TheDetroitBureau.com is all over the big news within the auto industry in our latest podcast, Headlight News. The weekly roundup includes news, features, reviews and more.
The Sept. 13 episode features TheDetroitBureau’s Publisher Paul A. Eisenstein talking about the first Munich Motor Show, or IAA 2021. It replaced the Frankfurt event, once a mainstay of the auto show circuit. Automakers flooded the show floor with new EVs and other concepts. Some of other stories in the podcast include:
- Info on new vehicles like the Chevrolet Silverado and a tease of the next-generation Ford Ranger;
- Ford announced it was ending production in India, although sales and service operations will continue;
- Honda revealed it will be the next automaker to develop a line of serious off-roaders with the name Trailsport;
- Toyota’s cutting production even further due to the ongoing chip shortage, which is now expected to run into 2023; and
- Research from We Predict shows that EV costs are higher than those of gas- or diesel-powered vehicles, although primarily in the first year. However, the out-of-pocket costs for vehicle owners is lower than ICE vehicles because most of the issues are covered by warranties.
Our top story this week is that motor vehicle deaths in the U.S. are on the rise — again. Through the first half of 2021, fatalities are up 16%, according to the National Safety Council. The numbers continue the trend that began last year.
Eisenstein returns with his review of Toyota’s 2022 Corolla Cross, the automaker’s newest crossover vehicle. Sitting between the entry-level C-HR and RAV4, the Corolla Cross bears the name of the brand’s entry-level sedan, at least part of it anyway, while giving potential buyers another option in the utility segment.
Managing Editor Mike Strong chronicles what’s coming in the week ahead, including the introduction of the all-wheel-drive version of Volkswagen’s all-electric ID.4 and a story about what’s next for Elio Motors and its three-wheeled vehicle after a lengthy chat with the company’s founder, Paul Elio.
Contributing Editor Larry Printz provides a look at the self-propelled past, starting Peugeot introduces its first car 130 years ago, the Type 3. In 1954, the first Ford Thunderbird rolled off the assembly line — quickly becoming an American icon.
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