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It’s Time to Put Winter Tires on Your Car

In many European countries, the advent of late fall or winter is a signal for drivers to switch to winter tires on their vehicles, where it’s understood to be as important as setting the clock to Winter Time.
Indeed, having winter tires on your vehicle is required by law starting in November in Germany, yet it’s a forgotten practice in most parts of the United States because so many vehicles come …

Review and Test Drive: 2019 Jaguar F-Type SVR

Jaguar’s most powerful and muscular offering, the F-Type SVR, combines high performance with striking design. It’s separated from its lesser F-Type brethren –  those with a mere 550 horses under the hood – with a 575-horsepower 5.0-liter V-8 paired to an eight speed automatic and all-wheel drive.
The F-Type has been offered by Jaguar since 2013 (there was a minor update in 2017) and is the spiritual successor – but not the …

Tokyo Motor Show’s ‘Open Future’ Highlights EVs and Wild Concept Cars

The biennial Tokyo Motor Show is a showcase of the automobile industry’s wish list for futuristic technology, and was the first Tokyo show without a major figure in the Japanese auto industry, former Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn, who was arrested in 2018 for financial misconduct, a charge he has denied.
Held at the Tokyo Big Sight convention center on the shores of Tokyo Bay, the show opens to the public on …

Study: Pedestrian Detection Tech Works, but Has a Long Way to Go

A new study found that, as pedestrian fatalities are increasing dramatically, driver-assistance technology designed to detect and avoid pedestrians has made significant technological gains.
The study, conducted by the Automobile Association of America, found that these systems, which incorporate automatic emergency braking, still have a long way to go to reliably detect people in the path of an automobile.
The non-profit tested four 2019 model-year cars – a Chevrolet Malibu, a Honda …

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 der Automobilindustrie, Germany’s auto industry association, at a press event last week.
BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Porsche are showcasing high-end electric vehicles …

Review: What’s New in Apple CarPlay in iOS 13

Apple CarPlay, first introduced five years ago at the 2014 Geneva Auto Show, is turning five and Apple has some major changes in store for it with the launch of iOS 13.
If you’re not familiar with Apple CarPlay, it is an in-vehicle touch-based display interface that functions as an extension of a driver’s iPhone.
While CarPlay has evolved considerably with the addition of new features and system improvements, the launch of …

Let’s Motor: Mini Turns 60

It was a fixture in spy films of the 1960s and 1970s, including the classic 1969 film “The Italian Job,” starring Michael Caine. It was featured in what was one of the most memorable scenes in the film “The Bourne Identity,” released in 2002, where Matt Damon playing the amnesiac assassin Jason Bourne drives a battered one through Paris to evade the police and CIA.
It, of course, is the classic …