BMW to Install 100 New EV Chargers in Seattle

by Jesse Sokolow
BMW to Install 100 New EV Chargers in Seattle

BMW of North America announced that it installed the first of 20 new Light and Charge electric vehicle charging locations in Seattle. The station is located at Woodland Park Zoo.
The 20 stations will provide a total of 100 chargers, including both DC Fast Chargers and Level II chargers. Each station …

General Motors Retrenches International Operations to Focus on ‘Future of Mobility’

by Paul Riegler
General Motors Retrenches International Operations to Focus on ‘Future of Mobility’

General Motors, once the world’s largest automaker, said Thursday it will discontinue sales of Chevrolet vehicles in India, South Africa, and East Africa as part of a restructuring to help it focus on more profitable markets and invest in the “future of personal mobility.”
The company sold its European division, Adam Opel, …

Review and Test Drive: 2017 Mazda Mazda6, Now Featuring G-Vectoring Control

by Jonathan Spira
Review and Test Drive:  2017 Mazda Mazda6, Now Featuring G-Vectoring Control

Mazda’s Mazda6 remains one of our favorite cars to drive when it comes for a week-long stay. We last reviewed it a little over a year ago, taking note of the use of the automaker’s Kodo design language – first introduced on the Shinari concept car in 2010. Kodo is …

Lyft and Alphabet’s Waymo Reach Deal to Partner on Self-Driving Cars

by Paul Riegler
Lyft and Alphabet’s Waymo Reach Deal to Partner on Self-Driving Cars

Waymo, the self-driving car unit of Google parent Alphabet, and Lyft announced plans to collaborate on the development of autonomous vehicle technology.
The two startups will work together to create products and technology for self-driving cars although neither offered specifics on what that would entail or what the terms of the …

Review and Test Drive: 2017 Subaru Impreza 2.0i Limited

by Paul Riegler
Review and Test Drive:  2017 Subaru Impreza 2.0i Limited

Although it probably wasn’t on your radar back then, the Subaru Impreza made its debut in its home market of Japan in 1992. It was reportedly almost called the Loyale but Impreza sounds better, don’t you think?
The all-new 2017 Impreza – the fifth generation of the model – was introduced …

ExxonMobil Adds Apple Watch and Ford Sync 3 Support in Speedpass+ App

by Paul Riegler
ExxonMobil Adds Apple Watch and Ford Sync 3 Support in Speedpass+ App

ExxonMobil added multiple features to its Speedpass+ iOS app earlier this week.
The new features include support for the Apple Watch and Touch ID, as well as the ability to add the Speedpass+ app to Ford and Lincoln vehicles with the Sync3 infotainment system.
The addition of Apple Watch support allows owners …

BMW and Intel Launch ‘Highly Automated’ Car Test Fleet

by Paul Riegler
BMW and Intel Launch ‘Highly Automated’ Car Test Fleet

BMW and Intel announced the launch of their highly automated car test fleet Wednesday.
Using technology from Intel’s recent acquisition, Mobileye, the two companies are rolling out a fleet of 40 BMW 7 Series highly automated sedans with multiple Mobileye cameras for road scanning.
The companies plan to use the fleet to …

Europe Goes ‘On Sale’ for the Summer

by Jeremy Del Nero
Europe Goes ‘On Sale’ for the Summer

A spate of terrorist attacks, changes in government, and the looming exit of a major nation from the European Union have brought about an unlikely benefit for travelers: Europe, at least for Americans, is on sale.
Now is the time to start thinking about a European vacation this summer and, in …

Review and Test Drive: 2017 Honda HR-V EX-L

by Jonathan Spira
Review and Test Drive:  2017 Honda HR-V EX-L

The original Honda HR-V dates back to the “Wild and Joyfull J-WJ” concept car that Honda unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show in 1997. Meanwhile, the second generation HR-V, based on the third-generation Honda Fit’s platform, began to be offered in the United States for the 2016 model year. Like …

Review and Test Drive: 2017 Nissan Murano Platinum Edition

by Jonathan Spira
Review and Test Drive:  2017 Nissan Murano Platinum Edition

The story of the third-generation Nissan Murano, based closely on the Renaissance concept Nissan unveiled at the 2013 North American International Auto Show, is unique for its class. It hews so closely to the look of the concept car that Nissan executives were wont to speak of it as a …

BMW to Install 100 Electric Vehicle Charging Stations in National Parks

by Jesse Sokolow
BMW to Install 100 Electric Vehicle Charging Stations in National Parks

BMW of North America announced that the first of some 100 electric vehicle charging stations in America’s national parks is now operational at Thomas Edison National Historical Park in West Orange, New Jersey.
The automaker partnered with the National Park Foundation, National Park Service, and the Department of Energy to identify …

Apple CarPlay Gains New Functionality and an Improved Interface with iOS 10.3

by Jeremy Del Nero
Apple CarPlay Gains New Functionality and an Improved Interface with iOS 10.3

The recently released version of iOS, 10.3, included a few updates and tweaks to Apple CarPlay as well. The new features, while minor, greatly improve CarPlay’s usability and functionality and we used a 2017 Ford Superduty F250 Platinum diesel-powered pick-up truck as a test bed.
As regular readers know, we are …