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California Pulls the Plug on Sales of Gasoline-Powered Cars

California Pulls the Plug on Sales of Gasoline-Powered Cars

The state of California will effectively ban the sale of gasoline-powered automobiles by the year 2035 as it attempts to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions by encouraging drivers to switch to electric vehicles.
Governor Gavin Newsome issued an executive order Wednesday that bans the sale of new petrol-powered vehicles in trucks …

Lucid Air Electric Luxury Sedan with 517-Mile Range Revealed in Silicon Valley

Lucid Air Electric Luxury Sedan with 517-Mile Range Revealed in Silicon Valley

Lucid Motors launched its first vehicle, the Lucid Air, on Wednesday, which was also World EV Day.
The Air, built on the automaker’s LEAP or Lucid Electric Advanced Platform, will have an industry-leading range of 517 miles (832 kilometers) with the extended-range option.  The launch edition – dubbed the Lucid Air …

Why You Won’t Find Any Labor Day Blowout Sales for Cars and Appliances This Year

Why You Won’t Find Any Labor Day Blowout Sales for Cars and Appliances This Year

Labor Day. One’s thoughts run to barbecues, beach, and blowout sales at appliance stores and car dealerships.
Something is missing, however, this year, namely those loud, boisterous commercials by car dealers and appliance salesmen touting never-before-seen savings.  As a result, car and appliance buyers are in for a disappointment.
In recent months, car …

Review and Test Drive: 2020 Volkswagen Passat 2.0T SEL

Review and Test Drive:  2020 Volkswagen Passat 2.0T SEL

Introducing the redesigned 2020 Volkswagen Passat.  If you liked the recent editions of the Passat (and there was a lot to like), you will undoubtedly like the new one as well.
We last looked at the Passat in GT form two years ago, a vehicle that offered tighter handling and a …

U.S. Car Sales Plummet Amidst Coronavirus Pandemic

U.S. Car Sales Plummet Amidst Coronavirus Pandemic

Automakers in the United States reported a 30% drop in car sales in the second quarter. Stay-at-home orders and plant shutdowns contributed to the decline.
The drop was the biggest recorded fall in sales since the 2009 recession, when multiple automakers went bankrupt.
Most dealerships in the United States have been closed during …

What’s New in Apple CarPlay in iOS 14: Wallpaper, Camera Warnings, and EV Support

What’s New in Apple CarPlay in iOS 14: Wallpaper, Camera Warnings, and EV Support

Apple CarPlay has come a long way since its launch at the Geneva Motor Show in 2014.  Indeed, Apple, which at one point had designs on producing its own cars, has now almost fully penetrated the in-vehicle infotainment market: the Cupertino-based company says that CarPlay is now available on 97% …

Review and Test Drive: 2020 Volkswagen Golf

Review and Test Drive:  2020 Volkswagen Golf

The Volkswagen Rabbit –intended 46 years ago to be the successor to the vaunted VW Beetle, which never quite left the scene until the past year – is now in its eighth generation and is essentially all-new for 2020, having had its reveal in October 2019.
It’s important to keep in …

The 2020 New York International Auto Show Has Been Cancelled Amidst the Coronavirus Pandemic

The 2020 New York International Auto Show Has Been Cancelled Amidst the Coronavirus Pandemic

The 2020 New York International Auto Show, which was slated to take place in early April at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center and then postponed until August, has been cancelled, the show’s organizers said.
The Javits Center location is currently an active field hospital that is in stand-by mode for …

Car Rental Pioneer Hertz First Major Travel Company to File for Bankruptcy Amidst Coronavirus Pandemic

Car Rental Pioneer Hertz First Major Travel Company to File for Bankruptcy Amidst Coronavirus Pandemic

The economic effects of the coronavirus claimed its first major travel company as on Friday as Hertz Global Holdings and several of its U.S. and Canadian subsidiaries filed for bankruptcy protection under Chapter 11. The company is the number two car rental agency in the world after Avis.
The company said …

Review and Test Drive: 2020 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport 2.4 GT AWC

Review and Test Drive:  2020 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport 2.4 GT AWC

The Mitsubishi Outlander Sport – which should not be confused with the Mitsubishi Outlander (yes, I know) was first introduced in 1991 as the RVR, which stands for Recreation Vehicle Runner, in its home market of Japan and was sold in the United States under several Chrysler nameplates between 1992 …

General Motors Shuts Down Maven Car-Sharing Service

General Motors Shuts Down Maven Car-Sharing Service

General Motors said Tuesday it would shutter its car-sharing service, Maven.
The General launched Maven in 2016, calling it a competitor to Zipcar.  The service offered new GM vehicles equipped with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, satellite radio, and a 4G LTE Internet connection but it struggled to build a substantial following.
Maven …

Mercedes, Volkswagen, and Volvo to Restart Production in Europe Next Week

Automakers in Europe – which employ some 9% of factory workers in the European Union – said they would cautiously begin to reopen their plants.
Volkswagen will reopen assembly lines in Zwickau, Germany, and Bratislava, Slovakia, on Monday, and Volvo will restart production at its Torslanda factory in Sweden.  Daimler, parent …