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2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV — Great if it’s not your only car


By Jim Prueter

(June 27, 2022) In 2017 Chevrolet first came out with the all-electric Bolt hatchback. Now for 2022 the Bolt has been redesigned and the brand expanded by introducing the Bolt EUV (Electric Utility Vehicle) that is a bit larger and more practical.  Chevrolet is vaguely suggesting the Bolt EUV is a crossover vehicle, but it’s front-wheel drive only and its low ground clearance fails as a utility vehicle. The regular Bolt EV has a starting price of $31,500, the Bolt EUV is $2,000 more at $33,500.

2022 Genesis GV70

HERNDON, Va. — The growth in size of today’s crossovers and SUVs is not unlike the growth in size of America’s collective waistline. (You know, we can’t all be a "perfect physical specimen.") Compact crossovers are quickly morphing into midsize crossovers, while those body-on-frame 3-rows — think Suburban or Ford’s Navigator — can’t realistically be garaged; they’re too long and too high. So, when you see a crossover that seems proportional to its mission, you want to jump on it. And over it. And around it.

2022 Kia Niro EV

INDIANAPOLIS — I have a pretty long commute — about 35 miles each way.  And as I noticed while picking up soda at the gas station last weekend, 87 octane was $4.65 per gallon.  Premium and diesel were uncomfortably over $5.  I own a Smart car and have test cars most of the time, so gas prices don’t usually affect my budget much, but goodness that’s expensive.  I let it sink in, then realized I still don’t care because…I’m driving the 2022 Kia Niro EV.

2022 Porsche 911 GTS

PHOENIX — It’s early morning and I’m on the Apache Trail, a two-lane blacktop highway in central Arizona. The Trail opens up with a rare straightaway for the passing zone. Just ahead of me, a wide, smooth hairpin curve comes into view as I negotiate one of the countless hills and dips that open into a seemingly endless serving of S curves carved into the side of cactus-forested mountains and chiseled desert canyons.

Vehicle of the Week

2022 Toyota Sienna — It's all about the gas milage

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

(June 26, 2022) When we first drove the newest generation Toyota Sienna minivan about 14 months ago we were impressed by a number of things Toyota had done to improve styling and update the vehicle with scads of storage, a user-friendly interface, and a large helping of new technology. We also praised its extraordinary gas mileage. We recently drove another Sienna, a 2022 Platinum Hybrid, this spring on a 350-mile round trip to our favorite beach and we have elevated the Sienna's exceptional gas mileage to the top of our list for reasons to purchase.

Here's the Thing

J.D. Power forecasts decline in new-vehicle sales in June

(June 27, 2022) New-vehicle retail sales for June are expected to decline when compared with June 2021, according to a joint forecast from J.D. Power and LMC Automotive. Retail sales of new vehicles this month are expected to reach 965,300 units, a 18.2% decrease compared with June 2021 when adjusted for selling days. June 2022 has one additional selling day compared to June 2021. Comparing the same sales volume without adjusting for the number of selling days translates to a decrease of 15% from 2021.

2022 Infiniti QX80 — A luxury SUV with a drinking problem

By Jim Prueter

(June 26, 2022) At just over 17-feet long and more than 6 ½ feet wide, and taller than my 6-6” height and weighs just over three tons, the Infiniti QX80 is a behemoth to behold. It’s also handsome with seating for seven, carries a luxury-brand cachet, and the biggest SUV offering in the Infiniti product lineup.

Study finds consumers want safeguards with partial automation

(June 24, 2022) Drivers prefer partial automation that comes with appropriate safeguards, a new survey conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety shows. “Automakers often assume that drivers want as much technology as they can get in their vehicles,” says Alexandra Mueller, the survey’s primary designer. “But few studies have examined actual consumer opinions about partial driving automation.”

Inside the Industry

BMW Motorrad presents the ConnectedRide Com U1 communications system

(June 27, 2022) WOODCLIFF LAAKE, N.J . — Talk to your passenger or group members while riding, listen to your favorite music together, make phone calls or follow the announcements of the navigation system — the new BMW Motorrad communication system ConnectedRide Com U1 offers all this via Bluetooth or Mesh 2.0 technology.

Iconic Bentley Speed Six to be born again with 12 new copies

(June 26, 2022) CREWE, England — Bentley Mulliner is to bring the iconic Speed Six back to life with a new and highly exclusive Continuation Series of 12 cars, each mechanically and aesthetically authentic to the Bentley racers that won Le Mans in 1929 and 1930. Created to honor the achievements of the original cars and while continuing to develop and preserve Mulliner’s heritage skills, the new Speed Sixes will become the second pre-war continuation project in the world after the Blower — both created by Bentley Mulliner.

BMW adds wagon option to M3/M4 range with M3 Touring

(June 25, 2022) The BMW M GmbH model offensive continues in its 50th anniversary year with the addition of a fourth model type to the BMW M3/M4 range alongside the Sedan, Coupé and Convertible. The BMW M3 Touring will celebrated its world premiere at the Goodwood Festival of Speed this week. Orders for the new BMW M3 Touring can be taken from September, ahead of a market launch that will get underway with the start of production in November. The BMW M3 Touring will be produced alongside the BMW M3 Sedan at BMW Group Plant Munich.

Abandoned Car of the Week

An unrestored Jeep

The Jeep became a go-anywhere icon in the U.S. after Willys-Overland began production of the civilian Jeep (known as CJ) following World War II. Old Jeeps in various states of repair can be seen in virtually every corner of the country. This Jeep of undetermined age needs some considerable restoration. It was found in Stantonsburg, N.C.
(Photo by Jim Meachen)