Tuesday, December 24, 2019

2019 LA Auto Show Video: 2020 Karma Revero GTS

Karma Automotive Vice President, Platform Engineering, Todd George, discusses the Southern California-manufactured Karma brand, technology and vehicles, including the $149,000 Revero GTS launching in the first quarter of 2020. The Karma Revero GT is on sale now for $134,000.

Sunday, December 22, 2019

2019 LA Auto Show Video: 2020 Hyundai IONIQ

Hyundai Senior Product PR Manager Miles Johnson discusses the redesigned eco-friendly IONIQ car lineup now on sale. The IONIQ Hybrid starts at $23,930 (including $930 freight charges) and gets an EPA estimated 58 combined MPG. The 2020 Hyundai IONIQ Plug-in Hybrid starts at $27,230 and can safely rely on 29 miles of pure electric driving range powered by the 8.9 kWh battery pack. The new 2020 IONIQ Electric, with an increase to 134 horsepower, now gets 170 miles of range (up from 124 miles) which translates to 133 combined MPGe thanks to an upgraded 38.3-kWh battery with 36% more energy capacity.

Click to watch interview. 

2019 LA Auto Show Video: Kia Motors America President Michael Cole

Newly appointed Kia Motors America President Michael Cole at the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show discusses the all-new 2021 Kia Seltos, which slots between the Soul and Sportage models. The Seltos is available LX, EX, S 2.0L, S 1.6T and SX trims, and is powered by either a 146 horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder MPI engine managed by an Intelligent Variable Transmission in the LX, S and EX or a 175 horsepower 1.6-liter Turbo GDI engine paired with a 7-speed Dual Clutch Transmission in the S and SX. Pricing will be available closer to the Seltos’ first quarter of 2020 on-sale date. Kia says the LX AWD will have a starting price below $22,000 and the S FWD will have a similar starting price.

Click to watch interview.

Saturday, December 21, 2019

2019 LA Auto Show Video: 2021 Toyota Rav4 Prime

Lindsay Lee, Toyota Rav4 Marketing Manager, talks about the 2021 Rav4 Prime plug-in hybrid with an estimated 302-horsepower that delivers 0-60 mph in a projected 5.8 seconds. It can drive an estimated 39 miles on battery alone on a single charge and has a manufacturer-estimated 90 combined MPGe. The 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime will arrive next summer.

Click to watch video.

Friday, December 20, 2019

2020 Toyota Highlander Starts At $35,720

The fourth-generation 2020 Toyota Highlander, 2.36 inches longer to add cargo area space, comes in a new L grade, along with LE, XLE, Limited and Platinum trim levels, and is powered by a 295-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 engine mated to a Direct Shift 8-speed automatic transmission delivering a manufacturer-estimated 24 MPG combined fuel economy and a new hybrid powertrain, in all but the L grade, offering up to a manufacturer-estimated 36 combined MPG. The second row slides an extra 1.2 inches further up to increase distance between the second and third rows. A new available Highlander feature is Dynamic Torque Vectoring All-Wheel Drive with Driveline Disconnect and Multi Terrain Select. Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 comes standard in all models and includes Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, Automatic High Beam, (New) Lane Tracing Assist, (New) Road Sign Assist, Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection offers automatic braking capability under certain circumstances should the driver not react in time in a system-detected emergency situation. Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Parking Support Braking and Intelligent Clearance Sonar are available depending on the model grade. The 2020 Highlander starts at $35,720 (including $1,120 delivery, processing and handling fee).

BMW iX3 All-Electric SAV

The BMW iX3, the fifth generation of BMW eDrive technology which will be joined by the BMW i4 and the BMW iNEXT in 2021, delivers a maximum power output of 286 horsepower achieves a range of more than 273 miles. The BMW iX3 is produced for the world market by the joint venture BMW Brilliance Automotive in Shenyang, China.

