Wednesday, July 1, 2020
The 2022 Volkswagen Tiguan is powered by an advanced version of the 184 horsepower four-cylinder TSI® engine equipped with a standard eight-speed automatic transmission and Start/Stop system, designed to help improve fuel efficiency. The exterior gets a wider new front grille, an available updated hands-free Easy Open and Close for the power liftgate on midrange models and new wheel designs for every trim line. Inside, a digital version of the new multifunction steering wheel, featuring illuminated touch islands and sliders. Every Tiguan is equipped with the Volkswagen Digital Cockpit, which allows the driver to configure the instrument display. An 8-inch display comes standard, and top trim models will receive a 10.25-inch display. The U.S. Tiguan will arrive in Fall 2021 as a 2022 model.
The all-new Kia K5 mid-size sedan is 2 inches longer, an inch wider and 0.8 inches lower than the outgoing Optima it replaces. The Kia K5 LX, LXS, GT-Line and EX trims are powered by a 180 horsepower 1.6-liter turbocharged GDI four-cylinder engine managed by an all-new eight-speed automatic transmission and goes on sale this Summer. AWD will be available in late 2020 and offered only with 1.6T engine. The GT, coming later in the Fall, is powered by a new 290 horsepower 2.5-liter turbocharged GDI + MPI four-cylinder engine mated to an available 8-speed “wet” dual-clutch transmission and a new all-wheel drive option.
The new Bentley Bentayga SUV has a new exterior design including a new full-width tailgate with new encapsulated lamps and inside all-new seats and trim with increased rear legroom. The new Bentley Bentayga is powered by a 550 horsepower 4.0-liter, 32-valve dual twin-turbocharged V8 engine mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission for a 0-60 mph time of 4.4 seconds to a top speed of 180 mph and delivering a range of 397 miles. Following will be plug-in Hybrid and W12-powered Speed versions later this year. A next generation infotainment system features a super high-resolution 10.9-inch display screen with edge-to-edge graphics. Connectivity around the car has been significantly improved, with USB-C data ports and a wireless phone charger now standard. In addition to the standard five-seat Bentayga, there's an optional four-seat layout features two individual rear seats separated by a centre console, and a three-row, seven-seat configuration.
Thursday, June 25, 2020
The redesigned Mercedes-Benz GLA 250 and GLA 250 4MATIC, 3.6 inches taller, 1.2 inches wider on a 1.1 inch longer wheelbase than its predecessor, is powered by a new 221 horsepower turbocharged 2.0L inline-4 engine paired with the newly developed 8G DCT (dual clutch transmission). Additional standard equipment includes LED headlamps and taillamps, 18-inch wheels and a 7" Digital Instrument Cluster and 7" Touchscreen Display. Arriving in U.S. dealerships in mid-2020, the 2021 GLA 250 will start from $$37,280 (including $1,050 destination and delivery charge) and the GLA 250 4MATIC is priced from $39,280.
The all-new Ford F-150, on every trim level from F-150 XL to Limited, is powered by an all-new 3.5-liter PowerBoost full hybrid V6 powertrain mated to a 10-speed SelectShift® automatic transmission with a 47-horsepower electric motor integrated into the transmission, targeting an EPA-estimated range of approximately 700 miles on a single tank of gasᶧ and will deliver at least 12,000 pounds of available maximum towing. An all-new 12-inch center screen is standard on XLT high series and above allowing customers to split the screen and control multiple functions simultaneously, including navigation, music or truck features. An 8-inch touch screen is standard on XL and XLT standard and mid-series trucks. All-new F-150 offers Pre-Collision Assist with Automatic Emergency Braking and Pedestrian Detection, rearview camera with dynamic hitch assist, auto high-beam headlamps and auto on/off headlamps. The all-new F-150 will be available this Fall.
Tuesday, June 23, 2020
The refreshed 2021 Volkswagen Arteon, available in SE, SEL R-Line, and SEL Premium R-Line trims, is powered by a 268 horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged and direct-injection TSI® engine via a standard eight-speed automatic transmission with Tiptronic® shifting. 4Motion all-wheel drive is available on SEL R-Line models and standard on SEL Premium R-Line models. The Arteon is equipped with the Volkswagen Digital Cockpit, which allows the driver to configure the instrumentation on a 10.25-inch display. Wireless charging is also new for 2021.
