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Ford, GM, Mercedes Among 6 Automakers and 30 Countries in Glasgow Pledging a Zero-Emissions Future

Six automakers and 30 countries pledged, at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, to move to eliminate the production of new gasoline- and diesel-powered automobiles by 2040. While the list includes such major automakers as Ford, General Motors, Mercedes-Benz, and Volvo, as well as countries such as Britain, Canada, India, Norway, Poland, Sweden, and the Netherlands, the compendium of companies that either abstained or did not pledge was …

Hertz Orders 100,000 Cars from Tesla, Will Rent 50,000 to Uber Drivers

Hertz Global Holdings announced plans to purchase 100,000 Tesla electric vehicles and later said it will rent 50,000 of them to Uber drivers.
The rental giant, which declared bankruptcy at the start of the pandemic in 2020, said it is making a substantial investment in an electric-vehicle fleet as well as charging infrastructure.  Hertz exited Chapter 11 in June.
The move is intended to give a post-bankruptcy Hertz a high-tech fleet and …

The 2021 Frankfurt Auto Show? It’s Now in Munich

Things were different at the biennial Internationale Automobil-Ausstellung, aka the Frankfurt Auto Show, this year.  For one thing, the IAA is now known as IAA Mobility.  It’s also not just about cars anymore, but covers everything from bikes to e-scooters to automobiles.  Oh, and it’s no longer in Frankfurt but rather in Munich.
In short, this is not your father’s IAA.
The show is the automotive industry’s first international event since the …

Amidst Chip Shortage, Car Dealers Skip Labor Day Blowout Sales For a Second Year in a Row

A classic Labor Day tradition is slowly disappearing.  Last year, car dealers and appliance stores eschewed the loud, boisterous commercials touting never-before-seen savings.  That’s because there would be no Labor Day sales events.
Car dealers last year didn’t need to clear out the previous year’s models because the industry was recovering from the early pandemic-related shutdowns in the spring, leaving little on the lot.  Meanwhile, major appliance buyers were waiting up …

Lucid Motors, Launching on Nasdaq, Changes Definition of Luxury EV

Tesla competitor Lucid Motors celebrated its debut on the Nasdaq Monday with fanfare worthy of the best of television game shoes, including the appropriate amount of confetti for a company with a market value of roughly $43 billion that has yet to sell a single vehicle.
While there are many comparisons that have been made with Tesla – the company’s CEO Peter Rawlin led the development of the Tesla Model S …

Volkswagen Passat Reaches the End of the Road in the U.S.

Once upon a time, boys and girls, there was the Chevrolet Impala, the Buick Electra, the Ford Taurus, and even the Lincoln Continental. But car buyers began to reject sedans in favor of crossovers and gone were these models with the stroke of a pen, along with Acura RLX, the Cadillac CT6, the Jaguar XE, and, now, the Volkswagen Passat.
Volkswagen said Monday that 2022 will be the final year for …

The Insider’s Guide to Fourth of July Road Trips: The Best Times to Travel

The Insider’s Guide to Fourth of July Road Trips: The Best Times to Travel

If you are planning a road trip on Independence Day weekend, you most certainly won’t be alone.
More than 47.7 million Americans will travel during the five-day July 4th holiday period according to the American Automobile Association, and 91% of them will be going by car.
If possible, leave before the extended weekend, i.e. on Tuesday or Wednesday, to miss the rush and by all means check weather forecasts as summer storms …