2020 Honda Clarity Fuel Cell - Best Kept Secret - For Lease In Early 2020

The 2020 Honda Clarity Fuel Cell five seat zero-emissions vehicle, with an EPA range rating of 360 miles on a full tank of hydrogen, gets new heated outside mirrors, an improved Audible Vehicle Alert System for better pedestrian awareness of vehicles at low speeds and improved cold-weather startup performance. The 2020 Clarity Fuel Cell is available at a lease price of $379 per month which includes vehicle maintenance and insurance, and up to $15,000 of hydrogen fuel. The Clarity Fuel Cell offers California customers quick refueling at more than 40 stations, a $5,000 California state rebate and single-occupant HOV lane access eligibility. The 2020 Honda Clarity Fuel Cell available for lease early next year. This is an unbelievable, unbeatable deal. The nation needs to build out a hydrogen refueling infrastructure.

2020 Audi Q7 Starts At $61,795

The 2020 Audi Q7, in Premium, Premium Plus, Prestige trim levels, features an all-new 335 horsepower twin-scroll turbocharged 3.0-liter TFSI® V6 engine paired with an eight-speed Tiptronic® transmission. Available all-wheel steering increases the agility of the large SUV. Also new is a standard MMI touch response® with 10.1-inch upper display used for controlling infotainment and navigation functions and 8.6-inch lower display used for climate control, comfort and convenience functions and for natural handwriting input with whole-word recognitionWhen equipped with the optional tow package, the 2020 Audi Q7 has a 7,700-lb maximum towing capacity. The 2020 Audi Q7 starts at $61,795 (including $995 destination charge).

2020 Nissan Sentra Starts At $20,015 End of January

The all-new 2020 Nissan Sentra, in its eighth generation and available in S, SV and SR trim levels, has a more powerful 149-horsepower 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine. Nissan Safety Shield 360, a suite of six advanced driver-assist systems, is standard on all 2020 Sentra grade levels and includes Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, Blind Spot Warning, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Departure Warning, High Beam Assist and Rear Automatic Braking. Sentra also features standard Rear Door Alert, 10 supplemental air bags and Intelligent Driver Alertness. The Sentra S starts at$20,015 (including $925 destination and handling) when it goes on sale January 28, 2020 at Nissan dealers nationwide. 

2021 Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban Coming Mid-2020

The all-new 2021 Chevrolet Suburban and Tahoe full-size SUVs, with a new architecture featuring an independent rear suspension and longer wheelbase, offer an all-new 277 horsepower 3.0L Duramax turbo-diesel engine along with a 355 horsepower 5.3L V-8 engine standard on LS, LT, Z71, RST and Premier models and a 420 horsepower 6.2L V-8 engine standard on High Country, all mated to a standard 10-speed automatic transmission for all engines with push-button electronic shift. Both feature Dynamic Fuel Management technology, with more than 12 modes of cylinder deactivation that are designed to optimize engine efficiency across a broad range of driving conditions, including when towing a trailer. The engines also feature automatic stop/start technology, direct injection and variable valve timing. The new Tahoe has a 4.9-inch longer wheelbase and a 6.7-inch increase in overall length compared to the current model and offers 40 percent more third-row legroom and 66 percent greater cargo volume behind the third row while Tahoe’s overall length increased less than 4 percent. The new Suburban has a 4.1-inch longer wheelbase and a lower cargo floor, giving legroom increases for both the second- and third-row passengers, and maximum cargo volume expands 19 percent while Suburban’s overall length increases less than 1 percent. The 2021 Tahoe and Suburban go on sale in mid-2020 in North America.

New Mercedes-Benz GLA Arrives Next Summer

The new Mercedes-Benz GLA 250, powered by a 221 horsepower inline-4 cylinder engine mated to an 8-speed dual- clutch transmission, is more than 3.9 inches higher and 0.6 inches shorter with the seating position for both the driver and the front passenger higher and more upright than in the predecessor model, offers a more spacious interior. The Driver Assistance Package includes the exit warning function alerting the driver to approaching cyclists or vehicles, and a warning when pedestrians are detected near crosswalks and the Active Brake Assist applies autonomous braking to avoid a collision or to reduce its severity.

