The Sleuth sees a growing trend away from genteel grille shapes to more rugged-looking noses. This approach is exemplified by the latest Honda Ridgeline, which comes with a more dramatic front end for 2021. As well, the truck makes available 18-inch bronze wheels that appear far less benign than the standard wheels. Buyers can also […]

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The Sleuth confirms that the Japan-based automaker will introduce its first battery-electric model to its home country plus the European continent. However there’s some confusion regarding the launch of the MX-30 in North America. It seems that the battery’s 124-mile range — far less than competing electrics — is insufficient for U.S. and Canadian driving […]

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This special Mustang — equipped with a very unique high-revving 5.2-liter V-8 — has wowed Mustang lovers with its raucous exhaust note and 529 horsepower. All good things must come to an end, however, and after the 2020 model year, buyers will only get the GT500 (with a supercharged 5.2-liter V-8), which could be considered […]

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It’s no secret that the small-and-tall-wagons (crossovers) segment is one of the hottest. The group includes the Subaru Crosstrek that receives a makeover and a bigger slice of performance pie for 2021. There’s a new grille and a new front bumper with darkened cladding that matches the wheel arches and rear-bumper end caps. There’s also […]

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Love ’em or hate ’em (and The Sleuth is in the thumbs-up camp) both these performance-oriented 2021 Bimmers will sport enlarged (and seriously expressive) kidney-shaped grilles when they go on sale next spring. Each model comes with a twin-turbocharged six-cylinder engine that produces 473 horsepower in standard livery, or 503 horsepower in the more potent […]

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The Sleuth is bowled over by the automaker’s first electric vehicle for North America. The sharp-looking 2021 ID.4 midsize wagon is built on a platform that will support future VW electric cars heading our way over the next few years. The ID.4’s 288 battery cells are encased beneath the body. The motor, which makes 201 […]

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The Volkswagen Taos (named for a town in New Mexico) will join a compact small-wagon segment that includes, among others, the Nissan Kicks, Hyundai Venue and Jeep Renegade. The Taos is about 10 inches shorter than the VW Tiguan (although built using a shortened version of that platform) and will come in front- and all-wheel-drive […]

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Where does the time go? The Sleuth finds it hard to believe that it has been a half century since the original 240Z arrived on our shores. He’s happy to report, however, that a new Z that was recently displayed in near-finished form called the Z Proto will arrive sometime next spring as a 2022 […]

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Fresh from announcing an electric-vehicle-development arrangement with Honda, General Motors and electric start-up electric truck maker Nicola are also forming a partnership. Specifically, GM will supply its Ultium-brand batteries plus fuel cells and will also build the hydrogen-electric Badger pickup for Nicola (one of a number of planned future models). In return, GM receives an […]

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It’s normal for most larger automakers to introduce two or three new or significantly updated models every year, but Nissan has the pedal to the metal with a host of recently refreshed designs plus couple of new brands, as follows: 2019 model year – Redesigned Altima sedan; redesigned Kicks compact utility vehicle. 2020 model year […]

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