The $41-a-month EV: the economics of a green automotive agenda are starting to make sense

Are you interested in a $9,500 (U.S.) electric vehicle (EV)? Spinning through the blogosphere is this contention that when Tesla Motors starts selling its Model 3 EV (sometime in 2017 or 2018), you’ll be able to buy one for $9,500 (U.S.). Seeking Alpha’s Anton Wahlman argues that this is the bedrock pitch Tesla (NASDAQ: TSLA) …

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Mercedes-Benz the truck company delivers a very good GLC

Mercedes-Benz has turned itself into a truck brand with the sort of commitment Tom Brady has made to football excellence and Justin Bieber has made to total insolence. The latest Mercedes SUV (sport-utility vehicle), the GLC, is a perfect example. The GLC, the replacement for the former GLK, is the middle child in a lineup …

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Chrysler designers lose their ‘privates’ to an impatient boss under enormous pressure

File this under “So, you wanna work for this guy? Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne, reports Automotive News, says the Chrysler 200 did not get a Consumer Reports recommendation because the designers copied Hyundai’s sharply sloping rear-seat entry shape — making ingress and egress a head-banging experience. He referred to the 200’s designers as “dummies.” …

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Subaru is a hot brand, but needs Toyota to grow

Subaru’s Canadian sales exploded last year, surging 10.9 per cent. All that growth despite an uninspired marketing plan. Subaru spends piles of money sponsoring triathlons and rallies. No one cares about triathlons and rallies, other than triathletes and rally geeks. All that growth despite a relatively modest spend on sales sweeteners. Astonishing. Subaru grew despite …

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2016 Toyota Tundra begs one question: why do Toyota, Nissan and Honda even bother with big or even semi-big trucks?

Last year 324,222 Canadians bought a large pickup, virtually all of them from a Detroit-based automaker. Why, you might ask, do Nissan and Toyota even try to compete with the likes of FCA’s Ram pickup, the Ford F-Series and General Motors’s twins, the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra? I mean, Nissan is currently doing somersaults …

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