The new GLA 35 has the AMG-enhanced 302 horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo engine mated to an 8-speed dual- clutch transmission and all-wheel drive. The new GLA launches in the U.S. in summer 2020.

2020 Nissan Kicks Starts At $19,965 Now

The 2020 Nissan Kicks compact SUV offered in S, SV and SR trim levels, is powered by a 122 horsepower 1.6-liter DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder engine combined with an Xtronic transmission delivering fuel economy ratings at 31 mpg city, 36 mpg highway and 33 mpg combined. The 2020 Nissan Kicks  is on sale now at Nissan dealers nationwide with a starting MSRP of $19,965 (including $1,095 destination and handling).

New Jaguar F-TYPE Available To Order In The U.K.

The new Jaguar F-TYPE two-seat sportscar is powered, depending on market, by a choice of a 296 horsepower 2.0 liter turbocharged four-cylinder, 375 horsepower 3.0 liter supercharged V6 and 444 horsepower and 567 horsepower 5.0 liter V8 engines, all mated to an eight-speed Quickshift transmission with full manual control using either the SportShift gear selector or the steering wheel-mounted paddles. The new 12.3-inch reconfigurable HD TFT instrument cluster offers a choice of different displays. The new Jaguar F-TYPE is available to order now at jaguar.com and priced from £54,060 ($70,475) in the UK.

Mercedes-Maybach GLS 600 4MATIC Coming Mid-Next Year

The Mercedes-Maybach GLS 600 4MATIC powered by an electrified variant of the V8 gasoline engine with a displacement of 3,982 cc, 48-volt on-board electrical system and integrated starter-alternator for hybrid functions such as EQ Boost or energy recovery. The engine, mated to a 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission, produces an output of 550 horsepower and 538 lb-ft of torque and an additional 184 lb-ft of torque and up to 21 horsepower output are available temporarily via EQ Boost. When the doors are opened, the vehicle is lowered slightly, and an illuminated running board made of anodized aluminum quickly and silently emerges on the respective side of the vehicle. The Mercedes- Maybach features the AIRMATIC air suspension with Adaptive Damping System Plus in addition to the E-ACTIVE BODY CONTROL based on the 48 V on-board electrical system. The Mercedes-Maybach GLS 600 4MATIC will go on sale in the U.S. in the second half of 2020.

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Alfa Romeo Tonale Plug-In Hybrid Compact SUV

The Alfa Romeo Tonale plug-in hybrid compact SUV, first shown in March in Geneva, is on display at the Los Angeles Show now. "Dynamic" mode evolves into "Dual Power" mode and guarantees maximum output from the two engines while "Natural" mode continues to maintain the best performance optimization, and the compromise between using electric and internal combustion engines is managed automatically. The “Advance Efficiency” mode becomes “Advance E” for performance in full electric mode. The infotainment touch screen features an “E-mozione” button, which offers specific throttle settings, sharper braking and a more direct steering response.

2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer Goes On Sale In The Spring

The 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer, made in Korea and fitting between the Trax and Equinox in the Chevy SUV, delivers up to 155 horsepower from either a 1.2L turbo or 1.3L turbo engine mated with a standard Continuously Variable Transmission with selectable stop/start capability. A nine-speed automatic transmission is also available on Trailblazers equipped with the 1.3L engine and all-wheel drive. Features include Forward Collision Alert, Automatic Emergency Braking, Front Pedestrian Braking, IntelliBeam Headlamps (Auto High Beam Assist), Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning, Rear Vision Camera, Rear Seat Reminder, and OnStar. Additional optional features include Adaptive Cruise Control, Rear Park Assist, Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, HD Rear Vision Camera, and ACTIV Tuned for Off-Road Use. The Trailblazer is expected to arrive in U.S. showrooms in Spring 2020 with specific trim and option pricing details to be announced closer to launch.

