GM trolls Tesla and changes its approach with a new “supertruck”

GMC Hummer EV Edition 1 Michael Wayland/CNBC PHOENIX – The new GMC Hummer electric pickup is different for General Motors and not just because it’s not gas-guzzling like its ancestors. It marks a major shift for the historically conservative Detroit automaker, both in form and function, according to those who have worked there. The “highly … Read more

Chevy Bolt Hits Reset

Photo: Chevy Chevy says bolts are good now, Hummer EV buyers seem insufferable and VinFast. All this and more in The morning shift for April 7, 2022. 1st Gear: Bolt The Chevy Bolt, like you will remember, was subject to a massive recall last year due to a potential fire related to its batteries. This … Read more

Elon Musk and Tesla adopt a confusing rule

After dominating the start of the year, Tesla (TSLA) – Get the Tesla Inc report and Elon Musk are equally determined to grab headlines in the second quarter, which is just getting started. The premium electric vehicle maker and its whimsical CEO aren’t just planning to take all the media space. They also want to … Read more

VW abandons cheap cars

Almost 20 years after Volkswagen introduced the Phaeton to a resounding “huh?” of the buying public, VW is once again doubling down on premium models offering higher profit margins than bargain products. All this and more in The morning shift for April 6, 2022. 1st gear: Must be fun being an Audi executive right now … Read more

NASA needs Canoo to make a working EV astronaut carrier by 2023

science fiction? Photo: Canou If you ask me what astronauts drive, I’ll tell you it’s a Corvette because it’s the car that every Apollo astronaut had. But while they may have gone out to get groceries in a ’60s Vette, that’s not what they were dispatched to the launch pad in. In the Apollo era, … Read more

Car dealerships are getting bigger and bigger

Dealerships in America keep getting bigger, with consolidation on the rise. All this and more in The morning shift for April 4, 2022. 1st gear: consolidation is in place Industry trade that is Automotive News reports heavily on auto dealership activity, and this year’s report indicates that consolidation continues unabated. The top 10 and 150 … Read more

At $8,950, Is This 1995 GMC Sierra 3500 Pickup a Bargain?

As a former government truck, today Good price or no dice GMC is set up to be pretty straightforward. Let’s see if there are any shenanigans to be found with its price. While BMW has applied the venerable M badge across nearly its entire rangeeven going so far as to extend the performance id to … Read more

Vietnamese automaker takes bold and risky steps to challenge Tesla and Ford

It’s a bold and risky bet but one that sends a clear message to local automakers: the cards for the US electric vehicle market are not yet fully dealt. There are still places to take (and cards still to fall). Vietnamese electric vehicle maker VinFast has decided to challenge Tesla (TSLA) – Get the Tesla … Read more

Need a fuel efficient car to deliver packages. What should I buy?

Picture: Ford Darlene has a small package delivery business, but his 300,000-mile van eats into his profits with fuel and maintenance costs. She has a $16,000 budget for something affordable and fuel-efficient to make her deliveries. (Welcome back to Which car should you buy? Where we give real people real advice on buying cars. ) … Read more

Waymo self-driving experience: mostly peaceful and productive

PHOENIX — “A ghost drives the car.” That’s what my 5-year-old daughter said as I facetimed her recently from the backseat of a Waymo self-driving vehicle in the suburbs here. Passing motorists and pedestrians had a similar reaction. They pointed, stared and even gasped when they noticed no one was in the driver’s seat. It … Read more