Wednesday, July 10, 2019

2020 BMW 840i Starts at $91,795 In September

The 2020 BMW 840i and 840i xDrive Gran Coupes are powered by a 335 horsepower 3.0 liter inline 6-cylinder Turbo engine that weighs 13 lbs less than its predecessor that's mated to a eight-speed Steptronic Sport transmission and starts at $88,895 (including $995 destination charge) for the new 2020 840i Coupe, $91,795 for the 840i xDrive Coupe. The 840i Convertible starts at $98,395 and the 840i xDrive Convertible at $101,295. The BMW Live Cockpit Professional in the 2020 BMW 8 Series combines the latest-generation of the iDrive, featuring a high-resolution digital 12.3” instrument cluster display behind the steering wheel and a 10.25” center display diagonally across. Production for all 2020 8 Series models begins this month with market launch in September.

Bentley EXP 100 GT - The Future

Bentley EXP 100 GT has a battery electric powertrain for a predicted 434 mile range. The battery system will power four motors that offer a 0-60 mph time of less than 2.5 second to a top speed of 186 mph. Biometrics are embedded throughout the Bentley EXP 100 GT to track eye and head movements, even blood pressure.

2020 Buick Enclave Starts At $41,195 Later This Summer

The 2020 Buick Enclave seven-passenger SUV, powered by a 310 horsepower 3.6L V-6 engine, starts at $41,195 (including destination freight charge, excluding tax, title, license and dealer fees) and will arrive in dealerships later this summer.  A new 8-inch diagonal touchscreen comes standard on all trim levels with available new HD Rear Vision Camera and HD Surround Vision systems and a new, four-way power lumbar seat adjuster with a driver and front passenger massage feature that is standard on the Premium and Avenir models.

MINI Cooper SE - Purely Electric

The new MINI Cooper SE purely electric premium small car, based on the MINI 2-door hardtop, is powered by a 181 horsepower lithium-ion battery that enables a range of 146 to 167 miles though US EPA estimated range figures not yet available. The electric model is about 319 pounds heavier than the MINI Cooper S 2 door hardtop with Steptronic transmission. The new MINI Cooper SE is available in the US with three trim levels; Signature, Signature Plus, and Iconic, which each include a specific combination of exterior finish, light alloy wheels, seat upholstery and interior fittings. The purely electrically powered MINI accelerates from zero to 62 mph in 7.3 seconds; its top speed is limited to 93.2 mph.

Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 Coming By Yearend

The new Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 compact sports car is powered by a newly developed 382 horsepower four-cylinder 2.0-liter engine mated to the new AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT-8G dual-clutch transmission with eight gears. Active, fully variable AMG Performance 4MATIC+ all-wheel drive distributes the power to the rear axle on a wheel- selective basis using AMG TORQUE CONTROL. The 2020 Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 will go on sale in the U.S. by the end of the year.

All-New 2020 BMW X6 Sports Activity Coupe Coming In November

The new 2020 BMW X6 Sports Activity Coupe, the third generation X6, offers a 335 horsepower 3.0-liter TwinPower Turbo inline 6-cylinder engine mated an  eight-speed Sport Steptronic transmission in the sDrive40i and xDrive40i and 523 horsepower 4.4-liter eight-cylinder TwinPower turbocharged engine in the M50i versions. MSRP pricing starts at $65,295 (including $995 destination charge) for the new 2020 X6 sDrive40i, $67,595 for the X6 xDrive40i and $86,645 for the X6 M50i. An available factory trailer package is rated for up to 7,200 lbs towing. The X6 is longer in overall length by an inch, wheelbase  by 1.6 inches and is 0.6 inches wider, while height has been reduced by 0.7 inches. The standard Active Driving Assistant on the new BMW X6 includes Blind Spot Detection, Lane Departure Warning, Rear Collision Warning, Frontal Collision Warning and Pedestrian Warning with City Collision Mitigation (which now also alerts the driver if cyclists are detected) Cross Traffic Alert Rear, and Speed Limit Information. Production begins in August with market launch in November.

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Lee Iacocca, A Car Legend, Passes Away At 94

Lee Iacocca, passes away at 94. Iacocca worked his way up at Ford Motor Company, creating the Mustang, becoming President in 1970, leaving Ford in 1978, then joining Chrysler Corporation as President in 1979 and a year later adding the title of Chairman, reviving the company twice, until his retirement in 1992. A car legend whose name you could always remember how to spell - I Am Chairman Of Chrysler Corporation America.

