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Jaguar, Land Rover Plan to Offer All-Electric Lineup, Phase Out Conventional Powertrains

Jaguar, Land Rover Plan to Offer All-Electric Lineup, Phase Out Conventional Powertrains

UK automaker Jaguar Land Rover announced a major shift towards electric vehicles.
The company, owned by India’s Tata Motors, said it would invest £3.5 billion  ($4.85 billion) in the move towards the electrification of its lineup.
Jaguar will offer only electric vehicles as of the 2025 model year, while Land Rover will offer its first EV starting in 2024, and then introduce several more in rapid succession.
Land Rover was originally slated to …

Hotel Review: The Lloyd, Stamford, Connecticut

Writing a hotel review during a global pandemic is fraught with peril.  While I felt completely confident in my selection, I wouldn’t wish to cause someone to abandon all coronavirus safeguards and dive back into travel unnecessarily or with reckless abandon.  Then again, I also believe that the overwhelming majority of the magazine’s readers would not do this, so here goes.
The brand new Lloyd, Stamford is a new luxury boutique …

Review and Test Drive: 2020 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Platinum AWD

The Toyota Highlander was released in 2001 shortly after it made its debut at the 2000 New York International Auto Show. After 20 years, it was time for the fourth generation Highlander to come to these shores, “redesigned from the ground up,” as Toyota put it.
The Toyota Highlander was one of the first car-based SUV crossovers and the hybrid variant was the first seven-seat hybrid vehicle on the market.
Now in …

Photo Essay: The Moynihan Train Hall at Penn Station in N.Y.C.

The $1.6 billion Daniel Patrick Moynihan Train Hall opened at dawn on New Year’s Day, replete with the steel, marble, and glass that is associated with train stations of another, perhaps more gilded, age.
“It is a testament and a monument to the public,” said New York Governor Andrew Cuomo in announcing the opening of Moynihan Train Hall, although he needn’t have said a word as the reviews on social media …

5 Steps You Can Take to Bring Order to Your Work-From-Home Life by Controlling Notifications

If you’re among the tens of millions of workers working at home during the pandemic, one thing more so than anything else may be driving you crazy: The banners, beeps, and bleats of notifications.
While notifications were always a distraction, telecommuting has created an onslaught that demands attention – in order for you to regain your attention and focus.
Distractions where a notification momentarily interrupts you from something you are working on …

United Airlines to Offer Covid Test Pre-Clearance Program for Hawaii-Bound Travelers

United Airlines to Offer Covid Test Pre-Clearance Program for Hawaii-Bound Travelers

United Airlines announced a pre-clearance program that allows passengers traveling to Hawaii to show proof of a negative test result at the departure airport.  The new program allows passengers to bypass document screening upon arrival in Hawaii.
In order to participate in the program, travelers must enroll in Hawaii’s Safe Travels program, the state’s repository for health and travel information. Those traveling must complete the online Covid-19 questionnaire within 24-hours of …

Review and Test Drive: 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer AWD RS

If you’re a subcompact buyer, there may be a Korean-designed crossover that will allow you to “see the U.S.A. in your Chevrolet.”
The Chevrolet Trailblazer, designed by GM Korea, made its debut at the 2019 Shanghai International Automobile Industry Exhibition, and its U.S. debut later that year at the Los Angeles International Auto Show.  It began to make its way into dealer showrooms in early 2020 as a 2021 model.
Since this …