With Summer Just Around the Corner, Fuel Prices Rise Precipitously

by Jesse Sokolow
With Summer Just Around the Corner, Fuel Prices Rise Precipitously

Schools are letting out, graduation caps are being tossed, and the beginning of summer is nearly here. For many people, that means packing up the car and heading to the beach or the mountains. For drivers around the country though, the bad news is that fuel prices are up across …

Review and Test Drive: 2018 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring AWD

by Jonathan Spira
Review and Test Drive:  2018 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring AWD

When it was introduced in 2012, the Mazda CX-5 compact crossover was a sea of firsts. It was the first to make use of the automaker’s Kodo design language, for example. Introduced on the Shinari concept car in 2010, Kodo is something the automaker says is intended to serve as …

Review and Test Drive: 2018 Volvo XC60 T8 E-AWD and T6 R-Design

by Jonathan Spira
Review and Test Drive:  2018 Volvo XC60 T8 E-AWD and T6 R-Design

Those not in the know might assume that the typical Volvo wagon driver is a retired college professor, or perhaps a dentist somewhere in New England. Starting with the introduction of the storied automaker’s Scalable Product Architecture and the S90 sedan, Volvo is the epitome of Scandinavian cool, that image …

Former VW CEO Winterkorn Indicted in Dieselgate Case

by Paul Riegler
Former VW CEO Winterkorn Indicted in Dieselgate Case

Former Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn has been indicted for his alleged role in the Dieselgate emissions-cheating scandal that cost the automaker its reputation and billions of dollars in fines and penalties.
The indictment, which was filed in secret in U.S. District Court in Detroit on March 14, was unsealed Thursday as …

States Sue Trump Administration Over Rollback of Auto Emissions Rules

by Paul Riegler
States Sue Trump Administration Over Rollback of Auto Emissions Rules

A coalition of 17 states and the District of Columbia sued the Trump administration on Tuesday over its plan to weaken federal auto emissions standards.
The states, which are led by California and include Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania, said that the Environmental Protection Agency’s attempts to roll …

In 1899, Henry Bliss, America’s First Pedestrian Fatality, Was Struck by an Electric Taxi

by Paul Riegler
In 1899, Henry Bliss, America’s First Pedestrian Fatality, Was Struck by an Electric Taxi

Although much fuss was made five years ago when a test fleet of Nissan Leaf all-electric taxicabs hit New York City streets hailed as the first all-electric powered taxis, the facts are a little different. In 1899, almost 90% of the New York City taxi fleet was electric.
At the turn …

Bosch Announces A ‘Breakthrough’ That Could Save Diesel

by Christian Stampfer
Bosch Announces A ‘Breakthrough’ That Could Save Diesel

MUNICH—Robert Bosch said Wednesday that it has developed a new diesel-exhaust system that would allow automakers to continue to offer diesel powerplants in the future.
The new technology would cut emissions to below the 2020 EU emissions regulations by bringing nitrogen oxides or NOx to 13 milligrams per kilometer, well below …

Apple Adds Lane Guidance in Maps App to Czechia, Finland, Hungary, Ireland, and Poland

by Paul Riegler
Apple Adds Lane Guidance in Maps App to Czechia, Finland, Hungary, Ireland, and Poland

Apple added the Lane Guidance feature to its Maps App for users in Czech Republic, Finland, Hungary, Ireland, and Poland
In February, Apple added Austria, South Africa, and Switzerland to the list.
Lane Guidance displays the lane the driver should be in via a floating black information panel that disappears after it’s …

Toyota and Lexus to Launch V2V Communications Starting in 2021

by Paul Riegler
Toyota and Lexus to Launch V2V Communications Starting in 2021

Toyota and its luxury division Lexus announced that they will begin to broadly deploy vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure technology in the United States starting in 2021.
The Japanese automaker said it plans to have V2V technology available across almost its entire lineup by the middle of the coming decade.
Similar to initiatives from …

Achtung! You Will Soon Subscribe to Your Car

by Paul Riegler
Achtung! You Will Soon Subscribe to Your Car

Until recently, owning a car meant just that: either purchasing a car outright or leasing a new vehicle. For those who didn’t want to own a car, a few carsharing options such as Zipcar were available in some areas. Now a new option is emerging, namely cars by subscription.
BMW is …

BMW to Offer “Access” Car Subscription Option

by Paul Riegler
BMW to Offer “Access” Car Subscription Option

BMW announced the launch of a new-vehicle subscription service, Access by BMW, on Wednesday.
Access by BMW will provide its members with a selection of BMWs ranging from a 4 Series coupe or cabriolet, an X5 SUV, and a 5 Series sedan. There will also be a performance tier that will …

EPA to Roll Back Auto Emissions, Fuel Economy Standards

by Paul Riegler
EPA to Roll Back Auto Emissions, Fuel Economy Standards

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Monday it plans to ease auto emissions and fuel economy standards by revoking revoke Obama-era standards that would require cars and light trucks sold in the United States to average better than 50 mpg (5.67 l/100 km) by the year 2025.
The agency also plans to …