The Friday Five:The Chevy Cans the Camaro, Toyota Restricts Land Cruiser Resale, and Tesla Supercharging Not for Slowpokes Edition

Beverly Braga | Jul 30, 2021

This week, Mercedes-Benz announced its innovative rear-wheel steering technology would be via subscription for EQS buyers, Mitsubishi reported how the global chip shortage actually helped it become profitable for once, and Ford announced free driver’s education for teens. As for new models, a special Trophy Edition was unveiled for the 2022 Land Rover Defender.

Our latest expert reviews cover the 2021 Nissan Armada2021 Ford Bronco Wildtrak 2-Door, and 2021 Lincoln Navigator. We also discuss the all-new Ford Maverick and Hyundai Santa Cruz in a compact truck comparison.

New car guide features explain what adaptive cruise control ishow today’s automatic transmissions work, and what the federal tax credit means for EV owners.

But that’s not everything that was happening in the automotive space.

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2021 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Coupe and Convertible Static on Racetrack

General Motors started the year by announcing ambitious electrification goals (i.e., wanting to sell only zero-emissions vehicles by 2035). While GM marques like Hummer and Cadillac have begun the transition to electric vehicle-only lineups, familiar model names remained steadfast. However, this might not be the case for the Chevrolet Camaro if a recent report is accurate.

According to Automotive News, the Camaro, which has been in production for more than 50 years, won’t see its 60th birthday. Currently in its sixth generation, the Camaro would be discontinued in 2024 to make room for an unnamed all-electric performance sedan. Interestingly (but probably no coincidence), the timing squares up with Dodge’s EV muscle car plans.

GM Sues Ford Over Usage of “Cruise”

Cruising is a veritable part of car culture. But, apparently, that doesn’t extend to car company marketing strategies as General Motors has filed a federal lawsuit against Ford alleging trademark infringement regarding the term “cruise.”

GM introduced Super Cruise in 2012, but the advanced driving assistance system (ADAS) wasn’t available until the 2018 Cadillac CT6. Initially a Cadillac exclusive, GM now plans to expand the semi-autonomous tech to the rest of its portfolio. GM also has trademarks on “Hyper Cruise” and “Ultra Cruise.” Oh, and let’s not forget its self-driving taxi subdivision, also named, well, Cruise.

But because Ford’s similar hands-free driving tech is similarly named BlueCruise, GM is seeking unspecified damages along with a stoppage on the usage of the BlueCruise name. The ADAS will debut on the Mustang Mach-E and F-150 later this year—unless GM wins in court.

Toyota Restricts Land Cruiser from Resale - Find the best Toyota deals!

The Toyota Land Cruiser will not be sold in the United States after this year. But if you’re jonesing for the latest version of the dependable off-roader, you won’t be able to buy one from overseas either.

Toyota has suspended preorders of the 2022 model in its home market and is having new owners sign a pledge not to sell their new SUV to other markets for at least a year. In a statement, Toyota acknowledged the Land Cruiser’s popularity abroad but is concerned about their immediate sale and export “to certain regions where security regulations are in place.”

The statement is vague, but what is clear is the Land Cruiser’s unwavering demand. In fact, because of its tank-like longevity and reliability, Toyota has come under fire for being the preferred choice of insurgent and terrorist groups worldwide.

Tesla Says Slow-Charging Non-Tesla EVs to Pay Extra - Find the best Tesla deals!

We reported last week that Tesla Motors plans to open its Supercharger network to all EVs. But, as a follow-up to the charitable news, CEO Elon Musk said during the company’s quarterly financial meeting that if “the charge rate is super slow, someone will be charged more.” That someone being a non-Tesla owner, of course.

Musk clarified how a non-Tesla owner would activate a Supercharger station (via the Tesla app) and how their non-Tesla would connect to the charger itself (via an adapter that may or may not be available at the station).

The exact cost structure hasn’t been determined, but don’t expect any stability as Tesla is notorious for raising prices for vehicles and over-the-air updates on a whim. But this is the price of range-anxiety prevention. At least for now.

Wireless EV Charging While Driving Being Tested

While Tesla figures out how to share its literal power with the rest of us, a highway in Indiana is being tested for wireless EV charging capabilities. The transportation department will test the technology this summer in a three-part pilot program.

The first two phases will be trial-and-error lab tests. Once optimized, the transportation department will install the system into a quarter-mile stretch of road for real-world testing. The German-developed technology features coils embedded into magnetic concrete to generate electricity, but the vehicle will also require a matching coil to connect.

The pilot program in Indiana is not the first experiment with wireless EV charging. But if successful, the technology can be implemented in many locations, free up infrastructure demands, and minimize stationary charging times.

The automakers are the sources of information for this article. It was accurate on July 30, 2021, but it may have changed since that date.

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