One the left, General Motors CEO, Mary Barra, with Jamie Butters of Automotive News on the right.
I asked GM CEO, Mary Barra, about how customers will embrace this new GM EV reality at a Detroit APA event.
Early in 2021, Mary Barra explained that GM is committed to only selling zero-tailpipe-emission vehicles by 2035 for all of its light duty models. That, effectively, means only selling battery electric power by that time. Though, theoretically, fuel-cell and some yet to be discovered biofuel could also meet that target.
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2023 Hyundai Palisade Calligraphy. Photo by Robin Warner
Especially in Calligraphy trim, you get premium car comfort, and, if you want, a massage.
For 2023, the Hyundai Palisade is updated, with tweaked styling on the front and rear, an updated interior, and adding technology. The changes combine to give you a fantastic driving experience, all while still playing the value card compared to its many competitors.
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Mazda delivers superior driving satisfaction in this ultra competitive segment
Most every manufacturer competes in this popular segment of the automotive market. And yet, the Mazda CX-5 stands out with its engaging driving experience. You still get all the cupholders and charge ports and space and comfy features like the others, but you also get to crack a smile when you happen upon a stretch of twisty roads with no traffic.
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Much more attractive than the outgoing model, Honda also promises more power and a very snug and comfortable interior.
At first turn of the wheel, you knew the 11th generation Honda Civic hatchback took a big step forward in driver engagement and feel. Its stiffer platform allowed the suspension to precisely control the wheel and simultaneously provide the driver good feedback. Honda built a great car in the 2022 Civic hatchback. And, critically, provided an excellent foundation for the 2023 Civic Type R.
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The 2023 Lexus RX 500h F Sport. Image courtesy of Lexus
Three of the four powertrains will be electrified. None of them will include a V-6. Lexus also built the sportiness RX yet, the 500h F-Sport.
24 years after Lexus introduced the RX crossover SUV, which more or less invented the luxury crossover SUV segment, we now get the fifth-generation RX model for the 2023 model year. Actually, we get several: Front- and all-wheel-drive versions of the RX 350, and several electrified AWD models, the RX 350h, the RX 450h+, and a brand-new kind of thing: the RX 500H F Sport. And, unlike the original, V-6 equipped 1999 RX 300, none of them run on more than 4 cylinders.
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To celebrate, Toyota will build a limited-edition model called 4Runner 40th Anniversary Special Edition, which is logical enough. It stands out with bronze colored 17-inch wheels, some graphics, and a 40th Anniversary tailgate badge
Two things to report here: First, Toyota introduced the 4Runner to us for the 1983 model year. Second, 1983 was almost 40 years ago! Good gravy, that’s a tough pill to swallow. And further proof that, as time passes, the passage of time gets more stressful. The silver lining to such devastating news is the 4Runner 40th Anniversary Special Edition. A limited-edition, uniquely styled version of Toyota’s off-road-friendly Ute.
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Honda Prologue Teaser Sketch. Image courtesy of Honda
The Honda Prologue EV SUV will launch in 2024. It is a co-developed vehicle with General Motors. And, critically, is the beginning of a very heavy EV future for the Japanese brand.
Prologue: a separate or introductory section of a literary or musical work. Honda Prologue: an introductory EV, of sorts, coming in 2024 that will be followed a battery of battery powered vehicles based on what Honda calls e:Architecture.
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2023 Toyota GR Corolla Circuit Edition. Image courtesy of Toyota
We’ve got a new, properly hot hatch coming to the U.S. courtesy of Toyota. The one and only transmission is a six-speed manual, you get more driven wheels than cylinders, and 300 horsepower!
You’re witnessing enthusiast history right now. The Corolla name is set to totally redeem itself in the eyes of the enthusiast crowd with the official announcement of the new 2023 GR Corolla. A rally-inspired, bombastic, bonkers, and brazen hot hatch from Toyota that aims to set the car loving crowd on its head. Small Toyotas this hot haven’t been with us since the All-Trac days, which were rally inspired Celicas from the 90s.
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Based on the new for 2022 Honda Civic, the HR-V sits on a longer wheelbase and wider track, as well as receiving a makeover to match the Japanese brand’s latest styling language.
Honda’s littlest crossover, the HR-V, debuted in the U.S. as a 2016 model and happily chugged along for the last six-years without any major changes. That ends this summer when a new, second generation (for the U.S.) 2023 model comes along with a larger footprint, different look, and, I suspect, a completely different powertrain.
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