Report from Detroit – Highlights from the 2016 North American International Auto Show

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DETROIT— The North American International Auto Show remains one of the most important auto shows of the automotive industry. Every year the show 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 11 and 12, followed by two industry preview days and a charity day.
The …

BMW and Nissan Announce EV Charging Station Networks in 19 States

BMW and Nissan Announce EV Charging Station Networks in 19 States

BMW and Nissan announced plans to jointly launch a network of dual-port fast chargers across the nation to support Nissan Leaf and BMW i3 owners in 19 states.
The two automakers have installed 120 dual-port 50kW DC Fast-charging stations and hope to promote the adoption of electric vehicles with the promise of easier public access to charging stations. The charging stations are being managed by Greenlots, a company that specializes in …

Lobby Bar – November 20: Eating Glass, Voice-Controlled Eurodance, and Never Drink Tea Alone


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Heavy lifting. Jonathan Spira checks out the Delta One private check-in experience at LAX. The staff at Delta One handled everything from taking care of Spira’s boarding pass to checking any luggage he had. We can’t wait for Delta Two, which is said to be staffed by bodybuilders who will literally carry you wherever you want to go and …

BMW Introduces 2 New Art Car Artists at Guggenheim

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In the presence of the first BMW Art Car, painted by Alexander Calder, and French racecar driver Hervé Poulain, who first thought of the idea of inviting an artist to use an automobile as a canvas, BMW made public the names of the two artists who will be creating the 18th and 19th BMW Art Cars, at an event in the rotunda of the Guggenheim Museum in New York City …

Lobby Bar – October 2: Yelling at Siri, Another Airline Breakup, and Inventing Holidays


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They’re g-r-r-reat! Did you get your free coffee on national coffee day? Check out our article for costume ideas, which include Tony the Tiger, on how to fool the cashier into thinking you haven’t yet received your free cup of coffee. You’ll shake with excitement – or maybe it’s just the caffeine.
Faded and jaded. Jonathan Spira …

The Future of Diesel in America: Has Volkswagen Finally Done What GM Couldn’t?


It was 1981 in America, and diesel was in its heyday. Sales of diesel-powered automobiles that year reached 520,788 (out of roughly 6.5 million), and 60% of those came from General Motors. These included the General’s biggest sedans, the Cadillac Fleetwood and Sedan de Ville, the Buick Electra and LeSabre, and the Oldsmobile 98 and 88.
Buyers, shell shocked from the oil crises of the 1970s, were putting up with the …

2015 BMW i3 – Road Test and Review

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Although clearly a Bimmer, the BMW i3 isn’t only different from any BMW that’s come before but it’s also different from almost every car currently on the road. Its appearance is polarizing: “stubby,” “futuristic,” and “tall” were the comments we heard frequently while it was in our short-term fleet for close to two weeks.
George Jetson, your car is ready!
The BMW i3 with optional range extender is built on an aluminum …