Mustang Mach-E SUV Starts At $42,900 In Late 2020

The all-electric Mustang Mach-E SUV, targeting 332 horsepower, will be available in both standard-range (75.7 kWh lithium-ion battery) and extended-range (98.8 kWh battery) with either rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive powered by permanent magnet motors which has a targeted EPA-estimated range of at least 300 miles in rear-wheel-drive configuration. The standard-range Mustang Mach-E is estimated to charge from 10 percent to 80 percent in approximately 38 minutes while charging on a DC fast charging station. Mustang Mach-E will start at $42,900 when it arrives in late 2020 and the 459 horsepower Mach-E GT deliveries start in Spring 2021.

2020 Mazda CX-30 Starts At $22,945

The all-new 2020 Mazda CX-30 five-seat crossover, powered by a 186 horsepower four-cylinder Skyactiv-G 2.5 paired with a Skyactiv-Drive six-speed automatic transmission, size-wise seems to fit between the CX-3 and CX-5. Standard i-Activsense safety includes Driver Attention Alert, Mazda Radar Cruise Control with stop and go function, Lane Departure Warning with Lane-Keep Assist, Smart Brake Support and High Beam Control. The 2020 Mazda CX-30 goes on sale with a starting MSRP of $22,945 (including $1,045 for destination and handling).

Mercedes-AMG GLS 63 Coming Early Next Year

The new Mercedes-AMG GLS 63, with a longer wheelbase than its predecessor, is powered by a 603 horsepower 4.0-liter V8 biturbo engine mated to a AMG SPEEDSHIFT TCT 9-speed automatic transmission equipped with an integrated EQ Boost starter-generator that unites a starter motor and an alternator in a single electric motor integrated between the engine and the transmission providing up to an additional 21 horsepower of output.

Mercedes-Benz EQC Coming Early Next Year

The all-new Mercedes-Benz EQC,  the first fully electric Mercedes-Benz vehicle to launch globally under the new EQ brand, has compact electric drivetrains at each axle for a total capacity of 80 kWh delivering 402 horsepower.  The battery is able to recharge from 10% to 80% in just 40 minutes. The all-new EQC will go on sale in the U.S. in early 2020 with the EQC 400 4MATIC starting from $67,900.

2021 Kia Seltos Arrives In First Quarter

The all-new 2021 Kia Seltos, in LX, EX, S 2.0L, S 1.6T and SX trim levels, powered by either a 146 horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder MPI engine managed by an Intelligent Variable Transmission (LX, S and EX) or a 175-horsepower 1.6-liter turbo engine paired with a 7-speed Dual Clutch Transmission (S and SX). The LX AWD will have a starting price below $22,000 and the S FWD will have a similar starting price when it goes on-sale in the U.S. in the first quarter of 2020.

Hyundai IONIQ Hybrid, Plug-in Hybrid and Electric Refreshed

The Hyundai IONIQ Hybrid, Plug-in Hybrid and Electric cars all receive refreshed exterior and interior designs, added infotainment technology and new Hyundai SmartSense™ active safety features and driving assistance systems. The new 2020 IONIQ Electric with 134 horsepower now has 170 miles of range thanks to an upgraded 38.3-kWh battery with 36% more energy capacity. IONIQ Hybrid Blue model still has an EPA-estimated 58 MPG combined rating, the highest rating of any non-plug-in vehicle sold in the U.S. market. Drivers choosing IONIQ Plug-in can safely rely on 29 miles of pure electric driving range powered by the 8.9 kWh battery pack. The IONIQ Plug-in Hybrid model delivers a total system output of 156 horsepower and 195 lb.-ft. of torque. The new IONIQ Hybrid, Plug-in and Electric, all with 6-Speed EcoShift Dual Clutch Transmissions w/ SHIFTRONIC®, start at $23,930 (including freight charges of $930), are available to customers now.

