January 2017

Senate Confirms Trump’s Pick for Transportation Secretary

January 31, 2017 // 0 Comments

The U.S. Senate voted ninety-three to six to confirm Elaine Chao as transportation secretary on Tuesday. Chao, a former labor secretary and deputy transportation secretary, will face familiar issues while providing oversight on some new obstacles — specifically, autonomous vehicles and upholding President Trump’s promise to improve the nation’s infrastructure.  However, during her confirmation hearing […]

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For Two, No More: Mercedes-Benz Delves Further Into ‘Mobility’ With Car2Go Sharing Service

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Daimler AG’s Car2Go has been a great way for the company to dump Smart Fortwos on urban areas and turn a profit while the itty-bitty city car’s popularity wanes. However, with only the single small offering, Car2Go is the only vehicle-sharing service that forces subscribers to decide which of their two children will have to be […]

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The Chevrolet Spark EV Is, Not Surprisingly, Dead

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There might be more than a few empty chairs at the Chevrolet Spark EV’s funeral, as the diminutive electric didn’t exactly inflame the passions of the buying public. The Detroit News reports that production of the electrified model ended this past summer, though General Motors only saw fit to mention it last week. Apparently, the […]

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No Fixed Abode: One Hundred And Thirteen Pounds Of Pain

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It’s one of those mysteries that’s really only mysterious to people who don’t understand the American auto market: Why didn’t Mazda bring us the NB-generation coupe? And why didn’t they make a true NC coupe at all? The answer, of course, is very simple. The United States is a big place with unique regulations. If […]

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Audi to Dealers: Wean Yourselves Off Incentives and Get Ready to Push EVs

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Along with the rest of Volkswagen AG, Audi has made plans to invest heavily into electric vehicles. The company expects EVs to comprise 25 percent of its U.S. sales by 2025 and is devoting the e-tron moniker to an entire division of electrified models, with the first arriving next year. Addressing the J.D. Power Summit at this year’s National […]

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Ram 1500 Spotted with Four-cylinder, Internet Goes Wild

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Spy shots are circulating that show a current-generation Ram 1500 pickup with something missing under the hood. The picture on the side of the milk carton contains at least two cylinders, as this unusual Ram variant has dispensed with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ familiar V6 and V8 engines. Yup, this Ram packs an inline-four. Sitting low […]

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Soul Gets a Mate? Kia All But Confirms a Niro EV

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Kia’s new hybrid crossover, the Niro, should expect a sister model that dispenses with fossil fuel altogether. A Kia official has implied that an all-electric version of the model is coming, joining a vehicle that arrives this spring in hybrid form, with a plug-in version on the way. By offering a Niro EV, Kia would […]

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Volkswagen’s Ex-compliance Chief Will Receive a Minimum $12 Million Severance, plus Pension

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Christine Hohmann-Dennhardt, Volkswagen’s outgoing compliance chief, will receive at least $12 million for her time with the company — with the possibility for as much as $16.1 million (15 million euros). Hohmann-Dennhardt, who was brought on to get VW through its messy emissions crisis, was canned by the automaker last week. The company attributed the “amicable” split […]

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QOTD: Are Speed Limits (Finally) Where They Should Be?

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The Interstate Highway System is pretty much set in stone (or concrete and asphalt, to be exact), so there’s little hope of more driving engagement for bored motorists who long for a few twisties during their long-distance slogs. Governments can raise or lower speed limits, but they sure can’t do much to alleviate boredom. In […]

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2017 Cadillac CT6 3.0TT Review – Big Car, Big Money, Big Power

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Whether the 2017 Cadillac CT6 is the Cadillac you want, surely the CT6 is what you want Cadillac to be. It’s not unreasonable to consider yourself a candidate for the Cadillac you can most easily afford: the ATS. But what does the ATS say about Cadillac; what image does it present? Odds are the SRX-replacing […]

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