Review and Test Drive:  2021 Kia Sorento Hybrid EX

Review and Test Drive: 2021 Kia Sorento Hybrid EX

by Jonathan Spira

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 …

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Auf Wiedersehen BMW i3, Volvo Wagons, and Toyota Land Cruiser: Cars That Won’t Be Returning for 2022

by Anna Breuer
Auf Wiedersehen BMW i3, Volvo Wagons, and Toyota Land Cruiser: Cars That Won’t Be Returning for 2022

As the New Year approaches, we can look back at the many new cars that were introduced over the course of 2021, ranging from the BMW iX, the Ford Mustang Mach-E, and the Mercedes-Benz EQS, while making note of the many models that have been discontinued over the past year …

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Apple Introduces Enhanced Maps to CarPlay In-Vehicle Infotainment System

by Kurt Stolz
Apple Introduces Enhanced Maps to CarPlay In-Vehicle Infotainment System

Apple released the latest version its Apple CarPlay Maps app Monday.  CarPlay is Apple’s in-vehicle infotainment system that functions as an extension of a driver’s iPhone.
The update is included in the release of iOS 15.2.
With the upgrade, CarPlay Maps gains enhanced detail for multiple cities including London, Los Angeles, New …

Apple AirTags Linked to Auto Thefts

by Kurt Stolz
Apple AirTags Linked to Auto Thefts

Authorities in Canada are warning that car thieves are using Apple AirTags to track and steal highly-desirable vehicles.
Police officials in York, a large district in Toronto, issued a news release warning of the trend, saying they had uncovered at least five vehicles stolen via this method since September.
“Investigators with the …

Gas Prices Hover at Eight-Year High at Start of Thanksgiving Holiday Travel Week

by Paul Riegler
Gas Prices Hover at Eight-Year High at Start of Thanksgiving Holiday Travel Week

If you think you’re paying more at the pump, you’re not wrong: Gasoline prices have spiked over the past 12 months.
The average price of a gallon of regular gasoline is $3.38 according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, compared to $2.24 one year earlier, when fuel prices hit record lows …

Ford, GM, Mercedes Among 6 Automakers and 30 Countries in Glasgow Pledging a Zero-Emissions Future

by Paul Riegler
Ford, GM, Mercedes Among 6 Automakers and 30 Countries in Glasgow Pledging a Zero-Emissions Future

Six automakers and 30 countries pledged, at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, to move to eliminate the production of new gasoline- and diesel-powered automobiles by 2040. While the list includes such major automakers as Ford, General Motors, Mercedes-Benz, and Volvo, as well as countries such as Britain, …

Hertz Orders 100,000 Cars from Tesla, Will Rent 50,000 to Uber Drivers

by Paul Riegler
Hertz Orders 100,000 Cars from Tesla, Will Rent 50,000 to Uber Drivers

Hertz Global Holdings announced plans to purchase 100,000 Tesla electric vehicles and later said it will rent 50,000 of them to Uber drivers.
The rental giant, which declared bankruptcy at the start of the pandemic in 2020, said it is making a substantial investment in an electric-vehicle fleet as well as …

New York City Plans Curbside EV Charging Stations

by Paul Riegler
New York City Plans Curbside EV Charging Stations

New York City is planning to offer thousands of curbside public charging stations for electric vehicles and is currently rolling out a pilot program to test the concept.
PlugNYC, the program being operated as a partnership between the city, Con Edison, and Flo, an operator of EV charging infrastructure.
The city will …

The 2021 Frankfurt Auto Show? It’s Now in Munich

by Paul Riegler
The 2021 Frankfurt Auto Show? It’s Now in Munich

Things were different at the biennial Internationale Automobil-Ausstellung, aka the Frankfurt Auto Show, this year.  For one thing, the IAA is now known as IAA Mobility.  It’s also not just about cars anymore, but covers everything from bikes to e-scooters to automobiles.  Oh, and it’s no longer in Frankfurt but …

States of Emergency, Evacuation Orders in Force in N.Y., Connecticut, Rhode Island as Henri Bears Down

by Kurt Stolz
States of Emergency, Evacuation Orders in Force in N.Y., Connecticut, Rhode Island as Henri Bears Down

As Hurricane Henri made its way to landfall in New York, Governor Andrew Cuomo declared a state of emergency for New York City, Long Island, and numerous counties on the mainland, a move echoed by Governors Ned Lamont and Daniel McKee in Connecticut and Rhode Island, respectively.
“New Yorkers are no …

2021 New York Auto Show Cancelled Amidst Concerns Over Delta Variant

by Paul Riegler
2021 New York Auto Show Cancelled Amidst Concerns Over Delta Variant

The 2021 New York International Automobile Show at the Javits Center was canceled due to the growing incidences of the Covid-19 Delta variant and the increased measures that state and local officials recently announced to stop its spread.
The show was originally intended to open to the public on August 20 …

Lucid Motors, Launching on Nasdaq, Changes Definition of Luxury EV

by Paul Riegler
Lucid Motors, Launching on Nasdaq, Changes Definition of Luxury EV

Tesla competitor Lucid Motors celebrated its debut on the Nasdaq Monday with fanfare worthy of the best of television game shoes, including the appropriate amount of confetti for a company with a market value of roughly $43 billion that has yet to sell a single vehicle.
While there are many comparisons …

Volkswagen Passat Reaches the End of the Road in the U.S.

by Kurt Stolz
Volkswagen Passat Reaches the End of the Road in the U.S.

Once upon a time, boys and girls, there was the Chevrolet Impala, the Buick Electra, the Ford Taurus, and even the Lincoln Continental. But car buyers began to reject sedans in favor of crossovers and gone were these models with the stroke of a pen, along with Acura RLX, the …

VW, BMW Fined €875 Million Over Diesel Emissions Collusion

by Paul Riegler
VW, BMW Fined €875 Million Over Diesel Emissions Collusion

The European Commission Thursday hit Volkswagen and BMW with €875 million ($1 billion) in fines after finding that the German automakers had colluded to hinder competition in emissions systems for diesel-powered automobiles.
The decision encompassed VW’s Audi and Porsche units as well.
The EU’s investigation came in the wake of the VW …