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Auf Wiedersehen BMW i3, Volvo Wagons, and Toyota Land Cruiser: Cars That Won’t Be Returning for 2022

As the New Year approaches, we can look back at the many new cars that were introduced over the course of 2021, ranging from the BMW iX, the Ford Mustang Mach-E, and the Mercedes-Benz EQS, while making note of the many models that have been discontinued over the past year or so.
What follows is a list of vehicles whose demise has been officially announced by the manufacturer.  Indeed, the automotive …

Apple Introduces Enhanced Maps to CarPlay In-Vehicle Infotainment System

Apple released the latest version its Apple CarPlay Maps app Monday.  CarPlay is Apple’s in-vehicle infotainment system that functions as an extension of a driver’s iPhone.
The update is included in the release of iOS 15.2.
With the upgrade, CarPlay Maps gains enhanced detail for multiple cities including London, Los Angeles, New York, and the San Francisco Bay Area.
The updated maps gain road details such as turn lanes, medians, taxi lanes, bike …

Apple AirTags Linked to Auto Thefts

Authorities in Canada are warning that car thieves are using Apple AirTags to track and steal highly-desirable vehic
Authorities in Canada are warning that car thieves are using Apple AirTags to track and steal highly-desirable vehicles.
Police officials in York, a large district in Toronto, issued a news release warning of the trend, saying they had uncovered at least five vehicles stolen via this method since September.
“Investigators with the York Regional Police …

Ford, GM, Mercedes Among 6 Automakers and 30 Countries in Glasgow Pledging a Zero-Emissions Future

Six automakers and 30 countries pledged, at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, to move to eliminate the production of new gasoline- and diesel-powered automobiles by 2040. While the list includes such major automakers as Ford, General Motors, Mercedes-Benz, and Volvo, as well as countries such as Britain, Canada, India, Norway, Poland, Sweden, and the Netherlands, the compendium of companies that either abstained or did not pledge was …

Hertz Orders 100,000 Cars from Tesla, Will Rent 50,000 to Uber Drivers

Hertz Global Holdings announced plans to purchase 100,000 Tesla electric vehicles and later said it will rent 50,000 of them to Uber drivers.
The rental giant, which declared bankruptcy at the start of the pandemic in 2020, said it is making a substantial investment in an electric-vehicle fleet as well as charging infrastructure.  Hertz exited Chapter 11 in June.
The move is intended to give a post-bankruptcy Hertz a high-tech fleet and …

The 2021 Frankfurt Auto Show? It’s Now in Munich

Things were different at the biennial Internationale Automobil-Ausstellung, aka the Frankfurt Auto Show, this year.  For one thing, the IAA is now known as IAA Mobility.  It’s also not just about cars anymore, but covers everything from bikes to e-scooters to automobiles.  Oh, and it’s no longer in Frankfurt but rather in Munich.
In short, this is not your father’s IAA.
The show is the automotive industry’s first international event since the …

Amidst Chip Shortage, Car Dealers Skip Labor Day Blowout Sales For a Second Year in a Row

A classic Labor Day tradition is slowly disappearing.  Last year, car dealers and appliance stores eschewed the loud, boisterous commercials touting never-before-seen savings.  That’s because there would be no Labor Day sales events.
Car dealers last year didn’t need to clear out the previous year’s models because the industry was recovering from the early pandemic-related shutdowns in the spring, leaving little on the lot.  Meanwhile, major appliance buyers were waiting up …