The 2021 Honda Pilot, arriving at dealerships now, is powered by a 280 horsepower 3.5L 24-Valve SOHC i-VTEC® V6 engine mated to a standard 9-speed transmission with paddle shifters. The 2021 Pilot LX with 2-wheel drive and standard Honda Sensing® safety and driver-assistive technology starts at $33,370 (including $1,120 Destination Charge). The 2021 Honda Pilot comes in LX, EX, EX-L, SE, Touring, Touring w/ Rear Captain’s Chairs, Elite and Black Edition trim levels in 2-wheel and AWD to a top starting of $51,040 for Black Edition (AWD).
2021 BMW M5, powered by a 600 horsepower 4.4-liter TwinPower turbocharged V8 engine mated to a 8-speed Sport Steptronic transmission, starts at $104,495 (including $995 destination). The 2021 BMW M5 Sedan comes equipped with standard 12.3-inch touch screen central information display, Lane Departure Warning with steering correction (to keep you in the lane), frontal collision and pedestrian warning with braking function (which allows for reaction to vehicles, stationary objects, cyclists and pedestrians), blind spot detection, rear cross traffic alert (which warns of possible crossing traffic when backing up), rear collision preparation, automatic high beams and speed limit information. The M5 Competition Sedan with 617 horsepower starts at $112,095. Global market launch is set for August 2020.
Wednesday, June 17, 2020
The new 2021 AMG GT 43 variant of the Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door Coupe will be powered by a 362 horsepower 3.0-liter inline-6 Turbo engine mated to a AMG SPEEDSHIFT TCT 9-Speed transmission when U.S. deliveries begin in late 2020 for a starting price of $90,950 (including $1,050 destination and delivery charge). The AMG GT 4-Door is the third model to be developed directly by Mercedes-AMG, following the 2-Door AMG GT and SLS AMG.
The 2021 Nissan Rogue, all-new and redesigned, is 1.5 inches shorter and 0.2 inches lower than the previous generation Rogue. Offered in S, SV, SL and Platinum (new for 2021) grade levels, the 2021 Rogue is powered by a 181 horsepower 2.5-liter DOHC inline 4-cylinder engine with Nissan's Direct Injection Gasoline system. Off-road, Snow, Standard, Eco and Sport are drive modes available with Rogue All-Wheel Drive models. Nissan Safety Shield 360 technologies include Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, Blind Spot Warning, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Departure Warning, High Beam Assist and Rear Automatic Braking. The 2021 Rogue goes on sale at Nissan dealers nationwide in Fall 2020.
The new 2021 Lexus IS 300 features a 241 horsepower 2.0-liter, turbocharged and intercooled inline four-cylinder engine equipped with an eight-speed Sport Direct Shift automatic transmission which integrates a G-force Artificial Intelligence system that monitors multiple performance parameters to determine the optimum gear selection. The IS 300 AWD is powered by a 260 horsepower 3.5-liter V6 delivering to all four wheels through a six-speed automatic transmission. The IS 350 is powered by a 311 horsepower 3.5-liter V6 mated to an eight-speed Sport Direct Shift automatic transmission in the IS 300 RWD and a six-speed automatic in the AWD version. The IS F SPORT lineup is restructured in the 2021 model year, as F SPORTs will only be offered on the IS 350 powered by the 311-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 engine. The new 2021 IS expected to arrive in dealerships in late Fall of this year.
The 2nd generation 2019 BMW X5 xDrive45e plug-in hybrid Sports Activity Vehicle, with a new 389 horsepower 3.0 liter 6-cylinder TwinPower turbocharged internal combustion engine combined power of the new PHEV drivetrain, doubles electric-only range from a previous EPA rating of 14 miles to a new EPA estimated 30-mile range with electric-only to top speed of 84 mph. The BMW X5 xDrive45e has the latest-generation iDrive interface composed of a high-resolution digital 12.3” instrument cluster display behind the steering wheel and a 12.3” touchscreen center display.
MSRP of $65,400 plus $995 Destination. The BMW X5 xDrive45e starts at $66,395 when it launches next month.
