Wednesday, August 5, 2020
The 2021 Audi e-tron SUV, with 355 horsepower (402 with Boost Mode), starts at $66,995 (including $1,095 destination charge), a decrease of close to $9,000 from the starting MSRP of the model year 2019 Premium Plus e-tron. A potential federal tax credit for purchasing an Audi e-tron or an Audi e-tron Sportback up to $7,500 may apply. The e-tron improves to an EPA-estimated range of 222 miles, an increase of 18 miles while the e-tron Sportback delivers an EPA-estimated range of 218 miles. The Audi e-tron and e-tron Sportback are the first and second fully electric vehicles in the Audi lineup, laddering up to the brand’s commitment to 30 percent of the U.S. model lineup being fully or partially electrified by 2025.
The 2021 Toyota Sienna, in its fourth generation, will be powered by a standard hybrid powertrain achieving 33 MPG with optional all-wheel drive when it goes into full production this Fall in Princeton, Indiana. The new seat frame design has made lifting the folded third-row seats to their upright position much easier.
Jim Farley, 58, has been named the Ford Motor Company’s new president and CEO and will join the board of directors, effective Oct. 1 when Jim Hackett, 65, who has led the company’s transformation since 2017, plans to retire from the company after continuing as a special advisor to Ford through March of 2021.
Farley joined Ford in 2007 as global head of Marketing and Sales and went on to lead Lincoln, Ford South America, Ford of Europe and all Ford global markets in successive roles. In April 2019, Farley was chosen to lead Ford’s New Businesses, Technology & Strategy team. Farley joined Toyota in 1990 in the strategic planning department and served in several product and marketing positions in the United States and Europe. One of Farley’s most noted accomplishments is his responsibility for the successful launch and rollout of Toyota’s new Scion brand. Farley attended Georgetown University and received an MBA from UCLA.
The 2021 Mazda3, the fourth generation, is powered by a Skyactiv-G 2.0 engine which will start at $20,845 (including $945 for destination and handling) or an available 186 horsepower Skyactiv-G 2.5 engine with optional i-Activ AWD that starts at $21,445. The Mazda3 2.5 Turbo (pictured above) equipped with an 250 horsepower turbocharged Skyactiv-G 2.5T engine will start at $30,845 when it arrives in dealerships by the end of this year.
The Continental GT Mulliner Convertible, with Bentley's new-generation 4.0-liter, twin‑turbocharged V8 or 6.0-liter, twin-turbocharged W12 powertrains, is the first member of the new Collections portfolio introduced by Bentley Mulliner. Available in the extended Bentley Mulliner paint range of 88 colors, customers wishing to specify their Continental GT Mulliner Convertible in a bespoke shade can commission Bentley’s artisan paint specialists to color-match to any item or sample. It takes almost 400,000 stitches to deliver this quilting across the cabin of the car, with each diamond containing exactly 712 individual stitches – each one precisely aligned to point to the center of the diamond it creates. Developing the embroidery process to deliver this process alone took 18 months.
Sunday, August 2, 2020
The 2021 Lexus NX 300, powered by a 235 horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine mated to a sequential six-speed automatic transmission, will be offered in Nori Green Pearl, have Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert, updated low profile wiper blade design and power-folding auto-dimming reverse tilt mirrors as standard equipment, and the Lexus Safety System+ 2.0. Drivers adds the HomeLink feature to the Navigation option. The 2021 Lexus NX 300h, with Electronic On-Demand All-Wheel-Drive System, achieves 33/city, 30/highway, 31/combined mpg estimates from a 2.5-liter Atkinson cycle four-cylinder engine and a high-torque electric motor combining with a gas engine for 194 system horsepower. The NX also boasts a 4.2-inch Thin Film Transistor LCD in the center of the instrument cluster. The 2021 NX starts at $38,535 (including $1,025 DPH fee) for the FWD model.
Friday, July 31, 2020
The 2021 Honda Odyssey, with restyled grille and front bumper fascia, is powered by a 280 horsepower 3.5-liter V6 i-VTEC® engine mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. Honda Sensing® adds Low-Speed Follow, Pedestrian Emergency Braking, and Traffic Sign Recognition. Magic Slide™ seats, available in EX and higher trim levels, include for 2021 second-row seats that fold nearly flat. Going on sale August 3, the Odyssey starts at $32,910 (including $1,120 destination and handling charge).
