The United States is rethinking its relationship with oil producers in Venezuela and lifting sanctions. On Saturday, The Treasury Department said it would allow Chevron to produce and export oil from the region if the country agreed to restart diplomatic talks with opposition groups. The theory that U.S. leadership wants to see more oil produced to help drive down prices appears valid. But the resulting action still seems at odds with the Biden administration’s lofty environmental goals and is unlikely to move the needle on fuel pricing anytime soon.
Electric vehicle naysayers love to talk about the environmental impact of mining raw materials for batteries. While those arguments are often rooted in some degree of truth, they’re generally made as the only argument and are levied without much evidence for support. Though it’s true that mining and processing nickel, cobalt, lithium, and other materials is awful for the environment, we’re learning more about the geopolitical and financial implications of the practice.
You won’t read about it on any automaker’s website or sales materials, but nearly every major car company buys and studies its competitors’ products. Spy photographers sometimes catch companies like Ford benchmarking a Chevy Camaro or new Silverado pickup truck to gain insights into how they compare to a Mustang or F-150. Electric vehicles have democratized performance and speed, making them more accessible across a broader range of cars, so it’s not surprising to see Polestar testing a Porsche 911 to prepare for its own sports car launch in 2026.
Just about every single automaker on the planet has been plagued by production disruptions and supply chain headaches, leading to lots that were deader than disco on occasion and bereft of product to sell. At Toyota, production numbers are up compared to this time last year – but down from the month prior.
The Batmobile from the Tim Burton era of films (Batman and Batman Returns) is on sale, though you’ll still need access to Bruce Wayne’s fortune if you’re interested in buying. This particular movie car is being priced at $1.5 million – likely due to it being one of the more influential designs.
Elon Musk may have his hands full with whatever he’s doing to Twitter at the moment, but his car company is still developing new (not you, Cybertruck) models. Automotive News reported that Tesla is working on an updated Model 3 sedan, which it hopes will reduce its production costs and give it new charm against newer and less controversial rivals.
Automakers have stumbled on a new goldmine, but their path to extracting all of the potential value is fraught with angry customers and bad PR. Connected cars have led to an increase in subscription-based features that are almost universally despised, yet companies continue trying to make them stick. Mercedes is the latest automaker to offer subscription-based upgrades, but legal issues in Europe could stop the program before it spreads outside the United States.
Just like the scientists at Jurassic Park kept coming up with new and increasingly terrifying raptors (weaponized heat-seeking Indoraptor, anyone?), Ford seems content to infuse Raptor DNA into most of the trucks it sells – even the mighty Super Duty, according to a fan forum.
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- Kcflyer I'll start the popcorn. Remember libs to stretch before starting to bend over backwards to defend the climate change ev hogwash.
- CoastieLenn I doubt anyone is surprised that China is ruining environments. IIRC, they're one of the largest NOx and CO producers in the world and they have 0 f's to give about it.
- Freno Uconnect is one of the better ones out there. My 2016 and 2019 Ram Uconnects were rock solid and easy to use. Although, my 2022 Ram with Uconnect 5, which has switched to an android based platform, has had some bugs. (Such as losing all the radio presets every week or so). It seems to be fixed with the latest dealer update though.
- Kcflyer I'm really liking the new Prius. Here's hoping they will bring back the wagonish variant of it
- Bpscarguy We had a 2011 Chrysler T&C that had the older version of UConnect and never had an issue. Bought a 2022 Grand Cherokee L a few months ago to replace it and the UConnect system is fantastic. I also would add that how the screen is intergrated into the GCL - a nice waterfall type in the center stack - is SO MUCH better than some of the other ones out there (Explorer I am looking at you with your vertical tablet that looks like it was velcroed onto the dash)!