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Volvo XC60 Judged Safest Car You Can Buy

Volvo XC60 Judged Safest Car You Can Buy

The Volvo XC60 may very well be one of the safest cars money can buy, according to tests conducted by the European New Car Assessment Program, or Euro NCAP.
Testers found the XC60 to be the car with the best overall performance in the 2017 Euro NCAP 2017 Best in Class …

Mazda and Toyota Announce Joint Factory in Alabama

Mazda and Toyota Announce Joint Factory in Alabama

Mazda and Toyota announced Wednesday that the two automakers have selected Alabama as the site of a future joint-venture auto plant.
The $1.6-billion plant, to be located in Huntsville, will eventually employ as many as 4,000 workers. Production is expected to start by 2021, the two automakers said. Production will be …

New Jersey Now Last State Where Drivers Can’t Pump Their Own Gas

New Jersey Now Last State Where Drivers Can’t Pump Their Own Gas

Along with laws legalizing recreational marijuana in California and restricting cigarette smoking to those over 21 in Guam at the start of 2018, a new law went into effect in Oregon that relaxed restrictions on self-service pumps, making New Jersey the last remaining state in the union in which drivers …

EU Court: Uber is a Taxi Service

EU Court: Uber is a Taxi Service

The European Court of Justice ruled on Wednesday that ride-hailing service Uber was a transportation business and not merely a technology platform that connects passengers with drivers.
“The service provided by Uber connecting individuals with non-professional drivers is covered by services in the field of transport,” the court said in a …

Toyota Outlines Revised Electric Vehicle Strategy

Toyota Outlines Revised Electric Vehicle Strategy

Toyota, which led the gas-electric hybrid revolution but has lagged behind rivals in offering fully electric vehicles, announced its strategy for that market.
The plan calls for the Japanese automaker to invest ¥1.5 trillion ($13 billion) in research and development by the year 2030. Half of that investment will be earmarked …

10 Tips for Your First Time Driving Abroad

10 Tips for Your First Time Driving Abroad

One of the great pleasures of traveling abroad is driving the magnificent highways and scenic roads, be it the Großglockner Hochalpenstraße in Austria, Route One in Iceland, the Stelvio Pass in Italy, the Trollstigen in Norway, or the Karakoram Highway connecting China and Pakistan. A drive is a brilliant way …

Auto Industry Debuts Multiple New Vehicles with Apple CarPlay at LA Show

Auto Industry Debuts Multiple New Vehicles with Apple CarPlay at LA Show

The Los Angeles Auto Show returned to the Convention Center and many automakers took advantage of the post-Thanksgiving event to introduce multiple new vehicles that will be available with Apple CarPlay, Apple’s in-vehicle touch-based display interface that functions as an extension of a driver’s iPhone.
Virtually every car manufacturer offers vehicles …

Shell to Roll Out EV Charging Network Across Europe

Shell to Roll Out EV Charging Network Across Europe

Royal Dutch Shell said Monday it is working with leading automakers to deploy ultra-fast chargers on European highways.
The move will propel Shell ahead of its rivals and provide a solid backbone of charging stations across the continent. Shell said it is working with Ionity, a joint venture between BMW, Daimler, …

Volvo to Produce Fleet of 24,000 Self-Driving Taxis for Uber

Volvo to Produce Fleet of 24,000 Self-Driving Taxis for Uber

Volvo announced that Uber Technologies will purchase 24,000 self-driving cars with delivery dates set to begin in 2019.
The deal, announced without any specific financial terms, is estimated to be worth $1 billion.
The Swedish automaker, owned by China’s Zhejiang Geely Holding Group, will supply a vehicle based on the current Volvo …

Tesla Unveils Electric Truck – and a Surprise New Sports Car

Tesla Unveils Electric Truck – and a Surprise New Sports Car

Tesla unveiled its first ever electric semi-truck on Thursday evening at an event in Los Angeles that also included the surprise reveal of a new electric sports car.
The Roadster, as the new sports car is dubbed, carries the same name as Tesla’s first vehicle, which was produced from 2008 to …

U.S. Gives Green Light to VW 3.0-Liter Diesel Engine Dieselgate Fix

U.S. Gives Green Light to VW 3.0-Liter Diesel Engine Dieselgate Fix

U.S. and California regulators approved Volkswagen AG’s recommended course of action for 38,000 diesel-powered vehicles from the company’s Volkswagen, Audi, and Porsche brands, according to a letter released publicly on Monday.
The approval addresses the automaker’s SUVs with 3.0-liter diesel engines believed to emit excess emissions and means that the German …

GM and Ford Announce Plans to Expand Lineup of Electric Models

GM and Ford Announce Plans to Expand Lineup of Electric Models

General Motors announced plans on Monday for 20 all-new all-electric vehicles. The automaker said it would introduce all 20 by 2023, including two within the next 18 months.
The General’s move was followed by an announcement by Ford, which said it would add 13 electrified models by the end of the …