New Vehicle Reviews

This section will review cars, trucks, products and books related to the auto industry.
The New 2021 Rivian R1S SUV by Rivian Media

Rivian R1S SUV: This is How the Americans Take on Range Rover SVAutobiography: Get Your Autograph Book Ready, Land Rover!

OPINION ANALYSIS: Rivian Automotive, the once Clandestine now Maverick Electric Pickup Truck Maker added another BEV to its portfolio, a full sized three rower SUV called R1S. I’m so glad they made it nice and boxy and conservative and all BEV. All they need to do now is stretch that battery tray and back seat room, bespoke it out, make it LWB, send it upmarket past Bentley and Rolls, and let it sit next to Rover SVAutobiography, to let their brand take off, and let the doe roll in.
The 2020 Rivian R1T All Electric Pickup Truck

The Rivian R1T Suddenly and Impressively Becomes the World’s First All-Electric Pickup Truck. Not Ford. Not Tesla.

Unveil Review: Rivian Automotive, the Michigan based startup that for ten years carefully, but secretly planned to find the right vehicle, at the right time, and at the right moment, to launch an all BEV the world hasn’t seen, seemed to find the right recipe to unveil that vehicle NOW, as they launched something that Tesla had expectations of doing first: to launch the first all electric pickup truck in the world. And Rivian did it. Not Ford. Not Tesla. This is a game changer . . .
Cadillac wagons over the years: Escalade, SRX, CTS, 1959 Hearse

Twenty Years of Cadillac Escalade: A Vision of the Future, with Lessons, a Nod Toward the Past

It was around this time twenty years ago that the now legendary Cadillac Escalade started hauling the ruling class and celebritydom on the streets of the big American cities as if they were elegant stage coaches of the Victorian or Edwardian Eras over 100 years ago. So after reading a story about the disastrous 2009 hybrid I decided to do a flashback ode to the iconic 20th century truck that lives on today.
Charge Automotive Electric Mustang

The BEV Mustang Ford Should’ve Been Making by Now is Available in a Restomod Classic Version from Startup Charge Automotive

I find it pathetically sad that we are now in year 6 of the electric car revolution and Ford has yet to come out with not one of their own non-compliance full mass production BEV car. Not one. Thank God for startups, because the new British based company called Charge Automotive will make you pay just a little dearly, but you can even have a classic Mustang the way Ford would never have given it to you.
The Rivian R1T and R1S

Rivian Teases Us With Yet ANOTHER 3 Second Glimpse from a Second Clip of Their Electric Trucks R1T and R1S Now Days Away From Their Debut

We’re now about a few days away from the launch of Rivian’s new mystery trucks, and instead of debunking myths, conjecture, theories, legends, and rumors, Rivian, purveyor of “electric adventure vehicles” only heightens them and with mystique. This time Rivian publishes a second teaser video showing their truck wading through 3 feet of water with 3 seconds of footage.
The 2018 Cadillac CT6 and One Cadillac ELR, both Cadillac Media

CT6 Hybrid NA Cancellation: Another Electric Cadillac is DOA in USA: Where Does this Put Caddy on the Comeback Track?

SHOCKING!! It seems Cadillac and electricity mix like oil and water. Never mind the gas versions are crap, plagued with electrical problems, they can’t even make reliable ones that partly run on electricity either! While GM’s CEO Mary Barra has a “zero crashes, zero emissions and zero congestion” ten year plan for GM’s future, Cadillac certainly isn’t helping with the failures they’ve had with each electric they tried to sell. CT6 was strike 3. Here’s why and what they can do about it:
Many Faces of Mustang Courtesy FoMoCo Mustang Sedan Render by X-Tomi

The Mustang Fastback Four-Door Sedan Saloon: A Ford in Your Future Lincoln Could Have Made and Proves Ford Wastes Money

Ford contemplates a four-door fastback Mustang being put into production. This comes just months after a massive passenger car cancellation for the USA market starting next year, particularly cancelling a Lincoln that could’ve helped Ford with this project, that ires Ford’s loyal passenger car customers, Ford investors who must be sick and tired of Ford with their shenanigans by now, and me, frankly, because you really don’t want to piss me off about cars!
Once known as ID Buzz, this car is now called Neo, the entry level People’s Electric Car.