Click here to view this 1992 KWHY-TV The Business Channel interview which ranks among the top of the thousands I conducted over 40 years.

Sunday, June 30, 2019

Tesla Model 3 - Stunning - Says An Owner of 2

Stunning - the one word that describes the Tesla Model 3 all-electric sedan - according to an owner of two 2018 long range rear-motor Model 3s. This Tesla owner who previously owned numerous luxury vehicles and raced high performance cars, can't stop raving about his Model 3 that cost him around $56,000 (including California tax and registration fees and after receiving the Federal tax incentive). Extras included the $2,000 Red Multi-Coat paint and the $6,000 Autopilot and Full Self-Driving features which Tesla will later upgrade to a 100 times more powerful computer with regular software updates. The over-the-internet upgrades occur at least once a month, one has already boosted range and power by 5 percent.

Autopilot enables your car to steer, accelerate and brake automatically for other vehicles and pedestrians within its lane, while Full Self-Driving is automatic driving from highway on-ramp to off-ramp including interchanges and overtaking slower cars, automatic lane changes while driving on the highway, Autopark in both parallel and perpendicular spaces, and, believe or not, Summon where your parked car will come find you anywhere in a parking lot, currently to be upgraded at no cost.

Stunning - the relaxation of highway driving with the aforementioned features and the automatic stop-and-go in traffic, the cabin's quietness, clear display screen, large trunk, and, of course, the all-glass roof which especially benefits rear seat passengers adding immense visual space to the generous interior legroom. He feels much more refreshed after long trips due to the absence of typical vehicle vibration and engine noise.

Registering about 11,000 miles since buying his red Model 3 in November, he's very satisfied averaging about 260 miles per charge which is about 80 percent of the posted 325 miles due to driving style and terrain. The batteries charge from empty to full overnight on a home charger or 30 minutes for $20 at a commercial charging station.

The only cautionary words from this very happy Tesla owner is that there's no AM radio, possibly because of electric motor interference, and the Model 3 is wider that you expect, something I found out from scuffing the curb with the right rear wheel while turning a corner. The 41 PSI tire pressure creates a road feel that can bother some passengers.

(The standard range Tesla Model 3 gets an estimated 220 miles and the price starts at $35,000.)

Saturday, June 29, 2019

2020 Chrysler Pacifica and Pacifica Hybrid

The 2020 Chrysler Pacifica minivan, available in Touring, Touring L, Touring L Plus and Limited trim, is powered by a 287 horsepower 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 gasoline engine mated to the TorqueFlite nine-speed automatic transmission. The 2020 Pacifica Hybrid, with a choice of Touring, Touring L and Limited packages, delivers more than 80 miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe) in electric-only mode, has an all-electric range of more than 30 miles and a total range of more than 500 miles from a dual-motor eFlite electrically variable transmission paired with a specially modified version of the 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 gasoline engine. More than 100 standard and available safety and security features, include 360-degree Surround View Camera, ParkSense Parallel/Perpendicular Park Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop and Go and Forward Collision Warning-Plus. Other features include the Uconnect 4 systems with a standard 7-inch or available 8.4-inch touchscreen, a Uconnect Theater entertainment system with two 10-inch seatback touchscreens and standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and available 4G Wi-Fi.

2020 Chrysler Voyager Minivan

2020 Chrysler Voyager minivan, with standard seven-passenger seating and 3.5-inch digital information display, replaces the Pacifica L and LX models, and is powered by a 287 horsepower Pentastar V-6 gasoline engine mated to a TorqueFlite nine-speed automatic transmission. Voyager’s available SafetyTec Group includes ParkSense rear park assist with stop, Blind-spot Monitoring and Rear Cross Path detection. Through six generations of the vehicle, the company has sold more than 14.6 million minivans globally since 1983.

