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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’s a lot to like), you will undoubtedly like the new one as well.
We last looked at the Passat some two years ago in GT form, 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 …

It’s a Pandemic, But Can I Travel?

It’s a Pandemic, But Can I Travel?

‘The Life You Save May Be Your Own’
Readers of The Green Car Driver were always on the go, until of course they weren’t, a trait now shared with the rest of the world.
While most of the population might think such a question as the one posed in the headline is frivolous, …

Review and Test Drive: 2020 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross SEL S-AWC

Review and Test Drive:  2020 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross SEL S-AWC

The Mitsubishi Eclipse is permanently enshrined in my personal hall of fame of marketers. Why?  The automaker hitched its wagon, perhaps quite literally, to what was truly rather remarkable total solar eclipse that traveled across entire continental United States for the first time in almost a century in the summer …

2020 New York International Auto Show to be Postponed Due to Coronavirus Outbreak

2020 New York International Auto Show to be Postponed Due to Coronavirus Outbreak

The 2020 New York International Auto Show, which was slated to take place in early April, will be postponed until August, the show’s organizers said.
The show dates back more than a century and was previously held at the New York Coliseum, the old Madison Square Garden, and the Grand Central …