Arizona Governor Suspends Testing of Uber Self-Driving Cars

by Anna Breuer
Arizona Governor Suspends Testing of Uber Self-Driving Cars

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey suspended Uber Technologies’ tests of self-driving cars in the state in the wake of a fatal accident on March 18 in Tempe.
The accident was an “unquestionable failure” to meet public-safety expectations, the governor said in a letter to Dara Khosrowshahi, the ride-hailing company’s CEO. Ducey had …

Review and Test Drive: 2018 Volkswagen Atlas V6 SE

by Paul Riegler
Review and Test Drive:  2018 Volkswagen Atlas V6 SE

While we love the Volkswagen Touareg, there was always something missing in the Wolfsburg automaker’s lineup: a three-row SUV. Enter the aptly named Volkswagen Atlas, made in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
In Greek mythology, of course, Atlas was the Titan condemned by Zeus to hold up the sky on his shoulders. This Atlas …

Daimler: Diesel Trucks Are Here to Stay

by Paul Riegler
Daimler: Diesel Trucks Are Here to Stay

Diesel will continue to power trucks in the United States for years to come, according to a recent speech given by an executive at Daimler Trucks North America.
Speaking at the Green Truck Summit earlier in the month, Kary Schaefer, the company’s general manager of marketing, said diesel is the most …

Avis Budget to Add 10,000 Toyotas with Mobility Services Technology

by Paul Riegler
Avis Budget to Add 10,000 Toyotas with Mobility Services Technology

Avis Budget Group will add 10,000 Toyota vehicles to the Avis Car Rental fleet in a partnership with Toyota, the two parties said.
The move will provide Avis with “enhanced connectivity and visibility into their fleet, and bring travelers increased control and convenience over their rental experience,” Toyota said.
The car rental …

Volkswagen Says “Auf Wiedersehen” to the Iconic Beetle

by Paul Riegler
Volkswagen Says “Auf Wiedersehen” to the Iconic Beetle

Volkswagen’s iconic Beetle, star of stage and screen, will not be replaced when the current version is discontinued.
The original, officially known as the Volkswagen Type 1 and commissioned in 1930 by German Reichskanzler Adolf Hitler, who wanted an inexpensive, simple people’s car for the country’s new Autobahn network, made its …

Review and Test Drive: 2018 Nissan Murano Platinum AWD

by Paul Riegler
Review and Test Drive:  2018 Nissan Murano Platinum AWD

The Nissan Murano is one of the SUVs whose appearance once a year everyone at Frequent Business Traveler/The Green Car Driver looks forward to. We love the Murano not only because it’s good looking but because it offers driver and passengers luxurious surroundings at a very reasonable price.
For 2018, the …

Porsche Discontinues Remaining Diesel Model

by Paul Riegler
Porsche Discontinues Remaining Diesel Model

Porsche said Tuesday that it had discontinued production of the one remaining diesel in its lineup.
The Macan S Diesel has been “taken out of the production program,” the German automaker said in a statement. Porsche previously discontinued the Panamera and Cayenne diesel variants.
As part of Volkswagen Group, Porsche was caught …

Review and Test Drive: 2018 Volkswagen Golf SE

by Paul Riegler
Review and Test Drive:  2018 Volkswagen Golf SE

Volkswagen’s sporty Golf is now in its 44th year and it’s as popular as ever. Introduced as the Rabbit in U.S. and Canadian markets because Rabbit sounded cute and Golf was a term only associated with the sport, it was Wolfsburg’s replacement for the Beetle (Käfer in German-speaking markets).
Indeed the …

Review and Test Drive: 2018 Toyota Land Cruiser

by Paul Riegler
Review and Test Drive:  2018 Toyota Land Cruiser

Toyota’s resident behemoth, the Land Cruiser, is the Japanese automaker’s longest running model, dating back to 1951. Since then, it has been produced in a variety of forms including a convertible, hard top, and station wagon. It’s one of the most popular vehicles sold in Australia (Toyota tests it in …

Review and Test Drive: 2017 Dodge Journey Crossroad Plus AWD

by Paul Riegler
Review and Test Drive:  2017 Dodge Journey Crossroad Plus AWD

The Dodge Journey, which has been around since 2009 and received a minor facelift in 2011, is Dodge’s time capsule. Change has been slow for Dodge’s smallest SUV: it’s soon to enter its ninth year without any major changes yet its popularity has only grown. Indeed, in 2013, the main …

BMW, Daimler, Volkswagen Denounce Diesel Fumes Tests on Monkeys

by Paul Riegler
BMW, Daimler, Volkswagen Denounce Diesel Fumes Tests on Monkeys

Three German automakers, BMW, Daimler, and Volkswagen, apologized on Saturday for their support of research conducted in 2014 in a U.S.-based lab in which ten monkeys inhaled diesel emissions from a VW Beetle while watching cartoons on television.
The New York Times reported on Friday that the three German car companies …