Consumer Reports has released their list of the 10 best vehicles for 2020

Five Toyota (including their Lexus luxury brand), two Subaru, a Honda, a Kia, and a Tesla.

Tesla is the only American brand to make it onto the CR list. Sadly, the only EV to make the list is the Tesla Model 3.

Under US$25,000
Small Car: Toyota Corolla

US$25,000 – US$35,000
Small SUV: Subaru Forester
Hybrid: Toyota Prius
Midsized Sedan: Subaru Legacy

US$35,000 – US$45,000
Large Sedan: Toyota Avalon
Mid-sized, Three-Row SUV: Kia Telluride
Compact Pickup Truck: Honda Ridgeline

US$45,000 – US$55,000
Mid-sized SUV: Lexus RX
Sports Car: Toyota Supra
Electric Car: Tesla Model 3

The whole article is available on the Consumer Reports site.

The cheapest and most-expensive vehicles to maintain and repair over a decade

Jim Gorzelany »

The 15 most-expensive vehicles to maintain and repair over a 10-year period, as estimated by YourMechanic.com:

  1. Porsche 911 sports coupe/convertible: $19,600.
  2. BMW 640i Gran Coupe midsize sports sedan: $15,700.
  3. BMW M4 high-performance luxury sports coupe/convertible: $14,900.
  4. Lincoln MKS large luxury sedan: $14,600.
  5. Infiniti Q45 large luxury sedan: $13,900.
  6. Audi A4 Allroad quattro crossover wagon: $13,700.
  7. Porsche 718 Boxster two-seat roadster: $13,700.
  8. Audi A4 Quattro midsize luxury sedan: $12,950.
  9. Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG S compact luxury sports sedan: $12,800.
  10. Dodge Grand Caravan minivan: $12,700.
  11. Chevrolet Impala full-size sedan: $12,600.
  12. Acura TL midsize luxury sedan: $12,600.
  13. Ford Mustang sports coupe/convertible: $12,550.
  14. Subaru Forester crossover SUV: $12,450.
  15. Volkswagen Passat midsize sedan: $11,700.

And these are the cheapest models to maintain and repair for a decade’s ownership, according to YourMechanic.com:

  1. Toyota Yaris subcompact hatchback: $3,289.
  2. Toyota Corolla compact sedan/hatchback: $3,247.
  3. Toyota Camry midsize sedan: $3,499.
  4. Honda Fit subcompact hatchback: $3,673.
  5. Honda Civic compact sedan/coupe/hatchback: $3,774.
  6. Scion xB compact wagon: $3,952.
  7. Nissan Versa subcompact sedan: $3,992.
  8. Honda CR-V compact crossover SUV: $4,030.
  9. Kia Rio subcompact sedan/hatchback: $4,112.
  10. Chevrolet Spark subcompact hatchback: $4,189.
  11. Hyundai Sonata midsize sedan: $4,199.
  12. Ford Edge midsize crossover SUV: $4,293.
  13. Kia Soul subcompact wagon: $4,353.
  14. Mitsubishi Mirage subcompact sedan: $4,375.
  15. Subaru Impreza subcompact sedan/hatchback: $4,462.

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No more petrol cars on Brussels streets by 2035

Sarah Johansson, writing in the The Brussels Times »

The Brussels government has adopted the definitive version of its Climate plan.

The Climate plan will phase out the use of diesel by 2030 and the use of petrol by 2035 at the latest.

The previous government created a low-emission zone, which includes areas in all the Brussels communes. The progressive ban of the highest-polluting diesel and petrol vehicles between now and 2025 is currently underway.

To achieve this, the Brussels government has committed to “setting new benchmarks for the LEZ for all types of vehicle for 2025-2035” next year. “While working with stakeholders and any affected professional sectors. We will be taking into account the social, economic and budget impact and the alternative technologies available,” a spokes person said.

The Brussels government also plans “to add motorcycles to the LEZ rules, which are currently not included for operational reasons. A ban of the highest-polluting motorcycles will be added in 2022.”

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Amsterdam is cutting car access in the city centre, and expanding public transit

Fearbus O’Sullivan, writing in Citylab »

In an effort to ease this clash of mobility modes and achieve its ultimate goal of becoming a “car-free city,” Amsterdam Alderperson (as members of the municipal legislature are called) Sharon Dijksma* announced a host of new measures last week designed to make it harder for motorists to use at least ten central streets as through-routes, using one-way systems, roadway narrowing, and barriers. To further encourage drivers to give up their keys, the city also announced plans to open the Amsterdam Metro all night on weekends starting in 2021, and to make all weekend transit free for children under 12 in the same year. Meanwhile, City Hall is already mulling a more sweeping plan—not just to restrict through-traffic, but to ban it altogether.

The city boasts an ambitious slate of car-mitigation goals, including a ban on all gas- and diesel- powered cars in the city by 2030. Part of that push might involve encouraging drivers to switch to electric vehicles, but aspirations to a zero-emissions future—and solutions to the logistical complications of creating a charging network for an expanded electric fleet—are going to be far easier to realize with significantly fewer private vehicles on the road.

The tools Amsterdam is using to build its car-free future don’t require huge amounts of disruption or cost. Key among these is what the Dutch call a “cut” (knip in Dutch). This involves simply putting up barriers that close off a short strip of a long street; most of the street can still be accessed for deliveries, pick-ups, and drop-offs, but it’s no longer good as a route across town.

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German court rules city can ban older diesel cars

This places another nail in the diesel engine coffin. Following the VW diesel scandal, demand for diesel powered vehicles in Europe has plummeted.

Reuters:

German cities can ban the most heavily polluting diesel cars from their streets, a court ruled on Tuesday, a move likely to accelerate a shift away from the combustion engine and force manufacturers to pay to improve exhaust systems.

The court said Stuttgart, which styles itself the birthplace of the modern automobile and is home to Mercedes-maker Daimler, should consider gradually imposing a year-round ban for older diesel models, while Duesseldorf should also think about curbs.

Stuttgart is also the home of Porsche.