News Roundup: VW hires everyone’s favourite personal assistant, Siri

The Cold Start is a round-up of automotive news to get you up to speed in the mornings, because it’s hard keeping pace in a digital traffic jam. Here’s what you missed while you were away.

Hey Siri, congrats on your new gig at VW

Reader Review of the 2018 VW Jetta

2019 VW Jetta Execline

If you’re a Volkswagen Car-Net app subscriber, there’s a compelling new reason to update to the latest IOS system. The app is now down with Siri, meaning you do things like lock and unlock the doors, set interior temperature, check fuel or charge, enable alarms and more, all by yelling at your iPhone. Good hire, VW. Good hire. Here’s what else she can do for you and your VW.

Toyota’s upcoming Corolla gets a new platform and attitude

2020 Toyota Corolla Teaser

2020 Toyota Corolla Teaser

We’ve had but a glimpse of the redone Corolla hatchback, but it was enough to leave us feeling excited and a little more intimidated than we expected. Like, we know it’s a Corolla, but it looks mean. Maybe it’s the black tones. Here’s what we know leading up to its release at the LA Auto show.

These off-road Jaguar F-Types are no indoor kitties

Jaguar Special Vehicle Operations recently put together a pair of off-roading F-Types for the vehicle’s 70th birthday. They look race-ready with roll cages, 40 mm lifts, rally wheels and lights and everything else required to bring them up to FIA spec, which they are, but Jag insists they’re just commemorative and won’t actually be raced. Fine, but can we come to the birthday party?

Volvo can’t keep up to its subscription service demands

2019 Volvo XC40

2019 Volvo XC40

Volvo’s is running out of XC40s thanks to the popularity of its new(ish) subscription service, Care by Volvo. The company exceeded its inaugural sales predictions within the first four months of launching the project, and interest has yet to waiver. Here’s why so many people are jumping at the chance to pay $949 a month to not own a Volvo?

GM to expand its vehicle sharing app to include other auto brands

Maven expands its car-sharing platform to include a peer-to-peer

Maven expands its car-sharing platform to include a peer-to-peer offering that enables owners and eligible lessees to earn money by renting their personal Chevrolet, Buick, GMC or Cadillac car or truck model year 2015 and newer to driving members. The service is available now in beta in Chicago, Detroit and Ann Arbor, Michigan.

GM is doubling down on the sharing economy. Maven, which was launched by the brand in early 2016, currently allows drivers to rent GM vehicles for short-term periods. But soon, users will be able to borrow anything motorized (given its from 2015 or newer) including boats, campers and even lawn mowers, regardless of the make. Got a RV sitting in storage? Let someone else take it to Arizona for the winter and make some extra pocket change, so you can actually afford the gas for it come spring. Read more.

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