Audi RS Q8 SUV Coming Next Year

The all-new Audi RS Q8 SUV, the first RS-SUV from Audi in America, is powered by a 591 horsepower 4.0-liter V8 engine mated to an eight-speed Tiptronic® transmission. The Audi RS Q8 is expected to arrive in the U.S. in 2020.

Hyundai Vision T Plug-in Hybrid SUV Concept

Hyundai Vision T Plug-in Hybrid SUV Concept 

2021 RAV4 Prime Plug-In Hybrid Arrives Next Summer

The fifth-generation Toyota RAV4 will add the 2021 RAV4 Prime in SE and XSE grades to the line-up next Summer with an estimated 302 horsepower all-wheel drive plug-in hybrid electric vehicle delivering a manufacturer-estimated 90 combined MPGe.

Lincoln Corsair Grand Touring Hybrid Coming Next Summer

The all-new Lincoln Corsair Grand Touring all-wheel drive SUV is powered by a hybrid powertrain pairing a 2.5-liter Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder gas engine and a permanent magnet synchronous motor with a combined targeted output of 266 horsepower delivering a targeted EPA-estimated all-electric range of more than 25 miles. Standard Lincoln Co-Pilot360 includes Pre-Collision Assist with Automatic Emergency Braking, Blind Spot Detection with Cross-Traffic Alert, a Lane-Keeping System, rearview camera and auto high beam headlamps. An available upgrade, Lincoln Co-Pilot360 Plus, adds Adaptive Cruise Control with Traffic Jam Assist, Evasive Steering Assist, Reverse Brake Assist and Active Park Assist Plus. The all-new Lincoln Corsair Grand Touring will be available next Summer.

2021 Lexus LC 500 Convertible

The 2021 Lexus LC 500 Convertible, powered by a 471 horsepower 5.0-liter V8 engine paired with the Direct-Shift 10-speed automatic transmission, will come with a 10.3-inch high-resolution split-screen multimedia display to provide immediate, simultaneous access to audio or climate controls and various systems, including the voice-activated navigation system. Also standard is the Lexus Safety System with Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Alert with Lane Keep Assist, All-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control and Intelligent High Beams, and Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert. The 2021 Lexus LC 500 Convertible goes on sale next Summer.

Audi e-tron Sportback 55 Coming In The Spring

The Audi e-tron Sportback 55 electric all-wheel drive vehicle offers up to 402 horsepower with a range of up to 277 miles from a single battery charge with each axle fitted with an asynchronous electric motor. The Audi e-tron Sportback will go on sale in Europe is scheduled for the spring of 2020.

Aston Martin DBX Starts at $189,900 In 2020 Q2

The Aston Martin DBX 5-seat SUV is powered by a new version of the 542 horsepower 4-liter, twin-turbocharged V8 engine mated to a nine-speed torque convertor automatic transmission connected to an all-wheel drive system with active differentials featuring an active central differential and an electronic rear limited slip differential that propels DBX from 0 to 62mph in 4.5 seconds and on to a top speed of 181mph. The DBX is on sale now starting at $189,900, with first deliveries scheduled to begin Q2 2020.

Sunday, November 17, 2019

2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid Coming This Spring

The all-new 2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid, powered by two-motor hybrid-electric powertrain technology, is anticipated to achieve a 50 percent higher city fuel economy rating than the non-hybrid CR-V when it launches in the Spring of 2020. In addition to the new hybrid-electric variant, the entire 2020 CR-V lineup includes major upgrades: a freshened exterior design, new cabin appointments, and a standard 1.5-liter turbocharged engine and standard Honda Sensing® safety and driver-assistive technology, both previously standard only on EX and above trims. More to come this week at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

