Top Story

Honda unveils next-generation safety technologies


(December 7, 2022) Honda has announced plans to expand the capabilities of its previously announced Honda Sensing 360 and Honda Sensing Elite advanced safety and driver assistive systems. The improved Honda Sensing 360 system will begin rolling out in the second half of the decade and will be standard on all new Honda and Acura models in the U.S. by 2030. The Acura version of Honda Sensing 360 will bear the AcuraWatch name.

2023 Nissan Pathfinder

INDIANAPOLIS — The original Pathfinder was a pretty hard-core off-roader based on Nissan’s rugged hardbody compact pickup.  First available with only two doors, but later four, it helped lead America away from station wagons and into family-friendly SUVs.  Subsequent generations became ever softer, eventually looking like a pudgy blimp only the Brady Bunch would love.  That is behind us as the current generation is still pretty plush, but returns style and capability to its roots.

2023 Mercedes EQS SUV

PHOENIX — The first fully electric U.S. Mercedes-EQ rolled into dealer showrooms about a year ago with the EQS sedan and was also the first EQ lineage built on the dedicated platform the German automaker dubbed EVA. We recently reviewed that vehicle and came away super impressed with its rear-wheel steering, a respectable driving range of 350 miles between charges and was further surprised with an AMG version that delivers 649 horsepower and a massive 700 lb.-ft of torque.

2022 Mercedes EQB350

MIAMI — Mercedes-Benz keeps expanding its all-electric fleet with a new introductory sub-compact model based on the gas-powered GLB SUV as the latest newcomer. It comes in two versions, the EQB300 and the EQB350, the former providing a bit more in the way of range and the latter more in the way of power and performance. Both come with Mercedes’ 4MATIC all-wheel-drive system as standard. This review is based on the EQB350.

Vehicle of the Week

2022 Ford F-150 Lightning — Driving a pickup on electricity photo

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

(December 4, 2022) Working from a clean sheet of paper, automakers have for the most part created nothing short of outstanding products with their new electric vehicles. Test drive one at your favorite dealer and you're in danger of falling in love with whatever model you've picked out. Manufacturers have done their part so far in convincing the public that driving gas-free is the new way to go.

Here's the Thing

Survey finds young people view their vehicle as 'third space'

(December 7, 2022) SAN JOSE, Calif. — DTS, Inc., a global leader in next-generation audio, imaging and sensing technology, has released a new report, “The Vehicle as a Third Space.” The report discusses the increasing importance of the vehicle as a third space, as well as uncovers drivers' preferred in-cabin features and functionality.

Will OPEC’s oil production cut affect decline in gas prices?

AAA photo

(December 6, 2022) WASHINGTON, D.C.  — The recent steep plunge in domestic gas prices may be affected by the results of Sunday’s meeting of OPEC+, a group of 23 oil-producing nations, including Saudi Arabia and Russia. Domestic gasoline prices have dropped 26 cents nationally in the past two weeks. But OPEC+ decided to maintain output cuts of 2 million barrels per day, about 2% of world demand, according to AAA's weekly gasoline report.

When size matters, Chevy Tahoe stands out among large SUVs

By Paul Borden

(November 30, 2022) If you’re in the market for a large SUV, sooner or later — probably sooner — you’re going to find yourself in a Chevrolet showroom looking at a new Tahoe and/or Suburban. Likely it will be the Tahoe, which through the third quarter of this year had more than doubled its older stablemate in sales.

Inside the Industry

VW starts update program for ID.4 software with performance improvements

(December 7, 2022) HERNDON, Va. — Volkswagen of America has announced the next advancement of the ID.4 EV with software updates. New features to enhance the charging experience and further improve system performance will be available on MY21 and certain MY22 vehicles. This first update is a prerequisite for future features. Eligible vehicle owners will receive formal notification once the update is made available to them.

Ford, SK On make progress on battery production facilities

(December 6, 2022) GLENDALE, Ky. — Ford and SK On have broken ground at BlueOval SK Battery Park, where their joint venture — BlueOval SK — has invested $5.8 billion to produce advanced batteries for future Ford and Lincoln electric vehicles, slated to start production in 2025, creating 5,000 new jobs in Kentucky. Construction is on schedule at the two massive battery manufacturing facilities capable of collectively producing more than 80 gigawatt hours annually.

GM opens first EV plant in Canada to build BrightDrop delivery vans

(December 6, 2022) INGERSOLL, Ont. — General Motors and BrightDrop marked the opening of Canada's first full-scale electric-vehicle manufacturing plant. With investment support from both U.S. and Canadian governments, GM has completely retooled the CAMI Assembly plant in record time to become the new global manufacturing home of BrightDrop’s fully electric delivery vans. BrightDrop also announced the commencement of commercial operations in Canada, with DHL slated to be the company’s first Canadian customer.

Abandoned Car of the Week

A Gremlin convention

Three mid-1970s AMC Gremlins are living together in retirement in a Utah salvage yard. The Gremlin is a subcompact introduced in 1970, manufactured and marketed in a single, two-door body style (1970–1978) by American Motors Corporation (AMC).  Using a shortened Hornet platform, the Gremlin was classified as an economy car and competed with the Chevrolet Vega and Ford Pinto. The Gremlin reached a total production of 671,475 over a single generation.
(Photo by Jim Prueter)