volkswagen has reportedly reached an agreement with federal regulators to fix Volkswagen, Audi, and Porsche diesels with 3.0-liter engines, although an official announcement may not be forthcoming until November 30. The move would bring l’affaire Dieselgate closer to conclusion.
“The Court has scheduled a status conference for November 30, 2016 to …

BMW to Offer ReachNow Car-Sharing Service in Brooklyn

BMW to Offer ReachNow Car-Sharing Service in Brooklyn

Hipsters, rejoice! BMW announced it is bringing its ReachNow car-sharing service to Brooklyn, New York. The borough, which would be the country’s fourth largest city, will be the company’s third North American location.
The ReachNow fleet typically includes the BMW 3 Series, BMW i3, Mini Clubman, and Mini hardtop. The company’s …

Judge Approves $14.7 Billion VW Dieselgate Settlement

Judge Approves $14.7 Billion VW Dieselgate Settlement

U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer gave the green light to the $14.7 billion settlement reached with consumers and regulators in June.
Under the terms of the settlement, VW will buy back models with 2.0-liter diesel engines that were equipped with the so-called defeat devices used to beat emissions tests. VW will …

New Jersey’s Cheap Gas Prices? Fuhgeddaboutit!

New Jersey’s Cheap Gas Prices? Fuhgeddaboutit!

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New Jersey’s salad days, at least as far as cheap gas prices are concerned, are about to come to an end.
The Garden State, which has enjoyed the second lowest gasoline prices in the nation, will begin taxing drivers 23 cents a gallon to aid the state’s expired …

BMW Debuts All-New 2017 5 Series

BMW Debuts All-New 2017 5 Series

BMW announced the new, seventh-generation 5 Series on Wednesday.
The new 5er, developed from the ground up, weighs less (as much as 137 pounds or 62 kilograms) due to the use of magnesium, aluminum, and high-strength-steel, offers a new user interface, iDrive 6.0, and a new head-up display. New driver …

Report from Paris: Here Come the EVs

Report from Paris: Here Come the EVs

The Paris Motor Show, or Mondial de l’Automobile, was the world’s first auto show and continues to be one of the most important shows in the industry.
This year, many automakers used the occasion to show off their plans for electric vehicles that boast a driving range similar to petrol- and …

Volkswagen Reveals I.D. Electric Concept Ahead of Paris Motor Show

Volkswagen Reveals I.D. Electric Concept Ahead of Paris Motor Show

Volkswagen’s latest concept car, the I.D., which it plans to debut at the 2016 Paris Motor Show which opens later this week, isn’t just a show car but a harbinger of what the automaker has in store come 2020.
Based on VW’s current design language with a very futuristic twist, the …

Google Self-Driving Car Involved in Serious Accident

Google Self-Driving Car Involved in Serious Accident

A Google-operated self-driving Lexus SUV was struck by a commercial van at an intersection in Mountain View, California.   The truck failed to stop at the red light and ran into the Lexus causing significant damage but no injuries were reported.
“A Google vehicle was traveling northbound on Phyllis Ave. in Mountain …

VW Shareholders Seek €8.2 Billion for Lost Value after Dieselgate

VW Shareholders Seek €8.2 Billion for Lost Value after Dieselgate

Volkswagen’s latest Dieselgate travail comes from its shareholders, who are looking to hold the embattled German automaker accountable for deceiving vehicle buyers, dealerships, and the shareholders.
The shareholders are filing suit against the company in record numbers after their holdings lost significant value following the news of the diesel emissions scandal.
The …

BMW Launches ReachNow Car Sharing in Portland

BMW Launches ReachNow Car Sharing in Portland

BMW of North America announced Monday that its ReachNow car-sharing service has commenced operations in Portland, Oregon.
ReachNow’s goal is to “provide drivers with an experience that is as convenient as owning a car,” BMW said in a statement.
ReachNow’s Portland fleet includes 260 vehicles including the BMW 3 Series, Mini Clubman, …