2020 Fiat 500X Sport Starts At $28,390 In First Quarter

New 2020 Fiat 500X Sport model, with new front and rear fascia designs, is powered by a 177 horsepower 1.3-liter turbocharged engine mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission and a standard all-wheel-drive system with an automatic disconnecting rear axle for improved fuel economy. The 2020 Fiat 500X Sport model starts at $28,390 (including $1,495 destination charge). In addition to the new Fiat 500X Sport, the 2020 Fiat 500X lineup includes Pop, Trekking and Trekking Plus models that start at $26,085. Safety and security features now include Adaptive Cruise Control and Front Park Assist. The 500X Sport features latest generation Uconnect 4 with 7-inch display infotainment system, including satellite navigation, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. The 500X Sport model will be available in the first quarter of 2020 in FIAT studios and select Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep®, Ram and FIAT stores.

2020 Jeep® Wrangler EcoDiesel Arrives Soon

The new 2020 Jeep® Wrangler EcoDiesel, offered in four-door models, is powered by a 260 horsepower 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6 engine mated to the TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission with engine stop-start technology standard. Jeep Wrangler Sport, Sahara and Rubicon EcoDiesel models feature third-generation Dana 44 front and rear heavy-duty axles and a 3.73 axle ratio. The 2020 Jeep Wrangler EcoDiesel goes on sale in the fourth quarter of 2019. Click here for more on the Wrangler. 

2020 Volkswagen Passat Starts At $23,915 By Year End

The new restyled 2020 Volkswagen Passat, powered by a 174 horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged and direct-injection TSI® engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission with Tiptronic®, will start at $23,915 (including $920 destination charge).  A new, more contemporary instrument panel has been fitted, along with a new glass-covered infotainment touchscreen. Standard features include 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, full LED lighting, App-Connect, Front Assist with Pedestrian Monitoring, Blind Spot Monitor, and Rear Traffic Alert. The 2020 Volkswagen Passat will be available in S, SE,  R-Line and SEL trim levels and is expected to begin arriving at U.S. Volkswagen dealers by the end of this year.

Thursday, November 7, 2019

2020 Hyundai Sonata Starts At $24,330

The all-new 2020 Hyundai Sonata, powered by the all-new 191 horsepower Smartstream 2.5-liter engine mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission and Shift-By-Wire selector, starts at $24,330 (including freight charges) for the entry-level SE model which comes with an 8-inch LCD monitor, Electronic Parking Brake, Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist, Lane Keeping Assist, Lane Follow Assist, Driver Attention Warning, Automatic high-beam assist, and Smart Cruise Control with Stop & Go.

2020 Honda CR-V Starts At $26,145 Now, Hybrid Coming Next Year

The 2020 Honda CR-V gets a new 190 horsepower 1.5-liter turbocharged direct-injected powerplant available in front-wheel-drive or with Honda Real Time all-wheel drive and mated to a continuously variable transmission with Honda G-Shift control logic. Redesigned for 2020 is the exterior and the center console that is easier to use. All Honda CR-V trims come standard with Collision Mitigation Braking System™ with Forward Collision Warning and pedestrian sensing capability, Road Departure Mitigation with Lane Departure Warning, Adaptive Cruise Control with low-speed follow and Lane Keeping Assist. Additional driver-assist technologies include the available blind spot information, Rear Cross Traffic Monitor and Auto High Beam headlights. The 2020 CR-V is on sale now starting at $26,145 (including $1,095 destination and handling charges) More information on the CR-V Hybrid's two-motor hybrid-electric powertrain will be available closer to when it goes on sale early next year.

Audi RS 6 Avant Coming To The U.S. Next Year

The all-new Audi RS 6 Avant, powered by a 592 horsepower 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine mated to an eight-speed Tiptronic® transmission with sport program and launch control function, will arrive in the U.S. in 2020. U.S. power and performance specifications will become available closer to market introduction.

