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Welcome to episode 7 of The AutoGuide Show brought to you by eBay Motors. This week we talk about three big first drives, the 2025 Ram 1500, 2025 Honda Prologue, and the 2025 Mini Countryman. Next we tackle Volvo changing the names of some of the brand's vehicles and does the color of your car factor into how likely you might crash?
This week Fiat announced its plans for the coming years with a series of concepts: a truck, a crossover, an SUV, a camper, and a city car. The truck caught our eye, largely for a single sentence in the automaker’s statement: “FIAT is the market leader in South America and the Strada pick-up is the bestselling vehicle on the Brazilian market. Moving forward, FIAT is certain that this type of vehicle can replicate its success at a global level, even in Europe.” If Fiat is indeed looking to flesh out its offerings here in North America or elsewhere, a truck seems a logical place to start.
In a noteworthy shake-up, Warner Bros. Discovery has unveiled significant shifts for MotorTrend+, the beloved automotive-focused channel that carries shows like "Top Gear America", "Wheeler Dealer", and many more. Starting on Friday, Feb. 23, the spotlight will move to Max and discovery+ in the United States and Canada. As part of this strategic move, the MotorTrend+ streaming service will bid farewell in March.
Electric vehicle (EV) owners in the United States typically drive well within the range capacities of their vehicles, according to a comprehensive data analysis. The study, which examined anonymized data from over 18,850 vehicles, reveals that the average daily mileage does not surpass 45 miles, which is a fraction of the range provided by most modern EVs.
Land Rover has recently split the brand into three distinct sub-brands. There’s the posh Range Rover line, the more family-orientated Discovery duo, and of course the off-road ready Defender. Although the latter only includes a single model, the amount of choice the Defender offers is immense.
Subaru has filed a total of 12 trademark applications for various names with the United States Patent and Trademark Office for use with “automobiles and structural parts and fittings therefor.” Without more information, it's tough to say what the 12 names could be for. More than likely, Subaru filed such a large number of trademarks to cover some legal ground, protecting a dozen potential names for unknown items from use by others- just in case it decides to use its trademark for “ Uncharted” as it relates to Subaru’s vehicles.
The 2024 Fiat 500e, a battery-electric vehicle (BEV), has commenced production at the Mirafiori Assembly Plant in Turin, Italy. Unlike the old 500e from 10 years ago, the new model will be sold in more than two States for the North American market. The first allocation has already sold out.
Mazda's approach in car manufacturing is deeply rooted in its historical ties to Hiroshima. This region, known for its robust manufacturing sector, has been instrumental in Mazda's growth and innovation. The resilience and determination demonstrated by Hiroshima, especially after the devastation of World War II, have significantly influenced Mazda's ethos. This is evident in the company's unique endeavors, such as the development of the rotary engine.
When it last departed the US, the Toyota Land Cruiser was a range-topping luxury barge of an SUV with a sticker price kissing six figures, at $85,815. The new Land Cruiser brings with it a new ethos and new pricing, more importantly. This one starts at $57,445 including destination.
Recent research has shown that the color of a car can impact its likelihood of being involved in a collision. A study from Monash University’s Accident Research Centre discovered a notable difference in crash rates between cars of different colors. Specifically, white cars were found to be about 10% less likely to be involved in an accident during daylight hours compared to cars in darker hues like black, blue, gray, green, red, and pink. This finding emerged from an extensive analysis of crash data reported to the police in two Australian states.