All-new Ford Escape Plug-In Hybrid with advanced fourth-generation hybrid technology system has an EPA-estimated all-electric fuel economy rating of 100 MPGe combined with an EPA-estimated all-electric range of 37 miles and starts under $35,000 MSRP.
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The all-new, second generation 2021 BMW 4 Series Coupe, with a new BMW kidney grille design, is 5.2 inches longer, 1.0 inch wider, 0.4 inches taller on a 1.6 inch longer wheelbase with 1.4 inch wider front and 1.2 inch wider rear tracks compared to the previous generation 4 Series Coupe. The new 430i, starting at $46,595 (including $995 destination), and the 430i xDrive coupe, starting at $48,595, each get 7 more horsepower than their predecessor with an updated 255 horsepower 2.0-liter 4-cylinder BMW TwinPower turbocharged engine mated to an 8-speed sport automatic transmission with launch control. The new M440i xDrive Coupe, starting at $59,495, is powered by the 382 horsepower 3.0-liter inline 6-cylinder BMW TwinPower turbocharged engine. Standard displays are an 8.8 inch center touchscreen control display and a 5.1 inch color display between the instrument gauges. Selecting the optional Live Cockpit Professional upgrades the displays to a 10.25 inch center touchscreen control display and a fully digital 12.3 inch instrument display.
Tuesday, June 16, 2020
The 2021 Acura TLX, in its second-generation, gets a 3.7-inch longer wheelbase, 2.2-inch wider body with wider front and rear tracks, lower roof and an extended dash-to-axle dimension. The new TLX is powered by a 272 horsepower 2.0-liter DOHC, direct-injected and turbocharged engine with VTEC, mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission with Sequential SportShift as standard. The 2021 TLX will arrive at dealerships early this Fall with an MSRP starting in the mid-$30,000 range. Arriving Spring 2021, the TLX Type S (pictured above) debuts Acura's all-new 3.0-liter, 24-valve, DOHC direct-injected and turbocharged engine and a first-for-Type S, Super Handling All-Wheel Drive™.
The 2020 Nissan Frontier pickup, with an all-new 310 horsepower 3.8-liter direct injection V6 engine and all-new 9-speed automatic transmission, gets standard push button start for the new model year when it goes go on sale in July. The starting MSRP is $27,885 (including $1,095 destination and handling charge) for the King Cab 4x2 S model and tops out at $38,585 for the Frontier PRO-4X Crew Cab 4x4.
The 2021 Subaru Crosstrek compact SUV gets a new Sport model for 2021 powered by a 182-horsepower 2.5-liter 4-cylinder SUBARU BOXER® engine mated to the standard Lineartronic® CVT (continuously variable transmission), a boost over the Base and Premium trims with the 152-horsepower 2.0-liter engine with either a standard 6-speed manual transmission or optional Lineartronic CVT. The CVT models achieve EPA-estimated fuel economy of 28 city / 33 highway / 30 combined MPG while the 6-speed manual models are rated at 22 city / 29 highway / 25 combined MPG. The Limited trim also adds the 2.5-liter engine for 2021. The new Crosstrek Sport is the only Crosstrek model to feature the dual-function X-MODE® with Hill Descent Control with SNOW/DIRT and DEEP SNOW/MUD selectable settings to optimize AWD performance for difficult weather or road conditions. The 2021 Crosstrek will arrive into retailers late Summer.
The 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime, the quickest four-door model in the Toyota lineup, is a 302 horsepower plug-in that gets a manufacturer-estimated 42 miles on battery alone on a single charge and a manufacturer-estimated 94 combined MPGe. Available in SE trim starting at $39,220 (including the delivery, processing and handling fee of $1,120) and XSE starting at $42,545. RAV4 Prime customers also may qualify for an $7,500 federal tax credit. Individual states have additional incentives that can be either be applied at time of purchase or via a rebate program, depending on the state. The 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime hits dealerships this summer
2021 BMW 5 Series Sedan, the updated 7th generation, includes the 248 horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder TwinPower Turbo 530i starting at $55,195 (including $995 destination) and the 530i xDrive starting at $57,495, the 288 horsepower (with 181 horsepower 2.0-liter gasoline engine complemented by a 107 hp electric drive unit) 530e starting at $58,195 and the 530e xDrive PHEV starting at $60,495, the 335 horsepower 3.0-liter six-cylinder TwinPower Turbo 540i starting at $60,445 and the 540i xDrive starting at $62,745 and the 523 horsepower 4.4-liter V8 TwinPower Turbo M550i xDrive Sedan starting at $77,795. All with the standard 8-speed Steptronic automatic transmission. The 2021 5 Series Sedan is highlighted by the standard Live Cockpit Professional with iDrive 7, a 12.3” digital instrument display and a 12.3” digital central touchscreen control display (up from previous 10.25”). Ordering has started with first deliveries scheduled for July.
