Ford F-150 Lightning: EV Tipping Point?

Ford Rouge Electric Vehicle Center

The F-150 Lightning launches what may prove a pivotal moment in consumer acceptance of EVs. Embracing full electrification is a process that has taken time. In the late 2000s, Tesla introduced its all-electric Roadster followed a few years later by its wider-production Model S sedan. Nissan gave us a volume … Read more

Will Ram Expand its Pickup Truck Line?

The Ram brand is in transition, even if it does not seem that way. Ever since the parent Fiat Chrysler merged with Peugeot Citroen to form Stellantis, it was identified as one of the most important and profitable of the 14 brands. But Ram’s identity has been skewed since its … Read more

Will GM Have 30 EV Models Ready by 2025?

Cadillac Lyriq

GM prepares for an EV future. But will they overtake Tesla? GM has bold plans in its quest to become the top producer of electric vehicles as soon as 2025. That’s the year when the automaker says it will have 30 pure electric vehicles available, including through its Cadillac, Buick, … Read more

GM’s Chevrolet Bolt Nightmare

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The Chevrolet Bolt was supposed to underscore GM’s electric vehicle prowess. Following on the heels of the plug-in electric hybrid Chevrolet Volt, the new model offered GM a strong 1-2 punch in the electric sphere. That was 2017 and since then, GM discontinued the Chevy Volt. Presently, the company is … Read more

Has Ford Abandoned the Little Guy?

Ford Focus RS

Once again, Ford is dropping a model. This time it is the EcoSport, which is its smallest and most cost-effective utility vehicle. Yesterday, we enumerated the reasons why that is happening, particularly with Ford shutting down its Indian manufacturing base. Ford also builds the EcoSport in Romania for the European … Read more

The Race to Carbon Neutrality

Ford Mustang Mach-E

The move to carbon neutrality begins with one step at a time. Climate change is a rapidly growing topic, and concern, on the political and social spectrum in the United States that must be addressed. Importantly, the automotive industry must be one of the most active and supported industries when … Read more

Fiat Chrysler Peugeot: Now What?

Save for regulatory scrutiny, antitrust review, and shareholder approval, Fiat Chrysler and the PSA Groupe are set to merge. The two automakers agreed on a framework for merging the two companies, which will create the world’s fourth-largest automaker after the Volkswagen Group, Toyota Motors, and the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance. We’re still … Read more

Up Next: Ford-Volkswagen Tie-up?

What a week it has been. More like a half-week, actually. For it was within that abbreviated timeframe we officially heard that Fiat Chrysler and the PSA Groupe (Peugeot and Citroën) were talking merger. The news spilled out late Monday and by Wednesday the two automakers came to terms. Today, … Read more

Rivian Attracts Another Investor;
More to Follow?

Upstart electric vehicle maker Rivian hasn’t manufactured one production-ready model yet, but that hasn’t kept outside parties from investing in it. This U.S. manufacturer has a plant in Normal, Illinois, along with four development centers. Rivian boasts Amazon and Ford as investors, and just this month added Cox Automotive as … Read more

Deal Undone:
Fiat Chrysler Renault Merger

It was a merger of equals, bringing together automakers with a strong presence in Europe and the Americas. The deal seemed to emerge from nowhere and just as quickly it died. Whatever thoughts you had about a Fiat Chrysler Renault tie-up, it isn’t going to happen. At least not in … Read more

Fiat Chrysler Renault Merger Talk Heightens

A blockbuster merger of automotive manufacturers may produce the world’s largest automaker, especially if two outside automakers are also brought in. Fiat Chrysler, itself the result of a 2014 merger between European and North American manufacturers may soon tie in with Renault, the French automaker. Renault is currently reviewing an … Read more

Emerging Alliances Point to Further Auto Industry Consolidation

What a month! March 2019 may go down as a pivotal time in automotive history as auto industry consolidation talk strengthens anew. The news is coming from all corners of the globe as multiple players talk, while others forge alliances. Consolidation certainly isn’t anything new, but the future absolutely points … Read more

Toyota Supra: One Step Closer to Production Reality

Supra sports coupe debut is imminent. The Toyota Supra sports coupe is set to return and this time the confirmation comes through an unlikely party: NASCAR. Indeed, this week, Toyota announced that beginning with 2019’s NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS), the Supra will replace the Camry, the latter fielded in races … Read more

Are Cars Doomed? Not So Fast!

