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VW-Ford Alliance To Spawn New Pickup, It Just Won’t Get Here Now, Later, Who Knows?

Following long discussions, Ford and Volkswagen have entered into an agreement that will likely result in new vehicles, such as autonomous cars or electrics. There is also talk of VW and Ford jointly developing a global mid-sized pickup. That, though, is several years away.
Various key models under the GM and VW Group Brands,Courtesy their Media

Converting a Car Company from Making Gasoline to All Electric Vehicles: The Stakes Involved and the Brands Least Likely to Survive as a Result.

ANALYSIS AND OPINION: Until recently no one in the car industry ever had an experience of what it was like to end production of a car product due to obsolescence, they and other peer brands have produced since its invention in the mid-nineteenth century. Shutting down gas while ramping up electric is a double money losing proposition into the tens to hundreds of billions. Only the wealthiest and most powerful car companies on earth can survive this conversion process, and I look into how this is so.
2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500

How the 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 May Stand Up to the Competition

The 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 finally made its world debut this morning at the 2019 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, and while we don’t know how much power the supercharged Stang will offer, we can look at how it will stand up to the in-class competition from Chevrolet and Dodge.
1960 Bentley S2 Wendler Shooting Brake Via classiccars.com

The “One-Off” Car: The 1960 Bentley S2 Wendler Shooting Brake: A Bentley Rolls Royce Mercedes Buick Estate Wagon.

What do you have when you mish mash a 1960’s Rolls Royce, Bentley, Mercedes, and Buick? Some say a mess. Others say an exquisite and functional example of fine bespoke automotive engineering to be considered artwork to be displayed in a museum. I’ll let you be the judge.
Mid-Engine Corvette Race Car Testing

Mid-Engine Chevrolet Corvette Will Not Debut Next Month in Detroit

A new report with input from General Motors has stated that the mid-engine Chevrolet Corvette will not make its grand debut at next month’s 2019 North American International Auto Show in Detroit – meaning that we will all be waiting even longer for what could be the next generation of the legendary American sports car.
2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Overhead Teaser

2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Uses 3D Printed Braking Components

When the 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 debuts next month at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show, it will be sporting a high performance braking system that will be the first Motor Company product to utilize 3D printed components – although we don’t know which pieces of the super-Stang’s stoppers will be constructed with the high tech process.
Bentley’s Heritage from Spped Six to Bentayga Courtesy Bentley Media

Will There Ever Be a True Electric Bentley?

OPINION AND ANALYSIS: With VW Group’s accelerated plans to cease gas car production sooner, Bentley needs to ask itself what kind of car company does it want to be? If Aston Martin stuffed battery packs inside the seats and boot spare tire wells and fenders of a Rapide, why there isn’t something similar done inside a Spur or a Mulsanne? Bentley isn’t doing that; they’re running counterculture to their heritage, and risk losing what they worked hard to get after leaving Rolls Royce: not becoming another Cadillac.
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 Now Extinct Chevy Volt by GM Media

Ode to Chevy Volt: the Car that Started as Green Electroshock Therapy Rightfully Ends with Barely a Spark

OPINION ANALYSIS: America’s first plug in hybrid, a segment opening PHEV was put to death recently, the Chevrolet Volt was a cutting edge trailblazing vehicle that bridged the gap between siphoning off gas and waiting for battery technology to improve before pushing on to an all electric car world. So cancelling it seems counterintuitive. It is not. Actually Volt was a great accidental/incidental transition vehicle who’s time came and was way gone.
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.
Mass production of VW Neo and Hyundai Kona Courtesy VWG and HMG Media Hyundai Kona by Al Castro

The Mass Incursion of BEV’s Begins! Hyundai Imports “Production Hell” onto the Pacific, While VW Gets Ready for Theirs onto the Atlantic

D Day Reversed! As Tesla prepares for Cheap Model 3 “Production Hell,” the competition takes a Last Stand: Hyundai is ready to unleash a manufacturing fury of a “Production Hell,” with Kona to invade America via the Pacific. While VW and Ford sign a war pact treaty to enact their diabolical anti-Tesla master plan to unleash triple flanking fury coming soon from Dearborn, Chattanooga, and from the North Atlantic shores.
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.

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