The new Mercedes-AMG E 53 Coupe and Cabriolet, with restyled front bumper and revised new interior, are powered by a 429 horsepower 3.0L inline-6 turbo engine with electric auxiliary compressor and mated to an AMG SPEEDSHIFT TCT 9G transmission and the variable all-wheel drive system, AMG Performance 4MATIC+. The five DYNAMIC SELECT drive programs "Slippery", "Comfort", "Sport", "Sport+" and "Individual", the characteristics of the new 53-series models can be influenced with the tap of a finger.
The new 2021 MINI Countryman featuring a newly updated design, along with enhancements in technology and equipment offerings. The new MINI Cooper SE Countryman ALL4 is fitted with a hybrid-specific 224 horsepower all-wheel drive system combining a 3-cylinder gas engine for the front wheels and an electric synchronous motor on the rear wheels. The new MINI Cooper SE Countryman ALL4 comes with a 6-speed Steptronic transmission standard. Meanwhile the MINI Cooper Countryman ALL4 now features an 8-speed Steptronic transmission as standard, as does the MINI Cooper S Countryman ALL4 and the MINI John Cooper Works Countryman ALL4. The MINI Cooper Countryman with front wheel drive comes standard with a 7-speed dual clutch transmission, while the MINI Cooper S Countryman with front wheel drive gets a 7-speed Sport DCT. The new 2021 MINI Countryman models are expected to arrive in US showrooms nationwide later this summer. More information on US-specific pricing, options and packages, and EPA fuel efficiency ratings will be made available closer to market launch.
The 2020 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid, equipped with a Smartstream 2.0 GDi HEV engine and a 6-speed automatic transmission, delivers an EPA estimated 52 MPG combined fuel economy rating and 686 miles of driving range on Blue trim level which starts at $28,725 (including $975 freight charges). The new range-topping Sonata Hybrid Limited starts at $36,275. Hyundai Sonata Hybrid’s solar-panel roof directly charges the 12-volt or hybrid batteries and outputs 205 watts of electricity. The optional Hyundai Digital Key allows a Sonata Hybrid to be unlocked, started and driven without a physical key, via Android smartphone or NFC card. Sonata Hybrid will be available at U.S. dealerships this month.
The all-new 2021 Genesis G80 executive luxury sedan powered by either a 304 horsepower 2.5T inline four-cylinder turbocharged engine or a 380 horsepower 3.5T V-6 twin-turbocharged engine mated to an 8-speed AT (Shift-by-Wire) w/Paddle-Shifters, in rear-wheel drive or optional all-wheel drive. Safety technology features include: Forward Collision Avoidance-Assist w/Pedestrian & Cyclist, Lane Oncoming, Junction Turning, Junction Crossing, Lane Side, Evasive Steering Torque Assist, Smart Cruise Control with Machine Learning, Highway Driving Assist II, Driver Attention Warning, Lane Keeping Assist, Lane Following Assist, Blind-Spot Collision Avoidance-Assist, Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Avoidance-Assist and Safe Exit Assist w/Power Child Lock. The G80 2.5T rear-wheel drive starts at $48,725 (including $1,025 freight charges) and the 3.5T starts at $60,125 when they go on sale this Summer.