Consumer sentiment for high-profile vehicles continues. A quick scan of the automotive landscape, especially in the United States, reveals that consumers are snapping up SUVs and pickup trucks to the detriment of coupes, sedans, and wagons. Some brands, such as Buick, are selling as many as three SUVs to one … Read more

First Half 2017 US Auto Sales Highlights

Sales are down, but a few manufacturers are enjoying success. June’s auto sales figures came out today and for people taking an extended four-day weekend to celebrate America’s Independence Day, poolside chatter may have silenced the news. Nevertheless, some of us are on duty — including yours truly — tracking … Read more

Chrysler, Google Project: Start of Something Big?

If Fiat Chrysler is looking for a partner, it may do well to look outside of the auto industry. If Fiat Chrysler is looking for a partner, it may do well to look outside of the auto industry. CEO Sergio Marchionne’s overtures to GM and Ford have been rebuffed. Other … Read more

Diesel Resurrection: How Volkswagen Might Win Back Customers

Five ways Volkswagen might salvage its US operation. Volkswagen is in a world of hurt, but that pain is entirely of the company’s own doing. While some have been making pronouncements that the automaker as we know it is finished, others believe that something can be salvaged. I, for one, stand … Read more

Replacement Models May Bolster Scion

Scion is either a distinct brand or a sub-brand of Toyota, depending on the way that you examine it. Scions are registered under their own nameplate, but Toyota treats it as a sub-brand. Furthermore, not every Toyota dealership carries Scion, the only place you will find them. At the Beginning … Read more

Tiny Crossover Segment Poised to Explode

It wasn’t all that long ago when Nissan introduced its Juke crossover, what had some analysts scratching their heads in wonder. Sure, the styling itself was polarizing, but the segment the diminutive Nissan occupied was virtually nonexistent. Until now. Nissan got the subcompact SUV segment growing, but now it needs … Read more

US Auto Trends for 2015 and Beyond

A new year brings with it much promise even if a measure of uncertainty remains. This past year was filled with its share of political and social turmoil, but one of the brightest spots was for the US auto industry as it completes its fifth consecutive year of increasing sales. … Read more

Volkswagen Amarok: The Key to Unboring?

Volkswagen has a crisis on its hands. No, that crisis does not involve recalling millions of its vehicles as Toyota and now GM are doing. Rather, it is a lack of interest in its cars, particularly here in the United States. Sales Auto Trends Through May 2014, year-to-date Volkswagen sales … Read more

Lincoln Bets That China Investment Will Pay Off

Is China Lincoln’s promise land? The Lincoln Motor Company is back. Well, at least the Lincoln brand has some life left in it. US sales are up by 35.9 percent through March 2014, well ahead of the industry average. Sales are still way below the hundreds of thousands of models … Read more

GM Ignition Switch Flaw: Testing Mary Barra

Now two months into her tenure, GM CEO Mary Barra finds herself in the midst of a publicity storm that wont go away. At the heart of the matter are several retired compact models including the Chevrolet Cobalt and Saturn Ion, and an ignition safety flaw that led to at … Read more

Good Trends, Bad Trends, Auto Trends

The U.S. auto industry is performing swimmingly, on pace to sell about 16 million cars this year. Its a number some thought we wouldn’t see again for many more years, but after bottoming out in 2009 the industry has now recovered. The US auto industry is a far different place … Read more

Are Driverless Cars Really That Far-Fetched?

In 1939, American theatrical designer Normal Bel Geddes put together his vision of the future at the New York World’s Fair. The showcase was called ‘Futurama’ and allowed Bel Geddes to highlight his vision of New York in 1959; featuring city roads filled with fully autonomous electric vehicles. His vision … Read more

Ford and Hybrids Are a Winning Combination

The Ford Motor Company has long operated as an also-ran to Toyota’s dominance of the hybrid electric vehicle market. Ford entered the hybrid market in 2006 with its Escape and Mercury Mariner hybrids, the first hybrid SUVs from a domestic manufacturer. Ford Hybrids Ford later expanded its hybrid offerings to … Read more

Pricing, Availability and the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

Late last month Chevrolet announced pricing for the 2014 Corvette Stingray, the seventh generation (C7) edition of America’s only true sports car. Okay, the SRT Viper qualifies as the “other” American sports car, but given its comparably short lifespan (20 years) it doesn’t quite enjoy the same level of prestige … Read more

Fisker Automotive: Stick EVs With a Fork?

Fisker Automotive, builder of the Fisker Karma luxury sedan has been in the news lately, but certainly not for good reasons. The struggling plug-in hybrid electric vehicle producer appears headed for bankruptcy, making news again last week when it laid off more than three-quarters of its workers at its Anaheim, … Read more