Home » Archive by Author

Articles by Paul Riegler

Ford Debuts New Diesel and Hybrid Taxis

Ford Debuts New Diesel and Hybrid Taxis

Ford, which was a major supplier of taxis in the United States with its Crown Victoria, produced from 1991 to 2011, introduced two new taxicab models Wednesday, one diesel, one hybrid  Both are available in School Bus Yellow.
The 2019 Ford Transit Connect Taxi is based on the new Transit Connect …

New York’s ‘Taxi of Tomorrow’ Is Now Yesterday’s News

New York’s ‘Taxi of Tomorrow’ Is Now Yesterday’s News

The Nissan NV200, which was named New York City’s “Taxi of Tomorrow” in 2011 by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, is no longer the only taxi in town available to drivers for purchase.
Trumpeted by its proponents and the subject of legal action that was resolved (in favor of Nissan and the …

Porsche Celebrates 70 Years of Iconic Sports Cars

Porsche Celebrates 70 Years of Iconic Sports Cars

Porsche, known formally as Dr. Ing. h. c. F. Porsche GmbH, is celebrating 70 years since its first vehicle, the 356 Model 1 Roadster, received street certification in 1948.
The 356 was a rear-engine, rear-wheel drive, two door that was available both as a hardtop coupe and a cabriolet.
Early prototypes of …

Mercedes Debuts ‘Mercedes-Benz Collection’ New Car Subscription Option

Mercedes Debuts ‘Mercedes-Benz Collection’ New Car Subscription Option

Mercedes-Benz announced the launch of a new-vehicle subscription service, Mercedes-Benz Collection.
The new offering will have three tiers and each will allow drivers to switch between different types of vehicles during the subscription period. Two tiers will be offered in each city and prices will range from $1,095 go $2,995 per …

Hamburg First City in Germany to Ban Older Diesels

Hamburg First City in Germany to Ban Older Diesels

Hamburg became the first city in Germany to ban older diesel-powered vehicles when it prohibited them last Thursday from using two of the city’s major thoroughfares.
The move follows a February ruling by the Bundesverwaltungsgericht, or Federal Administrative Court, to limit vehicle emissions in Stuttgart. The ruling set a precedent for …

Former VW CEO Winterkorn Indicted in Dieselgate Case

Former VW CEO Winterkorn Indicted in Dieselgate Case

Former Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn has been indicted for his alleged role in the Dieselgate emissions-cheating scandal that cost the automaker its reputation and billions of dollars in fines and penalties.
The indictment, which was filed in secret in U.S. District Court in Detroit on March 14, was unsealed Thursday as …

States Sue Trump Administration Over Rollback of Auto Emissions Rules

States Sue Trump Administration Over Rollback of Auto Emissions Rules

A coalition of 17 states and the District of Columbia sued the Trump administration on Tuesday over its plan to weaken federal auto emissions standards.
The states, which are led by California and include Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania, said that the Environmental Protection Agency’s attempts to roll …

In 1899, Henry Bliss, America’s First Pedestrian Fatality, Was Struck by an Electric Taxi

In 1899, Henry Bliss, America’s First Pedestrian Fatality, Was Struck by an Electric Taxi

Although much fuss was made five years ago when a test fleet of Nissan Leaf all-electric taxicabs hit New York City streets hailed as the first all-electric powered taxis, the facts are a little different. In 1899, almost 90% of the New York City taxi fleet was electric.
At the turn …

Apple Adds Lane Guidance in Maps App to Czechia, Finland, Hungary, Ireland, and Poland

Apple Adds Lane Guidance in Maps App to Czechia, Finland, Hungary, Ireland, and Poland

Apple added the Lane Guidance feature to its Maps App for users in Czech Republic, Finland, Hungary, Ireland, and Poland
In February, Apple added Austria, South Africa, and Switzerland to the list.
Lane Guidance displays the lane the driver should be in via a floating black information panel that disappears after it’s …

Toyota and Lexus to Launch V2V Communications Starting in 2021

Toyota and Lexus to Launch V2V Communications Starting in 2021

Toyota and its luxury division Lexus announced that they will begin to broadly deploy vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure technology in the United States starting in 2021.
The Japanese automaker said it plans to have V2V technology available across almost its entire lineup by the middle of the coming decade.
Similar to initiatives from …

Achtung! You Will Soon Subscribe to Your Car

Achtung! You Will Soon Subscribe to Your Car

Until recently, owning a car meant just that: either purchasing a car outright or leasing a new vehicle. For those who didn’t want to own a car, a few carsharing options such as Zipcar were available in some areas. Now a new option is emerging, namely cars by subscription.
BMW is …

BMW to Offer “Access” Car Subscription Option

BMW to Offer “Access” Car Subscription Option

BMW announced the launch of a new-vehicle subscription service, Access by BMW, on Wednesday.
Access by BMW will provide its members with a selection of BMWs ranging from a 4 Series coupe or cabriolet, an X5 SUV, and a 5 Series sedan. There will also be a performance tier that will …