2020 F-Series Super Duty Tremor Off-Road Package Coming Later This Year

The 2020 F-Series Super Duty Tremor Off-Road Package, available for XLT, Lariat, King Ranch and Platinum F-250 and F-350 Super Duty, is powered by an all-new 7.3-liter gas V8 or third-generation 6.7-liter Power Stroke® diesel and can be specified for 4x4 single-rear-wheel SuperCrew trucks with a 6.75-foot box. Unique to Tremor is a new rock-crawl mode, which is optimized to operate in 4x4 low and is enabled by the standard TorqShift® 10-speed automatic transmission. Tremor trucks equipped with the 7.3-liter gas engine have a 53:1 crawl ratio while those equipped with the 6.7- liter diesel engine have a 44:1 crawl ratio. Super Duty gets Trail Control™ which functions in any mode like cruise control for off-road driving. The Tremor Off-Road Package will be available when the 2020 Super Duty launches later this year.

Bentley Continental GT Convertible Number 1 Edition by Mulliner

The Bentley Continental GT Convertible Number 1 Edition by Mulliner, featuring 18 carat gold plated fender badging, celebrates Bentley’s 100th year on July 10th. The Bentley Continental GT Convertible Number 1 Edition by Mulliner, powered by a 6.0-liter twin-turbocharged W12 TSI engine mated to a dual-clutch eight-speed transmission, is based on the Continental GT Convertible, limited to a handcrafted production of 100. Available in either Dragon Red II or Beluga, and with a Claret or Beluga folding hood, the Limited Edition is equipped with a Centenary Pack, Bentley Black Line Specification and Carbon Body Kit, rounded off by the painted Number 1 front grille.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

2020 BMW 8 Series Gran Coupes Start At $85,895 In September

The new 2020 BMW 8 Series Gran Coupes are 9.0 inches longer, 1.2 inches wider, 2.2 inches taller than the 8 Series Coupe with a 7.9 inch longer wheelbase. The 840i and 840i xDrive are powered by a 335 horsepower 3.0 liter 6-cylinder engine weighing 13 lbs less than its predecessor and mated to an eight-speed Steptronic Sport transmission. Prices start at $85,895 (including $995 destination charge) for the new 2020 840i Gran Coupe and $88,795 for the 840i xDrive Gran Coupe. The BMW M850i xDrive Gran Coupe, which starts at $109,895, is powered by a 523 horsepower BMW TwinPower 4.4-liter eight-cylinder Turbo engine. Standard equipment includes Frontal Collision Warning with City Collision Mitigation. Production begins next month with a September market launch.

Saturday, June 15, 2019

2020 Hyundai Palisade Starts At $32,595 Soon

The 2020 Hyundai Palisade powered by 3.8L V6 GDI engine mated to an 8-Speed Automatic SHIFTRONIC® transmission starts at $32,595 (including $1,045 in freight charges) and will be available at U.S. dealerships soon.

All-New Bentley Flying Spur Deliveries Start Early Next Year

The all-new Bentley Flying Spur, recreated from the ground up on a new platform, is powered by a 626 horsepower 6.0-liter, twin-turbocharged W12 configured 12-cylinder engine mated to a dual-clutch eight-speed transmission with 0-60 mph time of 3.7 seconds to a top speed of 207 mph. New features include 22-inch wheel designs, electronic all-wheel steering, three-chamber air springs which contain 60 percent more air volume compared to the previous model, and all-new seats featuring a twin-flute design including heating, ventilation, multi-mode massage, adjustable bolsters and top tilt. Optional full size, glass-to-glass panoramic sunroof is available. Driver Assistance Systems available, include Traffic Assist, City Assist and Blind Spot Warning. Night Vision and Head Up Display and a Top View Camera complemented by reverse traffic warning and self-parking features. For sound, there's a Naim 2,200W, 19-speaker system with Active Bass Transducers built into the front seats, available with eight sound modes. The new Flying Spur is available to order this Fall and customer deliveries will begin in early 2020.

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB Coming By Year End

The all-new 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB compact vehicle is powered by a 221 horsepower two-liter four-cylinder gas M 260 engine in the GLB 250 and offers an optional third row with two additional seats. The GLB can look up to 1,641 feet ahead and can drive partially autonomously in certain situations. The GLB can be equipped with the permanent all-wheel drive system 4MATIC, with variable torque distribution. The all-new 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB will go on sale in the U.S. by the end of the year.

2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel

The 2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel is powered by an all-new third-generation 260 horsepower 3.0-liter V-6 EcoDiesel produced at the FCA Cento facility in Ferrara, Italy and has a 480 lb.-ft. torque rating and 12,560 pound towing capacity.

