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

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 …

Oil Prices Hit Two-Year High as OPEC Sees Higher Demand

Oil Prices Hit Two-Year High as OPEC Sees Higher Demand

The price of oil settled at a two-year after OPC and its allies said they would maintain the current output plan amidst a forecast of higher demand.
Brent crude, the is the leading global price benchmark for Atlantic basin crude oils, rose 1.3% to $70.25 a barrel, its highest close since …

Higher Prices Greet Drivers at the Pump as Memorial Day Holiday Looms

Higher Prices Greet Drivers at the Pump as Memorial Day Holiday Looms

Woman Sets Herself on Fire Hoarding Fuel in Pontiac
The Memorial Day holiday weekend may be two weeks away, but vaccinated Americans hoping to get an early start on the holiday or just get away for the weekend may be in for a surprise at the pump.
The price of a …

37 Million People Expected to Hit the Road This Memorial Day

37 Million People Expected to Hit the Road This Memorial Day

If you are heading out on the road or by air to celebrate Memorial Day weekend, you most certainly won’t be alone. Some 37 million Americans will hit the road according to figures released by the Automobile Association of America.
While the figure is 60% greater than the number of people …

In Speech to Congress, Biden Calls for the Deployment of 500,000 EV Charging Stations

In Speech to Congress, Biden Calls for the Deployment of 500,000 EV Charging Stations

While Not ‘A Chicken in Every Pot,” The Program Will Propel U.S. Towards an EV in Every Garage
In his first address to Congress, President Joseph Biden proposed spending $15 billion to fund the creation of a national network of electric-vehicle charging stations as part of the administration’s American Jobs First plan …

Japan’s Cherry Blossoms Peak on Earliest Date in 1,200 Years in Sign of Climate Change

Japan’s Cherry Blossoms Peak on Earliest Date in 1,200 Years in Sign of Climate Change

Japan’s cherry blossoms season, the country’s traditional sign of the start of spring, peaked last Friday, the earliest date on record according to Osaka University.
Records go back to the year 812.
The previous record in the former imperial capital was set in 1409, when the season reached its peak on March …

Voltswagen is Dead. ‘Long Live Volkswagen’ Says Automaker After April Fool’s Stunt Fails

Voltswagen is Dead.  ‘Long Live Volkswagen’ Says Automaker After April Fool’s Stunt Fails

In a move reminiscent of when the International House of Pancakes said it was changing its name to IHOb, the International House of Burgers, a PR stunt that brought that brand great attention, Volkswagen of America said Monday it would change its name henceforth to Voltswagen.
The move, the automaker said, …

Apple to Make Airport Coronavirus Guidelines Available in Maps App

Apple to Make Airport Coronavirus Guidelines Available in Maps App

Apple announced an update to its Maps app that adds current Covid-19 guidelines for airports across the globe.
The update, available to iPhone, iPad, and Mac users, provides an overview of a specific airport’s coronavirus-related requirements for arriving and departing travelers, such as mask mandates and information about quarantines for arriving …

Ford Accelerates Move to All-Electric in Europe with $1 Billion Investment

Ford Accelerates Move to All-Electric in Europe with $1 Billion Investment

Automaker to Phase Out Internal Combustion Engines in Passenger Cars by 2030
The Ford Motor Company announced Wednesday that all of its passenger cars and light trucks in Europe would be electric vehicles by 2030 and, as an intermediate step, either zero-emissions capable, all electric, or plug-in hybrid by 2026.
In addition, …

CDC to Require Masks on All Public Transportation

CDC to Require Masks on All Public Transportation

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said late Friday that masks will be required on nearly all forms of public transportation.
The rule goes into effect at 11:59 p.m. Monday and effectively reverses a Trump administration policy.  It applies any and all forms of public transportation, including buses, trains, …

Get Ready for a Brighter Future: On Cars, It’s No Longer ‘Any Color So Long As It’s Black’

Get Ready for a Brighter Future:  On Cars, It’s No Longer ‘Any Color So Long As It’s Black’

If you drive a bright red automobile, you’re in the minority, something that is clearly in evidence in a sea of black and white and grey vehicles that line American streets.
Indeed, buyers overwhelmingly choose black or white vehicles over other more lively choices, even though the choice of paint color …

GM to Phase Out Gasoline- and Diesel-Powered Vehicles Globally By 2035 in Favor of EVs

GM to Phase Out Gasoline- and Diesel-Powered Vehicles Globally By 2035 in Favor of EVs

General Motors said it would phase out gasoline- and diesel-powered vehicles on a global basis by the year 2035.
The move, disclosed in a social-media post on Twitter Thursday morning by its CEO Mary Barra, would eliminate vehicles that run on fossil fuels.
“We are all in on electrification, and our commitment …