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JFK, LaGuardia, Newark Move to Deploy Electric Bus Fleet

JFK, LaGuardia, Newark Move to Deploy Electric Bus Fleet

New York’s three airports – John F. Kennedy International, LaGuardia, and Newark Liberty International – are in the process of deploying electric buses to replace vehicles in their diesel-powered bus fleet.
“We are continuing our commitment to reduce the agency’s carbon footprint,” said Port Authority Executive Director Rick Cotton.
The Port Authority …

Lincoln Brings Back Iconic Suicide Doors with Continental 80th Anniversary Coach Door Edition

Lincoln Brings Back Iconic Suicide Doors with Continental 80th Anniversary Coach Door Edition

The Lincoln Motor Company announced plans on Monday to bring back its iconic “suicide doors” in a special version of the Lincoln Continental dubbed the Lincoln Continental 80th Anniversary Coach Door Edition.
In addition to the coach doors, the limited edition Continental sports a six-inch longer wheelbase, a pass-through rear seat …

GM to Idle 5 Plants in the U.S. and Canada

GM to Idle 5 Plants in the U.S. and Canada

General Motors, the largest American automobile manufacturer, said Monday it plans to stop production at three car plants and two transmission facilities next year.
The list of factories includes the Lordstown Assembly plant in northeast Ohio; the Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly plant in southeast Michigan; the Oshawa Assembly plant in Ontario, Canada; the Baltimore …

Review and Test Drive: 2018 Kia Niro PHEV EX Premium

Review and Test Drive:  2018 Kia Niro PHEV EX Premium

The 2018 Niro Plug-in Hybrid is the latest edition to Kia’s Niro line of hybrids. For those unfamiliar with it, the Niro itself was introduced in 2016 and a plug-in hybrid was launched in 2017 in the United Kingdom and 2018 in the United States.
The Niro is a subcompact hybrid …

Nissan CEO Ghosn Arrested for ‘Significant’ Financial Malfeasance

Nissan CEO Ghosn Arrested for ‘Significant’ Financial Malfeasance

Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn was arrested in Japan after an internal investigation revealed “significant acts of misconduct” over many years by him and another top executive, Greg Kelly.
“These two gentlemen were arrested this evening, that is what I understand,” said Nissan CEO Hiroto Saikawa at a press conference in Tokyo.
The …

Review and Test Drive: 2018 Volkswagen Passat GT

Review and Test Drive:  2018 Volkswagen Passat GT

I’ve always had a soft spot for the Volkswagen that was first introduced in the United States as the Dasher in 1974.It was mechanically identical to the Audi 80, while the five-door Passat wagon was in America as the Audi Fox.
One of the things that attracted me to the Passat …

Cadillac Presses Pause on Vehicle Subscription Service

Cadillac Presses Pause on Vehicle Subscription Service

General Motors said it was suspending its Book by Cadillac vehicle subscription on December 1, ahead of a planned relaunch in 2019.
The program was revolutionary when it launched in February 2017 with an $1,800 fee that included registration, taxes, insurance, and maintenance with no limit on mileage.. The first city …

Review and Test Drive: 2018 Toyota Prius c

Review and Test Drive:  2018 Toyota Prius c

Introduced in 2011, the Toyota Prius c (the letter “c” indicates “city”), is the third member of the Prius family and is marketed as the Toyota Aqua in the Japanese automaker’s home market.
The c is a hybrid gasoline-electric subcompact hatchback with a price tag lower than the traditional Prius. It …

Road Test and Review: Waze in Apple CarPlay

Road Test and Review: Waze in Apple CarPlay

Waze is now the second non-Apple navigation app to work with Apple CarPlay following the release of iOS 12 last week. Version 4.43.4 officially supports the popular option and I updated my iPhone the moment the update was available.
Once the download was complete, I was able to go to the …

Porsche Says ‘Auf Wiedersehen’ to Diesels in Wake of Dieselgate Scandal

Porsche Says ‘Auf Wiedersehen’ to Diesels in Wake of Dieselgate Scandal

Porsche, a unit of Volkswagen AG, announced on Sunday it would no longer offer diesel versions of its cars.
The move makes Porsche the first German automaker to drop the diesel engine following the 2015 Dieselgate emissions-cheating scandal.
“As a sports-car maker where diesel has traditionally played an inferior role, we have …

Road Test and Review: Google Maps in Apple CarPlay

Road Test and Review: Google Maps in Apple CarPlay

With the launch of Apple iOS 12, Apple introduced the ability to support Google Maps and other third-party navigation apps via the new CarPlay framework that allows developers to provide detailed maps, search, and other navigation functions.
Google released version 5.0 of the iOS version of Google Maps on September 18, …

Some California EV and Hybrid Drivers to Lose Carpool Lane Privileges

Some California EV and Hybrid Drivers to Lose Carpool Lane Privileges

Drivers in California who own older low- and zero-emission vehicles will soon lose the right to drive in the state’s high-occupancy vehicle, or HOV, lanes.
The move, which is expected to affect some 220,000 drivers and vehicles, goes into effect on January 1, 2019.
Drivers who received the stickers which permit them to …