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Why Marchionne Had To Go Anyway Despite Illness: The Era of Jeep Begins

Let me start off at bat: Don Marchionne is a great man. Period. I didn’t agree with him with his paltry 5 year electrification plan for FCA Group, but with his expedited departure, we can now look back with definitive successes and failures. This is how the Era of Sergio Marchionne came to an end, and the Era of Jeep begins as the dominant force in the car industry, perhaps to equal that of Goliath General Motors, now that Jeep takes the world stage.
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Here’s 2 for the Road in 2019: Tesla to Put Roadster 2 and Mighty Semi into Production

In an unusual nighttime announcement during the week after the American markets closed, Tesla said it was setting 2019 production dates for two all new vehicles, one coming as a surprise. With the launch of the second generation Roadster and the surprise production of Tesla Semi, Tesla sets its sights on both extreme ends of the vehicle market, while it battles itself to bring the Model 3 to the global market, and battles insolvency before it beats them everywhere.
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Porsche Taycan's Waitlist Should Avoid Tesla Model 3's Problems: Precautions and Expectations

EV customers and fans are holding their breaths almost as if EV fatigue is overwhelming us, while Autocar is reporting that Porsche AG is receiving interest from customers about the new production coded BEV Mission-E, now named the 2020 all electric Porsche Taycan utility sports saloon, that will compete with the Tesla flagship sports saloon, the Model S. But of course we’re all looking over our shoulder at, shall I write it? The debacle surrounding the Model 3.
New 2019 Nissan Leaf

Changes are Coming Around the Corner for Nissan Leaf

The Nissan Leaf made changes to its second generation model this year, as they’re obviously trying to expand its market for more customers, particularly younger ones with the electric vehicle/clean energy dynamic. By making the Leaf less ugly and producing different variants for specific purposes, not only makes it more competitive against others like Bolt and Model 3, but it may also create a larger customer base, especially a younger one.
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The Take Down of the $35,000 Model 3 and Its Meaning to Tesla: Analysis and Opinion

Tesla Inc was smart for itself by taking down the mystery $35,000 price for a model version some have long been waiting for, hadn’t yet been built, not sure if it will ever exist, and that they were never really in a position to offer. They need to worry about surviving first, and you do that by making money. Period.
Maserati’s Upcoming Lineup Includes Electrics. All Photos Courtesy FCA Websites

Better Late than Never: FCA Chrysler Details their EV Plans, Finally

Sergio Marchionne, CEO of FCA Chrysler laid out a 5 Year Plan to investors in Italy last month that will be his swan song before leaving in April 2019. Investors were eager to know what his plans were to electrify the entire portfolio. He gave few details other than throwing money and some numbers. But this week he leaves it to his minions at Maserati and Alfa Romeo to hash the details as to how the Ítalo-American auto company will become electrified.
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The Hoovie’s Garage Bargain $33,500 Tesla Model S

With the introduction of the new executive car, the Tesla Model 3, combined with the dynamic of the aging of the first generation of the current flagship sports saloon, the Tesla Model S, Tyler Hoover of YouTube’s Hoovie’s Garage capitalizes on this dynamic to find an excellent example of a 2012 Model S for a small fraction of the price of a Model 3. Deals are to be had!
Mattel Hot Wheels

Mattel Hot Wheels Celebrating 50 Years: Value Enjoyed Both By Children and Adults

Mattel's Hot Wheels toy cars are 50 years old. I was 10 years old in 1968 when Hot Wheels hit the market. They were the biggest thing to hit since Mt. Vesuvius erupted. My friends and I were crazy for them. The Saturday morning ads were very powerful and fueled our interest.
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How Honda Clarity Electric earns ‘2018 Green Car of the Year’ with superior innovation

With what is being called the most unique tech-forward sedan offering in today's mind-blowing manufacturer's race to electrify personal transportation, the all new Honda Clarity takes top honors in what’s evolved to be the most important auto industry award .today.
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2018 Honda Accord 'Bests' Sedan Segment in Comfort and Turbo Performance

Last week I got behind the wheel of Honda’s latest and greatest Accord advent, and drove it to triple digits. Epic! That’s an understatement. 2018 Honda Accord "bests" the midsize near-premium sedan segment in comfort and turbo performance, and much more. This is the best Accord ever produced.
Beetle Takes Off in GRC Atlantic City.

VW Andretti Team Pulls Into Seattle Hoping For Success

The Volkswagen Andretti Red Bull Global Rallycross team pulls into this week's next-to-last race of the season with one driver hoping to increase his lead in championship points but with the other hoping he can close the gap. Since the start of the season, Scott Speed and Tanner Faust have traded the number one position in the driver standings in a closely fought contest. Last month's Atlantic City event changed the picture considerably.
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Rumors of 2018 Odyssey Executive Rolling Office Option

Honda’s reinvented vacuum equipped minivan brings an exceptional blend of near intuitive vehicle command connectivity and measurable road performance to the ever evolving minivan vehicle segment. Yet there remains an option yet explored for 2018 Honda Odyssey, the Executive Rolling Office. We’ve heard a rumor or two.
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2018 Accord punctuates Honda’s design directive for next decade.

In an automotive world of 5 to 7 year design cycles, what was revealed to the world from Detroit last week, sets the stage for future forward Honda engineering, body design, and advanced driver to car personal electronic connectivity and active safety features. There’s more to 2018 Honda Accord than meets the eye.
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Flying Honda Civic Catching Andretti VW in Red Bull Global Rallycross

Red Bull Global Rallycross is where an 18 year old rookie racecar driver sitting behind the wheel of a 600 horsepower 2017 Honda Civic Coupe, drives on a short track wheel to wheel with up to 10 cars. Competing in their second season, an expanded 3 car Olsbergs MSE Honda Civic Supercar Team is now within 6 points of catching Andretti Autosports Volkswagen for the manufacturer's cup.
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2018 Toyota Camry XSE V6 Offers Exceptional Performance Without Turbocharging

For 2018, Toyota offers a very drive-dynamic non turbocharged 3.5 Liter V6 option for the reinvented Camry lineup, effectively countering the mainstream turbocharged 4-cylinder gasoline engine revolution. Torque News experiences the top of the mark 2018 Toyota Camry XSE V6, presenting an exceptional drive and ride experience without turbocharging.
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2017 Honda Clarity Fuel Cell Revealed in Europe (Video)

I hold myself fortunate as one of the few journalist that’s experienced the third generation 2017 Honda Clarity FCV behind the wheel. Initially sold to select markets in Japan and California, Great Britain's “The Engine Room,” introduces the most dynamic fuel cell vehicle in the world to the U.K. and beyond.

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