Review and Test Drive: 2017 Honda Civic Si

by Paul Riegler
Review and Test Drive:  2017 Honda Civic Si

When the bright red 2017 Honda Civic Si arrived at our offices, it stood out, and not because it was arrest-me-red. Based on the rather boldly styled 2017 Honda Civic, the Si adds a 205-horsepower turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder powerplant, a six-speed manual with short-throw shifter, striking 18” wheels, and gear-limited …

BMW Introduces New 2018 i3 and i3s Electric Vehicles

by Christian Stampfer
BMW Introduces New 2018 i3 and i3s Electric Vehicles

MUNICH—BMW introduced a redesigned i3 electric vehicle for the model year 2018 and announced a new model, the BMW i3s, the sport version of the i3.
The new 2018 i3 features an updated design, new standard features, and the same powerplant as the 2017 model, which, in turn was updated for …

‘Challenge Tesla,’ Says Chancellor’s Office to German Auto Industry

by Christian Stampfer
‘Challenge Tesla,’ Says Chancellor’s Office to German Auto Industry

MUNICH—The German auto industry should invest more in electric vehicles and not rest on its laurels, said Kanzleramtschef, or Chancellor’s Chief of Staff, Peter Altmaier over the weekend in Berlin.
Mr. Altmaier said he was disappointed by the response of managers at German automakers following the Dieselgate scandal while speaking at …

Review and Test Drive: 2017 Volkswagen e-Golf SEL Premium

by Paul Riegler
Review and Test Drive:  2017 Volkswagen e-Golf SEL Premium

Volkswagen didn’t put all of its eggs in the diesel basket. The company’s plans call for it to produce one million electric vehicles a year by 2025, a number similar to what Tesla is projecting for its own sales. The significant difference is that VW has experience in building millions …

Mazda Invents Diesel-Like Gasoline Engine with 30% Greater Fuel Efficiency

by Paul Riegler

Mazda announced a significant breakthrough, a petrol engine that works more like a diesel engine and is 20% to 30% more fuel efficient than its current engines.
The new homogenous charge compression ignition engine ignites gasoline through compression, virtually eliminating the use of spark plugs except in very cold temperatures. The …

Volkswagen Executive Pleads Guilty in Dieselgate Case

by Paul Riegler
Volkswagen Executive Pleads Guilty in Dieselgate Case

A senior Volkswagen executive pleaded guilty on Friday to charges relating to the automaker’s diesel emissions compliance scandal, known as Dieselgate.
Oliver Schmidt, who as general manager of the engineering and environmental office for VW of America, had served as the beleaguered automaker’s top emissions compliance executive in the United States, …

Apple CarPlay to Get Lane Guidance, Speed Limit Info, Alternative Routes in iOS 11 But Here’s What Else We Want

by Jeremy Del Nero
Apple CarPlay to Get Lane Guidance, Speed Limit Info, Alternative Routes in iOS 11 But Here’s What Else We Want

It fell to me, the sole Android user on staff, to put together a dispassionate wish list for new features in CarPlay when Apple launches its iOS 11 operating system come fall. Some of the more rabid CarPlay fans here at Frequent Business Traveler, including FBT Editorial Director Jonathan Spira …

Are Big American Sedans Finally Making Their Swan Song?

by Paul Riegler
Are Big American Sedans Finally Making Their Swan Song?

It’s happened before. Venerable nameplates such as Sedan de Ville, Buick LeSabre, Chevrolet Impala, Chrysler Imperial, and Lincoln Continental once ruled American roads. They were repeatedly downsized starting in the 1970s and most eventually became extinct. Now, amidst tanking sales, it appears the current crop of large American sedans might …

Review and Test Drive: 2017 Infiniti QX30 Sport

by Jonathan Spira
Review and Test Drive:  2017 Infiniti QX30 Sport

If you scratch your head when someone mentions the Infiniti QX30, you aren’t alone: based on the Q30, the QX30 was introduced at the Geneva International Motor Show in 2015. It made its U.S. debut the same year at the New York International Auto Show.
Nissan’s third SUV also bears an …

New Law in Washington State Penalizes Driving Under the Influence of Electronic Devices

by Jesse Sokolow
New Law in Washington State Penalizes Driving Under the Influence of Electronic Devices

A new distracted-driving law went into effect in Washington State on Sunday that goes well beyond what the state’s current law covers.
In addition to making it illegal to hold a mobile phone to one’s ear while driving or to send text messages by typing them on the device, the new …

BMW Denies Collusion with Other Automakers on Diesel Emissions

by Christian Stampfer
BMW Denies Collusion with Other Automakers on Diesel Emissions

MUNICH—BMW went on record about its diesel-powered cars Sunday after a media report stated that German automakers had illegally colluded to rig their vehicles to pass emissions tests.
“BMW Group vehicles are not manipulated and comply with respective legal requirements,” the Bavarian manufacturer said in a statement.
“This of course also applies …

Mercedes Parent Daimler to Spend $255 Million to Reduce Pollution from Diesel

by Christian Stampfer
Mercedes Parent Daimler to Spend $255 Million to Reduce Pollution from Diesel

MUNICH—Daimler announced Tuesday that its management board had given the green light to plans to reduce pollution from diesel-powered vehicles. The move includes authorizing an investment of €220 million ($255 million) to update the emissions systems over three million Mercedes-Benz diesels in Europe.
The announcement comes after Daimler, the parent of …