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Two studies show GM builds the most American-made vehicles


(October 20, 2020) DETROIT — General Motors produces more models with the highest amounts of American-produced components than any other automaker, according to two recent independent studies. In the annual American-Made Index for 2020, nine of the top 25 models are GM products, more than any other manufacturer.

2021 Mercedes-AMG GLE63

INDIANAPOLIS — Back in 1991, one of the fastest vehicles you could buy was the GMC Typhoon – a high-performance version of the Jimmy, stoked with a 280 horsepower turbocharged V6 engine and electronic all-wheel-drive that could run 0-60 mph in 5.3 seconds.  It kept pace with contemporary Corvettes and spoiled passengers with a leather-lined luxury interior.  Flash forward thirty years and we have the Typhoon’s spiritual successor, the 2021 Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S.

2021 Volvo XC90 T8-E

PHOENIX — For years, I’ve made long weekend pilgrimages to visit family, explore National Parks, and go on golf junkets, mostly because I love to drive and partly because it’s cheap. Recently, it seemed a certain virus might annul my trip to southern Utah, but restrictions eased just in time for our Bryce Canyon-Zion hiking excursion. We were in luck.

2021 Chevy Trailblazer

PHOENIX — For the 2021 model year, Chevrolet has resurrected yet another name from the past, this time the Trailblazer. But rather than the truck-based utility vehicle that was available from 2001 through 2009, the new Trailblazer is a very different vehicle that’s much smaller and slots between the larger Chevy Equinox and smaller Trax. The only thing it shares with the old Trailblazer is the name. Also know, this is not a derivative model of the mid-sized Chevrolet Blazer that’s larger and was an all-new model for 2019.

Vehicle of the Week

2020 Cadillac CT4-V — Luxury performance at a good price photo

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

(October 18, 2020) By the end of the year Lincoln will become the only mainstream luxury carmaker without a single sedan in the lineup. Time will tell if this is a good decision — other luxury automakers retain at least a semblance of a sedan presence as SUVs take over the landscape like out of control kudzu. We mention this because Lincoln's arch rival Cadillac is also loading up its lineup with crossovers, but still offers sedan alternatives with the excellent all-new CT4 and CT5. Its customers at least have a choice. And we are for a choice because we like sedans.

Here's the Thing

Gasoline demand, supply and imports decline along with gas prices

(October 20, 2020) Gasoline demand, according to the Energy Information Administration (EIA), back tracked for the week ending Oct. 9, decreasing from 8.90 million barrels a day to 8.58 million barrels a day. Lower demand, even as total domestic stocks decreased by 1.6 million barrels to 225.1 million barrels and imports fell to their lowest rate since Sept. 18, has contributed to pump price decreases for the majority of the country.

Volvo seeks to use technology to support drivers, reduce distraction

(October 19, 2020) The rise of smartphones and touch screens inside cars has sparked a growing debate around the dangers of distraction behind the wheel. But Volvo Cars safety experts say that distraction is a fact of life, and that technology should be used to support people in their daily commute.

The company’s own safety research and behavioral science work suggests that when used correctly, modern technology inside the car can actively reduce distraction, boost road safety and help people to be better and more focused drivers.

Annual report finds the Ford F-150 the most stolen vehicle of 2019

(October 19, 2020) The full-size Ford pickup, which has been the the top-selling U.S. pickup for more than four decades, also became the most stolen vehicle of 2019, according to a National Insurance Crime Bureau report.  NICB's "Hot Wheels: America's Top Ten Most Stolen Vehicle Makes" measures theft data submitted by law enforcement to the National Crime Information Center.

Inside the Industry

Chase Auto and Subaru renew private label agreement

(October 20, 2020) Subaru of America and Chase Auto announced today the renewal of their private label agreement, extending Chase’s role as the private label finance provider for the auto manufacturer. Since 2001, Chase Auto has been the private label finance partner for Subaru of America, providing customized retail, lease and commercial services as well as strategic support to more than 630 retailers in the U.S. Through the brand Subaru Motors Finance, Chase has financed nearly four million Subaru drivers.

Mercedes-Benz Maybach GLS sport utility to start at $161,550

(October 20, 2020) The Mercedes-Maybach GLS is the all-new, highly anticipated addition to the Mercedes-Maybach lineup, expanding the Maybach product portfolio with its first-ever SUV. Offering refined spaciousness, unparalleled comfort, and powerful V8 performance, the Mercedes- Maybach GLS 600 4MATIC represents the  pinnacle of SUV luxury for the Mercedes-Maybach brand in the U.S. market. Arriving in U.S. dealerships late this year, priced from $161,550.

Tampa working with three automakers on connected vehicle program

(October 19, 2020) TAMPA, Fla. — Since September 2015, the Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority (THEA) has been working with the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) as a Connected Vehicle Pilot site. The next step in the Connected Vehicle space is to begin working with the auto industry manufacturers.  To that end, THEA has announced that it is collaborating with Honda R&D Americas, LLC, Hyundai America Technical Center, Inc. (HATCI) and Toyota Motor North America to deploy vehicles with connected vehicle technology already installed.

Abandoned Car of the Week

Post-war Chevy pickup

The Advanced Design Chevrolet pickup was General Motors' first all-new truck after World War II and it proved to be a gigantic success. It was manufactured from 1947 through 1953 with little change. This relic was discovered in Utah.
(Photo by Jim Prueter)