Review and Test Drive: 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA250 SUV

by Jonathan Spira
Review and Test Drive:  2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA250 SUV

‘Tech, Style, Comfort, and Driving Pleasure’
Redesigned for 2021, the Mercedes-Benz GLA250 is not only a significant improvement over its predecessor but it packs enough tech, style, comfort, and driving pleasure that it will make it stand out from the pack.
The GLA nameplate is part of the automaker’s current SUV nomenclature, …

Higher Prices Greet Drivers at the Pump as Memorial Day Holiday Looms

by Kurt Stolz
Higher Prices Greet Drivers at the Pump as Memorial Day Holiday Looms

Woman Sets Herself on Fire Hoarding Fuel in Pontiac
The Memorial Day holiday weekend may be two weeks away, but vaccinated Americans hoping to get an early start on the holiday or just get away for the weekend may be in for a surprise at the pump.
The price of a …

Review and Test Drive: 2021 Kia Sorento Hybrid EX

by Jonathan Spira
Review and Test Drive:  2021 Kia Sorento Hybrid EX

While the original Kia Sorento was introduced in 2002 as a compact SUV and relaunched in 2009 as a mid-sized one, we never had the occasion to review a Sorento.  That is, until now.  Four generations after launch, the 2021 Sorento, originally slated to make its debut at the Geneva …

37 Million People Expected to Hit the Road This Memorial Day

by Kurt Stolz
37 Million People Expected to Hit the Road This Memorial Day

If you are heading out on the road or by air to celebrate Memorial Day weekend, you most certainly won’t be alone. Some 37 million Americans will hit the road according to figures released by the Automobile Association of America.
While the figure is 60% greater than the number of people …

In Speech to Congress, Biden Calls for the Deployment of 500,000 EV Charging Stations

by Kurt Stolz
In Speech to Congress, Biden Calls for the Deployment of 500,000 EV Charging Stations

While Not ‘A Chicken in Every Pot,” The Program Will Propel U.S. Towards an EV in Every Garage
In his first address to Congress, President Joseph Biden proposed spending $15 billion to fund the creation of a national network of electric-vehicle charging stations as part of the administration’s American Jobs First plan …

Lyft to Sell Autonomous Vehicle Unit to Toyota in $550 Million Deal

by Paul Riegler
Lyft to Sell Autonomous Vehicle Unit to Toyota in $550 Million Deal

Ride-hailing service Lyft said it plans to sell its autonomous driving division to a unit of Toyota.
The $550 million sale to Woven Planet Holdings, Toyota’s autonomous tech subsidy, will pay Lyft $550 million as part of the deal.  Lyft said it receive an initial payment of $200 million that is …

2 Killed in Tesla Crash in Texas Where ‘No One Was Driving’

by Paul Riegler
2 Killed in Tesla Crash in Texas Where ‘No One Was Driving’

Two men were killed in a crash in Texas after the Tesla they were riding in, with neither behind the wheel, crashed into a tree and burst into flames, local officials said.
The crash took place Saturday night in Spring, Texas.  One person was found in the front passenger seat, and …

Review and Test Drive: The 2021 Volvo 90 Series – Volvo S90 and XC90 Recharge T8 eAWD Inscription

by Jonathan Spira
Review and Test Drive:  The 2021 Volvo 90 Series – Volvo S90 and XC90 Recharge T8 eAWD Inscription

We were as excited as a group of auto writer can be when we welcomed the first of the Volvo 90 Series vehicles – a 2016 Volvo XC90 T6 AWD R-Design – into our short-term press fleet in the spring of 2016.  That was followed – in the winter of …

Japan’s Cherry Blossoms Peak on Earliest Date in 1,200 Years in Sign of Climate Change

by Kurt Stolz
Japan’s Cherry Blossoms Peak on Earliest Date in 1,200 Years in Sign of Climate Change

Japan’s cherry blossoms season, the country’s traditional sign of the start of spring, peaked last Friday, the earliest date on record according to Osaka University.
Records go back to the year 812.
The previous record in the former imperial capital was set in 1409, when the season reached its peak on March …

Voltswagen is Dead. ‘Long Live Volkswagen’ Says Automaker After April Fool’s Stunt Fails

by Kurt Stolz
Voltswagen is Dead.  ‘Long Live Volkswagen’ Says Automaker After April Fool’s Stunt Fails

In a move reminiscent of when the International House of Pancakes said it was changing its name to IHOb, the International House of Burgers, a PR stunt that brought that brand great attention, Volkswagen of America said Monday it would change its name henceforth to Voltswagen.
The move, the automaker said, …

Google to Add Support for Routes with a Low-Carbon Footprint in Maps App

by Paul Riegler
Google to Add Support for Routes with a Low-Carbon Footprint in Maps App

Google announced that its Maps will soon default to a route that has the lowest possible carbon footprint, an effort to reduce CO2 emissions and drive sustainability. 
The new eco-friendly route mode will provide the driver with approximately the same estimated time of arrival as a regular route.  In instances …

Apple to Make Airport Coronavirus Guidelines Available in Maps App

by Kurt Stolz
Apple to Make Airport Coronavirus Guidelines Available in Maps App

Apple announced an update to its Maps app that adds current Covid-19 guidelines for airports across the globe.
The update, available to iPhone, iPad, and Mac users, provides an overview of a specific airport’s coronavirus-related requirements for arriving and departing travelers, such as mask mandates and information about quarantines for arriving …