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS 450 4MATIC Starts At $76,195 By Year End

The all-new 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS 450 4MATIC, seats up to 7 passengers and powered by a 362 horsepower 3.0L Inline-6 turbo engine with EQ Boost starts at $76,195 (including $995 destination and delivery) and will be available in U.S. dealerships by the end of the year. Pricing for the new GLS 580 will be announced at a later date.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

2020 BMW M8 Coupe and Convertible Coming Soon

The 2020 BMW M8 Coupe and Convertible, the new top performance models in the M brand’s lineup, are powered by a 600 horsepower 4.4 liter S63 M TwinPower Turbo V8 engine mated to an eight-speed M Steptronic transmission which transfers the BMW M8’s power to the M xDrive all-wheel drive system. The Competition models feature unique tuning which not only produces more horsepower at 617 but also increases the band at which maximum torque is produced by 160 rpm. Pricing for the new 2020 M8 Coupe is $133,995 (including $995 destination charge) and $146,995 for the M8 Competition Coupe. The 2020 M8 Convertible MSRP is $143,495 and $156,495 for the M8 Competition Convertible. Production begins next month.

2020 Chevrolet Silverado 3.0L Duramax Diesel

The all-new 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 3.0L Duramax diesel, available on LT, RST, LTZ and High Country models, is powered by a 277 horsepower inline-six turbo-diesel engine paired with GM’s 10L80 10-speed automatic transmission. It is priced identically to the 6.2L V-8 as a $2,495 premium over a 5.3L V-8 model or $3,890 over a 2.7L Turbo model.

2020 Cadillac CT4-V and CT5-V Coming Early Next Year

2020 Cadillac CT4-V powered by a 320 horsepower 2.7L Turbo engine featuring a three-step sliding camshaft that helps optimize performance at all speeds is mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission while the CT5-V boasts a 355 horsepower 3.0L Twin Turbo V-6 engine, which uses low-inertia turbochargers to enhance power production across the rpm band also has a 10-speed automatic transmission. Both have Standard RWD and available AWD and V-Series performance chassis with Magnetic Ride Control 4.0. Brembo front brakes with eBoost electronic assist and a limited-slip rear differential on CT4-V and electronic limited-slip differential on CT5-V. The CT4-V and CT5-V go on sale early in the 2020 calendar year. (The CT6-V is also pictured above).

2020 Buick Encore GX Coming Early Next Year

2020 Buick Encore GX will be positioned between the smaller Encore and the larger Envision and Enclave models when it arrives in early 2020, giving Buick four SUVs across the small, compact and midsize segments. The Encore GX’s new standard safety and driver assistance features will include Front Pedestrian Braking, Automatic Emergency Braking, Forward Collision Alert and Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning. It will also offer the Enclave’s innovative Rear Camera Mirror, which provides a wide, less obstructed rear view while parking and driving, and High Definition Surround Vision camera system.

Friday, May 17, 2019

2019 Porsche 911 Speedster Starts At $275,750

The 2019 Porsche 911 Speedster, weighing 3,230 pounds, is powered by a 502 horsepower 4.0-liter flat-six engine with a GT Sport six-speed manual transmission that can sprint from zero to 60 mph in 3.8 seconds to a top track speed of 192 mph, with production limited to 1,948 worldwide. The 2019 911 Speedster, expected to reach U.S. dealers in late 2019, is available to order for an MSRP of $275,750 (including $1,250 delivery, processing and handling fee). The optional Heritage Design Package designed by Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur, which offers many styling cues and design elements inspired by classic Speedster models from the 1950’s, can be ordered for an additional $24,510.

2020 BMW M5 Edition 35 Years Coming This Fall For $128,995

The 2020 BMW M5 Edition 35 Years, limited to 350 units globally with 35 units for the U.S., is powered by an M TwinPower Turbocharged 617 horsepower 4.4L V8 engine mated to an eight-speed M Steptronic transmission and M xDrive for 0 to 60 mph acceleration of 3.1 seconds, reaching 124 mph in 10.8 seconds. An M-specific version of the Variable Damper Control system has Comfort, Sport and Sport Plus modes selectable at the press of a button activating different damper settings. The 2020 M5 Edition 35 years also receives the newest Live Cockpit Professional with the BMW iDrive 7 operating system with a high-resolution digital 12.3” instrument cluster display behind the steering wheel and a 10.25” center display diagonally across. The U.S. spec cars will be produced in September and October of this year and feature exclusive BMW Individual exterior and interior appointments with an MSRP of $128,995 (including Destination and Gas Guzzler tax).

