Volkswagen Reaches Accord with Justice Department

by Paul Riegler
Volkswagen Reaches Accord with Justice Department

Volkswagen announced it had reached an agreement in principle with the U.S. Department of Justice, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the California Air Resources Board, to settle the emissions scandal that has come to be known as Dieselgate.
U.S. District Court Judge Charles Breyer said Thursday that the settlement would include buyback …

Honda Announces EV and Plug-In Hybrid Versions of the New Clarity

by Paul Riegler
Honda Announces EV and Plug-In Hybrid Versions of the New Clarity

Honda announced it will offer the new Clarity model both as a plug-in hybrid and an electric vehicle. The original Clarity is powered by a fuel cell.
The two models, the Clarity Electric and the Clarity Plug-In Hybrid, are slated to launch in the United States in 2017. Honda says the …

Dieselgate Causes Reduction in Volkswagen Executive Bonuses

by Paul Riegler
Dieselgate Causes Reduction in Volkswagen Executive Bonuses

While the company’s pollution control systems did not reduce the amount of harmful emissions from its diesel models, the resultant scandal is reducing bonuses for top managers at Volkswagen.
Following a rather public discussion of the automaker’s planned executive bonuses online and in the media, VW said on Wednesday that it …

2016 Honda Civic Touring – Road Test and Review

by Paul Riegler
2016 Honda Civic Touring – Road Test and Review

As an avid reader of American car magazines, the Honda Civic’s history is quite familiar to me. The Civic – first introduced in its home market in 1972 as a 1973 model – was the prototypical Japanese econobox in its earliest guise and it’s the second-oldest continuously available nameplate from …

2016 Chevrolet Volt – Review and Road Test

by Paul Riegler
2016 Chevrolet Volt – Review and Road Test

The original Volt reached showrooms at the end of 2010 as a 2011 model. Introduced not as a hybrid or plug-in hybrid, General Motors called it an “extended-range electric vehicle.” Most of the roughly 85,000 sold in the United States were sold in California. The current Volt, which began to …

BMW Debuts ReachNow Ride-Sharing Service, Now Available in Seattle

by Jesse Sokolow
BMW Debuts ReachNow Ride-Sharing Service, Now Available in Seattle

BMW announced the launch of ReachNow, a new car-sharing service. ReachNow’s first location is in Seattle, Washington, which will also serve as the company’s headquarters. The company also said that it plans to launch the service in three additional U.S. cities this year and eventually serve a total of ten …

Citroën Likely to Reenter U.S. Market with DS Lineup

by Paul Riegler
Citroën Likely to Reenter U.S. Market with DS Lineup

PSA Peugeot Citroën is planning to return to the U.S. market after an absence of over 40 years.
The French automaker would launch its premium and newly separate DS lineup at the time of its return and plans to make an announcement on April 5. The news was first reported in …

Tesla Debuts Model 3 Electric Vehicle

by Paul Riegler
Tesla Debuts Model 3 Electric Vehicle

Tesla Motors unveiled its new Model 3 electric vehicle Thursday night at its Los Angeles design studio.
The Model 3 will carry an MSRP starting at $35,000 and will be eligible for federal and state tax incentives for electric vehicles. The new EV is expected to have a range of a …

Exclusive Interview and First Look: BMW’s All-New BMW Connected Mobility App

by Jonathan Spira
Exclusive Interview and First Look: BMW’s All-New BMW Connected Mobility App

BMW of North America announced a new complete new BMW Connected app at the Microsoft Build developer conference Thursday. The new app is intended to go beyond typical vehicle functionality and integrate (and ingratiate) itself into the driver’s schedule and daily routine.
Frequent Business Traveler sat down with Randy Cavaiani, director …

FTC Sues VW Over Deceptive ‘Clean Diesel’ Advertising

by Paul Riegler
FTC Sues VW Over Deceptive ‘Clean Diesel’ Advertising

The Federal Trade Commission filed a complaint against Volkswagen, claiming the beleaguered automaker falsely touted its diesel-powered vehicles as “clean” and environmentally friendly.
The move follows the October announcement of a probe into VW’s advertising practices, which came about after Volkswagen admitted it had installed software that lowers the emission levels …

Fuel Prices Inch Their Way Up to Over $2 Per Gallon At the Pump

by Paul Riegler
Fuel Prices Inch Their Way Up to Over $2 Per Gallon At the Pump

If you thought your last trip to the pump cost you more, you are probably right. The price of a gallon of fuel in the United States, both gasoline and diesel, has reversed course and started to climb.
Diesel fuel was incrementally up $0.002, to a nationwide average price of $2.121. …

We Are Now The Green Car Driver

by Jonathan Spira
We Are Now The Green Car Driver

The Diesel Driver was founded in 2009 as the only U.S. publication that focused on the experience of owning and driving a diesel-powered automobile. Since that time we watched the market for diesels in the United States grow, launched the Diesel Car of the Year and Diesel Car Manufacturer of …