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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 …

Road Test and Review: Apple CarPlay iOS 11 Lane Guidance, Speed Limit Info, and Alternative Routes

Road Test and Review: Apple CarPlay iOS 11 Lane Guidance, Speed Limit Info, and Alternative Routes

Apple has released the latest and greatest version of its mobile operating system, iOS 11, which included significant updates to Apple CarPlay, Apple’s in-vehicle touch-based display interface that functions as an extension of a driver’s iPhone. We took the opportunity to spend a few weeks behind the wheel in several …

Review and Test Drive: 2017 Ford Focus ST

Review and Test Drive:  2017 Ford Focus ST

While the words “Ford Focus” might not generate a big grin on the part of most auto enthusiasts, adding two letters – ST – will surely change that. The ST is an enthusiast’s car, fun to drive, inexpensive, and powerful.
Our Ford Focus ST arrived in with the new Triple Yellow …

Dyson to Develop an Electric Vehicle

Dyson to Develop an Electric Vehicle

Dyson, a company known for its innovative vacuum cleaners and fans, said Tuesday it is working on an electric vehicle to be launched by 2020.
The news was announced by the company in a tweet.
“James Dyson just announced to @Dyson employees that we’ve begun work on a battery electric vehicle, due …

Photo Essay: The American Cars of Cuba

Photo Essay: The American Cars of Cuba

One of the images of Cuba ingrained in my mind is the incredible scene of classic American cars from the 1950s that continue to ply Cuban streets. Indeed, a ride in a classic American car (many serve as taxis) is a rite of passage for visitors to Havana.
It is an …

Mercedes-Benz to Manufacture Electric Vehicles in the United States

Mercedes-Benz to Manufacture Electric Vehicles in the United States

Mercedes-Benz announced Friday it plans to expand its Tuscaloosa plant to produce electric passenger cars. The news came at the time of the facilities’ 20th anniversary celebration.
In addition to manufacturing SUV models for the automaker’s EQ brand, Mercedes said it will also build a battery factory near the plant to …

Uber to Scrap Petrol and Diesel Cars in U.K. by 2022

Uber to Scrap Petrol and Diesel Cars in U.K. by 2022

Ride-hailing service Uber said it plans to start charging riders a “clean air” fee as part of its plans to eliminate diesel- and petrol-powered cars from its U.K. fleet within the next five years.
The company said it plans to add a 35p ($0.46) charge to rides in the United Kingdom …

As Expected, Gas Prices Spike Just In Time for Labor Day Weekend

As Expected, Gas Prices Spike Just In Time for Labor Day Weekend

Although it took a few days, the effects of Hurricane Harvey are finally beginning to be felt at the pump. The price for a gallon of regular unleaded fuel hit $2.45 on average, the highest recorded price so far this year according to the Automobile Association of America. The average …

Review and Test Drive: 2017 Volkswagen e-Golf SEL Premium

Review and Test Drive:  2017 Volkswagen e-Golf SEL Premium

Volkswagen didn’t put all of its eggs in the diesel basket. The company’s plans call for it to produce one million electric vehicles a year by 2025, a number similar to what Tesla is projecting for its own sales. The significant difference is that VW has experience in building millions …

Mazda Invents Diesel-Like Gasoline Engine with 30% Greater Fuel Efficiency

Mazda announced a significant breakthrough, a petrol engine that works more like a diesel engine and is 20% to 30% more fuel efficient than its current engines.
The new homogenous charge compression ignition engine ignites gasoline through compression, virtually eliminating the use of spark plugs except in very cold temperatures. The …

Volkswagen Executive Pleads Guilty in Dieselgate Case

Volkswagen Executive Pleads Guilty in Dieselgate Case

A senior Volkswagen executive pleaded guilty on Friday to charges relating to the automaker’s diesel emissions compliance scandal, known as Dieselgate.
Oliver Schmidt, who as general manager of the engineering and environmental office for VW of America, had served as the beleaguered automaker’s top emissions compliance executive in the United States, …