Stefan Ogbac

Stefan has been writing about the auto industry since 2014. Even though he owes the Dodge Viper for turning him into an avid car enthusiast, he’s found his niche on Japanese and Korean autos. Based in Los Angeles, you’ll find Stefan in the kitchen whipping up delicious food when not tinkering with cars or cruising on Angeles Crest.
Stefan Ogbac
2023 Kia Sportage Hybrid gets over 40 mpg

The 2023 Kia Sportage Hybrid is now one of the most efficient compact SUVs on the market. With an EPA rating of 42/44/43 mpg city/highway/combined for the FWD model, it tops the previous champ, the Ford Escape Hybrid. The latter was rated at 44/37/41 mpg. However, there’s a caveat: this is only available on the […]

by Stefan Ogbac
4/11/2022
Smart #1 is the brand’s first crossover it looks just like the concept

The production Smart #1 has been officially unveiled in Berlin, Germany marking the entry of the brand’s first crossover. At 168 inches long, it lands in the middle of the subcompact crossover segment. Its 108.2-inch wheelbase is on the lengthy end of the spectrum and gives the #1 a roomy interior. You can also opt […]

by Stefan Ogbac
4/8/2022
Nissan shows off prototype solid-state battery production facility

Nissan has unveiled its prototype production facility for laminated all-solid-state battery cells. The site is located inside the Nissan Research Center in Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan where it will play a crucial role in the development of this type of technology. As part of its Ambition 2030 plan, Nissan aims to launch a battery-electric vehicle equipped […]

by Stefan Ogbac
4/8/2022
2022 Lexus LS 500h gets AWD standard and Teammate semi-autonomous driver assist

The 2022 Lexus LS 500h was among the first hybrid full-size luxury sedans and it has been in the lineup for the last two generations. For 2022, the largest Lexus sedan sees significant changes on the standard equipment front and it’s available only in AWD configuration. You now get many of the creature comforts that […]

by Stefan Ogbac
4/7/2022
2022 Ford F-150 Lightning becomes the first electric truck to serve as NASCAR pace car

NASCAR’s next race at Martinsville Speedway in Ridgeway, Virginia will have a special guest service as a pace vehicle. The 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning will be on the track making its first appearance serving in the role for the NASCAR Cup Series on April 9. This isn’t the first time a battery-electric vehicle was chosen […]

by Stefan Ogbac
4/7/2022
Smart #1 teased ahead of its upcoming reveal

The production Smart #1 has been previewed ahead of its official global debut on April 7 in Berlin, Germany. This will join the current lineup, which includes the fortwo and forfour, as the brand’s first crossover. It is also the first vehicle that Mercedes-Benz codeveloped with Geely, the parent company of Volvo, Polestar, and Lotus. […]

by Stefan Ogbac
4/6/2022
U.S.-spec 2023 Kia Niro family to debut at the 2022 New York auto show

The second generation of Kia’s dedicated eco-minded crossover will finally make its North American debut at the 2022 New York auto show. Already on sale in Korea, the 2023 Kia Niro crosses the Pacific in three versions: hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and battery-electric. It forms part of Kia’s Plan S electrification strategy, which includes vehicles like […]

by Stefan Ogbac
4/5/2022
Mitsubishi Colt reborn as a hybrid hatchback

Now that’s a name we haven’t seen in a long time! Last used in 2013, the Mitsubishi Colt name will return next year on a new hatchback slotting above the Mirage. This will be the second Mitsubishi model to use a platform from the Renault Nissan Mitsubishi Alliance parts bin. The first one was the […]

by Stefan Ogbac
4/5/2022
2023 Lexus RZ 450e debuts soon, shows off yoke

We finally know when the 2023 Lexus RZ 450e will make its global debut and it’s April 20. The crossover has already been shown completely uncovered several times, the first of which was during Toyota’s announcement of its battery-electric vehicle strategy. Lexus was at the forefront of that presentation because it will release over a […]

by Stefan Ogbac
4/5/2022
2023 Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV teased one more time ahead of official debut

The 2023 Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV has been teased once more ahead of its official debut on April 19. This time, we get a glimpse of the crossover’s upright silhouette, giving it a more conventional look. Its front end appears to be shorter than your typical large luxury utility vehicle, likely due to it having a […]

by Stefan Ogbac
4/5/2022