Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press

Mark Phelan

Detroit Free Press

Detroit, MI, United States

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Recent articles by Mark:

2021 Acura TLX rides new platform to become brand’s best sedan in decades

The TLX's price, performance and features could give small luxury sedans like the Audi A3/S3 fits. → Read More

2021 Porsche Panamera Turbo S can hit 196 mph with stunning, immediate power

The Turbo S will be the Panamera line’s performance king. Power is immediate and stunning, accelerating to 60 mph in 2.9 seconds. → Read More

Detroit auto show moves to fall, snatching prime fall window from L.A. Auto Show

The 2021 Detroit auto show, formally known as the North American International Auto Show or NAIAS, will take place Sept. 24-Oct. 9. → Read More

2021 GMC Yukon Denali SUV scales new heights of luxury

GMC is one of GM’s success stories, and the 2021 Yukon Denali is its peak: the best materials teamed with most creative and user-friendly design. → Read More

‘Guts,’ strategic thinking lead supplier ZF’s push into new techs

ZF was in the midst of the $7 billion acquisition of commercial vehicle supplier Wabco – as the auto industry hit COVID-19 rock bottom this spring. → Read More

2021 Subaru Crosstrek SUV powers up to take on new rivals

Competition among subcompact SUVs has grown fierce since the Crosstrek arrived in 2012. The Crosstrek's high seating position and AWD made it a hit. → Read More

Creator of robots, pollution controls and vaccine spinners, GM R&D enters 2nd century

After a century developing everything from paint to the pioneering solar-powered and self-driving vehicles, GM scientists focus on what’s next. → Read More

L.A. auto show move ‘a declaration of war’ on shows in Detroit, New York

Nobody but the Los Angeles auto show’s organizers seems pleased with the move. → Read More

GM tells most salaried workers to stay home till next summer

The memo sent to General Motors employees is the latest sign industry leaders thinks we’re a long way from controlling the pandemic. → Read More

Project inside parking garage is closed to public — but could change valet parking

Corktown is becoming a hotbed for development of self-driving vehicles and connected infrastructure like the garage hosting the test. → Read More

Electric 2021 Polestar 2 arrives as one of the year’s best, most advanced new cars

The four-door fastback from Volvo’s performance and tech brand is loaded with advanced features and performs like a first-rate sport sedan. → Read More

Toyota snubs electric vehicle trend with plug-in hybrid 2021 RAV4 Prime, but will it work?

As automakers like GM and VW switch to all-electric vehicles, Toyota's best-selling RAV4 swims against the current with a plug-in hybrid → Read More

Chevy Trailblazer small SUV scores a hit as fastest-selling new vehicle in U.S.

Chevy’s affordable Trailblazer small SUV may be 2021′s most unexpected hit, flying off dealer lots faster than any new other vehicle since the pandemic struck, according to a study by internet car research site iSeecars.com. → Read More

Electric pickup maker Bollinger moves HQ to Oak Park, hiring engineers

The electric pickup startup Bollinger Motors is planning to build its first vehicles in the fourth quarter of 2021 and looks to double its staff. → Read More

Interest in electric pickups is growing, with Rivian's R1T at the top

Not all trucks will make it to volume production, but interest in EVs may be penetrating the pickup market, the largest sales segment in the country. → Read More

Michigan Avenue may soon become the world's most advanced road in US

A 40-mile route from downtown Detroit to Ann Arbor may become the best place in the world to develop autonomous and connected vehicles. → Read More

Chevy Trailblazer small SUV scores a hit as fastest-selling new vehicle in US

The Trailblazer SUV spent an average of 19 days on dealer lots from March through June, a fraction of the 96.9-day industry average for new vehicles. → Read More

5 things to love and 1 thing I hate about Cadillac’s Lyriq electric SUV

The Lyriq's looks and features could give Tesla a run for the money, but the electric SUV won't be on sale til late 2022. → Read More

Tonight: Cadillac Lyriq electric luxury SUV reveal happens and includes live Q&A

Cadillac will show off its stunning new Lyriq electric SUV on Thursday then it will hold a Q&A with GM executives. You can submit questions. → Read More

2020 Buick Encore GX small SUV completes the brand’s transformation

How many sizes and types of SUV do people want? Judging by Buick's Encore GX, the answer is “at least one more.” → Read More