Sony Honda Mobility Inc. is a Go

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It is no secret that tech giant Sony desires to build automobiles. The company showcased a pair of EV concepts earlier this year, intending to find a partner to bring these models to the market. After a brief search, Sony is tapping Honda to bring its dreams to fruition. The … Read more

Curiously Absent: Tesla Cybertruck

Tesla Cybertruck

The Tesla Cybertruck remains but a dream for this EV maker. Elon Musk is well known for his grand pronouncements, but at least his usual hoopla eventually becomes true. We waited ages for the first Telsa SUV and eventually got two models. A pair of sedans complete the product line. … Read more

About the Ford Mustang Mach-E Stop Sell Order

Ford Mustang Mach-E

A pending recall for the Ford Mustang Mach-E. This week, the Ford Motor Company ordered dealers to stop selling the Ford Mustang Mach-E electric vehicle. The order follows the recognition that a safety defect might make cars immobile. Currently, 49,000 vehicles are covered and will likely face a recall. Mach-E … Read more

Automakers Seek EV Tax Credit Expansion

If you’re a builder of an electric vehicle, one of the selling points is a federal tax credit of up to $7,500 available to most buyers. The credit saves customers money on their taxes, effectively reducing their ownership costs. Plug-In Electric Drive Vehicle Credit Available for applicable vehicles purchased after … Read more

Money-Losing Rivian Steadily Builds Production

Rivian trucks

The upcoming Rivian R1S is delayed; investors write down losses. Rivian was the darling of the electric pickup truck market, that is until the Ford F-150 Lightning arrived. The Normal, Illinois-based manufacturer of all-electric vehicles enjoys financial backing from Amazon, Ford, and T. Rowe Price. But the company is bleeding … Read more

New Chevrolet Colorado, GMC Canyon on Tap

GMC Canyon 2022

My, how much things have changed! Ten years ago, the midsize pickup truck market was seeing a steady decline. For instance, Ford ended the production of the Ranger for the US market, while GM abandoned the segment where it had previously offered two models. Even the Ram Dakota would only … Read more

Highlights of the 2022 Chrysler 300

2022 Chrysler 300

You’re forgiven if you don’t remember that the Chrysler brand still markets a full-size sedan. We will also forgive you if you did not realize that the Chrysler brand itself was still around. Such is life for the marque that once comprised the top-tier models for the Chrysler Corporation. Now … Read more

How Accidents Affect Car Prices

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You’re driving down the road, paying attention to your surroundings, and out of nowhere, a car clips your right rear fender. Somehow, you maintain control of the vehicle and manage to make your way off to the side of the road to assess the situation. Fortunately, everyone is okay, but … Read more

Possible Recall: Tesla Autopilot Vehicles

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Tesla is an early pioneer of Level 2 autonomous driving thanks to its so-called Autopilot technology. The equipment, though, is far from automatic as it still requires the driver to sit behind the wheel and intervene when necessary. Autopilot: SAE Level 2 Since its rollout in 2014, Autopilot has received … Read more

What Are the 6 Levels of Driving Automation?

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Editor’s Note: The world is on the cusp of autonomous driving, a technology that has been under development for decades. From time to time, Auto Trends Magazine has covered the topic, but we haven’t dissected the language involved. This article is the first of an occasional series of stories covering … Read more

What is the Coefficient of Drag?

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Aerodynamics is a point of great concern to every automaker out there. It is a major component of fuel economy, even if some people and manufacturers still utilize it as a soft form of advertising. Each builder loves showcasing how small their drag coefficient is, but the question is, what … Read more

Jeep Wrangler Fails Tip Over Test…Again

Jeep Wrangler tip over

Tip over test reveals a persistent safety concern for the Jeep Wrangler. The nonprofit Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) recently put the 2022 Jeep Wrangler through its crash test paces, but once again the Wrangler failed the driver-side small overlap crash test. That test was initially conducted on the … Read more

The Toyota Experience Center is on a Different Level

1958 Toyopet Crown

The hidden gem of the Toyota Experience Center. Toyota Motor Corporation is one of the largest automotive manufacturers in the world. It also has a strong presence in North America, a market that outsells its Japanese home market, 2-to-1. Comprised chiefly of the Toyota and Lexus brands, the company has … Read more

13 Smart Pointers to Aid Your Test Drive

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A comprehensive test drive is an essential element of the car-buying process, irrespective of whether you’re a first-time car buyer or someone who’s trading up to a brand-new vehicle. In either case, you probably want something reliable, and you might desire technologies such as Siri Eyes Free, a digital dashboard, … Read more

Ford Bronco Raptor by the Numbers

Ford Bronco Raptor

Ford fans love their Raptors, with high-performance F-150 and Ranger models to play. A third model, the 2022 Bronco Raptor arrives this summer, pushing the off-road antics ever higher. Of the three, we expect that the Bronco Raptor will be the top pick for trail crunching. 2022 Ford Bronco Raptor … Read more

