Review and Test Drive: The 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E is ‘the EV Generation’s Pony Car’

by Jonathan Spira
Review and Test Drive:  The 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E is ‘the EV Generation’s Pony Car’

First of a Two-Part Series Looks at the Vehicle’s Significant Place in History
Remember the original pony car, the 1965 Ford Mustang?  The term for a then new class of automobile, a pony car had sporty yet affordable performance and it could carry four people. In addition, a pony car would …

Volkswagen Shifts EV Strategy into High Gear with Battery Factories and Charging Stations

by Jesse Sokolow
Volkswagen Shifts EV Strategy into High Gear with Battery Factories and Charging Stations

As part of its “Power Day” showcase on electric vehicle technology, Volkswagen announced major advancements in and plans for making EVs as convenient as petrol-powered vehicles.
“Our transformation will be bigger than anything the industry has seen in the past century,” said Herbert Diess, the automaker’s CEO, during a two-hour presentation.
Volkswagen …

Review and Test Drive: 2020 Lexus GX 460

by Jonathan Spira
Review and Test Drive:  2020 Lexus GX 460

The Lexus GX, first launched in 2002 and built on the Toyota Land Cruiser Prado platform, arrived at a time in the United States where there was no coronavirus pandemic and the biggest health concern was SARS, severe acute respiratory syndrome, an epidemic traced back to cave-dwelling horseshoe bats in …

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 …

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 …

Review and Test Drive: 2020 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Platinum AWD

by Jonathan Spira
Review and Test Drive:  2020 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Platinum AWD

The Toyota Highlander was released in 2001 shortly after it made its debut at the 2000 New York International Auto Show. After 20 years, it was time for the fourth generation Highlander to come to these shores, “redesigned from the ground up,” as Toyota put it.
The Toyota Highlander was one …

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 …