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 …

Review and Test Drive: 2021 Kia K5 GT-Line

by Jonathan Spira
Review and Test Drive:  2021 Kia K5 GT-Line

Despite long being a symbol of the open road, Americans are falling out of love with the sedan and have focused their affections on behemoth SUVs, which now dominate the market.  General Motors, whose models for the majority of the automaker’s existence were the epitome of the genre, recently killed …

Travel Nightmare’ Cancels Holiday Travel for Thousands

by Paul Riegler
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

by Paul Riegler
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 …