2020 Porsche Cayenne S Coupe Starts At $89,850 This Fall

The 2020 Porsche Cayenne S Coupe, now available to order, is powered by a 434 horsepower 2.9-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine mated to an eight-speed Tiptronic S transmission and Porsche Traction Management all-wheel drive for a 0-60 mph time of 4.7 seconds with the standard Sport Chrono Package or 4.6 seconds with any of the optional Lightweight Sport Packages to a top track speed is 164 mph. The Cayenne S Coupe compared to the standard Cayenne S, has rear seats that are 1.18 inches lower and in addition to the Sport Chrono Package, it includes 20-inch alloy wheels, eight-way Sport Seats, a panoramic fixed glass roof and a 2+2 seating layout, with a choice of a rear bench seat with three seatbelts at no additional cost. The new 2020 Cayenne S Coupe will arrive in the U.S. this Fall starting at $89,850 (including $1,250 for delivery, processing and handling).

2020 Hyundai Elantra Starts At $19,870 Soon

The 2020 Hyundai Elantra, with a new Intelligent Variable Transmission, improved fuel economy and standard Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist will start at starting at $19,870 (including $920 freight charge) for the Elantra SE when it arrives in dealer showrooms this Spring. The Elantra SE, SEL, Value Edition and Limited are powered by a 147 horsepower 2.0L MPI Atkinson Cycle engine, the Eco model by a 128 horsepower 1.4L Turbo-GDI engine achieving an EPA estimated 36 mpg combined fuel economy rating with its 7-speed dual clutch transmission and the Elantra Sport trim features a 201 horsepower 1.6L Turbo-GDI engine mated to a 7-speed dual clutch transmission. Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist uses the car’s front-facing camera to help detect an imminent collision and avoid impact or minimize damage by braking. Lane Keeping Assist helps prevent accidental lane departure by sensing road markings, automatically steering the car if necessary. Driver Attention Warning system monitors a spectrum of driver-related characteristics to help detect driver fatigue.

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

2020 Acura RDX Starts At $38,595 Now

The 2020 Acura RDX, powered by a 272-horsepower turbocharged i-VTEC® engine with available Acura Super-Handling All Wheel Drive™ ), is on sale now for $38,595 (including $995 destination and handling). The 2020 Acura RDX has AcuraWatch™ safety and driver-assistive technology, an ultra-wide panoramic moonroof, next-generation Acura JewelEye™ LED headlights, and next-generation Acura sport seats. The 2020 RDX also includes a True Touchpad Interface™. Also available is the ELS Studio 3D™ premium audio, a 16-channel, 710-watt system, featuring four ultra-slim Highline™ ceiling-mounted speakers.

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

2020 370Z Coupe On Sale Now Starting At $30,895

The 2020 370Z Coupe equipped with a standard 332-horsepower 3.7-liter DOHC V6 engine with Variable Valve Event and Lift Control and a choice of 6-speed manual transmission with an available SynchroRev Match® synchronized downshift rev matching system with an EXEDY® high-performance clutch, or a 7-speed automatic transmission with available paddle shifters starts at $30,985 (including $895 destination and handling). The 370Z NISMO with a 350-horsepower 3.7-liter DOHC V6 engine with Variable Valve Event and Lift Control mated to either a 6-speed manual transmission with standard SynchroRev Match® or a 7-speed automatic with Downshift Rev Matching, Adaptive Shift Control and manual shift mode with paddle shifters starts at $46,685. Both are on sale now at Nissan dealers nationwide along with a 50th Anniversary Edition shown above.

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Kia Stinger GTS Coming This Spring

The special edition Stinger GTS, Kia’s highest performing sport sedan, available in either D-AWD or RWD and limited to production of 800 vehicles, is powered by a 365 horsepower 3.3-liter V6 twin turbo engine mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission and is expected to start around $44,000 for RWD and around $46,500 for D-AWD (excluding destination and handling charges). Stinger GTS is expected this Spring.

