Petersen Automotive Museum Features Motorized Hollywood Icons

DMC DeLorean

Petersen Automotive Museum expands its collection of Hollywood rides. Think “Hollywood Icons” and names such as Greta Garbo, James Stewart, and Meryl Streep come to mind. But these decidedly human professionals have automotive counterparts or at least vehicles we recognize immediately. And even if we do not recall their precise … Read more

How to Rent a Car if You’re Under 25

If you fly to a fun destination or your ride breaks down, renting a car has you covered. But not every driver qualifies for a rental due to their age. This means if you are searching for a car rental and you‘re not yet 25, you may be stopped in … Read more

IIHS Recognizes Safest 2022 Vehicles

car crash

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) announced this month the vehicle models that it deems safest. Backed by the major insurance companies, the IIHS runs comprehensive crash tests on hundreds of vehicles each year and serves as the industry’s counterpart to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Unlike … Read more

Coming to America: Ford Ranger Raptor!

Ford Ranger Raptor

Rumors that the Ford Ranger Raptor would arrive stateside have percolated for months. Yesterday, the news boiled over when CEO Jim Farley confirmed that it would, by tweeting the same. The next-generation Ranger along with the Ranger Raptor will go on sale in 2023, with American and Canadian customers in … Read more

Brand Value: Tesla Shows Strongest Growth

Tesla Dealer

We love our brands and often base our purchases on recognition. Indeed, household names such as General Electric, DuPont, and General Motors enjoy a century (or two) of consumer support, but they are far from alone among the popular brands. Brand Finance, which tracks the popularity of some 5,000 brands … Read more

Kia, Buick Top J.D. Power Dependability Survey

Lexus UX Hybrid

Vehicle dependability is a huge consideration for consumers and who can blame them? After all, we expect our new rides to give us many years of trouble-free driving without niggling problems undermining that experience. In the most recent Vehicle Dependability Study released by J.D. Power, Kia took top honors. The … Read more

Introducing the 2023 Alfa Romeo Tonale

Alfa Romeo Tonale

Seven years is a long time between new models for an automotive brand. Then again, we are talking about Alfa Romeo, a niche Italian make from Fiat that is now under the auspices of Stellantis. The 2023 Alfa Romeo Tonale compact crossover is the first new model since the midsize … Read more

Lordstown Endurance: Ready, Set, Go?

Lordstown Endurance

Lordstown Motors may release the Endurance later this year. Bringing a new vehicle to the market is fraught with challenges. Bringing one from an upstart manufacturer who has not built one previously raises the stakes. Finally, building an electric truck for a segment that is just seeing them for the … Read more

Lights Out on the Chevrolet Spark

Chevrolet Spark

  America’s most inexpensive car is the Chevrolet Spark, an import from South Korea that is also one of the smallest models on the road. The Chevy Spark is a microcar or an A-Segment model with a starting price below $15,000. But if you want one, know that production ends … Read more

Ford Marks 100th Anniversary of Lincoln Ownership

Edsel Ford

Today marks an important milestone in the history of the Lincoln Motor Company. Precisely 100 years ago, the Ford Motor Company purchased Lincoln, paying automotive engineer and inventor Henry Leland $8 million for the acquisition. Since then, Ford has grown the brand to become the luxury marque it is today. … Read more

Daimler Rebrands as Mercedes-Benz AG

Daimler AG, the parent company of Mercedes-Benz, has a new name. As of February 1, 2022, the company is formally called Mercedes-Benz AG. The moniker represents Daimler’s passenger vehicle operation only, following the spinoff of the company’s truck and bus division that’s officially known as Daimler Truck AG. Mercedes-Benz AG … Read more

Get Ready for $4/Gallon Gasoline

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After a brief reprieve, gas prices are on the rise again, averaging $3.37 per gallon as January 2022 draws to a close, according to AAA. (1) Prices are up 39-percent in one year and are at the highest level we’ve seen since 2014. Gas prices are set to climb further, … Read more

Used Car Availability Up, But So Are Prices

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Used car prices continue to rise, averaging $28,205 in December 2021 according to Kelley Blue Book. Prices are up 28 percent over the previous year, an extraordinarily huge increase brought on by COVD-induced shortages and surging demand. Sparse inventories are being replenished too, with inventories rising to 50 days for … Read more

