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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That’s the hot rumor after reports surfaced that VW has trademarked the name e-Thing in Europe. The automaker briefly sold an odd-looking Bug-based four-door soft-top called the Thing in North America more than four decades ago. There’s speculation that the e-Thing might approximate the four-passenger ID Buggy concept model that Volkswagen displayed in 2019. It […]

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The Sleuth notes that the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) division will introduce a new top-of-the-line vehicle in mid-2021 using a name from the past. The original Grand Wagoneer was sold from 1984 until 1991 and had a 5.9-liter V-8 installed inside a body festooned with faux wood trim. The new Grand Wagoneer, which was recently […]

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Few people will likely notice the minor differences between the 2020 and 2021 versions of Porsche’s four-door hatchback, but there’s more power for at least two models. The twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8 in the Panamera Turbo S will deliver 620 horsepower and 605 pound-feet of torque, up from 550/568. According to Porsche, that means the 2021 […]

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The Sleuth hears that the automaker will take a page from Audi’s trail-capable Allroad as well as the similar Subaru Outback and Volvo V90 Cross Country wagons. The result is the E450-based All Terrain 4Matic (AWD). Replacing the standard E-Class wagon in North America for 2021 (except for the AMG E63 S), the All Terrain […]

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Among the list of a half-dozen or so startup-electric-truck makers is Michigan-based Bollinger with its squared-off, no-nonsense B1 utility-vehicle and B2 four-door pickup. (A two-door chassis-cab is also in the works that specifically designed for commercial applications.) Bollinger vehicles are the only electric workhorses with a Class 3 rating, which is given to vehicles that […]

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Being a fan of James Bond films, The Sleuth is happy to report that the automaker (and vehicle supplier to numerous Bond films) will build 100 007 Edition Aston Martin Vantage models and 25 007 Edition DBS Superleggera models for worldwide consumption. The 2021-model-year examples, which are styled after the cars used in the latest […]

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Ford owns the off-road pickup category with the Raptor, but that dominance will be put to the test by the 2021 Ram Rebel TRX. The new model comes with a 702-horsepower supercharged 6.2-liter “Hemi” V-8 that’s identical to the engine installed in the Dodge Challenger Hellcat model. There’s also 650-pound-feet of torque. Apparently Ford has […]

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It’s common for upscale automakers to convert squared-off utility models into more attractive (but less roomy) hatchbacks. The latest such brand is Nissan’s Infiniti division, which will reveal the QX50-based QX55 this fall for the 2022 model year. It will also be the first of a number of new gasoline and electric vehicles to wear […]

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