Home » Archive by Author

Articles by Paul Riegler

VW CEO Apologizes to Obama: ‘We Have Disappointed Many People’

VW CEO Apologizes to Obama: ‘We Have Disappointed Many People’

The CEO of embattled automaker Volkswagen made a personal apology to President Obama last Sunday for the Dieselgate scandal.
Martin Müller, who was appointed to the position of chief executive last fall, following the departure of long-time CEO Martin Winterkorn, said he had a short two-minute exchange with the president during …

Germany Recalls 630,000 Diesels from Audi, Mercedes, Opel, Porsche, and VW

Germany Recalls 630,000 Diesels from Audi, Mercedes, Opel, Porsche, and VW

German authorities called for the recall of some 630,000 diesel-powered vehicles to update their emissions control systems Friday.
The recall, which impacts Audi, Mercedes-Benz, Opel, Porsche, and Volkswagen, calls for the engine control software to be updated because the affected vehicles’ systems would suppress emissions controls at low temperatures. While …

Volkswagen Reaches Accord with Justice Department

Volkswagen Reaches Accord with Justice Department

Volkswagen announced it had reached an agreement in principle with the U.S. Department of Justice, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the California Air Resources Board, to settle the emissions scandal that has come to be known as Dieselgate.
U.S. District Court Judge Charles Breyer said Thursday that the settlement would include buyback …

Honda Announces EV and Plug-In Hybrid Versions of the New Clarity

Honda Announces EV and Plug-In Hybrid Versions of the New Clarity

Honda announced it will offer the new Clarity model both as a plug-in hybrid and an electric vehicle. The original Clarity is powered by a fuel cell.
The two models, the Clarity Electric and the Clarity Plug-In Hybrid, are slated to launch in the United States in 2017. Honda says the …

Dieselgate Causes Reduction in Volkswagen Executive Bonuses

Dieselgate Causes Reduction in Volkswagen Executive Bonuses

While the company’s pollution control systems did not reduce the amount of harmful emissions from its diesel models, the resultant scandal is reducing bonuses for top managers at Volkswagen.
Following a rather public discussion of the automaker’s planned executive bonuses online and in the media, VW said on Wednesday that it …

2016 Chevrolet Volt – Review and Road Test

2016 Chevrolet Volt – Review and Road Test

The original Volt reached showrooms at the end of 2010 as a 2011 model. Introduced not as a hybrid or plug-in hybrid, General Motors called it an “extended-range electric vehicle.” Most of the roughly 85,000 sold in the United States were sold in California. The current Volt, which began to …

Citroën Likely to Reenter U.S. Market with DS Lineup

Citroën Likely to Reenter U.S. Market with DS Lineup

PSA Peugeot Citroën is planning to return to the U.S. market after an absence of over 40 years.
The French automaker would launch its premium and newly separate DS lineup at the time of its return and plans to make an announcement on April 5. The news was first reported in …

Tesla Debuts Model 3 Electric Vehicle

Tesla Debuts Model 3 Electric Vehicle

Tesla Motors unveiled its new Model 3 electric vehicle Thursday night at its Los Angeles design studio.
The Model 3 will carry an MSRP starting at $35,000 and will be eligible for federal and state tax incentives for electric vehicles. The new EV is expected to have a range of a …

FTC Sues VW Over Deceptive ‘Clean Diesel’ Advertising

FTC Sues VW Over Deceptive ‘Clean Diesel’ Advertising

The Federal Trade Commission filed a complaint against Volkswagen, claiming the beleaguered automaker falsely touted its diesel-powered vehicles as “clean” and environmentally friendly.
The move follows the October announcement of a probe into VW’s advertising practices, which came about after Volkswagen admitted it had installed software that lowers the emission levels …

Fuel Prices Inch Their Way Up to Over $2 Per Gallon At the Pump

Fuel Prices Inch Their Way Up to Over $2 Per Gallon At the Pump

If you thought your last trip to the pump cost you more, you are probably right. The price of a gallon of fuel in the United States, both gasoline and diesel, has reversed course and started to climb.
Diesel fuel was incrementally up $0.002, to a nationwide average price of $2.121. …

Automakers Band Together to Make Automatic Emergency Braking Standard by 2022

Automakers Band Together to Make Automatic Emergency Braking Standard by 2022

Automakers representing almost the entirety of the U.S. market joined the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety in announcing plans to install automatic emergency braking on almost all new cars sold in the United States by 2022.
The list of automakers, which is a who’s who …

BMW Celebrates Centenary with ‘Vision Next 100’ Concept, We Celebrate with 6 of Our Favorite Bimmers

BMW Celebrates Centenary with ‘Vision Next 100’ Concept, We Celebrate with 6 of Our Favorite Bimmers

BMW turned 100 last Monday. To celebrate, the automaker unveiled a concept car, the Vision Next 100, which emits absolutely nothing from its tailpipe, can drive itself, and learns the driver’s preferences and habits.
The car’s entire windshield is an augmented reality display, which takes the place of the dashboard and …