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Hybrid C8 Comes in 2023; Track Z06 and First Buick Electra Arrive in 2024

GM previews a slew of upcoming EV and ICE models, but only Wall Street investors get to see them.

All four of General Motors’ brands are slated to see a slew of new products, both with internal-combustion and all-electric propulsion systems.

Chairwoman and CEO Mary Barra said that by 2025, GM’s EVs will deliver the same profit margins as its internal combustion-powered models.

GM says it has secured binding commitments for all the battery raw material it needs to deliver its 2025 capacity target.

General Motors President Mark Reuss confirmed an electrified for next year and a high-performance top-of-the-line C8, apparently the long-awaited track-only Z06, “that will put the world on notice.”

“Executive” minivan that has been a mainstay of the brand in China since the late 1990s goes battery-electric and remains China-only.

They all arrive in 2023, with the Blazer priced “about $45,000.” The comes in 2024.

Investors and analysts were treated to new EV model drives around Manhattan, and a Cadillac Celestiq and were on display inside the conference auditorium. The Celestiq brings back the for the first time since 1959, Reuss said, though not as a hood ornament.

Meanwhile, there’s a healthy slate of all-new and updated conventional, internal-combustion-powered models coming in the next two years.

GM is restyling for 2023 its last gasoline-powered flagship sedan, now built and sold in China only.

Other highlights from Investors Day:

Five GM assembly plants in the US, Canada, and Mexico will build EVs.

Fisker Ocean Production Starts, but Not All at Once

The first Ocean SUV rolls off the assembly line in Graz, Austria, as Fisker rejoins the EV industry.

Series production of the Fisker Ocean SUV begins in Graz, Austria, with contract manufacturer Magna Steyr building the EV.

Fisker plans to complete just over 42,000 examples in the first year of production but will start with only 300 units in the first quarter.

The EV maker will focus on the launch edition and the more expensive variants of the SUV first, before turning its attention to more affordable versions.

Company Chairman and CEO calls the Ocean "the world's most sustainable vehicle," launched in record time—on time—in carbon-neutral factory. He says the Ocean has 50 kg (110 pounds) of recycled, biodegradable, and overall eco-conscious materials.

The company estimates it will produce just around 300 units in the first quarter of 2023, ahead of a planned increase in the second quarter to 8000 units. Fisker plans to almost double that number once again in the third quarter, with 15,000 more units.

BY Jay Ramey

Here’s How Small Trucks Fared in New IIHS Crash Tests

The segment receives good marks across the board, thanks to high ride height and strong safety cages.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety continues to put modern vehicles to the test, with its latest side-impact tests focusing on small trucks.

Overall, the six models tested performed well, with adequate safety cages and minimal occupant intrusions. Three of the models earned good marks while two earned acceptable ratings.

Toyota's Tacoma received an overall poor rating as a result of a crumpled safety cage, though the model earned good marks for minimized passenger and driver injury measures.

None of the trucks tested received a poor safety mark in this, in which a strikes the side of test models at 37 mph. It's worth noting that all six models received good ratings in the current side impact test. And while the new test isn't applicable to current model years, it will become standard in 2023.

BY Emmet White

The Key to Fast Charging Electric Cars Is Flying 248 Miles Above Our Heads

Advanced tech designed to cool NASA spacecraft could find its way into next-gen EV charging stations.

It’s not so simple to make faster chargers, because the increased electricity means excess heat, too.

A NASA experiment meant to cool electronics aboard spacecraft could also find its way into EV chargers.

Theoretically, a charging station with this technology could juice up an in just five minutes.

Only a few obstacles stand between electric cars and true automotive supremacy. Most electric vehicles remain prohibitively expensive (even with tax credits), and charging infrastructure is still frustratingly scarce. But the problem that looms large in the minds of the EV curious is . A gas-guzzling F-150 takes only minutes to top off at the pump, but its electrified cousin, the , takes tethered to a fast charger to reach just 80 percent battery capacity.

BY Darren Orf