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 …

As Labor Day Weekend Starts, Gas Prices Fall to Lowest Level in 16 Years

by Kurt Stolz
As Labor Day Weekend Starts, Gas Prices Fall to Lowest Level in 16 Years

As Americans take to the roads this holiday weekend, the pandemic not withstanding, low gasoline prices are fueling more driving than ever.
On Friday, as the Labor Day weekend started, the national average for a gallon of regular gasoline was $2.22, $0.34 lower than last year’s price, according to a survey …

Review and Test Drive: 2020 Chevrolet Bolt EV Premier

by Jonathan Spira
Review and Test Drive:  2020 Chevrolet Bolt EV Premier

The Chevrolet Bolt, Detroit’s answer to the call for electric vehicles with sufficient range as to be useful for more than short trips and commutes, made its debut not at one of the major auto shows but at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show.
That alone should be telling.
The Bolt is assembled …

Review and Test Drive: 2020 Kia Telluride SX AWD

by Jonathan Spira
Review and Test Drive:  2020 Kia Telluride SX AWD

The last thing one might think of is that the world needs yet another mid-size SUV.  The folks at Kia clearly thought it did, and, after a little over a week with the new 2020 Kia Telluride – the largest vehicle Kia ever produced for the United States – we …

Review and Test Drive: 2020 Mazda Mazda3

by Jonathan Spira
Review and Test Drive:  2020 Mazda Mazda3

Mazdas are always welcome guests in our fleet.  No sooner did we turn in a Soul Red Crystal Mazda6 than a Polymetal Gray Metallic Mazda3 appeared in our driveway.
Several years ago we looked at the Mazda3, which was the third generation of the successful compact line that made its debut …

Review and Test Drive: 2021 Kia Seltos SX AWD

by Jonathan Spira
Review and Test Drive:  2021 Kia Seltos SX AWD

As crossovers continue to gain in popularity, automakers are naturally adding additional models to their lineups.  Some models are merely OK, while others stand out in their class.  The all-new 2021 Kia Seltos is representative of the latter.
The Seltos is Kia’s sixth SUV in the United States and fits in …

Review and Test Drive: 2020 Honda CR-V Touring

by Jonathan Spira
Review and Test Drive:  2020 Honda CR-V Touring

 Since its launch in 1995, the Honda CR-V has been one of the best-selling vehicles in the United States. We last looked at the fourth generation CR-V in 2015, and the current fifth generation CR-V made its debut in 2016 at the North American International Auto Show and went on sale …