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Former VW CEO Indicted in Germany Over L’Affaire Dieselgate

Former VW CEO Indicted in Germany Over L’Affaire Dieselgate

Former Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn along with four other VW executives was charged with fraud in the ongoing Dieselgate case.
The Staatsanwaltschaft, or state prosecutor, in Braunschweig is charging Winterkorn with fraud, embezzlement, and violating anti-trust laws.
Prosecutors there allege that Winterkorn was aware that VW was manipulating diesel emissions as early …

Tesla to End Online Sales of New $35,000 Model 3

Tesla to End Online Sales of New $35,000 Model 3

Just weeks after announcing a major shift to online sales, Tesla said it would end online sales of its recently released $35,000 version of its new Model 3 sedan.
The Model 3 is Tesla’s lowest-price electric vehicle and the $35,000 version was released last month, following the release of higher priced …

EU Charges BMW, Mercedes, VW with Colluding on Emissions Technology

EU Charges BMW, Mercedes, VW with Colluding on Emissions Technology

The European Commission said Friday that BMW, Mercedes parent Daimler-Benz, and Volkswagen breached antitrust rules and colluded to restrict the development of pollution controls for petrol- and diesel-powered automobiles.
In the period from 2006 to 2014, the three companies, including VW’s Audi and Porsche marques, violated antitrust laws and contributed to …

Why Your Navigation System Could Go Haywire Today

Why Your Navigation System Could Go Haywire Today

If your navigation system suddenly forgets what time it is and where it is Saturday night, there’s a very good reason.
The Global Positioning System needed to be reset, and this will take place Saturday at 7:59 p.m. EDT.
This happens every 1,024 weeks but you may have missed the last reset …

Review and Test Drive: 2019 Toyota Prius c LE

Review and Test Drive:  2019 Toyota Prius c LE

The third member of the Prius family – and the most affordable – is the Prius c, although it’s also probably the one Prius you don’t want to have on your short list.
The “c” was completely redone in 2018. It’s based not on other Prii but on the much smaller …

SEC Accuses Volkswagen and Former CEO Winterkorn of Fraud

SEC Accuses Volkswagen and Former CEO Winterkorn of Fraud

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission said late Thursday it was suing Volkswagen and its former CEO relating to the Dieselgate affair.
The SEC is accusing the German automaker of undertaking a “massive fraud” as it raised money from American investors.
Volkswagen used software to manipulate its diesel-powered vehicles’ emissions tests in …

Tesla’s New Strategy and Its $35,000 Model 3: What You Need to Know

Tesla’s New Strategy and Its $35,000 Model 3: What You Need to Know

Tesla will finally deliver the mass-market electric vehicle it promised three years ago.
The automaker unveiled its standard range Model 3, priced at $35,000 before incentives. It also said it was making significant changes in how it will sell cars going forward.
In addition, Tesla said it will close almost all of its …

Why You Should Have Winter Tires on Your Car

Why You Should Have Winter Tires on Your Car

If the blizzard-like conditions in many parts of the country over the past few weeks didn’t convince you that winter is upon us, perhaps the fact that it snowed in Hawaii might have changed your mind.
The advent of winter in many countries signals drivers to switch from summer to winter …

Review and Test Drive: 2019 Kia Forte EX

Review and Test Drive:  2019 Kia Forte EX

Known as the K3 in its home market of South Korea and the Forte K3 in China, the Kia Forte made its debut at the 2009 Chicago Auto Show after a concept in coupe form appeared at the New York International Auto Show the previous year.
The Forte is an inexpensive …

5 Tips to Survive Winter Travel

5 Tips to Survive Winter Travel

Winter travel brings with it special challenges, be it flying, taking the train, or driving.
Given that the winter storm season is in full force in much of the United States, it’s important to be prepared for multiple exigencies.
Here’s what you can do to stay safe and minimize delays when problems …

Review and Test Drive: 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring RF

Review and Test Drive:  2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring RF

Few events are as highly anticipated as the annual arrival of a Mazda MX-5 Miata. The mid-autumn arrival of the Targa-like sports car brought with it mixed emotions as it was a painful reminder that summer is behind us although not too late in the year to drive an open-topped …

Report from Detroit – Highlights from the 2019 North American International Auto Show

Report from Detroit – Highlights from the 2019 North American International Auto Show

DETROIT—The North American International Auto Show remains one of the most important auto shows of the automotive industry. This will be the last year that it kicks off the international car show calendar: in 2020, the show will reboot and move to June, leaving the Cobo Center and adding outdoor …