Review and Test Drive: 2019 Lexus UX 200 Luxury

by Jonathan Spira
Review and Test Drive:  2019 Lexus UX 200 Luxury

Lexus introduced its tiny (based on Lexus standards) UX 200 subcompact crossover SUV at the March 2018 Geneva Motor Show, slotting it below the compact NX, which we last reviewed in April.   For the curious, UX stands for “Urban Explorer,” Lexus tells us, and the moniker does fit nicely.
The UX …

It’s Time to Put Winter Tires on Your Car

by Paul Riegler
It’s Time to Put Winter Tires on Your Car

In many European countries, the advent of late fall or winter is a signal for drivers to switch to winter tires on their vehicles, where it’s understood to be as important as setting the clock to Winter Time.
Indeed, having winter tires on your vehicle is required by law starting in …

Ford to Introduce Wireless Apple CarPlay on Some 2020 Models

by Jeremy Del Nero
Ford to Introduce Wireless Apple CarPlay on Some 2020 Models

Ford Motor Company unveiled Sync 4, the newest iteration of its in-vehicle infotainment system.
Sync 4 will introduce wireless Apple CarPlay as well as wireless Android Auto compatibility along with new displays that range from 8” to 15.5” diagonally.  The new version also adds cloud connectivity for Internet search as well …

Fiat Chrysler, Peugeot Citroën Plan $50 Billion Merger of Equals

by Jesse Sokolow
Fiat Chrysler, Peugeot Citroën Plan $50 Billion Merger of Equals

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and Groupe PSA unveiled plans to merge on Thursday in a $50 billion deal would result in an automaker that would effectively eclipse such rivals such as General Motors, Ford, and Hyundai-Kia to effectively become the fourth largest carmaker in the world behind Volkswagen, Renault-Nissan, and Toyota.
The …

Review and Test Drive: 2019 Toyota Prius Limited

by Jonathan Spira
Review and Test Drive:  2019 Toyota Prius Limited

It’s been several years since we looked at the standard Toyota Prius in depth.  In the interim, we reviewed the smaller Prius c, which was completely redone in 2018. The ‘c’ based not on other Prii but on the much smaller Yaris so any similarities beyond the name are without …

Tokyo Motor Show’s ‘Open Future’ Highlights EVs and Wild Concept Cars

by Anna Breuer
Tokyo Motor Show’s ‘Open Future’ Highlights EVs and Wild Concept Cars

The biennial Tokyo Motor Show is a showcase of the automobile industry’s wish list for futuristic technology, and was the first Tokyo show without a major figure in the Japanese auto industry, former Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn, who was arrested in 2018 for financial misconduct, a charge he has denied.
Held …

Review and Test Drive: 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan SEL Premium R-Line

by Paul Riegler
Review and Test Drive:  2019 Volkswagen Tiguan SEL Premium R-Line

First introduced in 2007, the second generation Volkswagen Tiguan, a compact crossover, was unveiled at the Frankfurt International Motor Show in 2015 and the U.S. version was shown at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in 2017, with sales starting approximately six months later.
Volkswagen only markets the long-wheelbase …

Study: Pedestrian Detection Tech Works, but Has a Long Way to Go

by Paul Riegler
Study: Pedestrian Detection Tech Works, but Has a Long Way to Go

A new study found that, as pedestrian fatalities are increasing dramatically, driver-assistance technology designed to detect and avoid pedestrians has made significant technological gains. 
The study, conducted by the Automobile Association of America, found that these systems, which incorporate automatic emergency braking, still have a long way to go to …

VW CEO, Chairman Charged with Misleading Shareholders over Dieselgate Scandal

by Paul Riegler
VW CEO, Chairman Charged with Misleading Shareholders over Dieselgate Scandal

Volkswagen AG Chairman Hans Dieter Pötsch, VW CEO Herbert Diess, and former VW CEO Martin Winterkornwere charged with misleading shareholders in the months that preceded the 2015 Dieselgate emissions-cheating scandal.
The Staatsanwaltschaft, or state prosecutor, in Braunschweig is said the executives withheld information about the scandal from shareholders in an effort …

Fuel Prices Start to Rise at the Pump Following Saudi Attack

by Anna Breuer
Fuel Prices Start to Rise at the Pump Following Saudi Attack

The drone attack on an oil facility in Saudi Arabia that saw a spike in crude prices is likely to cause gasoline and diesel prices to jump later this week.
The average price in the United States for a gallon of regular gasoline on Tuesday was $2.592 according to the AAA.  …

At the 2019 Frankfurt Auto Show, Green Means Go

by Jonathan Spira
At the 2019 Frankfurt Auto Show, Green Means Go

The biennial Internationale Automobil-Ausstellung, aka the Frankfurt Auto Show, facing a dwindling number of exhibitors, says it will no longer focus on numbers, instead championing “sustainable individual mobility.”
“We wish to provide intelligent answers to the most urgent questions about the future of mobility,” said Bernhard Mattes, president of the Verband …

Review: What’s New in Apple CarPlay in iOS 13

by Paul Riegler
Review: What’s New in Apple CarPlay in iOS 13

Apple CarPlay, first introduced five years ago at the 2014 Geneva Auto Show, is turning five and Apple has some major changes in store for it with the launch of iOS 13.
If you’re not familiar with Apple CarPlay, it is an in-vehicle touch-based display interface that functions as an extension …