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Report from Detroit – Highlights from the 2018 North American International Auto Show

DETROIT—The North American International Auto Show remains one of the most important auto shows of the automotive industry. Year by year, it kicks off the international car show calendar and is followed by major events in Europe and Asia. The show is held at the Cobo Center in Detroit and starts with two press days on January 15 and 16. After two industry preview days and a charity day, the …

Toyota to (Finally) Add Apple CarPlay Support, Starting with 2019 Avalon

Toyota to (Finally) Add Apple CarPlay Support, Starting with 2019 Avalon

DETROIT—Starting with the all-new fifth generation mid-size Avalon model, revealed at the North American International Auto Show, Toyota will offer support for Apple CarPlay in its vehicles.
Apple CarPlay is an in-vehicle touch-based display interface that functions as an extension of a driver’s iPhone.
Virtually every car manufacturer offers select vehicles that support CarPlay, including Acura, Aston Martin, Audi, BMW, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Citroën, Fiat, Ford, Honda, Jeep, Lincoln, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, …

Germany’s New Berlin-Munich Inter-City-Express Sprinter Begins Operations

Germany’s New Berlin-Munich Inter-City-Express Sprinter Begins Operations

MUNICH—Germany’s long-planned high-speed intercity train that transports passengers between Berlin and Munich in four hours went into service Sunday.
The Deutsche Bahn’s Inter-City-Express Sprinter train departs both cities three times a day for the 387-mile (623-kilometer) journey. Normal intercity trains take six hours to cover the same route.
The Deutsche Bahn hopes to lure travelers who would normally use air transport with the faster train.
Plans for the Inter-City-Express Sprinter …

The 2017 Guide to the Best Christmas Markets in Austria, Belgium, Germany, and the United Kingdom

MUNICH—You haven’t truly experienced Christmas unless you’ve been to a Christmas market in Europe. They can be found in every major city and town in many European countries and the best are found in Austria, Belgium, Germany, and the United Kingdom.
At every market you’ll find stalls stocked with fine handmade traditional holiday crafts and stocking stuffers along with food and drink including beautifully decorated Lebkuchen, a gingerbread-like baked Christmas treat.
Indeed, …

Lufthansa Inaugurates New York-Berlin Service

Lufthansa Inaugurates New York-Berlin Service

MUNICH—Lufthansa announced the start of non-stop service between New York City and Berlin.
The move follows the demise of Air Berlin, which previously operated the route. Lufthansa discontinued service between the two cities in 2001.
Lufthansa will operate the flight five times a week, on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, using an Airbus A330-300 aircraft.
The A330-300s that will be used on the route are equipped with 236 seats, including eight suites …

Photo Essay: Auf Wiedersehen, Air Berlin!

MUNICH—Air Berlin, which was founded as a U.S. company based in Oregon in 1978 to operate charter flights in and out of West Berlin, flew its final flight on October 28 after almost 40 years of plying the skies.
After the reunification of Germany, the airline was acquired by Joachim Hunold, a former German leisure airline LTU executive. It became a low-cost long-haul carrier in 2007 after acquiring LTU, and evolved into …

Air Berlin to Exit Oneworld Alliance

Air Berlin to Exit Oneworld Alliance

MUNICH—The oneworld alliance announced on Tuesday that Air Berlin will end its relationship with the alliance along with its affiliate Niki, a low-cost carrier headquartered in Vienna.
The Berlin-based airline “will cease participating in the oneworld alliance with effect from the close of business on 27 October 2017,” the alliance said in a written statement.
The move follows the German carrier’s filing for insolvency over the summer.
Air Berlin’s departure will remove 12 …