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VW, BMW Fined €875 Million Over Diesel Emissions Collusion

VW, BMW Fined €875 Million Over Diesel Emissions Collusion

The European Commission Thursday hit Volkswagen and BMW with €875 million ($1 billion) in fines after finding that the German automakers had colluded to hinder competition in emissions systems for diesel-powered automobiles.
The decision encompassed VW’s Audi and Porsche units as well.
The EU’s investigation came in the wake of the VW …

Review and Test Drive: 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA250 SUV

Review and Test Drive:  2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA250 SUV

‘Tech, Style, Comfort, and Driving Pleasure’
Redesigned for 2021, the Mercedes-Benz GLA250 is not only a significant improvement over its predecessor but it packs enough tech, style, comfort, and driving pleasure that it will make it stand out from the pack.
The GLA nameplate is part of the automaker’s current SUV nomenclature, …

Mercedes-Benz to Recall 1.3 Million Vehicles That Could Send Inaccurate Location in Emergencies

Mercedes-Benz to Recall 1.3 Million Vehicles That Could Send Inaccurate Location in Emergencies

Mercedes-Benz said it would recall some 1.3 million vehicles in the United States because its eCall emergency collision notification system could dispatch emergency responders to the wrong location.
The recall involves vehicles manufactured from 2016 to 2021 and will fix an issue with the communication module in the eCall system where …

Road Test and Review: Apple CarPlay iOS 14 – Siri Makeover and Speed Camera Warnings

Road Test and Review: Apple CarPlay iOS 14 – Siri Makeover and Speed Camera Warnings

Apple recently released the latest version of its mobile operating system, iOS 14, which includes significant updates to Apple CarPlay, Apple’s in-vehicle infotainment system that functions as an extension of a driver’s iPhone.
We tested the latest version of Apple CarPlay over the course of a month with an Apple iPhone …

Review and Test Drive: The 2020 Mercedes-Benz C 63 AMG S Cabriolet is On Fire

Review and Test Drive:  The 2020 Mercedes-Benz C 63 AMG S Cabriolet is On Fire

The 2020 Mercedes-Benz C 63 AMG S Cabriolet is a supercar for all seasons, one that can be driven top up or top down, regardless of the weather.  It brings this range of performance to the under $100,000 class with excellent comfort and head turning design.
Need one say more?
Indeed, let …

U.S. Car Sales Plummet Amidst Coronavirus Pandemic

U.S. Car Sales Plummet Amidst Coronavirus Pandemic

Automakers in the United States reported a 30% drop in car sales in the second quarter. Stay-at-home orders and plant shutdowns contributed to the decline.
The drop was the biggest recorded fall in sales since the 2009 recession, when multiple automakers went bankrupt.
Most dealerships in the United States have been closed during …

Review and Test Drive: 2020 Mercedes A 220 4Matic Sedan

Review and Test Drive: 2020 Mercedes A 220 4Matic Sedan

The inventor of the automobile has reinvented, well, the automobile.  More specifically, Mercedes-Benz has rethought what constitutes an entry-level vehicle and has come up with the rather impressive 2020 A 220 Sedan.
Luxury automakers view entry-level vehicles as a means of getting a car buyer into the brand with what is …

At the 2019 Frankfurt Auto Show, Green Means Go

At the 2019 Frankfurt Auto Show, Green Means Go

The biennial Internationale Automobil-Ausstellung, aka the Frankfurt Auto Show, facing a dwindling number of exhibitors, says it will no longer focus on numbers, instead championing “sustainable individual mobility.”
“We wish to provide intelligent answers to the most urgent questions about the future of mobility,” said Bernhard Mattes, president of the Verband …

Hertz to Offer BMWs and Mercedes as Part of ‘Kollektion 7’ in Germany

Hertz to Offer BMWs and Mercedes as Part of ‘Kollektion 7’ in Germany

Hertz announced a new offering for the European rental market, Kollektion 7 – Made in Germany.
The new collection combines a selection of seven vehicles from German marques and echoes the British Collection offering that Hertz launched in England.
Kollektion 7 debuted Tuesday at Frankfurt Airport with a BMW M850i Cabriolet, BMW …

2019 New York Auto Show Preview: New EVs, SUVs, Cars to Make Their Debut

2019 New York Auto Show Preview: New EVs, SUVs, Cars to Make Their Debut

NEW YORK — U.S. and foreign automakers will showcase dozens of new and updated automobiles this week at the New York International Auto Show at the Jacob Javits Center. The show, which dates back more than a century and was previously held at the New York Coliseum, the old Madison …

EU Charges BMW, Mercedes, VW with Colluding on Emissions Technology

EU Charges BMW, Mercedes, VW with Colluding on Emissions Technology

The European Commission said Friday that BMW, Mercedes parent Daimler-Benz, and Volkswagen breached antitrust rules and colluded to restrict the development of pollution controls for petrol- and diesel-powered automobiles.
In the period from 2006 to 2014, the three companies, including VW’s Audi and Porsche marques, violated antitrust laws and contributed to …

BMW and Daimler to Team Up on €1 Billion Ride-Sharing and Mobility Project

BMW and Daimler to Team Up on €1 Billion Ride-Sharing and Mobility Project

BMW and Mercedes-Benz parent Daimler announced a €1 billion ($1.14 billion) mobility partnership.
The news is an update of the plan announced in March 2018, taking on tech companies such as Uber.
The move on Friday updates the March announcement. Five previously separate ventures will be “meshed” together as the two German …