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Kia HabaNiro Concept Autonomous EV

The Kia HabaNiro concept is a fully-electric, all-wheel drive, four-seat compact crossover utility vehicle powered by two electric motors, fore and aft with an All Electric Range of more than 300 miles at level-five autonomous mode. When HabaNiro’s part-time level-five autonomous driving system is engaged the steering wheel and instrument panel retract forward to provide more room for the front occupants.

Volkswagen Tarok Concept

The Volkswagen Tarok concept is a compact pickup measuring 193.5 inches that can carry loads up to 73.2 inches long with a pickup bed that extends into the cab. The rear seats are unlocked and folded using a mechanism that is quick to operate. Alongside the Atlas, the Tarok concept is one of the largest MQB-based Volkswagen vehicles designed to date with a payload of 2,271 pounds. The Tarok is powered by a 147-horsepower 1.4-liter four-cylinder turbocharged and direct-injection TSI® engine mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission and permanent 4Motion all-wheel drive.

Lincoln Corsair Coming This Fall

The all-new Lincoln Corsair two-row SUV is powered by a standard 250 horsepower 2.0-liter engine or an available 280 horsepower 2.3-liter engine mated to a new 8-speed automatic transmission and offers a choice of three new Lincoln interiors: Beyond Blue, with its vivid blue and white palette, Cashew, a rich tan and black blend, and Medium Slate, a soft gray with touches of Ebony. Drive modes are: Normal, Excite, Slippery, Deep Conditions and Conserve. The all-new Corsair will be built at Louisville Assembly Plant in Louisville, Kentucky, arriving in dealerships this Fall.

2019 Mazda CX-5 Signature AWD Diesel Available Now

The 2019 Mazda CX-5 Signature AWD featuring the 168 horsepower Skyactiv-D 2.2-liter sequential twin turbocharged diesel engine delivering an EPA estimated 27 mpg city, 30 mpg highway and 28 mpg overall is available now for $42,045 (including $1,045 for destination and delivery), and comes in Jet Black, Snowflake White Pearl, Soul Red Crystal and Machine Gray Metallic colors.

2020 Toyota Highlander Arrives In December

The fourth-generation three-row 2020 Toyota Highlander, 2.36 inches longer than before, offers a  295-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 engine mated to a Direct Shift 8-speed automatic transmission or the new-generation 240 horsepower hybrid powertrain with a 2.5-liter DOHC four-cylinder engine and two electric motors. The gas version has a manufacturer-estimated 22 MPG combined fuel economy and the Hybrid 34 MPG combined fuel economy. Trim levels are a new L grade, then layering amenities and technology in LE, XLE, Limited and the top-of line Platinum. Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 comes standard and includes Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, Automatic High Beam, Lane Tracing Assist, Road Sign Assist, Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, with Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Parking Support Braking and Intelligent Clearance Sonar available depending on the model grade. On V6 models, the available towing package enables a 5,000-pound towing capacity. The 2020 Highlander also comes standard with ToyotaCare, a complimentary plan covering normal factory-scheduled maintenance, for two years or 25,000 miles, whichever comes first, and 2 years of Roadside Assistance, regardless of mileage. The Highlander gas model will arrive in December 2019 and the Highlander Hybrid in February 2020.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

2020 Subaru Outback Goes On Sale This Fall

The all-new 2020 Subaru Outback in its sixth-generation offers a 260 horsepower 2.4-liter turbocharged BOXER engine or the standard naturally aspirated 182 horsepower 2.5-liter BOXER engine, with direct injection, paired with a Lineartronic CVT featuring an 8-speed manual mode function. The 2.4-liter turbo delivers a 3,500-lb. towing capacity, while the 2.5-liter provides more than a 600-mile range on a single tank. Manufacturer’s estimated fuel economy is 26/33 mpg city/highway for the 2.5-liter and 23/30 mpg city/highway. The 2020 Outback has as standard the Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, Active Torque Vectoring, Vehicle Dynamics Control and X-MODE with Hill Descent Control. Pricing for the 2020 Outback will be announced closer to this Fall’s on-sale date.

