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Fiat Chrysler Recalls 1.1 Million Cars for Confusing Gear Shift Lever

Fiat Chrysler Recalls 1.1 Million Cars for Confusing Gear Shift Lever

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles said it is recalling some 1.1 million cars and SUVs because some drivers have found their gear shift levers confusing and would exit the vehicle without shifting into park.
The recall covers 811,586 cars in the United States and 317,616 in other markets.
The move follows a 2015 National …

Ultra-Low Sulfur Fuel to Celebrate 10th Anniversary

Ultra-Low Sulfur Fuel to Celebrate 10th Anniversary

Ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel was introduced in the United States ten years ago, in 2006. The move to the new standard – 15 ppm of sulfur – was mandated by the Environmental Protection Agency effective October 15, 2006 and California began requiring it on September 1, 2006.
The change came about …

Former Engine Chief at VW Wolfgang Hatz Resigns

Former Engine Chief at VW Wolfgang Hatz Resigns

The former head of engine and transmission development at Volkswagen, Wolfgang Hatz, has left the embattled automaker.
Most recently head of development at Porsche, Hatz had been suspended seven months ago due to his possible participation in the Dieselgate scandal. The move was made at his own request.
Volkswagen admitted installing software …

BMW Adds New Features and Greater Range to i3 for 2017

BMW Adds New Features and Greater Range to i3 for 2017

BMW’s electric city car will get a significant boost in range for the upcoming model year.
On Monday, the automaker announced a new version of the i3 electric vehicle with a more powerful battery and larger fuel tank for the range extender. The vehicle’s electric range will increase from 80 miles …

2016 Lexus LS 600h L – Review and Test Drive

2016 Lexus LS 600h L – Review and Test Drive

The Lexus LS made its debut in 1989 as a 1990 model at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. For the uninitiated, LS stands for “luxury sedan” and the car’s quiet cabin and luxurious interior, combined with a very high level of customer service, helped launch the Lexus …

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 on Friday for the recall of approximately 630,000 diesel-powered vehicles in order to update their emissions control systems.
The recall, which affects 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 …

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 …