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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 …

What’s New in CarPlay with iOS 12

What’s New in CarPlay with iOS 12

With the launch of iOS 12, Apple provides some significant updates to CarPlay as well. The updates revolve around two of the most popular types of apps used by drivers, namely audio and navigation.
If you’re not familiar with Apple CarPlay, it is an in-vehicle touch-based display interface that functions as …

Review and Test Drive: 2018 Mazda Mazda6 Signature

Review and Test Drive:  2018 Mazda Mazda6 Signature

The new 2018 Mazda Mazda6 is confusing. While we do love Mazda – and have appreciated how all Mazdas seem to share a common DNA in handling, à la BMW – we weren’t fully prepared for the makeover that Mazda has bestowed on the Mazda6, giving it the aura of …

Volkswagen to End Production of Iconic Beetle in 2019

Volkswagen to End Production of Iconic Beetle in 2019

After three generations and seven decades, Volkswagen will end production of the Beetle come next year.
To commemorate the final year of production, Volkswagen will add two commemorative models, the Final Edition SE and Final Edition SEL.
Earlier this year, Volkswagen announced it would not replace the current Beetle with an updated …

BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant to Debut in 2019 Models

BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant to Debut in 2019 Models

BMW announced plans to introduce the BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant with the 2019 model year.
The BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant will be an on-call platform accessible by a wake phrase, “Hey BMW,” similar to saying “Hey Siri,” “Hey Google,” or “Alexa” on the Apple, Android, and Amazon platforms. It will engage …

YourDrive Texas Introduces Toyota New Vehicle Subscription Service

YourDrive Texas Introduces Toyota New Vehicle Subscription Service

Purdy Mobility Subscriptions announced YourDrive Texas, a new-vehicle subscription program for the Dallas area.
A monthly fee gives subscribers access to a variety of Toyota vehicles with three vehicle exchanges permitted per month. The subscription fee includes maintenance, tax, insurance, and cleaning.
The service has three tiers. The Trendsetting Tier includes basic …

Toyota Widens Support for Apple CarPlay

Toyota Widens Support for Apple CarPlay

Toyota announced it will add Apple CarPlay support to multiple vehicles for 2019.
The Japanese automaker first announced plans to support CarPlay in January starting with the mid-size Avalon model.  It quickly added the Toyota Corolla to the list and now says it will include CarPlay on all 2019 Sienna models …

Hertz Turns 100, Offers Special Edition Corvette Z06 to Celebrate

Hertz Turns 100, Offers Special Edition Corvette Z06 to Celebrate

Hertz, which turns 100 this year, announced it will celebrate the milestone by offering the Hertz 100th Anniversary Edition Corvette Z06.
Originally known as Rent-a-Car, Inc., the company was founded by Walter Jacobs in Chicago in 1918. It began operations with one dozen Ford Model Ts. In 1923, it was purchased …

Mazda to Offer Apple CarPlay Starting in September

Mazda to Offer Apple CarPlay Starting in September

Mazda announced plans to offer Apple CarPlay along with Android Auto in Mazda6 sedans.
The feature will be available in all Mazda6 models except the base Sport version.
Starting in September, the option will be installed by dealerships prior to delivery. In November, new Mazda6 vehicles will arrive at the dealership with Apple …