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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 Honda Civic Si

Review and Test Drive:  2017 Honda Civic Si

When the bright red 2017 Honda Civic Si arrived at our offices, it stood out, and not because it was arrest-me-red. Based on the rather boldly styled 2017 Honda Civic, the Si adds a 205-horsepower turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder powerplant, a six-speed manual with short-throw shifter, striking 18” wheels, and gear-limited …

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, …

Are Big American Sedans Finally Making Their Swan Song?

Are Big American Sedans Finally Making Their Swan Song?

It’s happened before. Venerable nameplates such as Sedan de Ville, Buick LeSabre, Chevrolet Impala, Chrysler Imperial, and Lincoln Continental once ruled American roads. They were repeatedly downsized starting in the 1970s and most eventually became extinct. Now, amidst tanking sales, it appears the current crop of large American sedans might …

The Future of Electric (Vehicles) Is Bright

The Future of Electric (Vehicles) Is Bright

If you want a view into the future of electric vehicles, you need not look much farther than Scandinavia, specifically Norway and Sweden.
Drivers in Norway are adopting electric vehicles faster than anywhere else, where high taxes on conventionally-powered vehicles (i.e. diesels and gassers) alongside generous subsidies available to those purchasing …

Volvo to Move to All-Electric Lineup, Phase Out Conventional Powertrains

Volvo to Move to All-Electric Lineup, Phase Out Conventional Powertrains

Volvo announced plans to offer an electric power train on all of its models by 2019 and will phase out conventionally-powered vehicles.
“This announcement marks the end of the solely combustion-engine-powered car,” said the company’s CEO, Håkan Samuelsson. “People increasingly demand electrified cars and we want to respond to our customers’ …

3 Things to Consider Before Going Green with a Hybrid or Electric Vehicle

3 Things to Consider Before Going Green with a Hybrid or Electric Vehicle

If you are thinking about a more fuel-efficient vehicle, be it a hybrid, plug-in hybrid, electric, or diesel, you are certainly not alone. Seesawing fuel prices over the past decade have made fuel economy one of the top selection criteria on everyone’s list.
This notwithstanding, when it comes to finalizing the …

Nissan, Honda Move to Improve Safety on the Road

Nissan, Honda Move to Improve Safety on the Road

Two Japanese automakers, Nissan and Honda, individually announced, earlier in the week, features that should make driving safer.
Nissan said it will make its Automatic Emergency Braking feature standard on nearly one million cars it expects to sell in the United States in the 2018 model year. The feature will be …

U.S. Government Sues Fiat Chrysler for Emissions Fraud

U.S. Government Sues Fiat Chrysler for Emissions Fraud

The U.S. Department of Justice filed suit against Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Tuesday, accusing the automaker of using software to enable over 100,000 diesel-powered automobiles to pass emissions tests.
The suit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, says that the automaker built and sold 104,000 vehicles …

General Motors Retrenches International Operations to Focus on ‘Future of Mobility’

General Motors Retrenches International Operations to Focus on ‘Future of Mobility’

General Motors, once the world’s largest automaker, said Thursday it will discontinue sales of Chevrolet vehicles in India, South Africa, and East Africa as part of a restructuring to help it focus on more profitable markets and invest in the “future of personal mobility.”
The company sold its European division, Adam Opel, …