Car & Automotive

GM Adds OnStar Smartphone App to Take Its Services Mobile

  • General Motors has expanded its OnStar services to a smartphone app it’s calling OnStar Guardian for both iOS and Android phones.
  • The app allows users who already have OnStar to take the service with them and get roadside assistance, emergency services, and mobile crash response through the smartphone even when they’re not in an OnStar-equipped vehicle.
  • It’s free for now, although six months from now GM will start charging extra, but users can share the app with up to seven family members or friends.

    General Motors’ OnStar, a subscription-based service that allows drivers to contact emergency services and run navigation, has expanded its availability to a smartphone app called OnStar Guardian. The app allows users to take OnStar services with them, whether they are in an OnStar-equipped vehicle or not.

    The app allows users to request services including roadside assistance and emergency services, as well as mobile crash response,

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    Watch Ford’s live stream, and see the new F-150 make its official debut on Thursday, June 25, at 8:00 p.m.

    • Ford announced it will show the redesigned 2021 F-150 pickup truck June 25.
    • This new generation is expected to feature new styling, a more luxurious interior, and a hybrid variant.
    • Expect the 2021 F-150 to go on sale in the U.S. this fall.

      Ford is preparing to show a new version of its hugely important F-150 pickup to the world. The redesigned 2021 Ford F-150 will officially debut during a live-streaming event this Thursday, June 25, at 8 pm Eastern time. It will be streamed on Facebook and other social media platforms. We’ve seen glimpses of the new truck

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      Bring a Trailer’s Online Car Marketplace Joins Hearst Autos

      As you may have noticed if you watch our Window Shop with Us video series, we are constantly shopping for cars. Bring a Trailer has been one of our favorite destinations for a long time, thanks to its curated site of classic, collector, and enthusiast vehicles up for auction. Several Hearst Autos staffers have bought and sold cars on the platform.

      Bring a Trailer’s knowledgeable community of more than 415,000 users and more than 175,000 registered bidders vets each vehicle, giving confidence to potential buyers. The name of the platform is a reference to the familiar shorthand in classified listings urging buyers to “Bring a trailer!” for non-operational projects, race cars, and concours show vehicles.

      The acquisition announcement was made by Hearst Magazines president Troy Young, Hearst Autos CEO Matt Sanchez, and Bring a Trailer co-founders Randy Nonnenberg and Gentry Underwood.

      “Bring a Trailer has set the bar for building

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      2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA250 Gets a Price Hike

      • Pricing for the 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA250 starts at $37,280 for the front-wheel-drive model.
      • That’s a $2035 increase from the 2020 model. 4Matic all-wheel drive remains a $2000 option.
      • Mercedes says the new model will arrive at dealerships within the next few months.

        The smallest Mercedes crossover gets a bigger base price for 2021. The redesigned 2021 GLA now starts at $37,280, a $2035 increase from its predecessor. That’s for the front-wheel-drive GLA250 model with a 221-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four. Like before, 4Matic all-wheel drive is a $2000 option. It is still the cheapest Mercedes SUV you can buy, just undercutting the slightly larger GLB250 that starts at $39,045.

        Mercedes hasn’t yet announced pricing for the GLA250’s many option packages, but we have no doubt that fully loaded versions will go well past the $50,000 mark. Standard equipment for the GLA250 includes LED headlights and taillights, 18-inch wheels, and an MBUX

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        Lordstown Endurance Unveiled, Claiming It Will Be First EV Pickup Out

        • The new EV maker Lordstown Motors officially unveiled its first vehicle, the 600-hp Endurance pickup, at a live event today at its Ohio assembly plant.
        • Lordstown says the truck will have a towing capacity of 6000 pounds and will be priced starting at $52,500 before tax credits.
        • The trucks will be delivered to fleet customers first, in early 2021, with other customers getting it starting in late 2021.

          Lordstown Motors unveiled its Endurance light-duty electric pickup truck at the Lordstown Assembly Plant in Ohio today at a live event attended by media. Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette and Vice President Mike Pence both appeared and gave political-campaign-style speeches. Lordstown showed the truck in full for the first time but didn’t provide any new information on the truck’s engineering, although the company has promised it will be groundbreaking.

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          We’d already seen teaser images of the truck, but this is our

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          Mazda Teases It Will Announce a Turbocharged Mazda 3 Hatch on July 8

          • Mazda teased a July 8 event to unveil a turbocharged Mazda 3.
          • The automaker announced the event by replying to Car and Driver on Twitter with a not-so-cryptic message “prepare for launch.”
          • The 2021 Mazda 3 will reportedly only be available with a six-speed automatic transmission.

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            Mazda is not being subtle about the prospect of the 2021 Mazda 3 hatchback getting a turbocharged 2.5-liter engine. The automaker replied to Car and Driver (and other automotive publications) with the statement “power comes to those who wait” via Twitter, adding a link to a video that plays the sound of what we anticipate is the new turbocharged version of the hot hatch.

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