Review and Test Drive: 2020 Honda CR-V Touring

by Jonathan Spira
Review and Test Drive:  2020 Honda CR-V Touring

 Since its launch in 1995, the Honda CR-V has been one of the best-selling vehicles in the United States. We last looked at the fourth generation CR-V in 2015, and the current fifth generation CR-V made its debut in 2016 at the North American International Auto Show and went on sale …

Review and Test Drive: 2020 Volkswagen Passat 2.0T SEL

by Paul Riegler
Review and Test Drive:  2020 Volkswagen Passat 2.0T SEL

Introducing the redesigned 2020 Volkswagen Passat.  If you liked the recent editions of the Passat (and there was a lot to like), you will undoubtedly like the new one as well.
We last looked at the Passat in GT form two years ago, a vehicle that offered tighter handling and a …

U.S. Car Sales Plummet Amidst Coronavirus Pandemic

by Paul Riegler
U.S. Car Sales Plummet Amidst Coronavirus Pandemic

Automakers in the United States reported a 30% drop in car sales in the second quarter. Stay-at-home orders and plant shutdowns contributed to the decline.
The drop was the biggest recorded fall in sales since the 2009 recession, when multiple automakers went bankrupt.
Most dealerships in the United States have been closed during …

What’s New in Apple CarPlay in iOS 14: Wallpaper, Camera Warnings, and EV Support

by Paul Riegler
What’s New in Apple CarPlay in iOS 14: Wallpaper, Camera Warnings, and EV Support

Apple CarPlay has come a long way since its launch at the Geneva Motor Show in 2014.  Indeed, Apple, which at one point had designs on producing its own cars, has now almost fully penetrated the in-vehicle infotainment market: the Cupertino-based company says that CarPlay is now available on 97% …

Apple Aims to Replace Car Keys with CarKey

by Kurt Stolz
Apple Aims to Replace Car Keys with CarKey

CUPERTINO—At the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference held Monday, the company best known for its iPod and iPhone devices said it wants the latter to replace the ubiquitous car key.
Apple, which at one point had designs on producing its own cars, now estimates that its CarPlay infotainment system is available in …

Review and Test Drive: 2020 Mercedes A 220 4Matic Sedan

by Jonathan Spira
Review and Test Drive: 2020 Mercedes A 220 4Matic Sedan

The inventor of the automobile has reinvented, well, the automobile.  More specifically, Mercedes-Benz has rethought what constitutes an entry-level vehicle and has come up with the rather impressive 2020 A 220 Sedan.
Luxury automakers view entry-level vehicles as a means of getting a car buyer into the brand with what is …

Review and Test Drive: 2020 Mazda Mazda6 Signature – Road Trip to Asbury Park

by Jonathan Spira
Review and Test Drive:  2020 Mazda Mazda6 Signature – Road Trip to Asbury Park

Reviewing cars during the worst of the coronavirus pandemic here in the New York area was one of the few things I could really look forward to and the temporary drop in traffic made far longer day trips possible as a perverse form of compensation.
Every spring, like clockwork we have …

Review and Test Drive: 2020 Lexus NX 300

by Jonathan Spira
Review and Test Drive:  2020 Lexus NX 300

Roughly one year ago, I noted that Lexus’s Department of Naming knew what it was doing when it named its then entry-level crossover the NX with the explanation that “NX” stands for “nimble crossover.”  As a result, when a Cadmium Orange 2020 NX 300 showed up at our door this …

The 2020 New York International Auto Show Has Been Cancelled Amidst the Coronavirus Pandemic

by Paul Riegler
The 2020 New York International Auto Show Has Been Cancelled Amidst the Coronavirus Pandemic

The 2020 New York International Auto Show, which was slated to take place in early April at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center and then postponed until August, has been cancelled, the show’s organizers said.
The Javits Center location is currently an active field hospital that is in stand-by mode for …

Car Rental Pioneer Hertz First Major Travel Company to File for Bankruptcy Amidst Coronavirus Pandemic

by Paul Riegler
Car Rental Pioneer Hertz First Major Travel Company to File for Bankruptcy Amidst Coronavirus Pandemic

The economic effects of the coronavirus claimed its first major travel company as on Friday as Hertz Global Holdings and several of its U.S. and Canadian subsidiaries filed for bankruptcy protection under Chapter 11. The company is the number two car rental agency in the world after Avis.
The company said …

Review and Test Drive: 2020 Toyota Avalon Hybrid XSE

by Jonathan Spira
Review and Test Drive:  2020 Toyota Avalon Hybrid XSE

It’s hard to imagine that the Toyota Avalon has been around long enough to be in its fifth generation but the elegant family sedan continues to carve out its niche in the United States, now sporting a massive grille à la Lexus. Built on the new TNGA platform shared with …

BMW Welt Reopens in Munich As Coronavirus Restrictions in Germany Ease

by Kurt Stolz
BMW Welt Reopens in Munich As Coronavirus Restrictions in Germany Ease

The BMW Welt, BMW’s €500 million ($540 million) brand experience and delivery center, reopened Friday after closing on March 17, following a directive issued by the Bavarian government for all tourist attractions to close.
Now the most popular tourist attraction in Munich, the BMW Welt opened its doors on October …