Word has it that the General Motors division is working on a new compact utility vehicle, named the Granite, that would share a platform with the Chevrolet Trax and Buick Encore. This move makes plenty of sense to The Spymaster since both vehicles have proven themselves top sellers in the small tall-wagon category. It’s also […]

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Ford has bought a minority stake in Rivian, a startup company building an EV pickup. Why? Ford has already announced it will build an electric F-series pickup, so the Rivian investment seems natural. However there’s now word that General Motors is heading down a similar path. The Spy Guy hears that the GMC Sierra will […]

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In The Sleuth’s opinion, this year’s event in The Big Apple — April 19-28 — continues to dominate all others in North America with its array of new-product reveals. Compared to similar annual shows that are held in Detroit and Los Angeles, it’s simply no contest. Shown for the first time were vehicles — both […]

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The Spy Guy’s sources confirm that the Ohio plant that hand-assembles the automaker’s NSX supercar will begin to assemble a couple of normally mass-produced Acuras. First up will be the Acura TLX PMC (for Performance Manufacturing Center) sedan that will be finished in a special Valencia Red Pearl finish that’s normally reserved for the NSX […]

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The Sleuth was taken somewhat aback after hearing that the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) is collaborating with Toyota to design a vehicle that can operate on the Moon. Unlike NASA’s lunar rover that was used back in the early 1970s, this module will be capable of carrying two astronauts (four in an emergency). The […]

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Well, that’s the name for a concept model based on the Borrego that Kia briefly sold here a few years ago. The Sleuth believes that with increasing demand for rugged (or rugged-looking) models, the Masterpiece, due out in early 2020, will give Kia a greater presence in the market. Being a bit smaller than the […]

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Chances are good that the Korea-based automaker will add sporty trim options to more models in its North America-based fleet. The N Line, right now a performance version of the 2019 Veloster hatchback, will reportedly proliferate to the 2020 Tucson. The package will include a sport-tuned suspension, revisions to the power steering to increase feedback, […]

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The Sleuth is amused by how Germany-based automakers continue to play follow the leader when it comes to turning their utility vehicles into four-door “coupes.” Following the arrival of the BMW X6 a few years back (joined later by the similar but smaller X4), Mercedes-Benz introduced the GLE and GLC coupes. Now it appears that […]

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The Sleuth isn’t surprised over rumors that Honda’s premium division will replace the flagship RLX sedan. That full-size passenger car never caught on with buyers seeking style/status. According to The Spy Guy’s sources, the RLX replacement will be based on the Acura Precision concept that was first viewed in 2016. Rumor also has it that […]

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The Spymaster’s sources claim that both the next-generation Chevy Trax and Ford EcoSport are well along in their respective development processes. The 2020 Trax will launch later this year, in a slightly larger size and with more aggressive styling. It will likely keep the current turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine. Meanwhile, word has it that the […]

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