The People’s First Electric Car: Operation Polaris and VW’s Plan to Make $21,000 BEV VW Neo the Car to Beat Tesla Before Tesla Corners the BEV Market

As Tesla Corporation completes its plans to corner the BEV market with a nearly complete vehicle portfolio, VW Group launches Operation Polaris, a plan to beat Tesla at the same game VW invented before Tesla uses that same VW book to saturate it. While Tesla uses VW’s rulebook to reduce the cost of a cheaper Model 3, VW tries to outflank Tesla by throwing that same book back at them to launch production on such a massive D Day scale for their first ID electric car to try to drown out Tesla.
The 2019 eCOPO Camaro presented at 2018 SEMA

The 2019 eCOPO BEV Camaro Race Car Concept: the Pony All Electric Both GM and Ford Should’ve Been Making by Now

In my frustrating effort to keep pushing the movement toward full electric cars, I often get frustrated by the lack of enthusiasm and missed steps the legacy car makers have taken. If they really were enthused and eager to adapt to electric cars, they would have an all electric option for both their halo sports and pony cars. They don’t. Still. With lackluster Camaro sales, Chevy needs a “comeback kid” car. The eCOPO Camaro is it.
The UK Built Swedish Uniti One credit Uniti Media Package

The 2020 UK Built Swedish Uniti One Electric Mini “Smart Phone Car” Debuts Now to Ramp Up Production Late 2019 to Early 2020

While Tesla takes care of the other high end of the electric vehicle market with Models S, 3, X, and soon Y and U, Uniti, the Swedish electric car startup maker is trying to find an angle on the opposite end by soon shortly putting an unorthodox 2 seat high tech and feature rich micro BEV into production. This car will be a hit in the EU, India, and Brazil no doubt, but in NA? Hmm. Well I hope so.
2019 Ram Rebel with the Hellcat Challenger

2019 Ram 1500 Rebel: Great Daily Driver, Off-Road Machine and Weekend Work Horse in One

The Ram 1500 Rebel is known for its off-road prowess, but with the introduction of the fifth generation models, this is a package that serves as a terrific all-around truck – whether you are driving it to and from the office, towing a trailer or playing in the mud.
Workhorse Group’s New NGEN-1000 BEV Van now in production.

The Workhorse NGEN All Electric Delivery Van: The EV Delivery Truck Replacement Has Arrived to Out-Match Diesels Out of Existence

With half the weight, a 100 mile range, low operational costs, and prices to match a compatible diesel vehicle, Workhorse’s new NGEN BEV truck means the gasoline and diesel delivery van is now on its way to becoming obsolete with an all electric one coming to a local delivery route near you.
The Bollinger B2 Pickup Truck as Introduced by Bolliger on Their Website

Bollinger Adds 1 Ton Dedicated B2 Pickup Truck to its LineUp: B1 Converts to a Pickup but the Newly Added B2 is all 100% Pickup

In a strategy to keep them viable in what definitely will be an intensely competitive pickup truck market with the addition of several electrics by several makers, Bollinger Motors adds a sole purposed dedicated 1 ton Pickup truck based on its SUT it plans to put into production late next year, early 2020.
The 2019 Jaguar i-Pace ins and outs.

2019 Jaguar i-Pace Year 2 Review: Continuing the British BEV Response to Tesla Amongst a Beginning German BEV Onslaught

Four years in the making and now its second year of production, the first European full production full electric response to Tesla is a British SUV already on its way in Jaguar fashion toward iconic status. If this represents the latest theater of battle in the cultural British invasion of America between David Beckham, tea and toast, the Mini, Elton John, James Bond, Range Rover, fish and chips, the BBC, Duran Duran, Bentley, the Beatles and so forth, then bring it on!
The Secret World of Rivian Automotive

Rivian Auto, BEV Pickup R1T and SUV R1S: So Secretive Rivian is becoming the CIA MI6 of the Automotive World!