The all-new 2021 Toyota Venza is powered by the new-generation Toyota Hybrid System combining a 2.5-liter DOHC four-cylinder engine with three electric motors to deliver 219 total system horsepower and a projected preliminary manufacturer-estimated 40 combined MPG in LE trim. Audio Plus is standard on LE and XLE and includes an 8-inch touchscreen. Premium Audio with Dynamic Navigation and JBL is optional on XLE and standard on Limited and features a stunning 12.3-inch touchscreen display with controls that can be switched between driver or front passenger operation. The 2021 Venza arrives in Toyota dealerships this Summer.
2021 Porsche 911 Targa 4 all-wheel drive model is powered by a 379 horsepower six-cylinder, three-liter twin-turbo boxer engine while the 911 Targa 4S all-wheel drive puts out 443 horsepower. Both models are fitted with an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission and the 911 Targa 4S can be ordered with a seven-speed manual transmission at no charge, which includes the Sport Chrono package as standard. The new 2021 911 Targa models are available to order now and are expected to reach U.S. dealers in late 2020. MSRP is $120,650 for the 2021 911 Targa 4 and $136,550 for the 2021 911 Targa 4S (including a $1,350 delivery, processing and handling fee).
Lamborghini Huracán EVO Rear-Wheel Drive Spyder, powered by a 610 horsepower naturally aspirated V10 Lamborghini engine mated to a 7-speed LDF dual-clutch transmission, starts at $229,428 (suggested retail price taxes/GST excluded). The Spyder’s soft-top roof stows within 17 seconds under the rear hood, even while driving up to a speed of 31 mph. The first customers will take delivery of the new Lamborghini Huracán EVO RWD Spyder this Summer.
The 2020 Audi e-tron Sportback, Audi's second fully electric model joining the e-tron SUV, has 355 horsepower, and with Boost Mode engaged 402 horsepower delivering an EPA-estimated range of 218 miles. The 2020 Audi e-tron Sportback MPGe EPA estimates 76 city/78 highway/77 and offers a towing capacity up to 4,000 pounds when equipped with an available towing package.combined. Starting MSRP is $77,400 before any federal, municipal & state tax credits.
Monday, April 6, 2020
The 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan is considered a compact SUV, though, at 185.1 inches, has the longest overall length compared to its dozen rivals in the segment, and is a significant 8.7 inches longer than its shortest competitor. The Tiguan's length enables space for a third row seat which only one other vehicle in the class offers, giving it an added benefit for those needing to accommodate 2 more smaller passengers. Three rows of seating are standard in front-wheel-drive Tiguans with a second-row bench that can recline, slide seven inches fore and aft, fold down, and be split 40/20/40. The 4Motion all-wheel-drive Tiguan comes standard with two rows and an optional third row. The flexible configurations give the Tiguan an edge.
The 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan is powered by a 184 horsepower four-cylinder turbocharged direct-injection engine delivering an impressive high maximum torque of 221 lb-ft and mated to a standard eight-speed automatic transmission. The Tiguan has the third most horsepower of the thirteen vehicles in the segment but is also the heaviest compact SUV at 3,757 pounds.
The top-of-the-line R-line 4motion 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan, (starting at $39,815, including $1,020 destination charge), was provided by the manufacturer for a week test drive, and, in addition, I made four dealer visits to evaluate the base Tiguan S, (starting $25,965), as it was narrowed down to one of two compact SUVs I was considering to purchase. Your personal tastes and requirements will dictate which trim level suits your needs and price range but as you climb the price ladder other vehicle comparisons will enter the picture. For example, Keyless access w/push-button start, Dual-zone Climatronic, Rain-sensing wipers, Auto-dimming rearview mirror, Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Keeping System (Lane Assist), Park Distance Control, High Beam Control (Light Assist) and Overhead view camera (Area View) are available on more expensive Tiguan trims.
The Tiguan S has many standard features like Forward Collision Warning w/ Autonomous Emergency Braking and Pedestrian Monitoring (Front Assist), Blind Spot Monitor (Side Assist), Rear Traffic Alert, the expected Rearview camera and even a tire pressure monitoring system. What more do you really need? The Tiguan S also has a nicely integrated, intuitive-to-use 6.5-inch color touchscreen, smaller than the 8-inch found on the more expensive trim levels, but not the protruding from the dash tablet-look found in many vehicles. The large, highly visible, yellow blind spot warning light on the side mirror is a big plus.
