Report from the New York International Auto Show


NEW YORK — U.S. and foreign automakers are showcasing dozens of new and updated automobiles this week at the New York International Auto Show at the Jacob Javits Center. The show, which dates back more than a century and was previously held at the New York Coliseum, the old Madison Square Garden, and the Grand Central Palace, will run through April 27.
The show highlights the rapidly increasing pace of change …

BMW Introduces X7 SUV, Expands U.S. Production

BMW Introduces X7 SUV, Expands U.S. Production

SPARTANBURG, SOUTH CAROLINA — BMW unveiled plans today to significantly expand its factory in the United States and announced plans for a new larger SUV, the X7.
At a press conference held at the factory, Norbert Reithofer, the chairman of the automaker’s board of management, said that BMW will invest $1 billion in its expansion efforts.
The Munich-based automaker will “expand the plant’s annual production by 50% up to 450,000 vehicles by …

Vote for the 2014 Frequent Business Traveler GlobeRunner Awards

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Voting for the 2014 Frequent Business Traveler GlobeRunner Awards has started, and with it, your opportunity to give credit where credit is due.  Scroll down to place your vote.
Last year, over 105,000 votes were cast.  This year’s stellar field of nominees includes over 100 airlines and alliances, hotels and resorts, and car rental agencies.  We’ve also added three new categories, namely Best Travel Tools and Apps, Best General Travel Blogs, …

Apple Brings iOS to Cars with CarPlay

Apple Brings iOS to Cars with CarPlay

Apple announced CarPlay at the Geneva Auto Show on Monday. Carplay is an in-vehicle touch-based display interface that functions as an extension of a driver’s iPhone.
By connecting an iPhone to the vehicle’s display via a USB cable, drivers can natively access Apple’s maps for navigation, music apps, and make calls or send messages.  Drivers can also access Siri via a voice control button on the steering wheel to control iPhones …

Lobby Bar – February 28: Elite Postal Workers, George Orwell, Stupidphones, and No Coffee, Eh


The Lobby Bar – A Weekly Summary of Frequent Business Traveler News and Views
We are the 25%.  Jeremy Del Nero (greetings) discusses why the majority of frequent travelers are in favor of a congressional ban on in-flight mobile calls.  He also speculates why the 75% seem to be hiding while the 25% are screaming from the rooftops.
15-minute flight.  Jonathan Spira navigates the Austrian Autobahns with the new Google Maps.  Although …

2014 BMW 535d – Review and Road Test


MUNICH—The BMW 5 Series was the first to bear the Bavarian automaker’s then-new numbering scheme, something that is mostly taken for granted today, when it was introduced in 1972.  Until then, BMW used a four-digit numbering scheme that closely matched the engine’s displacement, such as 1500 or 1800.
I first became an admirer of the 5 Series when it entered its fourth generation, something BMW coded internally as “E39.”  It was …

BMW 740Ld to Debut in U.S.

BMW 740Ld to Debut in U.S.

BMW announced the addition of the BMW 740Ld xDrive sedan to its diesel lineup in the United States.  The Bavarian-based automaker currently offers diesel-powered models in the 3 Series and 5 Series as well as in the X5 model range.  The new model is the first diesel to be available in BMW’s flagship 7 Series in the U.S.
The new diesel, available only in the long-wheelbase 7 Series body and with …