Mercedes-Benz GLS Will Be Longer When It Arrives By Year's End

The new Mercedes-Benz GLS, with a 2.4 inch longer wheelbase than its predecessor, is the largest SUV from Mercedes-Benz, coming in both the GLS 580 4MATIC with a 483 horsepower electrified V8 engine featuring EQ Boost, a 48-volt onboard electrical system with an integrated starter generator, and the GLS 450 4MATIC powered by a 362 horsepower 3.0-liter inline-6 turbo engine with EQ Boost. Both engines are mated to a 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission. The seats in the third row are fully-fledged seats that are suitable for people up to 6.4 feet tall, are heated for the first time and can be lowered into the floor to increase the trunk space, while the second row seats fold flat. The Executive Rear Seat Package includes a 7-inch Android tablet in its own docking station in the second row's larger luxury center armrest. The center console also offers a wireless charging compartment for smartphones and additional USB ports. The all-new Mercedes-Benz GLS will go on sale in the U.S. by the end of the year.

2020 Hyundai Sonata Coming In October

The all-new eighth-generation 2020 Hyundai Sonata offers a 191 horsepower 2.5 GDI engine (with an expected combined EPA estimated fuel economy of 33 mpg) and a 1.6 T-GDI engine, both mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Standard features include Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist, Lane Keeping Assist, Advanced Smart Cruise Control with Stop and Go and optional Highway Driving Assist. Production of the 2020 Sonata starts in September at Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama and retail sales begin in October.

2020 Hyundai Venue Arrives In The 4th Quarter

The all-new 2020 Hyundai Venue, the most affordable Hyundai SUV, is powered by a 1.6-liter engine with 6-speed manual or Smartstream IVT (Intelligent Variable Transmission) and estimated to deliver up to 33 miles per gallon (City/Highway combined). Venue offers Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist, Lane Keeping Assist, Blind-Spot Collision Warning, Driver Attention Warning and Rear Collision Cross-Traffic Warning. Venue will be built in Ulsan, Korea and will arrive in Hyundai dealerships in the fourth quarter of this year.

2020 Nissan GT-R NISMO Debuts In New York

The 2020 Nissan GT-R NISMO is powered by a 600 horsepower 3.8-liter V6 24-valve twin-turbocharged engine mated to a 6-speed dual-clutch transmission. Carbon fiber exterior parts have resulted in a total weight savings of 23 pounds in addition to nearly 44 pounds of reductions from other upgrades and new components.

2019 Porsche 911 Speedster Concept Coming Later This Year

The Porsche 911 Speedster Concept, derived from the 911 GT3 models, is powered by a naturally-aspirated 502 horsepower 4.0 liter flat-six engine available exclusively with a GT Sport six-speed manual transmission, and goes from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 3.8 seconds to a top track speed of 192 miles per hour. The 2019 911 Speedster is planned to be available for order on May 7th and is expected to reach U.S. dealers in late this year.

Saturday, April 13, 2019

All-New Third-Generation 2020 Nissan Versa

The all-new third-generation 2020 Nissan Versa is powered by a 122 horsepower 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine paired with the Xtronic transmission or a 5-speed manual. Standard in the 2020 Versa is remote keyless entry, push button start and power windows. Features like heated front seats, Automatic Climate Control, Apple CarPlayTM and Android AutoTM are also availablealong with Nissan Safety Shield 360 that helps provide front, side and rear safety monitoring and intervention technologies. Standard safety features include Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, Rear Automatic Braking, Lane Departure Warning and High Beam Assist. Available equipment includes Blind Spot Warning, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Intelligent Driver Alertness and Intelligent Cruise Control.

2019 Fiat 124 Spider Urbana Edition

The new 2019 Fiat 124 Spider Urbana Edition customizes Classica roadster models with dark exterior and interior accents that create a sporty appearance for $995 on top of the starting price of $25,190. Interior features include matte gray accents, Urbana leather/microfiber seats along with a wrapped instrument cluster hood and instrument panel. The Urbana Edition will offer another option for Fiat 124 Spider Classica, Lusso and performance-tuned Abarth customers. The roadster comes standard with a 164 horsepower 1.4-liter MultiAir Turbo four-cylinder engine available with a six-speed manual transmission or a six-speed automatic transmission.