Ford, Honda Are 2022 NACTOY Award Winners

For the second consecutive year, the Ford Motor Company won two of the three North American Car and Truck of the Year (NACTOY) awards. Ford won the utility vehicle class with its all-new Bronco and garnered the truck award with the Ford Maverick. Meanwhile, the Honda Civic is the North … Read more

Snapshot: 2021 U.S. Auto Sales

2021

The figures are in for 2021 U.S. auto sales and the numbers are revealing. We learned that Toyota overtook GM in total sales, the first time a foreign manufacturer unseated a domestic leader. GM’s sales fell 13 percent over 2020, while Toyota’s rose by 10 percent. Both manufacturers were impacted … Read more

Chevrolet Debuts the 2024 Silverado EV

Chevrolet Silverado EV

Chevrolet took the wraps off the Silverado EV at the 2022 CES and we’re eager to share what we know about it. The Silverado EV is the latest in upwards of 30 electrified GM models coming by 2025, with most based on the company’s Ultium all-electric architecture. The first model … Read more

Chrysler Will Become an All-Electric Brand by 2028

Chrysler Airflow Logo

The Chrysler marque has fallen on hard times lately, obscured under Fiat Chrysler and seemingly threatened with the emergence of Stellantis in 2021. With just two models left – the Pacifica/Voyager minivan and the aged 300 sedan – its future seemed in doubt. While Stellantis was consolidating Fiat Chrysler with … Read more

Doubled Capacity: Ford F-150 Lightning

Ford F-150 Lightning

One of the most hotly anticipated new pickup truck models is not the in-production GMC Hummer EV nor is it the Rivian R1T. It even is not the Tesla Cybertruck, a model that has been promised and delayed for several years. Instead, the model is the Ford F-150 Lightning, an … Read more

GM Delivers First BrightDrop EVs to FedEx

BrightDrop EV600 for FedEx

BrightDrop, which is GM’s commercial EV arm, delivered the first five of its EV600 vehicles to FedEx this month. The initial delivery kicks off an order totaling 500 electric Light Commercial Vehicles (eLCVs) contracted by the delivery company. The all-electric, zero-emissions vehicles represent an important component in FedEx’s quest to … Read more

At a Glance: The Electric Lexus RZ 450e

Lexus RZ 450e

Toyota Motor Corporation announced this week that the company is investing $70 billion to move the automaker toward an electrified future. The pivot includes both its Toyota and Lexus brands, with the latter slated to become electric only. Kicking off the effort for the luxury marque is the Lexus RZ … Read more

Nissan Outlines Electrification Pivot

Nissan Electric

Automotive manufacturers are busy making plans to switch to electrification, with investments in the tens of billions of dollars expected. Manufacturers such as GM, Volkswagen, Ford, and Hyundai announced their plans in recent weeks, but curiously absent was Nissan. That’s all changed as Nissan revealed near the end of the … Read more

Walmart, Gatik Team Up for Autonomous Drive

Gatik AV

The world’s largest retailer launches its first self-driving vehicles. The future is now with autonomous driving. Well, at least for Walmart it is. The Arkansas-headquartered company has teamed with autonomous developer Gatik to deploy a pair of autonomous vehicles in its delivery system. The vehicles travel seven miles between a … Read more

VinFast Eyes Entering U.S. Market in 2022

VinFast Sedan

Vietnam’s VinFast intends to market EVs stateside. A relatively new automaker is making plans to sell its cars in the United States. VinFast, the Vietnamese automotive manufacturer, will bring two electric vehicles to the 2021 Los Angeles Auto Show in November. Founded in 2017, VinFast began producing its first models … Read more

Lucid Air Dream Now a Reality

Lucid Air

Upstart Lucid Motors launches its first product. Production of the Lucid Air sedan has commenced, as an assembly line in Arizona rolled off its first models this week. The long-awaited, all-electric model has the Tesla Model S sedan in its crosshairs, promising a 520-mile range and with performance numbers that … Read more

Ford Announces Blue Oval City; Invests Billions in EV Tech

Blue Oval City

Ford lays out its EV strategy that’s centered on a joint venture. The Ford Motor Company announced this week an $11.4 billion investment it says will help the company “lead America’s shift to electric vehicles.” Specifically, the automaker will build a mega campus in Stanton, Tennessee, allocating $5.6 billion toward … Read more