I, like most of you are probably, am going crazy in this house. And with everything going on outside, here’s a break from the darkness in the world right now if you care enough about auto news.
Future product plans from Ford and GM show more trucks and SUV’s than EV’s
A report from Car&Driver via Reuters reports that by 2026 both automakers will be making a combined total of about 5 million SUV’s and pickups and only 320k EV’s. Its an interesting read but its looking like thery are counting on gas staying cheap and, from the C&D article: “Morgan Stanley auto analyst Adam Jonas told Reuters that a possible recession and the impact it would have on automakers’ earnings could make it more challenging for manufacturers to fund transition to electric vehicles.”
The Hyundai Kona is getting an N version
Via C&D (and a few other outlets), they caught the Kona N testing at the ring. They expect it to start at $30k and have the same 275 horse 2 liter turbo 4 from the Veloster N.
Martha Stewart drives a manual Aston DB9
That’s it. That’s all you need to know. Martha Stewart drives a manual 15 year old DB9. This pic is from an Instagram post she posted a week or so ago delivering eggs to a friend.
Tata Motors is looking for an alliance
JLR owner Tata Motors is reportedly looking for an alliance for its car business as the pandemic has hit them hard. Via Yahoo Finance, sales of the already struggling brand have hit them hard, with their credit rating being reviewed for a downgrade. According to one industry expert that was spoken to in the article, its a move Tata should have made years ago.
Some lunatic wants $52,900 for this 1990 Chevy C/K 454 SS with 26 miles on it
Via Autoblog, this 454 SS listed for sale at a dealer called Classic Cars of Sarasota, its a mint condition truck. But its CP pricing. From the article: The person who ordered this truck in 1990 spent $18,863 on it, a sum that represents about $37,000 in 2020. That figure includes an $18 locking fuel cap and a $550 destination charge. It was a good investment — assuming it sells — because the selling dealer is asking $52,900 for it. So if you have $53 grand lying around, it is a rare buy, but I don’t think that justifies its price.