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Mark Phelan


Detroit, MI, United States

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Recent articles by Mark:

Virus-proofing could become popular feature in vehicles after coronavirus

DETROIT — Automakers and suppliers around the world are investigating ways to virus-proof their vehicles to win customers in a post-COVID-19 market.I → Read More

Here are ways your next car could be virus-proof

In a recent survey, 80% of customers in the U.S., China, Japan, Germany and Italy said they’d pay for systems to disinfect their vehicles. → Read More

Toyota goes all hybrid with 2021 Sienna minivan and new Venza SUV

The Venza and Sienna hybrids are part of Toyota's initiative to have electrified powertrains in all its vehicles. They go on sale later this year. → Read More

Top classic car event the Concours d’Elegance postponed to 2021

The massive annual classic car show that begins a month of Detroit-area automotive celebrations in August has been postponed because of coronavirus. → Read More

Cadillac Super Cruise gets new features that let it take over more of the driving

Additions coming on several 2021 model Cadillacs promise significant improvements. → Read More

2020 Nissan Sentra may be the perfect car for nervous times

Nissan’s 2020 Sentra compact sedan comes with plenty of power, is affordable, has advanced safety features and its suspension is tuned for comfort. → Read More

Used car prices plummet, but the deals may not last. Here's why

While wholesale prices of used cars fell 11.4% in April, a shortage of new vehicles following COVID-19 assembly plant shutdowns could boost them. → Read More

2020 Alfa Stelvio ditches driver frustration, adds welcome new features

Fiat Chrysler's Alfa Romeo Stelvio SUV adds welcome new features to compete with the BMW X3M, Mercedes AMG GLC S 63, Porsche Macan GTS. → Read More

Cadillac Super Cruise gets new features that let it take over more of the driving

I’ve logged more than 3,000 miles with Super Cruise. It’s amazing, steering the car, braking and accelerating while I sat idle. New features improve it → Read More

Buyers’ interest in owning cars rises after coronavirus, survey finds

The survey was taken April 4-8, meaning the 11 countries surveyed, including the United States, all had extensive experience with COVID-19’s effects. → Read More

'Desert-rated' Jeep Gladiator Mojave combines sporty flair and smooth ride

Jeep Gladiator Mojaves, with shocks and other running gear for flying over sand dunes — and surprisingly comfortable in daily use — go on sale soon. → Read More

GMC Hummer electric pickup unveiling delayed, production still set for fall 2021

Production of the Hummer sport truck remains on schedule for fall 2021 in General Motors’ sprawling Detroit-Hamtramck plant, along with other EVs. → Read More

Coronavirus efforts could be a big moment in history of Detroit automakers

Arsenal of Democracy Resources details the auto industry;s WWII transformation the country, and is adding material about COVID-19 projects → Read More

Cadillac reveals its fastest sedans. Let the Twitter rants begin

Called the CT4-V Blackwing and CT5-V Blackwing, the cars are faster around Virginia International Raceway's road course than the CT4-V and CTS-V. → Read More

Here's what the pandemic means for some very important new vehicles

Which new vehicles and technologies will survive as automakers plot post-COVID-19 recovery plans? → Read More

Coronavirus has dealerships moving to online sales — and car buying may never be the same

One dealer predicts most new car dealers will have by yearend the e-commerce capability to handle everything but test drives and final signatures. → Read More

VW Atlas Cross Sport has what it takes to run with the best 5-seat midsize SUVs

The VW Atlas Cross Sport competes easily with models like the Chevrolet Blazer, Ford Edge, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Honda Passport and Nissan Murano. → Read More

Detroit auto show schedule change likely avoided earlier coronavirus outbreak, experts say

In January, when coronavirus was an epidemic in China, the U.S. wasn’t as focused. Event cancellations around the world didn’t begin till early March. → Read More

Detroit auto show canceled as TCF Center chosen for hospital in coronavirus fight

The 2020 North American International Auto Show in Detroit has been canceled because FEMA chose the TCF Center to become an emergency field hospital. → Read More

Here's how GM can finally turn electric vehicle technology into big profits, sales

With billions of dollars on the line and high-profile EVs in development for all its brands, the stakes have never been higher for General Motors. → Read More