2019 Audi TT RS Starting At $67,895 This Spring

The 2019 Audi TT RS, powered by a 394 horsepower 2.5-liter TFSI® turbocharged five-cylinder engine mated to a seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch transmission, is refreshed with redesigned front and rear fasciae, enhanced technology offerings and additional packages and trims, providing drivers increased personalization options. Tech updates for 2019 include standard Audi phone box, which not only charges compatible smartphones wirelessly, but can also connect compatible phones with the vehicle’s antenna to help optimize signal.The refreshed 2019 TT RS will join the Audi Sport model line this Spring starting at $67,895 (including $995 destination charge).

Mercedes-AMG CLA 35 Coming Late This Year

The new Mercedes-AMG CLA 35 four-door coupe is powered by a 302 horsepower 2.0L Inline-4 turbo engine mated to a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission and variable all- wheel drive. The AMG DYNAMIC SELECT drive programs are "Slippery,""Comfort,""Sport,""Sport +"and "Individual"enable a wide range of vehicle characteristics from comfortable to dynamic. The CLA 35 also comes with voice control, activated with the words "Hey Mercedes" and recognizes and understands nearly all sentences from the fields of infotainment and  vehicle operation, even if they are expressed indirectly. Customers can choose "Classic", "Sport"and "Supersport" fully digital instrument cluster AMG display styles. The new Mercedes-AMG CLA 35 will be available in U.S. dealerships starting late 2019.

2020 Lexus RC F Coupe Starts At $64,750 Soon

The 2020 Lexus RC F coupe, powered by a  472 horsepower 5.0-liter V8 engine, is lighter due to the removal of excess aluminum on the underside of the manifold, a smaller compressor for the air conditioning system and a redesigned carbon fiber and aluminum bumper reinforcement. Pricing for the 2020 RC F starts at $64,750 not including destination. The 2020 RC F Track Edition starts at $96,650 not including destination. Both the 2020 Lexus RC F and the RC F Track Edition (pictured above) have started production and will be available at dealers soon.

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

2020 Ford Escape Unveiled

The completely redesigned new 2020 Ford Escape will be powered by one of two EcoBoost® engines or the all-new hybrid powertrains that targets an EPA-estimated range of at least 400 miles per tank with the standard front-wheel drive hybrid getting an estimated range of more than 550 miles. There's a new 250 horsepower 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine, available on the Titanium model and when properly configured, rated to tow 3,500 pounds. The all-new 180 horsepower 1.5-liter EcoBoost is standard on S, SE and SEL, and when properly configured, rated to tow 2,000 pounds. The SE Sport and Titanium models come standard with Ford’s fourth-generation hybrid propulsion system, which includes an all-new 198 horsepower 2.5-liter Atkinson cycle hybrid engine and electronic continuously variable transmission. The plug-in hybrid variant, available on every trim level except S and SE Sport, projects a range of at least 30 miles in electric-only mode. Escape comes standard with Ford Co-Pilot360™, and offers driver-assist features such as Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop-and-Go and Lane-Centering.

2020 Toyota Yaris

The 2020 Toyota Yaris, offered in mono-spec LE and XLE grades, has a wheelbase nearly 2.4 inches longer than the previous Yaris Liftback model and powered by a 106 horsepower 1.5-liter inline four-cylinder engine mated to a 6-Speed automatic transmission with Sport Mode that delivers an estimated 40 MPG highway fuel economy. The 2020 Yaris Hatchback comes equipped as standard with a Low-speed Pre-collision Safety System scaning the road ahead for potential vehicle collisions. Also standard is a Dynamic Stability Control, Traction Control System, Anti-lock Brake System, Electronic Brake-force Distribution, Brake Assist and Brake Override System.

The Yaris Adventure subcompact pickup version with a 52.3-inch bed has a payload of 297 lbs., will make its debut in its native environment of the 2019 New York International Auto Show.

2019 Volkswagen Arteon Arriving This Month

The all-new 2019 Volkswagen Arteon, powered by a 268 horsepower 2.0-liter TSI® engine paired with a standard eight-speed automatic transmission, starts at $36,840 (including $995 destination fee). The 2019 Volkswagen Arteon will be available in SE, SEL, and SEL Premium trim levels with 4Motion all-wheel drive available on every trim level.  The 2019 Volkswagen Arteon with eight airbags, including knee airbags for front passengers, and the Automatic Post-Collision Braking System is expected to arrive at U.S. Volkswagen dealers this month.