Volkswagen Says “Auf Wiedersehen” to the Iconic Beetle

by Paul Riegler
Volkswagen Says “Auf Wiedersehen” to the Iconic Beetle

Volkswagen’s iconic Beetle, star of stage and screen, will not be replaced when the current version is discontinued.
The original, officially known as the Volkswagen Type 1 and commissioned in 1930 by German Reichskanzler Adolf Hitler, who wanted an inexpensive, simple people’s car for the country’s new Autobahn network, made its …

Review and Test Drive: 2018 Nissan Murano Platinum AWD

by Paul Riegler
Review and Test Drive:  2018 Nissan Murano Platinum AWD

The Nissan Murano is one of the SUVs whose appearance once a year everyone at Frequent Business Traveler/The Green Car Driver looks forward to. We love the Murano not only because it’s good looking but because it offers driver and passengers luxurious surroundings at a very reasonable price.
For 2018, the …

Porsche Discontinues Remaining Diesel Model

by Paul Riegler
Porsche Discontinues Remaining Diesel Model

Porsche said Tuesday that it had discontinued production of the one remaining diesel in its lineup.
The Macan S Diesel has been “taken out of the production program,” the German automaker said in a statement. Porsche previously discontinued the Panamera and Cayenne diesel variants.
As part of Volkswagen Group, Porsche was caught …

Review and Test Drive: 2018 Volkswagen Golf SE

by Paul Riegler
Review and Test Drive:  2018 Volkswagen Golf SE

Volkswagen’s sporty Golf is now in its 44th year and it’s as popular as ever. Introduced as the Rabbit in U.S. and Canadian markets because Rabbit sounded cute and Golf was a term only associated with the sport, it was Wolfsburg’s replacement for the Beetle (Käfer in German-speaking markets).
Indeed the …

Review and Test Drive: 2018 Toyota Land Cruiser

by Paul Riegler
Review and Test Drive:  2018 Toyota Land Cruiser

Toyota’s resident behemoth, the Land Cruiser, is the Japanese automaker’s longest running model, dating back to 1951. Since then, it has been produced in a variety of forms including a convertible, hard top, and station wagon. It’s one of the most popular vehicles sold in Australia (Toyota tests it in …

Review and Test Drive: 2017 Dodge Journey Crossroad Plus AWD

by Paul Riegler
Review and Test Drive:  2017 Dodge Journey Crossroad Plus AWD

The Dodge Journey, which has been around since 2009 and received a minor facelift in 2011, is Dodge’s time capsule. Change has been slow for Dodge’s smallest SUV: it’s soon to enter its ninth year without any major changes yet its popularity has only grown. Indeed, in 2013, the main …

BMW, Daimler, Volkswagen Denounce Diesel Fumes Tests on Monkeys

by Paul Riegler
BMW, Daimler, Volkswagen Denounce Diesel Fumes Tests on Monkeys

Three German automakers, BMW, Daimler, and Volkswagen, apologized on Saturday for their support of research conducted in 2014 in a U.S.-based lab in which ten monkeys inhaled diesel emissions from a VW Beetle while watching cartoons on television.
The New York Times reported on Friday that the three German car companies …

Nissan ProPilot Tech Powers Ryokan’s Slippers and Cushions

by Paul Riegler
Nissan ProPilot Tech Powers Ryokan’s Slippers and Cushions

Nissan debuted its ProPilot Park Ryokan, featuring ProPilot Assist technology.
ProPilot Assist is the automaker’s semi-autonomous driver-assistance technology that helps control acceleration, braking, and steering during single-lane highway driving.
At the ryokan, however, the technology is being used to ensure that, at the push of a button, items including slippers, cushions, and …

Report from Detroit – Highlights from the 2018 North American International Auto Show

by Christian Stampfer
Report from Detroit – Highlights from the 2018 North American International Auto Show

DETROIT—The North American International Auto Show remains one of the most important auto shows of the automotive industry. Year by year, it kicks off the international car show calendar and is followed by major events in Europe and Asia. The show is held at the Cobo Center in Detroit and …

BMW Acquires Parkmobile, Parking App Developer

by Anna Breuer
BMW Acquires Parkmobile, Parking App Developer

BMW announced the acquisition of Parkmobile, a developer of parking apps.
Parkmobile is the largest mobile parking services provider in North America according to BMW, and BMW has held a minority stake in the company for several years.
The move is part of BMW’s strategy to address mobility beyond selling cars and …

Nine New Diesels Announced at Detroit Show

by Jesse Sokolow
Nine New Diesels Announced at Detroit Show

DETROIT—Six automobile manufacturers, including General Motors, Chevrolet, and BMW, announced new diesel options for passenger cars, SUVs, and at the 2018 North American International Auto Show.
New options for the 2018/2019 model years include General Motor’s 2019 Silverado pickup with an inline 6 diesel, as well as Ford’s 2018 F-150 pickup …