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Review and Test Drive: 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA250 SUV

Redesigned for 2021, the Mercedes-Benz GLA250 is not only a significant improvement over its predecessor but it packs enough tech, style, comfort, and driving pleasure that it will make it stand out from the pack.
The GLA nameplate is part of the automaker’s current SUV nomenclature, under which GL stands for Geländewagen, or off-road vehicle, and the A reflects the vehicle’s place in the pecking order, in this case, the smallest, …

Review and Test Drive: 2021 Kia Sorento Hybrid EX

While the original Kia Sorento was introduced in 2002 as a compact SUV and relaunched in 2009 as a mid-sized one, we never had the occasion to review a Sorento.  That is, until now.  Four generations after launch, the 2021 Sorento, originally slated to make its debut at the Geneva Motor Show that was cancelled amidst the height of the coronavirus pandemic, made its somewhat less splashy and very virtual …

In Speech to Congress, Biden Calls for the Deployment of 500,000 EV Charging Stations

In his first address to Congress, President Joseph Biden proposed spending $15 billion to fund the creation of a national network of electric-vehicle charging stations as part of the administration’s American Jobs First plan and said that the United States should lead the world in producing electric vehicles.
“There’s no reason why American workers can’t lead the world in the production of electric vehicles and batteries…  We have this capacity, [and] …

Review and Test Drive: The 2021 Volvo 90 Series – Volvo S90 and XC90 Recharge T8 eAWD Inscription

We were as excited as a group of auto writer can be when we welcomed the first of the Volvo 90 Series vehicles – a 2016 Volvo XC90 T6 AWD R-Design – into our short-term press fleet in the spring of 2016.  That was followed – in the winter of 2017 – with the arrival of a 2017 model year Volvo S90 T6 sedan and a trip to drive the …

Voltswagen is Dead. ‘Long Live Volkswagen’ Says Automaker After April Fool’s Stunt Fails

In a move reminiscent of when the International House of Pancakes said it was changing its name to IHOb, the International House of Burgers, a PR stunt that brought that brand great attention, Volkswagen of America said Monday it would change its name henceforth to Voltswagen.
The move, the automaker said, was to call attention to its new lineup of electric vehicles.
While VW intended this to be an April Fool’s Day …

Review and Test Drive: The 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E is ‘the EV Generation’s Pony Car’

Remember the original pony car, the 1965 Ford Mustang?  The term for a then new class of automobile, a pony car had sporty yet affordable performance and it could carry four people. In addition, a pony car would have a long hood and short rear deck and, most important, have visceral appeal and tug at the buyer’s emotions.
Of course, back in 1964, when the Mustang made its debut, vehicle manufacturers …

Review and Test Drive: 2020 Lexus GX 460

The Lexus GX, first launched in 2002 and built on the Toyota Land Cruiser Prado platform, arrived at a time in the United States where there was no coronavirus pandemic and the biggest health concern was SARS, severe acute respiratory syndrome, an epidemic traced back to cave-dwelling horseshoe bats in Yunnan, China.
Life was simpler then.  The iPhone, Facebook, and Twitter had yet to be invented and, as a result, the …