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After Seven Decades, Final VW Beetle Rolls Off the Assembly Line

After Seven Decades, Final VW Beetle Rolls Off the Assembly Line

After eight decades, the longest-running and most-manufactured automobile in history, the Volkswagen Beetle, has become extinct.
Production of the current generation Volkswagen Beetle rolled to an end at the automaker’s plant in Puebla, Mexico, on Wednesday.
The final Volkswagen Beetle was a Denim Blue coupe that will remain on display at the …

Review and Test Drive: 2019 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross SE 1.5T S-AWC

Review and Test Drive:  2019 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross SE 1.5T S-AWC

Mitsubishi teased us with the XR-PHEV and the XR-PHEV concepts earlier in the decade before bringing the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross to the market. The compact crossover made its debut at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show and it slots betweenthe Outlander Sport and the Outlander in Mitsubishi’s lineup.
You may be wondering …

BMW to Seek New CEO

BMW to Seek New CEO

BMW’s chief executive, Harald Krüger, will step down before his contract ends in April of next year.
The Munich-based automaker said Friday that its Vorstand, or supervisory board, will name a new CEO after its July 18 meeting.
The news follows BMW’s announcement that it is accelerating its rollout of a fleet …

Hertz to Offer BMWs and Mercedes as Part of ‘Kollektion 7’ in Germany

Hertz to Offer BMWs and Mercedes as Part of ‘Kollektion 7’ in Germany

Hertz announced a new offering for the European rental market, Kollektion 7 – Made in Germany.
The new collection combines a selection of seven vehicles from German marques and echoes the British Collection offering that Hertz launched in England.
Kollektion 7 debuted Tuesday at Frankfurt Airport with a BMW M850i Cabriolet, BMW …

Automakers Tell Trump Not to Weaken Tailpipe Emissions Standards

Automakers Tell Trump Not to Weaken Tailpipe Emissions Standards

The U.S. auto industry – which had asked President Trump to relax pollution standards shortly after his inauguration – is now warning that his efforts to reduce tailpipe emissions are going to create instability for the automakers themselves.
In a letter released on Thursday and signed by 17 companies including General …

Apple CarPlay to Get Redesign and Better Siri Support in the Fall

Apple CarPlay to Get Redesign and Better Siri Support in the Fall

At its Worldwide Developers Conference this week, Apple said that its in-vehicle infotainment system will get a significant update later this year, including a new user interface and new features.
Simultaneously with the launch of iOS 13 this fall, CarPlay will get the “biggest update ever,” including a new user interface …

Review and Test Drive: Auf Wiedersehen to the 2019 Volkswagen Beetle Final Edition SE

Review and Test Drive:  Auf Wiedersehen to the 2019 Volkswagen Beetle Final Edition SE

After three generations and seven decades, Volkswagen will end production of the Beetle come next year.
The VW tradition of a fabulous send-off, however, continues with the 2019 Beetle Final Edition SE. Just like in 1979, when the United States said “Auf Wiedersehen” to the final original Käfer, or Bug, with …

U.K. Auto Industry Output Plummets Due to Brexit Shutdowns

U.K. Auto Industry Output Plummets Due to Brexit Shutdowns

EThe Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders said that car production in the United Kingdom fell for the 11th month in a row in April, due to factory shutdowns that were intended to allow automakers to deal with the original March 29, 2019 deadline for Brexit.
The group reported that car …

Review and Test Drive: 2019 Infiniti QX50

Review and Test Drive:  2019 Infiniti QX50

Shown as a concept car at the 2017 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, the production version of the second-generation QX50 was unveiled later that year at the Los Angeles Auto Show as a 2019 model.
The good-looking SUV – which has all the sharp creases that are de rigeur …

Amtrak Deploys Cleaner Diesel-Electric Locomotives on Pacific Surfliner Routes

Amtrak Deploys Cleaner Diesel-Electric Locomotives on Pacific Surfliner Routes

Amtrak announced it has placed new diesel-electric locomotives into service on its Pacific Surfliner routes.
The railroad acquired Siemens Charger locomotives for service between San Diego, Los Angeles, and San Luis Obispo.
The Siemens Charger is a family of diesel-electric passenger locomotive manufactured by Siemens Mobility specifically for the North American market. The …

SEC to Require Tougher Oversight of Tesla CEO Musk’s Tweets

SEC to Require Tougher Oversight of Tesla CEO Musk’s Tweets

Tesla CEO Elon Musk and the Securities and Exchange Commission reached a deal that would remove the threat of having him held in contempt for allegedly violating an earlier court order over his use of Twitter.
The SEC investigated tweets made by Musk in 2018 about a potential buyout of his …

Automakers Debut Multiple Vehicles with Apple CarPlay at N.Y. Auto Show

Automakers Debut Multiple Vehicles with Apple CarPlay at N.Y. Auto Show

Multiple automakers including Lincoln, Cadillac, Mazda, Toyota, Nissan, and Hyundai announced the addition of Apple CarPlay support in new vehicles at the 2019 New York International Auto Show.
The show, which opens to the public Saturday at the Jacob Javits Convention Center, is the oldest auto show in the country. The …