Review and Test Drive: 2019 Toyota Prius Limited

by Jonathan Spira
Review and Test Drive:  2019 Toyota Prius Limited

It’s been several years since we looked at the standard Toyota Prius in depth.  In the interim, we reviewed the smaller Prius c, which was completely redone in 2018. The ‘c’ based not on other Prii but on the much smaller Yaris so any similarities beyond the name are without …

Tokyo Motor Show’s ‘Open Future’ Highlights EVs and Wild Concept Cars

by Anna Breuer
Tokyo Motor Show’s ‘Open Future’ Highlights EVs and Wild Concept Cars

The biennial Tokyo Motor Show is a showcase of the automobile industry’s wish list for futuristic technology, and was the first Tokyo show without a major figure in the Japanese auto industry, former Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn, who was arrested in 2018 for financial misconduct, a charge he has denied.
Held …

Study: Pedestrian Detection Tech Works, but Has a Long Way to Go

by Paul Riegler
Study: Pedestrian Detection Tech Works, but Has a Long Way to Go

A new study found that, as pedestrian fatalities are increasing dramatically, driver-assistance technology designed to detect and avoid pedestrians has made significant technological gains. 
The study, conducted by the Automobile Association of America, found that these systems, which incorporate automatic emergency braking, still have a long way to go to …

VW CEO, Chairman Charged with Misleading Shareholders over Dieselgate Scandal

by Paul Riegler
VW CEO, Chairman Charged with Misleading Shareholders over Dieselgate Scandal

Volkswagen AG Chairman Hans Dieter Pötsch, VW CEO Herbert Diess, and former VW CEO Martin Winterkornwere charged with misleading shareholders in the months that preceded the 2015 Dieselgate emissions-cheating scandal.
The Staatsanwaltschaft, or state prosecutor, in Braunschweig is said the executives withheld information about the scandal from shareholders in an effort …

Fuel Prices Start to Rise at the Pump Following Saudi Attack

by Anna Breuer
Fuel Prices Start to Rise at the Pump Following Saudi Attack

The drone attack on an oil facility in Saudi Arabia that saw a spike in crude prices is likely to cause gasoline and diesel prices to jump later this week.
The average price in the United States for a gallon of regular gasoline on Tuesday was $2.592 according to the AAA.  …

At the 2019 Frankfurt Auto Show, Green Means Go

by Jonathan Spira
At the 2019 Frankfurt Auto Show, Green Means Go

The biennial Internationale Automobil-Ausstellung, aka the Frankfurt Auto Show, facing a dwindling number of exhibitors, says it will no longer focus on numbers, instead championing “sustainable individual mobility.”
“We wish to provide intelligent answers to the most urgent questions about the future of mobility,” said Bernhard Mattes, president of the Verband …

Review: What’s New in Apple CarPlay in iOS 13

by Paul Riegler
Review: What’s New in Apple CarPlay in iOS 13

Apple CarPlay, first introduced five years ago at the 2014 Geneva Auto Show, is turning five and Apple has some major changes in store for it with the launch of iOS 13.
If you’re not familiar with Apple CarPlay, it is an in-vehicle touch-based display interface that functions as an extension …

Volkswagen to Restate Fuel Economy Rating on Gasoline-Powered Vehicles, Pay Owners $97 Million

by Paul Riegler
Volkswagen to Restate Fuel Economy Rating on Gasoline-Powered Vehicles, Pay Owners $97 Million

Volkswagen of America said late Friday it had settled a lawsuit with vehicle owners over incorrect fuel economy ratings of certain gasoline-powered 2013 through 2017 models.
The automaker’s U.S. subsidiary said that the agreement covers approximately 98,000 vehicles or 3.5% of its sales over the four-year span and that it will …

Silvercar Introduces New Loyalty Program

by Paul Riegler
Silvercar Introduces New Loyalty Program

Rental car company Silvercar by Audi will introduce its first loyalty program.
The new Premium Rewards program offers renters one point for every dollar spent with the company excluding taxes, fees, and fuel charges. The program only has one tier, VIP, and there are no blackout days.
A free one-day rental is …

Let’s Motor: Mini Turns 60

by Paul Riegler
Let’s Motor: Mini Turns 60

It was a fixture in spy films of the 1960s and 1970s, including the classic 1969 film “The Italian Job,” starring Michael Caine. It was featured in what was one of the most memorable scenes in the film “The Bourne Identity,” released in 2002, where Matt Damon playing the amnesiac …

Review and Test Drive: 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV GT S-AWC

by Paul Riegler
Review and Test Drive:  2019 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV GT S-AWC

Mitsubishi Motors markets the Outlander as “the feature-filled family SUV” and it has something there: the chunky sport-ute has a clear target market in mind and the automaker’s description is spot on.
We last looked at the Outlander one year earlier, in Sport guise.  It was time to switch things up. …

Tesla Model 3 Explodes After Crashing into Tow Truck While on Autopilot

by accura media group
Tesla Model 3 Explodes After Crashing into Tow Truck While on Autopilot

A Tesla electric vehicle operating on autopilot exploded after crashing into a tow truck stopped to assist another vehicle on a highway near Moscow.
The driver, Alexey Tretyakov, was behind the wheel of his Model 3 EV on the Moscow Ring Road or Московская кольцевая автомобильная дорога, Moskovskaya Koltsevaya Avtomobilnaya Doroga, …