Volkswagen, Bosch Agree to $1.55 Billion Dieselgate Settlement for 3.0-Liter Vehicles

by Christian Stampfer
Volkswagen, Bosch Agree to $1.55 Billion Dieselgate Settlement for 3.0-Liter Vehicles

MUNICH—Volkswagen said it had reached an agreement that will have it pay a minimum of $1.22 billion to fix or buy back some 78,000 vehicles with 3.0-liter diesel engines to settle claims that the cars were sold with illegal emissions-cheating software.
The automaker said it submitted a proposed class settlement with …

BMW, Nissan to Add 174 Electric Vehicle Fast Charging Stations

by Jesse Sokolow
BMW, Nissan to Add 174 Electric Vehicle Fast Charging Stations

BMW and Nissan announced that the two automakers have expanded their network of fast chargers for Nissan Leaf and BMW i3 vehicles.
The two partnered with EVgo to install 174 additional 50kW DC Fast charging stations across 33 states. The chargers are compatible with any electric vehicle including the Nissan Leaf …

Road Test and Review: 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid Touring

by Paul Riegler
Road Test and Review: 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid Touring

You may notice something different about the photographs of our short-term 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid. We typically like to photograph the cars in showroom condition but winter hit us hard right after the Accord arrived and we decided to make an exception.
The Honda Accord, which turned 40 last year, has …

Review and Test Drive: 2017 Nissan Rogue SL AWD

by Paul Riegler
Review and Test Drive: 2017 Nissan Rogue SL AWD

Just as the movie “Star Wars: Rogue One” was debuting in theaters, I found myself behind the wheel of a 2017 Nissan Rogue. While Nissan is offering a special Rogue One Edition inspired by the movie, mine was the more mainstream edition.
The Nissan Rogue first debuted as a 2008 model …

Dieselgate Spreads to Italy as EPA Accuses Fiat Chrysler of Violating Emissions Standards

by Paul Riegler
Dieselgate Spreads to Italy as EPA Accuses Fiat Chrysler of Violating Emissions Standards

L’affaire Dieselgate has spread from Germany to Italy as the Environmental Protection Agency accused Fiat Chrysler on Thursday of using “undisclosed” software that allowed a number of its vehicles to exceed emissions standards in the United States.
“Once again, a major automaker made the business decision to skirt the rules and …

VW to Pay $4.3 Billion in Dieselgate Criminal and Civil Settlement

by Christian Stampfer
VW to Pay $4.3 Billion in Dieselgate Criminal and Civil Settlement

DETROIT—Beleaguered German automaker Volkswagen said Wednesday it had reached a $4.3 billion settlement with the U.S. government over the Dieselgate scandal.
As part of the deal, the company will plead guilty to misconduct for deliberately selling diesel-powered cars that did not meet federal emissions regulations.
“Volkswagen deeply regrets the behavior that gave …

New York’s Bridges and Tunnels Begin to Go Cashless

by Paul Riegler
New York’s Bridges and Tunnels Begin to Go Cashless

As part of the city’s plan to offer cashless tolling, the agency that operates the city’s bridges and tunnels converted the city’s two major tunnels – the Queens Midtown and the Hugh L. Carey (formerly the Brooklyn Battery) – went cashless in the past week. The latter is the longest …

Report from Detroit – Highlights from the 2017 North American International Auto Show

by Christian Stampfer
Report from Detroit – Highlights from the 2017 North American International Auto Show

DETROIT—The North American International Auto Show remains one of the most important auto shows in the automotive industry. However, over the past years the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas has gained significant importance. The Detroit show is held at the Cobo Center in Detroit and starts with two press …

Senior VW Exec Arrested in Miami over Dieselgate

by Christian Stampfer
Senior VW Exec Arrested in Miami over Dieselgate

DETROIT—A top Volkswagen executive was arrested Saturday evening as he prepared to board a flight from Miami to Germany, accused of deceiving federal regulators about the use of special software that cheated on emissions tests.
Oliver Schmidt, who as general manager of the engineering and environmental office for VW of America …

Volvo to Incorporate Skype into New 90 Series Cars

by Jesse Sokolow
Volvo to Incorporate Skype into New 90 Series Cars

Volvo announced that it plans to introduce Skype for Business to its new 90 Series vehicles.
Drivers will be able to view upcoming meetings and participant details from the car’s information display. They will then be able to easily join meetings through the system as well.
The Swedish automaker said it is …

California to Drivers: ‘Don’t Touch that Phone’

by Jesse Sokolow
California to Drivers: ‘Don’t Touch that Phone’

LOS ANGELES – A California law that went into effect at the beginning of this year bars drivers from holding and operating a handheld electronic device while driving a vehicle, and it is one of the most stringent distracted-driving laws in the country.
Under Assembly Bill 1785, motorists are prohibited from …

At CES 2017, Auto Industry Asks ‘How Are We Driving Tomorrow?’

by Christian Stampfer
At CES 2017, Auto Industry Asks ‘How Are We Driving Tomorrow?’

DETROIT—Over the past years, the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas has gained significant importance for the automotive industry, despite it being held immediately prior to the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The question of “How are we driving tomorrow?” was the central focus of every car manufacturer …