Toyota Outlines Revised Electric Vehicle Strategy

by Paul Riegler
Toyota Outlines Revised Electric Vehicle Strategy

Toyota, which led the gas-electric hybrid revolution but has lagged behind rivals in offering fully electric vehicles, announced its strategy for that market.
The plan calls for the Japanese automaker to invest ¥1.5 trillion ($13 billion) in research and development by the year 2030. Half of that investment will be earmarked …

Review and Test Drive: 2017 Lexus RC 350 F Sport

by Jonathan Spira
Review and Test Drive:  2017 Lexus RC 350 F Sport

When the striking Ultrasonic Blue Mica Lexus RC 350 F Sport coupe showed up at the Frequent Business Traveler driveway, it got more than the usual share of attention a new car in the press fleet typically garners.
First unveiled at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show, the RC was introduced to …

Nissan Turns Over New Leaf in Tennessee with Start of 2018 Leaf Production

by Anna Breuer
Nissan Turns Over New Leaf in Tennessee with Start of 2018 Leaf Production

Nissan announced that the all-new 2018 Nissan Leaf electric vehicle has gone into production at its Smyrna, Tennessee, plant on Monday. The cars will reach dealerships next month.
The new generation Leaf, which was introduced in its home market in October of this year, has a range of 150 miles (241 …

10 Tips for Your First Time Driving Abroad

by Paul Riegler
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 …

Review and Test Drive: 2017 Fiat 500 Abarth

by Paul Riegler
Review and Test Drive:  2017 Fiat 500 Abarth

The original Fiat 500 or Cinquecento, known for its appearances in multiple films including “The Italian Job,” was a rear-engine four-seat city car manufactured by the Italian automaker from 1957 to 1975. On its 50th anniversary in 2007, Fiat introduced a new 500 whose design was clearly inspired by the …

Auto Industry Debuts Multiple New Vehicles with Apple CarPlay at LA Show

by Paul Riegler
Auto Industry Debuts Multiple New Vehicles with Apple CarPlay at LA Show

The Los Angeles Auto Show returned to the Convention Center and many automakers took advantage of the post-Thanksgiving event to introduce multiple new vehicles that will be available with Apple CarPlay, Apple’s in-vehicle touch-based display interface that functions as an extension of a driver’s iPhone.
Virtually every car manufacturer offers vehicles …

Shell to Roll Out EV Charging Network Across Europe

by Paul Riegler
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, …

Volvo to Produce Fleet of 24,000 Self-Driving Taxis for Uber

by Paul Riegler
Volvo to Produce Fleet of 24,000 Self-Driving Taxis for Uber

Volvo announced that Uber Technologies will purchase 24,000 self-driving cars with delivery dates set to begin in 2019.
The deal, announced without any specific financial terms, is estimated to be worth $1 billion.
The Swedish automaker, owned by China’s Zhejiang Geely Holding Group, will supply a vehicle based on the current Volvo …

Tesla Unveils Electric Truck – and a Surprise New Sports Car

by Paul Riegler
Tesla Unveils Electric Truck – and a Surprise New Sports Car

Tesla unveiled its first ever electric semi-truck on Thursday evening at an event in Los Angeles that also included the surprise reveal of a new electric sports car.
The Roadster, as the new sports car is dubbed, carries the same name as Tesla’s first vehicle, which was produced from 2008 to …

The Insider’s Guide to Surviving Thanksgiving Holiday Travel

by Anna Breuer
The Insider’s Guide to Surviving Thanksgiving Holiday Travel

Despite the much-delayed start of winter in many parts of the country, Thanksgiving is just around the corner as is one of the busiest travel periods of the year.
If that’s not enough, the number of people expected to take to the skies in the 12-day travel period is expected to …

Diesel Prices at 2-Year High

by Jesse Sokolow
Diesel Prices at 2-Year High

The price of a gallon of gasoline is up in many parts of the country as demand reached its highest levels since 2006 while supply continues to drop. This has led to a surge in fuel prices, something particularly noticeable in the Midwest.
In that region, the price for a gallon …

Why Electric Vehicles May Have the Edge When It Comes to Cost of Ownership and Operation

by Jonathan Spira
Why Electric Vehicles May Have the Edge When It Comes to Cost of Ownership and Operation

While electric vehicles still look expensive, when compared to more traditional petrol-powered vehicles, their prices have come down in recent years. But that’s only half the story: their total cost of ownership is significantly lower as is the cost to power the vehicle.
More affordable EVs have come onto the market …