The 2020 Tiguan has four-year/50,000-mile (whichever comes first), which Volkswagen reduced from its 2019 five-year/60,000-mile bumper-to-bumper limited warranty. A bonus is the 2 year or 20,000 mile transferable Carefree Maintenance Program that sets the Tiguan apart, though its Korean rivals still boast the longest warranties.
SUMMARY: The quality interior workmanship, clear driver visibility, spaciousness, driving experience, included features, slightly longer than most warranty, make the 2020 Tiguan S a great value and a finalist on your compact SUV shopping list.
Wednesday, April 1, 2020
The impact of the Covid-19 virus on the country that started in the second half of March slammed U.S. auto sales:
General Motors (Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, Cadillac) delivered 618,335 vehicles in the first quarter of 2020, a decrease of 7.1 percent compared to a year ago.
Ford Motor Company first quarter U.S. sales of 516,330 is a 12.5 percent drop from a year ago. Ford division sales of 490,769 represents a 13.2 percent decline from 2019 while Lincoln sales of 25,561 was a 2.3 increase fom the year quarter.
Toyota Motor North America reported March 2020 sales of 135,730 vehicles, a decrease of 36.9 percent versus March 2019. For the first quarter, TMNA reported sales of 495,747 vehicles, an 8.8 percent decrease. For the quarter, Lexus reported sales of 56,345 vehicles, down 15.6 percent.
FCA US LLC (Chrysler, Dodge, Ram, Jeep, Fiat, Alfa Romeo) reported 2020 first quarter sales of 446,768 down 10.4 percent from a year ago.
American Honda reported March sales of 77,153, a 48 percent drop from March 2019 contributing to first quarter 2020 sales of 298,785, a 19.2 percent drop from 2019's first quarter.
Nissan Group announced total U.S. first-quarter (January-March) sales for the calendar year 2020 of 257,606, a decrease of 29.6 percent versus the prior year.
Hyundai Motor America reported total March sales of 35,118, a 43 percent decrease in comparison with March 2019. Hyundai sold a total of 130,875 units in Q1, a decrease of 11 percent compared with Q1 2019. Genesis Motor America reported sales of 969 in March 2020, a 33.2 percent decrease compared with the prior year. For the first quarter of 2020, Genesis Motor America sold 3,955 vehicles, a 5.9 percent decrease for the calendar year thus far.
Kia Motors America March sales of 45,413 vehicles was an 18.6 percent drop from March 2019, while year-to-date sales of 137,945 is a one percent gain over the first quarter of 2019.
Subaru of America reported 32,611 vehicle sales for March 2020, a 47 percent decrease compared to March 2019. Following eleven consecutive years of sales records, Subaru reported year-to-date sales of 130,591, a 16.7 percent decrease compared to the same period in 2019.
Volkswagen of America March sales were down 42 percent bringing first quarter 2020 sales to 75,075, a 13 percent drop year-to-date. Audi of America March sales fell 52 percent bringing first quarter 2020 sales to 41,367, a 14 percent drop from first quarter of 2019.
Mercedes-Benz USA reported Q1 sales of 67,746 Mercedes-Benz models. Additionally, Mercedes-Benz Vans recorded Q1 sales of 7,520, bringing MBUSA to a grand total of 75,266 vehicles for the quarter, a decrease of 4.3 percent over the comparable period last year.
BMW of North America announced Q1 2020 sales for the BMW and MINI brands in the U.S. of 59,455 vehicles, a decrease of 15.3 percent vs the same time period last year. MINI brand sales totaled 5,237 vehicles, a decrease of 35.1 percent vs the first quarter of 2019.
Mitsubishi Motors North America reported March sales of 9,394 vehicles, down 52 percent over March of 2019. Calendar year-to-date sales through the end of March totaled 35,563 vehicles, a decrease of 15.5 percent compared with the same period in 2019.
Porsche Cars North America announced first quarter U.S. retail deliveries of 11,994 from January through March, down 20.2 percent from a year ago.
Tesla, in the first quarter, produced almost 103,000 vehicles and delivered approximately 88,400 vehicles globally for their best ever first quarter performance. Tesla delivered 12,200 Model S and X and 76,200 Model 3 and Y vehicles.
Sales will be updated as manufacturers report.