Shhh. (Whisper). Have you ever seen a Rivian? In a way I hope not. Be careful if you have. At this stage don’t tell anyone. The electric truck startup might have to execute you for being exposed to company secrets moments away from their LA Auto Show reveal!
The Bollinger B1 BEV SUT 2 and 4 door interior exterior

Bollinger B1 Electric SUT: With a New Glass Panel Roof Design it’s Ready for Open Air and Production Ramp Up

Bollinger Motors recently made changes to the B1 with their newly added four door sport utility BEV SUT truck variant that gives the truck a roll cage structure with the doors off if the driver wishes to modify. The removable glass panel roof are just some of the unique features the B1 engineers thought out to make design and production of the B1 as simple and easy as possible to get it ready for soon upcoming production.
Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye

Spending a Week with the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye

I recently had the extreme pleasure of spending a week driving the 2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye and it should come as little surprise that daily driving a 797-horsepower Mopar muscle car is just as fantastic as you might expect – combining the comforts of the original Hellcat with 90 extra ponies.
3 Generations of Cadillac US Presential State Cars Back to the GW Bush Adminstration

The US President’s New State Car is Late for Duty Since Inauguration but Hasn’t Missed Much Action

The President of the United States took delivery in New York City recently of the first of twelve “one-off” handbuilt vehicles which will routinely switch off to be designated the US Presidential State Car, Cadillac One, “the Beast.” Expected to be delivered for his inauguration two years ago, no explanation for why it was apparently late. But with no noteable Secret Service action required lately, its absence wasn’t apparently missed.
Peugeot e-LEGEND Concept Coupe Paris Auto Show 2018

Peugeot Le Camáro Mustángue: Peugeot Unveils Possibly the First Non-U.S. Euro Pony Car to Take On Mustang and Camaro

In a segment that was once considered exclusive to Americans only, that no foreign pedigree need apply, the French automaker in a bold and daring attempt to go where no foreign car maker has gone before, produces a concept in electric form with a warning to Ford and Chevrolet, that there’s a weakness with their own muscle pony cars, and Peugeot is ready to take advantage it, in the electric car market.
Volkswagen ID BUZZ CARGO Van

VW Reveals the ID Buzz Electric Kombi Cargo Bus: A Preview of the Passenger Type 2 Electric Samba to Come

With Type 1 Beetle Mark 3 in its swansong, VW decides in good timing that it’s ready to try its luck and good fortune on another storied halo, that some say as a van, has more potential of being even more popular and longer lasting than Beetle, even as an electric. Let’s hope Samba reaches its 100th Birthday in 2049 that Beetle almost made in 2038 (or earlier?), but didn’t quite live as long.
The 2019 Audi e-Tron Quattro BEV SUV

Years in the Making, Audi Finally Launches the 2019 e-Tron SUV: Audi’s First Full On BEV Electric Car

2013 was only a few years ago, a long time for most, lightning fast time in the electric car universe, and after all the talk, the drafts, the drawings, the concepts, the rumors, the prototypes, and camouflaged pre-production vehicles since, Audi finally presents its first full electric car. With a price point of about $80,000 USD, the Audi e-Tron Quattro aims to take its throne as a heralded German electric, while finally taking on the American Teslas.
The BMW iNext Electric Autonomous Concept

BMW Reveals a Normal Looking Driverless Car: iNext: the Next Step in Electric Autonomous Driving

Instead of going over the top like most car makers do, especially startups when introducing autonomous technology in their concept vehicles, BMW took a more practical approach recently with theirs, called iNext, a new electric driverless capable concept CUV but still a human hands on driving car which includes a steering wheel and pedals. So practical they intend to put something much like it into production in as little time as in 2021.
Vera the Robot Electric Tractor Pod ex-Ford Seller in Your Future

Volvo Gives Us a Glimpse of a Bladerunner World of Electric Tractor Pods: Trucks So Driverless, They Don’t Even Need Cabs

Meet Vera. She’s Swedish, and she means it, damn it. She’s a badass Level 5 Volvo robot electric tractor pod almost as low to the ground as a Porsche, only three times bigger. So low, if you’re not careful, she might mow you down before her collision avoidance and passive emergency braking systems are autonomously activated! Potential roadkill beware! No airbags need apply . . .

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