Thursday, July 30, 2020
The 2021 Lexus LC 500 Convertible is powered by a 471 horsepower 5.0-liter V8 engine paired with a Direct-Shift 10-speed automatic transmission delivering a 0-60 mph time of 4.6 seconds and maximum track speed is electronically limited to 168 mph. The roof can be opened or closed at speeds up to 31 mph. The new 2021 LC Convertible will come standard with Lexus Safety System+. This includes Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Alert with Lane Keep Assist, All-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control and Intelligent High Beams. Also like the LC 500 coupe, Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert come standard. Limited to only 100 units, the 2021 LC Convertible Inspiration Series features an exclusive Structural Blue paint job. The 2021 Lexus LC 500 Convertible is expected to be on sale this Summer.
The 2021 Porsche 911 Turbo Coupe and Cabriolet models, powered by a 572 horsepower six-cylinder boxer engine mated to a standard eight-speed PDK transmission with Turbo-specific internals and calibration, are available to order now. New options such as a Sport and Lightweight package, Sport Suspension with a lower ride height and Sport Exhaust system, first introduced for the 911 Turbo S, are also available for the 911 Turbo for the first time. The 2021 911 Turbo Coupe has a $172,150 MSRP (including the $1,350 delivery, processing and handling fee) and the 911 Turbo Cabriolet $184,950 when they are expected to reach U.S. dealers by early 2021.
The 2021 Toyota Camry is powered by a 203 horsepower 2.5-liter Dynamic Force four-cylinder or a 301 horsepower 3.5-liter V-6 engine teamed with the Direct Shift eight-speed automatic transmission or the next-generation Toyota Hybrid System for the first-ever Toyota Camry XSE Hybrid which creates a total of 17 trim levels for the 2021 Camry. The three V6 grades are XLE, XSE and TRD, the five 4-cyl. FWD grades come in LE, XLE, SE, SE Nightshade, XSE, the five 4-cyl. AWD grades are LE, XLE, SE, SE Nightshade, XSE and the four hybrid grades are LE, XLE, SE, XSE (new). The Hybrid pairs a 176 horsepower gas engine with a 118 horsepower electric motor for a total Hybrid system net output of 208 horsepower. A new front distinguishes the LE and XLE grades from the sport-oriented SE and XSE for 2021. All Camry models for 2021 get a new floating multimedia screen in 7-inch or 9-inch sizes. The 2021 Camry TRD now comes standard with Blind Spot Monitor and Rear Cross Traffic Alert, plus heated exterior mirrors. Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert are now standalone options on LE, SE and SE Nightshade grades. XSE and XLE grades already have those features as standard.
Monday, July 13, 2020
The all-new Ford Bronco Sport off-road vehicle is available in base, Big Bend™, Outer Banks™, Badlands™ and First Edition™ trim levels. The Badlands and First Edition series are powered by a 245 horsepower 2.0-liter EcoBoost® engine. Base, Big Bend and Outer Banks series feature a 181 horsepower 1.5-liter EcoBoost engine with both engines paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission, while Bronco Sport Badlands and First Edition add 10-speed automatic SelectShift® transmission with steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters. Like the larger Bronco, the all-new Bronco Sport delivers the 4x4 off-road capability that made the original Bronco a legend. With off-road performance at its core, Bronco Sport provides solid footing on sand, snow, mud, rocks and more. Vehicles arrive in dealerships late this year.
The all-new 2021 Ford Bronco, in its sixth generation, is the re-birth of a nameplate last manufactured in 1996 and now offered in 4x4 two-door and first-ever four-door models. The 2021 Ford Bronco is powered by EcoBoost® engines mated to a 7-speed manual transmission or an available SelectShift® 10-speed automatic transmission boosting off-road capability with an 11.6-inch ground clearance, maximum 29-degree breakover angle and 37.2-degree departure angle, plus water fording capability of up to 33.5 inches and available 35-inch tires. Driver-selectable modes include Normal, Eco, Sport, Slippery and Sand, with Baja, Mud/Ruts and Rock Crawl for off-road driving.
Four-door models have four removable roof sections with left and right front panels, a full-width center panel and a rear section. Roof panels on all models can be removed by one person by unlocking the latches from the interior. First-row panels stow away onboard on two-door models. MSRP for the base two-door Bronco is $29,995 (including $1,495 destination and delivery) when it arrives in Ford dealerships next Spring. Reservations can be made for $100 beginning today at ford.com.
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.