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Fiat’s new global game — Five concepts unveiled


First production car set for July
followed by a new model annually

(March 2, 2024) AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — In a constantly changing global mobility market, there are those who dream about a better future and those who take concrete steps toward a more sustainable and responsible tomorrow. Fiat has proven that the future is already here with the unveiling of its new family of Panda-inspired concepts.

Mercedes-AMG GLS63

MIAMI — Though its roots go back to the late 1990s when Mercedes-Benz introduced its first SUV, dubbed the M and later adjusted to ML to alleviate a conflict with BMW’s M line, the GLS came into being as a 2017 model when it replaced the GL-Class that had served as Mercedes’ flagship SUV since its introduction in 2006.

2024 Ford F-150 Tremor

INDIANAPOLIS — Last year, I drove the Ford Maverick Tremor and thought it was very cool with its gold accents, black wheels, and enhanced off-road capability.  But, let’s be honest, the Maverick is essentially a compact crossover with a bed that’s better suited to light lawn duty than heavy hauling.  For that, we step up to the 2024 Ford F-150 Tremor that’s just as stylish, but far more capable.

2024 Chevrolet Trax

PHOENIX — All-new for 2024 the Chevrolet Trax — the brand's new entry-level model now that the Spark has been discontinued — is larger, much better looking inside and out, less expensive and surprisingly a bit larger than the Trailblazer, Chevy's other small compact SUV. The previous Trax ended production after the 2022 model year, and there is no 2023 Trax model rather just jumping to 2024 for the Korean built sub-compact crossover.

Vehicle of the Week

Ford Bronco Everglades — Now with snorkel and winch

By Jim Meachen

(February 25, 2024) Ford has had some bright and profitable ideas in recent times — the two biggest were the development of a small pickup truck called the Maverick that can be purchased for under 30 grand, and the resurrection of the iconic Bronco off-road vehicle as a modern interpretation of a go-anywhere body-on-frame truck in direct competition with the Jeep Wrangler.

Here's the Thing

Gas prices creep up ahead of potential leap

(March 1, 2024) WASHINGTON, DC — Drivers saw gas prices creep up the final week of February. The national average for a gallon of gas is $3.31 on this leap day, 4 cents higher than it was one week ago. The upward trend is likely to continue as travelers start heading out of town for Spring Break.

Increasing new-vehicle sales drives record consumer spending

(February 26, 2024) Total new-vehicle sales for February, including retail and non-retail transactions, are projected to reach 1,214,600 units, a 1.4% increase from February 2023, according to a joint forecast from J.D. Power and GlobalData. February 2024 has 25 selling days, one more than February 2023. Comparing the same sales volume without adjusting for the number of selling days translates to an increase of 5.6% from a year ago.

Study reveals 40% of Americans overpaid for gas in last month

(February 27, 2024) DALLAS — Americans love to hate gas prices, and it’s understandable after the last few years of heightened volatility at the pump. However, most drivers don’t realize that they have some control over how much they spend on gas. GasBuddy, a fuel savings platform, has released the results of its Pump Habits survey, revealing costly behaviors when it comes to filling up.

Key findings

Inside the Industry

GM recalling 820,000 late-model pickups over tailgate issue

(March 2, 2024) WASHINGTON — General Motors said on Friday it is recalling 820,000 newer pickups in North America because tailgates could unlatch and open unexpectedly. The issue covers 2020 through 2024 model year trucks with power unlatching liftgates because water could leak into the exterior tailgate switch and cause a short circuit while parked.

Hyundai reports record-breaking February sales

(March 1, 2024) FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif. — Hyundai Motor America reported record-breaking total February sales of 60,341 units, a 6% increase compared with February 2023. Hyundai set total sales records in February for Tucson (+8%), Tucson PHEV (+280%), Tucson HEV (+29%), Palisade (+16%), and Kona EV (+15%).

Volvo's industry-first connected safety tech can alert drivers of accidents ahead

(March 1, 2024) You’re driving down a winding country road. It’s impossible to see beyond the road in front of you. Suddenly, your Volvo car alerts you: there’s been an accident ahead. As you calmly decelerate and come around the next curve, you see a crashed car in your lane. Thanks to the warning, you were prepared and could react proactively.

Abandoned Car of the Week

A Ford and a Dodge live in abandonment

A 1964 Ford Thunderbird and a circa 1961-64 Dodge pickup live in abandoned bliss in New Mexico. The '64 Bird kicked off the fourth generation and was a big leap forward in design over the third generation Thunderbird. The standard engine was a 300-horsepower V-8. The Dodge D series pickup was introduced in 1961 and sold through the 1993 model year. The first generation of the D series was built through 1965.
(Photo by Jim Prueter)