Daniel Ammann now in Cruise control

SoftBank Managing Partner Michael Ronen sits in the front seat of a driverless Cruise AV in May along with GM President Dan Ammann, left, and CEO Mary Barra. Photo credit: Steve Fecht/GM After eight years at General Motors where he quickly rose up the executive ranks to be president the past four years, former Wall […]

50-mpg hybrid tech for a new normal

The Toyota Corolla has historically flaunted its frugal credentials. In a sign of changing times, the new 2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid is angling for a lot more eco cred. For the first time, it packs something very noteworthy: Toyota’s hybrid system, and mileage that’s surprisingly close to the Prius. Toyota claims that the Corolla Hybrid’s […]

Michael Cook, former Triumph and Jaguar PR man, dies at 85

Mike Cook in 2016 with a classic 1973 Triumph Stag. Photo credit: RICHARD TRUETT Triumph sold its last sports car in the U.S. in the summer of 1982, and on Tuesday the brand lost its PR man, Michael Cook, 85, who never stopped promoting the fun-to-drive brand of budget roadsters. From 1958 until 1991, a […]

2019 Toyota Prius adds new all-wheel-drive option

Following in all four of the 2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid’s tire tracks, the 2019 Toyota Prius that bowed Wednesday at the 2018 LA Auto Show will offer all-wheel drive as an option for the first time. Toyota expects that about a quarter of Prius shoppers will opt for all-wheel drive.  The 2019 Prius’ all-wheel-drive system […]

GM plans to axe plants; Chevy Volt, Impala, Cadillac XTS, Buick LaCrosse on chopping block

General Motors announced Monday significant changes in North American car production including the discontinuation of several models and the closure of three assembly plants in the U.S. and Canada. The company said that it will discontinue the Chevrolet Cruze, Impala, and Volt and Buick LaCrosse during 2019. The Cadillac XTS and CT6 sedans may also […]

Canada blindsided by GM Oshawa closure, workers walk out in protest

Trudeau: “I spoke with GM (CEO) Mary Barra to express my deep disappointment in the closure, TORONTO/MONTREAL — Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Monday expressed his “deep disappointment” in General Motors’ decision to close its Oshawa plant, a move Canadian officials only learned about on Sunday and which led workers to walk off the […]

What’s New for 2019: Ford

Watch this space. Next year, we won’t have nearly as many cars to describe. That’s because Ford plans to axe all of its sedans and hatchbacks, leaving the Mustang as its sole traditional passenger car. Ford will instead fill its showrooms with crossovers, SUVs, and pickup trucks. A new Bronco is coming, and that’s exciting. […]

Renault-Nissan leaders to meet amid tensions over Ghosn ouster

Nissan CEO Hiroto Saikawa made it clear he wants to end Renault’s control of the alliance. PARIS/TOKYO — Renault-Nissan executives will attempt this coming week to shield their joint operations from a looming power struggle between the automakers, following alliance boss Carlos Ghosn’s shock arrest over misconduct allegations. Top executives from both manufacturers and third […]

Suzuki Kizashi recalled over fuel tank that may potentially crack

Suzuki doesn’t sell cars in the U.S. any longer, but the automaker issued a recall for one of the final vehicles sold on these shores. According to paperwork filed with the NHTSA in October but released by the government Monday, Suzuki will recall the Kizashi sedan over fuel tanks that may crack. The potential crack […]

Why GM is probing 2.7 million GM trucks and SUVs

NHTSA received 111 customer complaints about braking in the trucks and SUVs. Photo credit: BLOOMBERG U.S. highway safety investigators are probing an alleged defect in 2.7 million pickups and SUVs built by General Motors that are getting into collisions because drivers are having trouble braking. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration opened an investigation on […]