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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 …

At the 2019 New York Auto Show, Fins Are In

At the 2019 New York Auto Show, Fins Are In

If you walk over to the Cadillac stand at the 2019 New York International Auto Show, you’d be forgiven for thinking that the storied automaker was reintroducing tailfins.  The visitor is greeted by a 1959 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz Convertible about 15’ (4.5 m) in the air, with an almost larger-than-life …

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 …