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AutoInfluence Podcast

  When it comes to the creation of attention-grabbing automotive technologies, today’s headlines usually fall into one of the three categories. First, the continuing partnership between automakers and tech giants to transition humanity into the use of autonomous vehicles. Second (and infinitely more tangible) is the recent resurgence of high-powered cars, trucks and SUVs geared [...]

AutoInfluence Podcast

The Double-Edged Sword of Toyota’s Hybrid Legacy

  It’s been just under a year since Toyota announced their intention of making half of their global sales hybrid or electric by 2030. Considering the automaker’s pedigree as a pioneer in hybrid technology, there was little surprise that they would be among the leaders in this strategy. This is especially true since Toyota’s contention [...]

AutoInfluence Podcast

Is Mark Wahlberg the New Face of Diversification?

  Today on AutoInfluence, we discuss an unexpected case of automotive cross-marketing. While there’s no shortage of actual automotive headlines in any sampling of current auto news, one of the more stand-out headlines of the past year had less to do with the cars themselves, and more to do with the dealerships that sell them. [...]

The evolution of Land Rovers autonomous vehicle program

  With autonomous driving representing the next quantum leap in automotive technologies, it’s easy to appreciate why it’s the subject of so many headlines on a daily basis. From discussion of visionary collaborations and their aggressive timelines for integration, to the more somber side of things in the form of injuries and fatalities caused by [...]

2018 Mercedes AMG

Anticipating the New Mercedes AMG 45 Series

As of late, it feels like pages are being torn out of the rule book and thrown out the window every time an automaker announces an uncharacteristic restyling, or aggressive spike in power ratings. In fact, one might argue that this sort of headline is becoming the rule rather than the exception, depicting a sense [...]

Ford Sedan Lineup

While sensibilities have certainly changed over the past quarter-of-a-century (let alone the last decade) there are a number of us who remember a time when roads, streets and highways were primarily ruled by the classic sedan. The staple of any automaker’s lineup, sedans were as appealing to executives as they were accommodating to families. A time [...]

Autonomous Driving

Are We Really Ready for Autonomous Driving?

These days, it seems that barely a day goes by where current auto news fails to make some sort of mention of autonomous driving. Perhaps it’s an automaker sharing their aggressive timeline for the development of a fully autonomous offering, or maybe the headline is based around the tech company that an automaker is partnering [...]

2019 Acura TLX

The Virtues of the 2019 Acura TLX

First introduced in 2015, the Acura TLX made an immediate impact, displacing the TL and TSX sedans which had been consistent fixtures in the Acura lineup across the previous two decades. It also represented a niche subset of the lineup, since over 2/3 of Acura’s sales as of 2015 were compromised of SUV offerings, a [...]

Audi Blog

While it certainly feels like an organic continuation of the 2010-2015 run of RS5s, this most recent entry into Audi’s A5 family sports a dramatically updated aesthetic which might be best described as falling somewhere between “risky” and “brave”. Personally, we embrace the uncharacteristically aggressive vibe of the RS5, feeling that it addresses an almost [...]

Ford Bronco Concept

Anticipating the Resurrected 2020 Ford Bronco

Concept Image It was at last year’s Detroit Auto Show when Ford Motor Company spoke the words that frankly, we’re surprised that it took them so long to say. That announcement was in regard to the iconic Ford Bronco, and it’s impending resurrection for the 2020 model year. Needless to say, they had our attention, [...]