Study Shows Which Car Windows to Roll Down to Keep Covid at Bay

Study Shows Which Car Windows to Roll Down to Keep Covid at Bay

by Kurt Stolz

The interior of a passenger car represents an elevated risk of coronavirus transmission and drivers and passengers have long since been told to roll down the windows to keep aerosols and droplets at bay.
But which windows should one lower, especially if one doesn’t wish to have all four down?
A new …

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Review and Test Drive: 2021 Cadillac XT6 Sport Platinum

by Jonathan Spira
Review and Test Drive: 2021 Cadillac XT6 Sport Platinum

The Cadillac XT6 is the largest vehicle in the automaker’s XT series, which offers three crossovers that include the smaller XT5 and XT4.   The only vehicle Cadillac offers that is larger than the XT6 is the Escalade.
Introduced at the 2019 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, the seven-seater went …

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Ford Accelerates Move to All-Electric in Europe with $1 Billion Investment

by Kurt Stolz
Ford Accelerates Move to All-Electric in Europe with $1 Billion Investment

Automaker to Phase Out Internal Combustion Engines in Passenger Cars by 2030
The Ford Motor Company announced Wednesday that all of its passenger cars and light trucks in Europe would be electric vehicles by 2030 and, as an intermediate step, either zero-emissions capable, all electric, or plug-in hybrid by 2026.
In addition, …

Jaguar, Land Rover Plan to Offer All-Electric Lineup, Phase Out Conventional Powertrains

by Paul Riegler
Jaguar, Land Rover Plan to Offer All-Electric Lineup, Phase Out Conventional Powertrains

UK automaker Jaguar Land Rover announced a major shift towards electric vehicles.
The company, owned by India’s Tata Motors, said it would invest £3.5 billion  ($4.85 billion) in the move towards the electrification of its lineup. 
Jaguar will offer only electric vehicles as of the 2025 model year, while Land Rover …

Mercedes-Benz to Recall 1.3 Million Vehicles That Could Send Inaccurate Location in Emergencies

by Anna Breuer
Mercedes-Benz to Recall 1.3 Million Vehicles That Could Send Inaccurate Location in Emergencies

Mercedes-Benz said it would recall some 1.3 million vehicles in the United States because its eCall emergency collision notification system could dispatch emergency responders to the wrong location.
The recall involves vehicles manufactured from 2016 to 2021 and will fix an issue with the communication module in the eCall system where …

General Motors Reports $6.4 Billion Profit Despite Pandemic

by Paul Riegler
General Motors Reports $6.4 Billion Profit Despite Pandemic

General Motors announced financial results for the calendar year 2020.
The nation’s largest automaker reported a profit of $6.4 billion in the period, a small decline from the prior year.  The company said that brisk sales of sport-utility vehicles and light trucks in the second half of the year offset the …

Toyota, Lexus Debut New Tools that Support Online Sales Without a Visit to the Dealership

by Paul Riegler
Toyota, Lexus Debut New Tools that Support Online Sales Without a Visit to the Dealership

As the coronavirus pandemic continues people’s shopping habits, Toyota and Lexus unveiled the next iterations of their respective online retail experiences.
Both are designed to give a car buyer as much control over how much interaction he has with the dealership in the course of selecting and buying a new automobile.
Lexus …

CDC to Require Masks on All Public Transportation

by Kurt Stolz
CDC to Require Masks on All Public Transportation

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said late Friday that masks will be required on nearly all forms of public transportation.
The rule goes into effect at 11:59 p.m. Monday and effectively reverses a Trump administration policy.  It applies any and all forms of public transportation, including buses, trains, …

Get Ready for a Brighter Future: On Cars, It’s No Longer ‘Any Color So Long As It’s Black’

by Kurt Stolz
Get Ready for a Brighter Future:  On Cars, It’s No Longer ‘Any Color So Long As It’s Black’

If you drive a bright red automobile, you’re in the minority, something that is clearly in evidence in a sea of black and white and grey vehicles that line American streets.
Indeed, buyers overwhelmingly choose black or white vehicles over other more lively choices, even though the choice of paint color …

GM to Phase Out Gasoline- and Diesel-Powered Vehicles Globally By 2035 in Favor of EVs

by Kurt Stolz
GM to Phase Out Gasoline- and Diesel-Powered Vehicles Globally By 2035 in Favor of EVs

General Motors said it would phase out gasoline- and diesel-powered vehicles on a global basis by the year 2035.
The move, disclosed in a social-media post on Twitter Thursday morning by its CEO Mary Barra, would eliminate vehicles that run on fossil fuels.
“We are all in on electrification, and our commitment …

Review and Test Drive: 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer AWD RS

by Jonathan Spira
Review and Test Drive:  2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer AWD RS

If you’re a subcompact buyer, there may be a Korean-designed crossover that will allow you to “see the U.S.A. in your Chevrolet.”
The Chevrolet Trailblazer, designed by GM Korea, made its debut at the 2019 Shanghai International Automobile Industry Exhibition, and its U.S. debut later that year at the Los Angeles …

Review and Test Drive: 2021 Mercedes-AMG GLS 63

by Jonathan Spira
Review and Test Drive:  2021 Mercedes-AMG GLS 63

Review and Test Drive:  2021 Mercedes-AMG GLS 63
Mercedes-Benz introduced the first GLS Class, which was known as the GL-Class, at the North American Auto Show in 2006.  It was the flagship SUV in the Stuttgart-based automaker’s lineup, the SUV equivalent to the S Class, if you will.
While we didn’t review …

Fiat Chrysler, PSA Group Merge to Form World’s Third Largest Automaker, Stellantis

by Paul Riegler
Fiat Chrysler, PSA Group Merge to Form World’s Third Largest Automaker, Stellantis

Peugeot S.A. and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles announced the completion of their merger, forming a new parent company, Stellantis.
Stellantis, derived from a Latin word meaning “to brighten with stars,” will be the world’s third-largest auto maker by sales, according to 2019 figures.
The move comes some 13 years after Chrysler’s so-called merger …

General Motors to Adopt New Logo, Will Promote its New EV Models

by Paul Riegler
General Motors to Adopt New Logo, Will Promote its New EV Models

General Motors, which held the title of world’s largest automaker from 1931 to 2007, announced it will adopt a new, more modern logo, only the fifth time it will do so in its long history.
The General, which was founded by William C. Duran in 1908, once had a 50% in …