Beyond 40 With the Toyota 4Runner

Toyota 4Runnner 40th Anniversary

If you’re an off-road enthusiast, then you’re familiar with the Toyota 4 Runner. This midsize, traditional body-on-frame SUV is an uncommon model in a segment dominated by crossovers. Yet, like the Jeep Wrangler and the revived Ford Bronco, its fandom remains strong some 40 years after it was introduced. Toyota … Read more

How Cash For Cars Affects The Automotive Industry

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There are millions of cars entering the market every year.  Aside from new vehicles, many people also buy used or second-hand cars. Some companies buy damaged or scrap vehicles called cash for cars.   What Are Cash For Cars?  Cash for cars or damaged car removals companies pay instant cash for … Read more

The Exploding Seatbelts Recall and Others

Is your vehicle on the recall list? We haven’t covered specific recalls here for some time, choosing instead to alert people on how to respond to them. Recalls seem commonplace and they are. After all, when models come with as many as thousands of moving parts, problems happen. But the … Read more

All-New Cadillac Lyriq Sells Out in 4 Hours

Cadillac Lyriq

On May 19, Cadillac’s first-ever all-electric vehicle went on sale at 9 a.m. By 1 p.m., the 2023 Lyriq sold out, leaving some customers waiting for the 2024s. Cadillac did not say how many Lyriqs were sold that day, but more than 233,000 had expressed interest. Further, GM expected about … Read more

Hyundai Motor Group to Drop 3 Sedans

2021 Kia K5

Hyundai, Kia and the sedans that we love. The age of the sedan is fading away. In recent years, Ford, Dodge, Chrysler, Mitsubishi, Volkswagen, and Mazda have dropped one or more models. Demand for utility vehicles is one reason, but something else may be hastening the decline: the transition to … Read more

Average Vehicle Age Now 12.2 Years

Likely, it is not much of a surprise to most Americans that the average age of vehicles on the road continues to rise. After all, high prices for new vehicles, a tight market for reliable used models, along with a looming economic recession combine to keep consumers from making major … Read more

Selling? Your Car’s Resale Value May be on the Rise

We’ve been conditioned to believe two things about new cars that are not entirely true. At least not now as fuel prices continue to push ever higher. The first one involves depreciation. Specifically, the loss of a car’s value once it is driven off the dealer’s lot. Bankrate.com indicates a … Read more

Tiny $14,000 Nissan Sakura EV for Japan Only

Nissan Sakura

Do you remember the Mitsubishi i-MiEV? If you do not, you are in solid company. That diminutive EV city car was initially offered by Mitsubishi more than a decade ago. It represented the first batch of modern EVs, but it was cheap and forgettable. Especially for its 62-mile range. A … Read more

Auto Insurance Seeing Major Rate Increases Due to COVID

From toilet paper to a gallon of milk, it seems like just about everything got more expensive during the pandemic. Not car insurance, though; those prices actually fell for a while. Now that things are returning to normal, however, auto insurance agencies are introducing price hikes all over the place. … Read more

Nissan Prices the DaZZling 2023 Z

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Following a prolonged hiatus, the Nissan Z Series is nearing its return, and the pricing details are now known. This summer, the first of the 2023 Z models roll out, launching a new generation with two trims: Z Coupe Sport ($39,990) and Z Coupe Performance ($49,990). Add $1,025 for the … Read more

On the Radio With Ditch & Bud

The Motor Mouths

Auto Trends Magazine is pleased to announce that it has partnered with the producers of the weekly “The Motor Mouths” car talk show to supply a regular segment. Beginning May 14, 2022, Matt Keegan will contribute his “Top 3” segment of automotive news stories. In addition, Keegan will be available … Read more

Subaru Keeps, Updates Midsize Legacy Sedan

2023 Subaru Legacy

Subaru Legacy is refreshed for 2023. Hooray for sedans! No, that isn’t an exclamation heard often, but it is the sentiment for some, including this writer. There is something about four doors, hugging the road, and a reasonable price that appeals to yours truly. Sedans, like minivans, are disappearing across … Read more

Would a Resurrected Scout Help Volkswagen?

1961 International Scout

Volkswagen is an oddity amongst foreign automakers present in the U.S. market. The German company beat nearly every other overseas manufacturer to the market when the Beetle appeared in the 1950s. Later, the automaker expanded its product line, offering the Type 2 (Bus, Microbus), the Karmann Ghia, and eventually the … Read more

GM Plots Return to Europe

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EVs and mobility seem right for Europe. For nine decades, the General Motors Company was a significant player in the European market. In 2017, the company sold its money-losing Opel and Vauxhall brands to Peugeot Citroen, which are now under the Stellantis umbrella. Along with winding down sales of Chevrolet, … Read more

What is GAP Insurance Coverage?

Guaranteed Asset Protection or GAP coverage involves the difference between what you owe on a vehicle and what your insurer pays out when it is a total loss. It is a type of coverage easily neglected, but something every single new vehicle owner should have. With GAP insurance in place, … Read more