Volkswagen to Restate Fuel Economy Rating on Gasoline-Powered Vehicles, Pay Owners $97 Million

by Paul Riegler
Volkswagen to Restate Fuel Economy Rating on Gasoline-Powered Vehicles, Pay Owners $97 Million

Volkswagen of America said late Friday it had settled a lawsuit with vehicle owners over incorrect fuel economy ratings of certain gasoline-powered 2013 through 2017 models.
The automaker’s U.S. subsidiary said that the agreement covers approximately 98,000 vehicles or 3.5% of its sales over the four-year span and that it will …

Silvercar Introduces New Loyalty Program

by Paul Riegler
Silvercar Introduces New Loyalty Program

Rental car company Silvercar by Audi will introduce its first loyalty program.
The new Premium Rewards program offers renters one point for every dollar spent with the company excluding taxes, fees, and fuel charges. The program only has one tier, VIP, and there are no blackout days.
A free one-day rental is …

Let’s Motor: Mini Turns 60

by Paul Riegler
Let’s Motor: Mini Turns 60

It was a fixture in spy films of the 1960s and 1970s, including the classic 1969 film “The Italian Job,” starring Michael Caine. It was featured in what was one of the most memorable scenes in the film “The Bourne Identity,” released in 2002, where Matt Damon playing the amnesiac …

Review and Test Drive: 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV GT S-AWC

by Paul Riegler
Review and Test Drive:  2019 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV GT S-AWC

Mitsubishi Motors markets the Outlander as “the feature-filled family SUV” and it has something there: the chunky sport-ute has a clear target market in mind and the automaker’s description is spot on.
We last looked at the Outlander one year earlier, in Sport guise.  It was time to switch things up. …

Tesla Model 3 Explodes After Crashing into Tow Truck While on Autopilot

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Tesla Model 3 Explodes After Crashing into Tow Truck While on Autopilot

A Tesla electric vehicle operating on autopilot exploded after crashing into a tow truck stopped to assist another vehicle on a highway near Moscow.
The driver, Alexey Tretyakov, was behind the wheel of his Model 3 EV on the Moscow Ring Road or Московская кольцевая автомобильная дорога, Moskovskaya Koltsevaya Avtomobilnaya Doroga, …

Review and Test Drive: 2019 Jaguar I-Pace EV400 HSE

by Jonathan Spira
Review and Test Drive:  2019 Jaguar I-Pace EV400 HSE

Close your eyes for a moment. Wouldn’t you imagine that the first electric SUV from a European automaker would be from, say, BMW, or perhaps Mercedes-Benz, given those companies’ highly publicized EVs? You’d be wrong, as the first electric SUV from a European automaker is actually from Jaguar, and it’s …

Review and Test Drive: 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback SE

by Paul Riegler
Review and Test Drive:  2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback SE

The Toyota Corolla’s reputation is that of a solid, reliable, economical, and boring sedan since its launch in the 1970s. Back then, Toyota called its hatch a Liftback but, with the launch of the aggressively styled 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback SE, the “h” word is in.
Our Oxide Bronze Metallic hatch …

Automakers Reject Trump Emission Plan, Make Deal with California

by Jeremy Del Nero
Automakers Reject Trump Emission Plan, Make Deal with California

Four major automakers agreed to voluntarily meet stricter California emissions standards than those that were proposed earlier this year by the Trump administration.
The four – BMW, Ford, Honda, and Volkswagen – said they will comply with California’s new standards in a move to show support for a single, nationwide standard …

BMW Shutters ReachNow Car-Sharing Service

by Jesse Sokolow
BMW Shutters ReachNow Car-Sharing Service

BMW announced on Wednesday the closing of its ReachNow ride-hailing and car-sharing business.
The business, which was recently rolled into a joint venture with Daimler, offered services in Seattle and Portland and was set to be merged with Car2Go, also part of the joint venture, but a new “realignment” meant that …

BMW Names Production Chief New CEO

by Anna Breuer
BMW Names Production Chief New CEO

BMW’s Vorstand, or supervisory board, announced the appointment of Oliver Zipse to the position of chief executive officer.
The appointment is effective on August 16, 2019, the Munich-based automaker said following a meeting of the Vorstand in Spartanburg, South Carolina, where BMW has a plant. Mr. Zipse will succeed Harald Krüger, …

Review and Test Drive: 2019 Volvo S90 T6 AWD Inscription

by Jonathan Spira
Review and Test Drive:  2019 Volvo S90 T6 AWD Inscription

The Volvo S90 – first unveiled in 2015 – continues to stand apart when it comes to design and passenger comfort four years later.  The striking exterior seems as fresh as it was at launch and the interior continues to be a benchmark for tasteful and functional design.
The S90 – …

After Seven Decades, Final VW Beetle Rolls Off the Assembly Line

by Paul Riegler
After Seven Decades, Final VW Beetle Rolls Off the Assembly Line

After eight decades, the longest-running and most-manufactured automobile in history, the Volkswagen Beetle, has become extinct.
Production of the current generation Volkswagen Beetle rolled to an end at the automaker’s plant in Puebla, Mexico, on Wednesday.
The final Volkswagen Beetle was a Denim Blue coupe that will remain on display at the …