2020 Chrysler Voyager Minivan Starts At $28,480 Now

The 2020 Chrysler Voyager with seven-passenger seating is the latest addition to Chrysler’s minivan lineup designed for budget-friendly families and replaces the Pacifica L and LX models. The Chrysler Voyager is powered by a 287 horsepower Pentastar V-6 engine mated to a TorqueFlite nine-speed automatic transmission. Standard features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone compatibility. The Voyager also features a Blind-spot Monitoring system, an available Rear Cross Path detection system, and available ParkSense rear park assist with stop that detects objects in the path of the Voyager when the vehicle is in reverse. While sensors help the driver maneuver into tight parking spaces, they also prompt automatic braking when the system deems contact is imminent. All this has earned the highest possible five-star overall safety rating from the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The 2020 Chrysler Voyager starts at $28,480 (including $1,495 destination charge) and arriving in dealerships now.

2020 Hyundai Venue Starts At $18,345 At Month-end

The 2020 Hyundai Venue, all-new entry-level SUV, is powered by the all-new 121 horsepower Smartstream 1.6-liter Dual-Port Injection four-cylinder FWD engine and comes in SE (Manual Transmission) or SE Intelligent Variable Transmission automatic, SEL (IVT) or the two-toned exterior Denim (IVT) trim levels. starts at $18,345 (including $1,095 in freight charges). Venue comes standard with a 3.5-inch TFT Instrument cluster display, rearview monitor, 8-inch AM/FM/HD® Radio Audio System with Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ with four speakers, first row USB charge port, 12V outlet, Bluetooth® hands-free phone, steering wheel audio controls, cruise control, automatic headlights, air conditioning, remote keyless entry and an exterior temperature display. Venue also has Hyundai SmartSense including Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Keeping Assist and Driver Attention Warning, Electronic Stability Control, Vehicle Stability Management with Traction Control as well as front, side and head curtain airbags each as standard equipment. Venue will be available at U.S. dealerships at the end of the month.

BMW M2 CS Will Make World Debut At LA Auto Show

The BMW M2 CS, developed side by side with the new M2 CS Racing model, is powered by a 444 horsepower 3.0-liter inline 6-cylinder engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology mated to either the standard 6-speed manual or optional 7-speed dual clutch transmission. The 2020 BMW M2 CS Coupe will make its World Debut at Automobility LA on November 20th.

Kia Futuron Concept - A look Into The Future

The Kia Futuron Concept electric SUV coupe has a high-capacity battery mounted under the cabin floor, providing electrical energy to four in-wheel electric motors. A sports car on an SUV platform that makes a statement of intent for Kia’s future cars.

Friday, November 1, 2019

2020 MINI Cooper SE Starts At $30,750 In March

The 2020 MINI Cooper SE, with a front wheel drive electric motor that generates 181 horsepower, will reach US showrooms in early March of 2020 starting at $30,750 (including $850 destination & handling fee).

2020 Mazda6 Starts At $24,920

The 2020 Mazda6, in Sport, Touring, Grand Touring, Grand Touring Reserve and Signature trims, is equipped with G-Vectoring Control Plus and powered by a either a 187 horsepower Skyactiv-G 2.5-liter engine or a turbocharged 227 horsepower Skyactiv-G 2.5T engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission including a Sport Mode that recalibrates the gear ratios for more spirited driving. Mazda6 Sport comes standard with Mazda Radar Cruise Control with stop and go function, Advanced Smart City Brake Support with Pedestrian Detection, Smart Brake Support with Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning with Lane-Keep Assist and Blind Spot Monitoring with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert. The 2020 Mazda6 starts at $24,920 (including $920 for destination and handling).

Nissan Ariya Concept

The Nissan Ariya Concept, a crossover EV with twin electric motors, features the latest version of Nissan's driver assistance system, ProPILOT 2.0, which combines navigated highway driving with hands-off single-lane driving capabilities by engaging the vehicle's navigation system to help maneuver the car on a predefined route on designated roads to assist the driver with passing, lane diversions and lane exiting on multi-lane highways. ProPILOT 2.0 also enables hands-off driving while cruising in a given lane. When approaching a road diversion or preparing to pass another vehicle, the system judges the appropriate timing of branching off or passing based on information from the navigation system and 360-degree sensing.


