First Look:  The New 2021 Lucid Air Luxury Sedan with 517-Mile Range

First Look: The New 2021 Lucid Air Luxury Sedan with 517-Mile Range

by Jonathan Spira

If anyone thinks that the race for the best electric vehicle has been won and that the King of the Hill title has been awarded to Tesla, the conclusion is premature, to say the least.
Lucid Motors unveiled the Air in a coronavirus-friendly online event earlier in the fall, and its …

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Apple CarPlay Gains Enhanced EV Charger Info with ChargePoint Integration

by Kurt Stolz
Apple CarPlay Gains Enhanced EV Charger Info with ChargePoint Integration

ChargePoint, which operates a network of electrical vehicle chargers, announced integration with Apple CarPlay.
“This new integration brings essential EV charging data inside the vehicle,“ ChargePoint said in a statement, calling it a “pivotal step” in the shift to electric mobility.
The action adds new EV charging data to Apple’s in-vehicle infotainment …

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Traveling for Thanksgiving? ‘Don’t’ Says the CDC

by Paul Riegler
Traveling for Thanksgiving? ‘Don’t’ Says the CDC

Citing the rise in new cases and deaths from Covid-19, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urged Americans not to travel for the Thanksgiving holiday.
The “CDC is recommending against travel during the Thanksgiving period,” said Dr. Henry Walke, its Covid-19 incident manager. 
There is “no more important time than …

BMW to Shift Engine Production to Austria and England as German Plants Go Electric

by Kurt Stolz
BMW to Shift Engine Production to Austria and England as German Plants Go Electric

BMW announced Wednesday that it plans to retool all of its German factories to build electric cars, rather than just gasoline, diesel and plug-in hybrid powertrains.
The Bavarian automaker said that it will invest €400 million to retool its Munich factory to produce electric vehicles and components while shifting the manufacture …

As College Students Travel Home, Here Are 5 Tips for a Safe Visit

by Anna Breuer
As College Students Travel Home, Here Are 5 Tips for a Safe Visit

In past years, it was generally assumed that college students would cross over the river and perhaps through the woods to return to their parents’ homes.   This year, amidst a raging pandemic, the visit presents all parties with a series of daunting challenges, namely how to ensure to the extent …

GM Picks Current Delta CFO as new Chief Financial Officer

by Kurt Stolz
GM Picks Current Delta CFO as new Chief Financial Officer

General Motors announced the appointment of Paul Jacobson to the position of executive vice president and chief financial officer.  The appointment is effective December 1, 2020.
Mr. Jacobson is currently the chief financial officer at Delta Air Lines, the world’s second largest airline by passengers carried, and has been with the …

Road Test and Review: Apple CarPlay iOS 14 – Siri Makeover and Speed Camera Warnings

by Jonathan Spira
Road Test and Review: Apple CarPlay iOS 14 – Siri Makeover and Speed Camera Warnings

Apple recently released the latest version of its mobile operating system, iOS 14, which includes significant updates to Apple CarPlay, Apple’s in-vehicle infotainment system that functions as an extension of a driver’s iPhone.
We tested the latest version of Apple CarPlay over the course of a month with an Apple iPhone …

Review and Test Drive: The 2020 Mercedes-Benz C 63 AMG S Cabriolet is On Fire

by Jonathan Spira
Review and Test Drive:  The 2020 Mercedes-Benz C 63 AMG S Cabriolet is On Fire

The 2020 Mercedes-Benz C 63 AMG S Cabriolet is a supercar for all seasons, one that can be driven top up or top down, regardless of the weather.  It brings this range of performance to the under $100,000 class with excellent comfort and head turning design.
Need one say more?
Indeed, let …

Buick Brings Back Storied ‘Electra’ Nameplate for EV Concept Car

by Paul Riegler
Buick Brings Back Storied ‘Electra’ Nameplate for EV Concept Car

General Motors’ Buick division resurrected the storied Electra nameplate for a concept electric SUV introduced in China this week.
The Electra nameplate was used on a series of full-size petrol- and diesel-powered luxury models from 1959 through 1990.
The concept car, designed in Shanghai at GM’s Pan Asia Technical Automotive Center, was …

VW Debuts 2021 ID.4 Electric SUV

by Paul Riegler
VW Debuts 2021 ID.4 Electric SUV

Volkswagen launched and began production of the ID.4 compact SUV, the automaker said Thursday.
The ID.4 is the second model in the beleaguered automaker’s planned family of electric vehicles that will make up the majority of its lineup across the globe. The new SUV is built on VW’s modular MEB platform …

California Pulls the Plug on Sales of Gasoline-Powered Cars

by Paul Riegler
California Pulls the Plug on Sales of Gasoline-Powered Cars

The state of California will effectively ban the sale of gasoline-powered automobiles by the year 2035 as it attempts to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions by encouraging drivers to switch to electric vehicles.
Governor Gavin Newsome issued an executive order Wednesday that bans the sale of new petrol-powered vehicles in trucks …

Review and Test Drive: 2020 Lexus LS 500 F Sport AWD

by Jonathan Spira
Review and Test Drive:  2020 Lexus LS 500 F Sport AWD

We last looked at Lexus’ flagship LS in standard LS and LS Hybrid guise late last year and this summer turned our sights towards their more powerful sibling, the LS 500 F Sport AWD.
Now in its fifth generation, the original Lexus LS, launched in the same year that the marque …

Lucid Air Electric Luxury Sedan with 517-Mile Range Revealed in Silicon Valley

by Paul Riegler
Lucid Air Electric Luxury Sedan with 517-Mile Range Revealed in Silicon Valley

Lucid Motors launched its first vehicle, the Lucid Air, on Wednesday, which was also World EV Day.
The Air, built on the automaker’s LEAP or Lucid Electric Advanced Platform, will have an industry-leading range of 517 miles (832 kilometers) with the extended-range option.  The launch edition – dubbed the Lucid Air …

Why You Won’t Find Any Labor Day Blowout Sales for Cars and Appliances This Year

by Paul Riegler
Why You Won’t Find Any Labor Day Blowout Sales for Cars and Appliances This Year

Labor Day. One’s thoughts run to barbecues, beach, and blowout sales at appliance stores and car dealerships.
Something is missing, however, this year, namely those loud, boisterous commercials by car dealers and appliance salesmen touting never-before-seen savings.  As a result, car and appliance buyers are in for a disappointment.
In recent months, car …