REVIEWS

2022 Toyota GR 86 First Ride | Hanging out for a lap with a professional drifter

Posted in REVIEWS on June 4, 2021

The 2022 Toyota GR 86 had its North American debut this week, giving us a few more details and specifications. Usually, it would be months before we get a chance to experience it in motion, but we had the opportunity to take a lap of Eagles Canyon Raceway. We weren't behind the wheel, unfortunately, but at least the ride was with professional drifter Ken Gushi at the helm. Gushi talked us through some aspects of Read More »

Fiat announces an all-EV transition by 2030

Posted in REVIEWS on June 4, 2021

Today, multiple European publications are reporting that Fiat boss Olivier Francois said that Fiat will become an EV-only brand.  Stellantis is talking a big game about its EV future. The new mashup of car brands initially made the claim that by 2030, 70% of Europe sales and 35% of U.S. sales will be of all-electric vehicles. Fiat going all-electric will help accomplish this goal. “Between 2025 and 2030, our product lineup will gradually become electric Read More »

2022 Chevy Bolt EV and Bolt EUV report for law enforcement duty

Posted in REVIEWS on June 4, 2021

Chevrolet's updated 2022 Bolt EV and the new 2022 Bolt EUV might be coming to a police department near you. Fleet buyers can order both models with a police package well-suited to tasks like parking enforcement. Enthusiast website GM Authority first spotted the new addition to the order guide. Known as the Special Service Vehicle (SSV) package, or 5W4 internally, the bundle brings a pair of additional circuits (20 amp and 30 amp, respectively) capable Read More »

Stretched, three-row Jeep Wrangler was Unlimited before it was cool

Posted in REVIEWS on June 4, 2021

Jeep's go-anywhere Wrangler is available in two flavors: standard (two-door) and Unlimited (four-door). Before the second option joined the portfolio, a number of aftermarket companies ranging from the well-known and established to the completely obscure offered Unlimited-like conversions to off-roaders seeking more room. One of the wildest and longest examples of the Wrangler we've ever seen is currently up for grabs on auction website Cars & Bids. Located in Massachusetts, this yellow Rubicon looks just Read More »

Ghosn's lawyers say he's 'happy' after days of French questioning

Posted in REVIEWS on June 4, 2021
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BEIRUT — Ex-Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn has answered hundreds of questions by French investigators over the past week in Beirut and was “happy and satisfied” to have had the opportunity to explain himself over accusations of financial misconduct, his lawyers said Friday. The 4½ days of questioning marked the first opportunity for Ghosn, a French national, to defend himself against the French allegations — including spending on lavish parties and private planes — since his Read More »

Ford is giving $1,000 to reward buyers' patience over production delays

Posted in REVIEWS on June 4, 2021

Ford dealers are still feeling the effects of the industry-wide chip shortage, and their customers aren't spared. The Blue Oval is offering a $1,000 incentive to some buyers who end having to wait to take delivery of their new car. Spotted by CarsDirect, the rebate is called Retail Order Bonus Cash Certificate in marketing-speak. It replaces the $500 Retail Order Incentive Program previously offered, and it can be applied to most purchases through July 6, Read More »

Nissan Ariya EV delayed by COVID and chip shortage

Posted in REVIEWS on June 4, 2021
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TOKYO — Availability of the new Nissan Ariya electric crossover will be delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic and a global shortage of chips, a senior executive at the carmaker said on Friday. Nissan announced last year that it had planned to begin sales of the Ariya in Japan from mid-2021. But the rollout in Japan has been pushed to "this winter," executive vice president Asako Hoshino, told reporters. "Sales in the United States and Europe will Read More »

U.S. traffic deaths up 7% in 2020, yet miles traveled fell 13%

Posted in REVIEWS on June 4, 2021
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San Francisco's Interstate 280 stands empty in March 2020 as the coronavirus forced people to stay home. Open roads nationwide contributed to more speed-related deaths, NHTSA reports. (Getty Images) DETROIT — U.S. traffic deaths rose 7% last year, the biggest increase in 13 years even though people drove fewer miles due to the coronavirus pandemic, the government's road safety agency reported Thursday. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration blamed the increase on drivers taking more Read More »

Ferrari SF90 Stradale First Drive Review | The sometimes-stealthy 986-hp hybrid Ferrari

Posted in REVIEWS on June 4, 2021

LOS ANGELES — Pulling onto Wilshire Boulevard, in the heart of Beverly Hills, in a Ferrari, does not exactly make one unique. Ferraris are ubiquitous in L.A.’s most overtly tony neighborhood. But driving a Ferrari, silently, under pure electric power – as I did in the brand’s newest supercar, the SF90 Stradale – made this experience extremely distinctive, and enjoyable, a summation that carried over to my entire day with the car. The Bianco Caprino Read More »

Aston Martin DB5 Vantage trio for sale, and they're as rare as rare gets

Posted in REVIEWS on June 4, 2021

Among classic Aston Martins, there are perhaps none better, from pre-war antiques to modern supercars, than the DB5. And among DB5s, the Vantage specifications are the most prized among car collectors. With only 70 of the high-performance examples built out of an already small pool of about 1,023 regular-flavor DB5s, they are a rare breed. If that's your bag, there's currently a once-in-a-lifetime sale of three different body styles of DB5 Vantages as one lot. Read More »