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At the 2019 Frankfurt Auto Show, Green Means Go

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 …

Hertz to Offer BMWs and Mercedes as Part of ‘Kollektion 7’ in Germany

Hertz to Offer BMWs and Mercedes as Part of ‘Kollektion 7’ in Germany

Hertz announced a new offering for the European rental market, Kollektion 7 – Made in Germany.
The new collection combines a selection of seven vehicles from German marques and echoes the British Collection offering that Hertz launched in England.
Kollektion 7 debuted Tuesday at Frankfurt Airport with a BMW M850i Cabriolet, BMW …

5 Tips for Driving in Europe This Summer

5 Tips for Driving in Europe This Summer

Planning a trip to Europe this summer? If so, consider touring the continent by car. Whether it’s the Romantische Straße in Germany, the Großglockner Hochalpenstraße in Austria, the Adriatic Highway from Split to Dubrovnik, or an equally beautiful but less well known path such as the Donau Straße in Lower …

German Cities Consider Free Public Transit to Avoid Diesel Ban

German Cities Consider Free Public Transit to Avoid Diesel Ban

Public transit in German cities could become significantly less expensive or even free for residents under a plan proposed by three German officials.
“We are considering free public transit in order to reduce the number of private cars [in cities],” wrote Umweltministerin or Environmental Minister Barbara Hendricks and two colleagues in …

Porsche Celebrates 70 Years of Iconic Sports Cars

Porsche Celebrates 70 Years of Iconic Sports Cars

Porsche, known formally as Dr. Ing. h. c. F. Porsche GmbH, is celebrating 70 years since its first vehicle, the 356 Model 1 Roadster, received street certification in 1948.
The 356 was a rear-engine, rear-wheel drive, two door that was available both as a hardtop coupe and a cabriolet.
Early prototypes of …

Hamburg First City in Germany to Ban Older Diesels

Hamburg First City in Germany to Ban Older Diesels

Hamburg became the first city in Germany to ban older diesel-powered vehicles when it prohibited them last Thursday from using two of the city’s major thoroughfares.
The move follows a February ruling by the Bundesverwaltungsgericht, or Federal Administrative Court, to limit vehicle emissions in Stuttgart. The ruling set a precedent for …

10 Tips for Your First Time Driving Abroad

10 Tips for Your First Time Driving Abroad

One of the great pleasures of traveling abroad is driving the magnificent highways and scenic roads, be it the Großglockner Hochalpenstraße in Austria, Route One in Iceland, the Stelvio Pass in Italy, the Trollstigen in Norway, or the Karakoram Highway connecting China and Pakistan. A drive is a brilliant way …

Shell to Roll Out EV Charging Network Across Europe

Shell to Roll Out EV Charging Network Across Europe

Royal Dutch Shell said Monday it is working with leading automakers to deploy ultra-fast chargers on European highways.
The move will propel Shell ahead of its rivals and provide a solid backbone of charging stations across the continent. Shell said it is working with Ionity, a joint venture between BMW, Daimler, …

‘Challenge Tesla,’ Says Chancellor’s Office to German Auto Industry

‘Challenge Tesla,’ Says Chancellor’s Office to German Auto Industry

MUNICH—The German auto industry should invest more in electric vehicles and not rest on its laurels, said Kanzleramtschef, or Chancellor’s Chief of Staff, Peter Altmaier over the weekend in Berlin.
Mr. Altmaier said he was disappointed by the response of managers at German automakers following the Dieselgate scandal while speaking at …

Volkswagen to Recall 8.5 Million Diesels in Europe

Volkswagen to Recall 8.5 Million Diesels in Europe

MUNICH – The Kraftfahrt-Bundesamt or Federal Motor Transport Authority announced the recall of 2.4 million diesel-powered vehicles in Germany on Thursday. Volkswagen said it would recall a total of 8.5 million vehicles in Europe in 28 markets served, including the 2.4 million in its home market.
The move follows the revelation …

German Prosecutors Backpedal on Winterkorn Investigation, ‘Regret’ Earlier Comments

German Prosecutors Backpedal on Winterkorn Investigation, ‘Regret’ Earlier Comments

The Staatsanwaltschaft or state prosecutor in Braunschweig, a neighboring city to Wolfsburg in Lower Saxony, Germany, said there was in fact no formal investigation of former Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn, who resigned his position one week ago.
“A formal investigation of Prof. Dr. Winterkorn is not currently being conducted,” said Birgit …

2014 Audi A6 3.0 TDI – Review and Road Test

2014 Audi A6 3.0 TDI – Review and Road Test

MUNICH—The Audi A6 TDI is one of five diesel models that the Ingolstadt-based automaker offers its customer in the United States. The A6 oilburner competes with the diesel variants of the Mercedes-Benz E-Class and the BMW 5 Series in the highly competitive premium sedan market. The current version of the …