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Road Test and Review: 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid Touring

Road Test and Review: 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid Touring

You may notice something different about the photographs of our short-term 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid. We typically like to photograph the cars in showroom condition but winter hit us hard right after the Accord arrived and we decided to make an exception.
The Honda Accord, which turned 40 last year, has …

Review and Test Drive: 2017 Nissan Rogue SL AWD

Review and Test Drive: 2017 Nissan Rogue SL AWD

Just as the movie “Star Wars: Rogue One” was debuting in theaters, I found myself behind the wheel of a 2017 Nissan Rogue. While Nissan is offering a special Rogue One Edition inspired by the movie, mine was the more mainstream edition.
The Nissan Rogue first debuted as a 2008 model …

Dieselgate Spreads to Italy as EPA Accuses Fiat Chrysler of Violating Emissions Standards

Dieselgate Spreads to Italy as EPA Accuses Fiat Chrysler of Violating Emissions Standards

L’affaire Dieselgate has spread from Germany to Italy as the Environmental Protection Agency accused Fiat Chrysler on Thursday of using “undisclosed” software that allowed a number of its vehicles to exceed emissions standards in the United States.
“Once again, a major automaker made the business decision to skirt the rules and …

New York’s Bridges and Tunnels Begin to Go Cashless

New York’s Bridges and Tunnels Begin to Go Cashless

As part of the city’s plan to offer cashless tolling, the agency that operates the city’s bridges and tunnels converted the city’s two major tunnels – the Queens Midtown and the Hugh L. Carey (formerly the Brooklyn Battery) – went cashless in the past week. The latter is the longest …

GM Announces Book by Cadillac Subscription Model

GM Announces Book by Cadillac Subscription Model

For drivers who want a Cadillac without the burden of ownership, General Motors has the answer: Book by Cadillac.
Book, which costs $1,500 per month on a month-to-month membership plan, has no long-term commitment and allows members to reserve a Cadillac to be delivered to a specified location within the region …

NTSB to Tech Companies: Integrate Grade Crossings into Map Data

NTSB to Tech Companies: Integrate Grade Crossings into Map Data

The National Transportation Safety Board asked 11 technology and delivery companies to add the locations of thousands of grade crossings to their digital map software and to alert drivers when they are approaching such a crossing.
The National Transportation Safety Board asked 11 technology and delivery companies to add the locations …

Mercedes-Benz to Integrate Google Assistant in Vehicles

Mercedes-Benz to Integrate Google Assistant in Vehicles

Mercedes-Benz announced it would be integrating Google Assistant technology with its vehicles starting next year.
Google Assistant works with Google Home and the integration will allow users to send destinations to their vehicles, schedule and turn on heating and cooling systems, check vehicle status including fuel and battery charge levels, and …

Google Parent Alphabet Debuts Driverless-Car Company Waymo

Google Parent Alphabet Debuts Driverless-Car Company Waymo

Google announced Tuesday it is moving its driverless-car research from the lab into a separate business unit called Waymo. The new entity’s mission will be to “make it safe and easy for people and things to move around.”
The business unit will be headed by John Krafcik, who has led the …

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 …