Recently, the White House issued a statement announcing a 5% tariff on all Mexican imports that goes into effect on June 10, 2019. After that date, the White House will increase the tariffs to 10% on July 1, 2019, and then increase them an additional 5% on the first day of each month for the next three months, up to 25%. The tariffs will stay at 25% until Mexico decreases illegal immigration coming through its borders. These tariffs will heavily affect cars made in Mexico.(more…)
Much like an extended family getting together for the holidays, we try to avoid talking about politics on this blog at all costs.
We like to keep the focus on exciting new cars that are coming soon, or helping shoppers get the best deal on cars. Of course, we also love showcasing the best in car culture and analyzing changing trends.
Sometimes, though, a political development comes along that forces us to talk politics, because it affects car shoppers around the entire country. Today is one of those days. Continue reading >>>
What’s a parking garage without charging stations?
In San Francisco I could roll into a downtown garage, plug in, and go about my day. Here in my Washington State home, I’ve been parking at a downtown garage, but there are no charging stations to be found on the entire 6-floor structure. Could mine be the only electric car that parks there?
Unlikely. But the lack of chargers illustrates a potential problem that could be just around the corner as nearly every major automaker plans new electric cars in the coming years. That’s supposed to be a huge move forward for our environment, but there are some unanswered questions that need to be addressed:
Where will we charge these cars, and where will the electricity come from? Continue reading >>>
Those are words you might need to get used to hearing, as the possibility of a sale of Chrysler’s parent to a Chinese automaker has become very real.
Sergio Marchionne, CEO of FCA, has made it clear he’s looking to partner with another automaker. General Motors and Ford have both denied him, and now the auto exec is taking suitors from overseas. In fact, he has reportedly received and rejected one bid from a Chinese automaker, but that has opened the door to the possibility of receiving an acceptable offer for an outright takeover. Continue reading >>>
Drinking while driving is rightfully forbidden.
Texting while driving is equally dangerous and against the law nearly everywhere.
But how far should a state go in regulating what a driver may legally do behind the wheel? The state of Washington is testing those limits and has banned some pretty shocking activities while driving, and its citizens aren’t happy.
Who among us has ever enjoyed a coffee while driving? Or scarfed down a quick meal while on the way to a meeting or between errands? Ladies, have you ever applied makeup or even just a quick dab of mascara before arriving at work?
Those activities, or even just taking a sip of water to quench your thirst on a sweltering afternoon drive, are now illegal in Washington. Continue reading >>>
BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Audi are symbols of success and prestige.
Owning one is a goal more people are realizing, as BMW sold more than 2.3 million cars last year. Mercedes-Benz was just behind at about 2.2 million, while Audi unloaded some 1.8 million vehicles.
BMW builds its SUVs right here in the States, and Mercedes-Benz has a manufacturing plant in Alabama. Needless to say, German automakers contribute a fair share to the American economy, and well-off car buyers are taking home their wares in record numbers.
Yet the U.S. president is not happy and has vowed to block the “very bad” Germans from exporting cars to our country.
Are you willing to risk safety to save 6.5 minutes of travel time?
Speed limits on highways across this great country range between 55 and 85 miles per hour depending on the size, location, and congestion of the highway. Lower limits are typically reserved for winding two-lane country highways while the 80-mph jaunts are reserved for four-lane rural Interstates.
While the nationwide 55-mph limit is long gone, some states still hang onto the lower limits in the name of safety and efficiency. Others, such as Nevada, Idaho, Texas, Montana, and more, are pushing limits up to 85 miles per hour. Continue reading >>>
The Jaguar E-Type, dubbed “the most beautiful car ever made” by none other than Enzo Ferrari, has nonetheless enjoyed a rocky legacy. For all the praise its styling receives, the car has continued to be remembered as a reliability nightmare. In the 1976 film, “The Gumball Rally,” the Jaguar E-Type entrant fails to start (and, thus, never crosses the starting line). And in one of the most memorable episodes of AMC’s “Mad Men,” a character attempts suicide via carbon monoxide poisoning. However, in keeping with the show’s often dark humor, the attempt ultimately fails thanks to a Jaguar E-Type that won’t start. Continue reading >>>
As part of a settlement with the federal government over its diesel emissions scandal, Volkswagen will help electrify the United States of America by building charging stations and investing $2 billion in electric transportation over the next decade.
And you thought the company would get off with a slap on the wrist.
The federal government saw an opportunity to turn the scandal into something positive and ordered VW to contribute to the next generation of transportation. This could be exactly the kind of jumpstart that electric cars need, because it could conceivably allow EVs to embark on cross-country road trips without fear of running out of electrons somewhere in the middle of Wyoming.
Not that Wyoming will get a lot of attention in the project. California, not surprisingly, will benefit from some pretty major investment. The Golden State currently has more EV drivers than any other, which explains the high concentration of investment there.
In response to the court order, Volkswagen created a subsidiary called Electrify America, which will make four $500 million investments separated by 30-month periods over the next 10 years. Continue reading >>>