The Mitsubishi MI-TECH CONCEPT small-sized electrified SUV concept car is lightweight and compact PHEV (Plug-In Electric Vehicle) with a four-motor electric 4WD system and equipped with MI-PILOT, next-generation driver assistance technology not only on freeways and ordinary roads, but also on unpaved roads.

Lexus LF-30 Electrified Concept

The Lexus LF-30 Electrified Concept employs next-generation interfaces, such as gesture control and enhanced presentation of vehicle information through AR (augmented reality) with in-wheel electric motors, steering by wire, and Lexus Advanced Posture Control. Based on the latest autonomous driving technology concept of ‘Lexus Teammate’, the LF-30 Electrified features advanced driving support functions in the form of a Chauffeur mode and a Guardian mode. Occupants can enjoy both comfort and peace of mind during autonomous driving with advanced posture control technology being employed.Lexus plans to unveil its first BEV (Battery Electric Vehicle) this month.

2020 Subaru Crosstrek Starts At $23,155 Soon

The 2020 Subaru Crosstrek and Crosstrek Hybrid models, offered in Base, Premium, and Limited trim levels, and powered by the standard 152 horsepower Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, Active Torque Vectoring 2.0-liter 4-cylinder SUBARU BOXER ® engine mated to either a 6-speed manual transmission or Lineartronic CVT, will start at $23,155 (including $1,010 destination & delivery). For 2020, all Crosstrek models equipped with Lineartronic® CVT come standard with Subaru EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology, Auto Start-Stop and SI-Drive. Also new for 2020 is the available Rear Seat Reminder, designed to help prevent child or pet entrapment by alerting the driver to check the rear seat before exiting the vehicle. Priced at $36,155, the Crosstrek Hybrid is offered in a single standard trim and delivers up to 90 MPGe with a total range of 480 miles.The high-capacity lithium-ion battery, mounted beneath the cargo area, enables the Hybrid to achieve an EV range of 17 miles. Both SUV models will begin arrives in Subaru retailers later this year.

2020 Nissan TITAN Goes On Sale In Early 2020

The new 2020 Nissan TITAN goes on sale in early 2020.

Volvo XC40 Recharge - Fully Electric

The Volvo XC40 Recharge, the first of fully electric Volvos to come and with a brand new infotainment system powered by Google’s Android operating system, offers a range of over 200 miles in U.S. on a single charge and output of 402 horsepower. The battery charges to 80 % of its capacity in 40 mins on a fast-charger system. Over the next five years, Volvo Cars will launch a fully electric car every year, as it seeks to make all-electric cars 50 percent of global sales by 2025, with the rest hybrids. Recharge will be the overarching name for all chargeable Volvos with a fully electric and plug-in hybrid powertrain. Volvo Cars aims for plug-in hybrid cars to make up 20 percent of total sales in 2020.

2020 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe Coming In March

The new 2020 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe offered as the BMW 228i xDrive model powered by the 228 horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine mated to an 8-speed Sport automatic transmission and BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive system to the wheels or as the BMW M235i xDrive Gran Coupe delivering 301 horsepower. The standard Active Driving Assistant includes safety features like Frontal Collision Warning with City Collision Mitigation Function and Active Blind Spot Detection, and Daytime Pedestrian Protection. Also included is the Lane Departure Warning system with active lane return, which operates from 43 – 150mph. The standard Lane Change Warning system, which prompts the driver to guide the car back onto the correct lane at speeds above 12 mph by means of a visual warning and, if necessary, a steering input. The Active Driving Assistant’s other functions include rear collision preparation and cross traffic warning, which reduces the risk of a collision when reversing into roads or paths obstructed from the driver’s view. Market launch is planned for March 2020.