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

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 …

General Motors Reports $6.4 Billion Profit Despite Pandemic

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

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 …

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

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

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 …

Travel Nightmare’ Cancels Holiday Travel for Thousands

Travel Nightmare’ Cancels Holiday Travel for Thousands

What healthcare officials could not accomplish amidst the coronavirus pandemic was taken care of in part by Mother Nature, who unleashed a storm that made Christmas travel near impossible for hundreds of thousands of people.
One forecaster with the National Weather Service predicted a “travel nightmare.”
Heavy rains and blizzard-like conditions delayed …

Apple May Introduce Autonomous Electric Vehicle with New Battery Tech by 2024

Apple May Introduce Autonomous Electric Vehicle with New Battery Tech by 2024

Apple could bring its own autonomous electric vehicle to market by 2024, using a new battery design that improves range and lowers the cost of the batteries themselves.
The new-car program, which has been on and off since 2014, is internally known as Project Titan.
The move could stem from the return …

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

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 …

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

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

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

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 …

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

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 …