One of the best-known auto executives of all time has died, sending publications scrambling to their archives to recount Lee Iacocca’s greatest hits. He joined Ford in 1946 as an engineer before moving into sales and marketing. Among his greatest accomplishments was overseeing the development and launch of the Ford Mustang in 1964. After being […]

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The Sleuth’s sources report that the 2021 model-year Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban, the GMC Yukon, and Cadillac Escalade will all receive new sheetmetal and will be built on the same chassis as the Silverado and GMC Sierra pickups, resulting in an estimated 300-400-pound weight reduction. Also in play is the adoption of an independent rear […]

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The Sleuth has always been a fan of the automaker’s unusual small and tall wagon that was introduced to North America for the 2011 model year. Although the Juke has been cancelled, a new model is returning to active duty for the 2020 model year. Based on the disguised prototypes running the roads, the next-gen […]

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General Motors claims to be moving right along developing electric Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra light-duty trucks. The electric-exclusive platform is apparently applicable to a variety of GM passenger cars and utility vehicles. The only variables would seem to be battery-pack size (density) and the number of motors (i.e. front and/or rear) used to propel […]

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Not an automaker to shy away from a niche, Hyundai’s Kia division should find more running room as it prepares to launch an updated version of one of its big sedans for 2020. The Cadenza — sized between the Optima and the larger K900 four-door models — faces reduced competition with the cancellation of the […]

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The Sleuth’s sources are abuzz with whisperings that Ford’s muscular off-road pickup might get a new engine option. Currently, a 450-horsepower twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V-6 is the Raptor’s mainstay, but rumors persist that the same supercharged 5.2-liter V-8 that will power the Mustang-based 2020 Shelby GT500 will also be available. That would mean a huge output […]

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Months ago, The Spy Guy reported that airless tires were going to be made available in the near future. That future appears to be close at hand as General Motors says it will begin testing Michelin airless-tire prototypes on a number of Chevrolet Bolt electric cars. Called Uptis (which stands for Unique Puncture-proof Tire System), […]

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The Sleuth notes that one of the automaker’s more affordable four-wheel-drive models receives some significant changes for the upcoming model year, most noticeably the revised front and rear sheetmetal. Unseen is a new platform, which also underpins the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque, that’s claimed to be stiffer by 13 percent. The Disco Sport also […]

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The auto business is loaded with niche products, and this General Motors division is fast becoming the niche-iest. For example, Chevrolet has announced revival of the Trailblazer nameplate for a compact utility vehicle that’s larger than the (also compact-size) Trax, but smaller than the midsize Equinox. At this point, not much is known about what […]

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Hybrid vehicle introductions are commonplace, except when it comes to one of the world’s best-known exotic-sports-car brands. The Sleuth was understandably blown with news that Ferrari is launching the 2020 SF90 Stradale as a plug-in hybrid. The automaker claims the mid-engine supercar can travel up to 15 miles on electric propulsion, but the big news […]

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