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GM to invest nearly $800 million in Canadian plant to build EVs


(January 19, 2021) INGERSOLL, Ont. — Unifor members have ratified a three-year contract with General Motors to bring production of its recently announced BrightDrop electric light commercial vehicle, the EV600, to its CAMI manufacturing plant in Ingersoll, Ontario. The nearly $800 million (1 billion Canadian dollar) investment will support GM’s timing to deliver BrightDrop EV600 in late 2021. The investment will enable GM to convert CAMI into Canada’s first large-scale electric delivery vehicles manufacturing plant.

2021 Ford F-150 Hybrid

INDIANAPOLIS — It’s been the best-selling pickup for generations, has carried carpenters to worksites, busted trails to mountaintops, rolled up to clubs, and took young couples to the altar.  It’s so embedded in American culture that it’s even been on postage stamps.  But, for the first time in its very long history, it can power a worksite, campsite, or partysite all on its own.  A full redesign lofts the 2021 Ford F-150 to the top.


2021 GMC Yukon AT4

INDIANAPOLIS — One of my favorite car magazines essentially called GM’s all-new full-size SUVs losers because they’re apparently not that great on the skid pad.  In other words, their grip when being driven like a race car is not good.  Well, newsflash, full-size SUVs weighing 5,677 lbs. and packing the underpinnings to rise up and bound over rough trails are rarely very good at autocrossing.  Climb aboard the completely redesigned 2021 GMC Yukon AT4 and I suspect you won’t care.

2021 Mercedes GLA250

GREENVILLE, S.C. — The redesigned Mercedes-Benz GLA250 puts a little more emphasis on “utility” in this, the smallest of Benz SUVs. Make no mistake, there is still a certain amount of fun-to-drive in the GLA250, but in its re-imagining, Mercedes added some traditional SUV cues resulting in a more mature, more substantial carryall.
I recently spent a week with a front-drive GLA250. The price of admission to the GLA-Class is $37,280, including the $1,050 factory delivery charge.

Vehicle of the Week

2020 Chevrolet Corvette — Supercar performance at an amazing price photo

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

It was the shortest week of 2020 — the week we lived with the new mid-engine Chevrolet Corvette. Time seemed to slip away as we created little windows of opportunity to get behind the wheel, take pictures, answer dozens of questions from onlookers, and give at least a half dozen rides. Since it showed up in 1953, the Corvette has been the number one aspired-to vehicle in America. No different for this reinterpretation of the all-American sports car.

Here's the Thing

The best and worst states to drive in according to WalletHub study

(January 19, 2021) Everyone hates being stuck in traffic. It makes you late, and causes many people’s tempers to flare up. But it’s also quite bad for your wallet — in fact, congestion cost U.S. drivers $88 billion in 2019, as well as an average of 99 hours of their time. The U.S. also has five out of the world’s 25 worst cities for traffic, and 19 of the worst 25 in North America, according to statistics compiled by WalletHub.

Kelley Blue Book names 10 Best Automotive Technologies of 2021

(January 18, 2021) IRVINE, Calif. — As cars become more advanced, electronic technology and integrated systems are musts to consider when shopping for a new vehicle. The array of safety, security, connectivity, and communication systems available in today's cars makes life on the road easier without causing driver distraction. Today, Kelley Blue Book names the 10 Best Automotive Technologies of 2021 to help consumers make sense of what to look for when it comes to the latest and greatest car tech this year.

2021 Jeep Gladiator EcoDiesel: Is it worth the cost?

By Jim Prueter

(January 17, 2021) Prior to introducing Gladiator, one of the most commonly asked questions by Jeep customers was, “Will you please offer a Jeep truck?” Followed closely by, “Will it be offered with a diesel engine?” The first question was answered with the Gladiator almost a year ago. It was Jeep’s first pickup truck in 28 years after the discontinuation of the Comanche, which was sold from 1986 to 1992.

Inside the Industry

Fiat Chrysler merges with PSA Group to become Stellantis

(January 19, 2021) Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and France-based PSA Group completed their $52 billion tie-up and formally merged into Stellantis on Saturday. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is no more. The merger creates the fourth largest automaker in the world with combined annual sales of around 8.1 million vehicles and deep enough pockets to fund the shift to electric driving and take on bigger rivals Toyota and Volkswagen Group.

BMW Group optimistic about 2021 after posting record Q4 sales

(January 18, 2021) MUNICH, Germany  — After achieving an all-time sales high in the fourth quarter of 2020, the BMW Group is optimistic about the current year. The company is realigning its Sales and Marketing division in close collaboration with its retail partners with the aim of offering the industry's best premium customer experience.

2021 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance to feature ‘Weird & Wonderful’ Class

Tasco prototype

By Sports Car Digest

(January 18, 2021) On May 23, the 26th Annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance will feature a special class that will showcase The Amelia’s affection for encompassing a wider view of the established normal and traditional Concours concept. With the previous “Cars of the Cowboys” and “What Were They Thinking” classes being appreciated despite their non-traditional status, this year’s special class will be the "Weird & Wonderful."

Abandoned Car of the Week

A used up '50 Ford

The 1950 Ford marked the second year of the new generation introduced following World War II. Two engines were offered in 1950 — a 3.7-liter L-head inline 6 and a 3.9-liter Flathead V-8 making 100 horsepower. Ford sold 1.2 million units in 1950, second behind Chevrolet that sold about 1.5 million cars. This used up example of a 1950 Ford two-door was found in Arizona.
(Photo by Becky Antioco)