Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press

Mark Phelan

Detroit Free Press

Detroit, MI, United States

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  • The News Leader
  • WZZM 13 On Your Side
  • 12NewsNow
  • CBS 8 San Diego
  • ABC10
  • 11Alive Atlanta
  • KARE 11
  • wusa9
  • KENS 5
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Recent articles by Mark:

Auto analyst says the Detroit Three have a China crisis. Here's why I think he's right

Michael Dunne of Zo Zo Go, one of the top consulting firms in China, the world’s largest vehicle market, has the data to back up his claims. → Read More

Ford’s 2020 F-series Super Duty Tremor off-road pickup could be a super-sized hit

The Ford F-Series Super Duty Tremor is a massive pickup kitted out for off-road adventures, but graced with easy steering and a comfortable ride. → Read More

Here are the 10 best power plants for cars and why we didn't call them engines

WardsAuto's list this year has just one V8, long the engine type associated with American favorites like muscle cars, pickups and sports cars. → Read More

Flying cars and future cities among far-out tech at CES show

Ideas ranging from a city built just to test self-driving cars to Uber air-taxis debuted at the CES trade show in Las Vegas. → Read More

GMC adds outdoorsy AT4 model to small 2021 Terrain SUV

The AT4 model adds functional equipment and cosmetic pieces to attract buyers who enjoy activities like fishing, mountain biking and snowboarding. → Read More

2021 GMC Yukon adds features for improved ride, comfort, capability

GMC will significantly increase the differences between its 2021 Yukon large SUV and the less expensive Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban this summer. → Read More

European supercars to pack downtown Detroit in new auto show event

British and Italian supercars and food will fill Detroit’s streets this June as the North American International Auto Show expands from TCF Center. → Read More

GMC Canyon pickup family adds premium AT4 off-road model for 2021

GMC’s Canyon midsize pickup will add an AT4 and Denali models for the 2021 model year. Sales begin this spring. → Read More

Dear GM: Don't revive Hummer. Focus on Cadillac instead.

A generation ago, GM’s leaders decided that creating a new brand was a better business model than fixing the ones they already had. They were wrong. → Read More

Best, most interesting, important vehicles coming in 2020

This should be a great year for new-car buyers, fans of new technology and exciting designs.New vehicles ranging from America’s perennial bestseller, → Read More

Workplace challenge: I’m keeping my hugs to myself. How about you?

Automotive journalists and public relations professionals are confronting a new workplace challenge: To hug or not to hug? → Read More

These are the best, most interesting, important vehicles coming in 2020

New vehicles ranging from America’s best-seller, the Ford F-150, to EVs, sports cars and luxury SUVs, will be introduced over the next 12 months. → Read More

Why quality tanks in some new vehicles but not in others

For automakers, getting a new car into production and to the dealer so customers can buy it is fraught with risks. A miscalculation can cost millions. → Read More

Review: 2020 Toyota Highlander channels Camry's spirit in a three-row SUV

The 2020 Highlander is Toyota’s pitch to family buyers who are abandoning midsize sedans in favor of SUVs. But don’t write the Camry off yet. → Read More

You're going to have to buy a new dress, suit for charity preview summer debut

The charity preview will get bigger and more inclusive this summer, with more entertainment and a new class of tickets to attract younger patrons. → Read More

Supercar maker McLaren to skip electric vehicles. Here's why — and what it will build instead.

McLaren is owned by investors intent on building value and eventually taking the company public. They say they can't make money on heavy EVs. → Read More

The new 2021 Chevy Suburban and Tahoe: 4 questions I have to ask

The 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban SUVs are packed with new features, but they also bring to my mind a load of questions, starting with size. → Read More

Buyers will love these features on the new 2021 Chevy Tahoe and Suburban

Chevrolet has reengineered its most profitable Tahoe and Suburban for 2021 and, surprise, made the popular vehicles even bigger. → Read More

Hyundai thinks new 2020 Sonata sound feature will keep drivers calm in traffic

The Nature Sound feature on the 2020 Hyundai Sonata seems like the noise generators some people use to offset the city’s bustle so they can sleep. → Read More

2020 Hyundai Sonata can pull in and out of a parking spot without a driver

The 2020 Hyundai Sonata offers driver assistance and convenience features at a price its competitors in the declining sedan market can’t beat. → Read More