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Peugeot, Citroën Move to Reenter U.S. Market

Citroën and Peugeot, two French automakers that exited the United States in 1974 and 1991 respectively, will soon be back.
PSA Group, which owns both, is taking steps to reestablish itself over the coming years, first by entering the ride-hailing and car-sharing market using its vehicles, and later by establishing a …

JetBlue to Support Green Initiatives in the Cities It Serves

JetBlue to Support Green Initiatives in the Cities It Serves

JetBlue Airways announced its tenth annual “One Thing That’s Green” initiative.
The New York-based airline said it plans to beautify the area in Long Island City where its New York City support center is located with the help of customers and employees. Customers may cast a vote for the city to …

VW Gets Green Light to Sell Some Diesels in U.S.

VW Gets Green Light to Sell Some Diesels in U.S.

Volkswagen’s U.S. subsidiary received the go-ahead to sell thousands of model-year 2015 diesels that have been off limits to buyers until since the Dieselgate scandal became public.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Thursday said Volkswagen dealers can sell the never-titled vehicles after updating their emissions software. Dealers will also have to …

Audi to Acquire Luxury Rental Startup Silvercar

Audi to Acquire Luxury Rental Startup Silvercar

Saying the two companies “share a vision for the future of transportation,” Audi announced plans to acquire Silvercar, a luxury car rental company, on Thursday.
Terms of the transaction were not disclosed, but Audi had previously purchased a stake in the company in 2015 as part of a $28 million Series …

Mercedes-Benz Speeds up Electric Vehicle Development with $11 Billion Investment

Mercedes-Benz Speeds up Electric Vehicle Development with $11 Billion Investment

Mercedes-Benz parent Daimler said Wednesday it plans to increase the number of electric vehicles it offers in order to offset higher than expected emissions levels across its product line.
The Stuttgart-based automaker said it will develop ten new electric cars by 2022 and is investing €10 billion ($10.8 billion) in the …

VW Set to Plead Guilty in Dieselgate Case on Friday, New Case Unfolds Against Audi in Australia

VW Set to Plead Guilty in Dieselgate Case on Friday, New Case Unfolds Against Audi in Australia

Volkswagen’s day in a U.S. court has come as a new investigation into l’affaire Dieselgate is unfolding in Australia.
The beleaguered automaker is expected to be formally arraigned and plead guilty to three criminal counts in the Dieselgate case Friday morning at a hearing in Detroit federal court. Judge Sean Cox …

Review and Test Drive: 2017 Kia Cadenza Limited

Review and Test Drive:  2017 Kia Cadenza Limited

This car is most certainly not your father’s Kia.
Our 2017 Kia Cadenza, completely redesigned, arrived at our offices on a sunny winter day and staffers were speculating from afar what it was. “It’s a Kia,” someone said. Others, clearly doubters, started laughing. “No really,” they were assured, as another staff …

Report from the 2017 Chicago Auto Show

Report from the 2017 Chicago Auto Show

CHICAGO—February is the coldest month of the year, Chicago is one of the coldest cities in the nation, and the onset of a major winter storm means that, despite the frigid temperatures, it’s time for the Chicago Auto Show, the largest auto show in North America.
At an off-site media event …

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 …