The Friday Five:The VW Says Goodbye to Gas, Honda EV Chapter Begins With a Prologue, and Tesla is Safe Again Edition
There has been no shortage of news this week, with the big bucking 2021 Ford Bronco kicking things off. After many delays for many reasons, production is finally underway and the first of nearly 200,000 orders are beginning to reach customers. We also cover some of the Bronco’s new tech, specifically its Ford Trail Control system.
In keeping with the off-road theme, we have a new midsize truck comparison. And for full-size truck buyers, we have news about the upcoming Chevrolet Silverado ZR2. Although a more potent pickup than the standard Silverado 1500, its performance will be more aligned with Ford F-150 Tremor and Ram 1500 Rebel than the Baja-ready, high-performance beasts that are the F-150 Raptor and Ram 1500 TRX.
A tad bit closer to the ground are a new review of the 2021 Lexus IS 350 F Sport, a sneak peek at the upcoming redesigned 2022 Subaru WRX, and a preview of Volvo’s future EV-only lineup called the Concept Recharge.
Speaking of electric vehicles, two studies neither compliment nor condemn EVs. One, conducted by Ernst & Young LLP (EY), concludes that despite the current single-digit market share, EV sales will shift and outsell internal combustion vehicles by 2033. The other study, conducted by Reuters, finds that while manufacturing an EV creates more carbon emissions than does building a traditional car with an internal combustion engine (ICE), it doesn’t take long for the electric to surpass the ICE in terms of overall environmental benefits.
And yet that’s not everything that was happening in the automotive space.