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


Lobby Bar – A Compelling Compendium of FBT News and Views, Sponsored by the Pope
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 …

Audi, BMW, Daimler to Buy Nokia’s Digital Mapping Service

Audi, BMW, Daimler to Buy Nokia’s Digital Mapping Service

Audi, BMW, and Daimler, three of Germany’s largest luxury automakers, will purchase Finnish communications company Nokia’s digital mapping service, Nokia Here, for approximately €2.5 billion ($2.71 billion).
The news was first reported in Manager Magazin, which said that the deal is likely to close by the end of the month.
Nokia’s high-definition real-time digital map data is essential to the development of self-driving vehicles and other driver assistance systems.
After the transaction has …

Lobby Bar – July 17: The Transcontinental Aqueduct, Music to your Earplugs, and Citrus Drama


Lobby Bar – An Off-the-Wall Summary of FBT News and Views 
Lime disease. Paul Riegler discusses the final stages on the American Airlines and US Airways merger.  Despite the long-fought battle, when confronted with the ever-important question of how it will slice its limes, American and US Airways couldn’t handle the pressure and decided to dissolve both companies.
Empty pocketed. Jesse Sokolow wants to make sure you travel safely this summer, and …

2015 BMW 228i Convertible – Review and Road Test

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June means one thing in my book: droptop season. No sooner had the calendar turned and Memorial Day passed than convertibles and roadsters began their pilgrimage to the Frequent Business Traveler garage. One of the first in line was a Glacier Silver Metallic BMW 228i Convertible (Cabrio in its home market), the ragtop version of the new two-door 2 Series that replaced the two-door 1 Series (BMW now reserves even …

Lobby Bar – June 12: Nintendo’s First Car, How to Fly For Free, and Dessert With Obama


Lobby Bar – An on Steroids Summary of FBT News and Views
Tony, who?  The 69th Tony Awards took place last weekend in New York City where “Fun Home” and “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” each took home five awards.  FBT editor Paul Riegler also received an award for seeing each play 25 times… come to think of it, the “award” was actually a restraining order.
Friendsidentialness.  President …