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2020 Rolls-Royce Cullinan — The Rolls-Royce of SUVs


By Jim Prueter

(January 26, 2020) It was inevitable that Rolls-Royce would follow the likes of Lamborghini, Bentley, and Maserati into the booming SUV market, albeit belatedly. Cullinan is named for the largest rough-cut diamond ever found, discovered in 1905 and weighing over 3,100 carats.

2020 Hyundai Venue

MIAMI — The auto industry is always riding the wave of change especially when it comes to the car buying public and their insatiable appetite for crossover utility vehicles. And, here’s a brand new one, the entry-level Hyundai Venue. With it, the South Korean brand is chasing after younger buyers, enticing them to buy a new car with a roomy interior, advanced safety features and a great warranty all for about what you’d spend for a three- or four-year-old Toyota or Honda.

2020 Alfa Romeo Stelvio

INDIANAPOLIS — Like Liza Minelli’s father, the Alfa Romeo Stelvio is Italian.  It quite literally wears that fact on its fenders with the four-leaf clover, or Quadrifoglio, from the brand’s racing team.  Look beneath the skin for a track-tuned  barnstormer with Ferrari-derived engine, adjustable chassis, and the moves of a quick turn through Tuscany. This is a beast you’ll want to savor…then devour.


2020 Toyota Supra

PHOENIX —  After a two-decade hiatus, the Toyota Supra makes a thrilling return as a fifth-generation two-seat coupe. Supras were originally sold in the U.S. from 1979 until 1998. The newest Toyota Supra was built as a collaboration between Toyota and BMW’s Z4 roadster, sharing the same platform and engine. It’s a 335-horsepower, 3.0-liter twin-scroll turbocharged inline six-cylinder.

Vehicle of the Week

2020 Lincoln Aviator — First-class luxury

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

Lincoln began remaking its lineup several years ago with the remarkable Continental sedan. Then came the big three-row Navigator SUV continuing the transformation with an award-winning vehicle worthy of its luxury designation. Next up are the company's three crossover sport utilities with new names and new luxury personas. Thankfully the confusing MK designation is gone. Now we have — in the order of size — the Corsair, Nautilus, and three-row Aviator.

Here's the Thing

Gas prices dropping with temperatures across country

(January 22, 2020) The national gas price average is $2.54, which is three cents cheaper than last week, a penny less than last month, yet 30-cents more than a year ago. Gas prices edged cheaper in the last week as gasoline stocks grew, measuring at 258 million a barrel, a stock level not recorded by the Energy Information Administration (EIA) in nearly a year.

2020 Infiniti Q60 Red Sport 400 delivers fun drive in eye-catching package

By Paul Borden

(January 22, 2020) Despite an impressive appearance and refreshing for the 2017 model year, Infiniti’s Q60 small luxury sports coupe doesn’t get the respect it deserves from critics who generally give higher marks in their reviews to its mostly Teutonic competitors.

Toyota top automobile company on Fortune Magazine's 'Most Admired' list

(January 22, 2020) PLANO, Texas — Toyota was ranked the No. 1 motor vehicle company for the sixth consecutive year on Fortune Magazine’s 2020 “World’s Most Admired Companies” annual ranking. Fortune also recognized Toyota as No. 30 among the Top 50 “All-Star” companies surveyed, which included companies from various industries. The only other automobile company among the Top 50 is BMW, which ranked No. 32.

Inside the Industry

Ford Driving Skills for Life expands driving tour for 2020

(January 25, 2020) DEARBORN, Mich. — In a fast-paced world increasingly filled with technology, Ford Driving Skills for Life continues to provide free hands-on and online training to thousands of newly licensed drivers across the globe.

Now in its 17th year, Ford Driving Skills for Life is expanding its 2020 U.S. tour to offer more than 80 safe-driving training sessions in 18 cities across the country. The tour kicks off Jan. 25-26 at Manheim Auto Auction in Orlando, Fla.

Mercedes E-Class gets a facelift, upgraded assistance systems

(January 25, 2020) With over 14 million units delivered since 1946, the E-Class is the bestselling model series in the history of Mercedes-Benz. Many regard it as the "heart of the brand." In 2016 the E-Class took a major step into the future: The tenth generation set styling highlights with what Mercedes-Benz calls its pure yet emotive design and exclusive, high-quality interior.

New Chevrolet Silverado Realtree Edition answers call of the wild

(January 24, 2020) LAS VEGAS — Chevrolet and Realtree have uncovered their newest outdoor truck collaboration — the 2021 Silverado Realtree Edition. The limited-run truck brings together the rugged capability of Silverado 1500 Custom Trail Boss with exclusive graphics from Realtree, the world’s leading camouflage brand. This is the second collaboration between the two brands, following the success of the 2016 Silverado Realtree Edition.

Abandoned Car of the Week

A mid-50s Dodge wagon

Dodge was all-new in 1955 with a 120-inch wheelbase and 212.1-inch overall length — huge by today's standards — longer than the 1954 cars. The Dodge shared its basic mechanicals with the DeSoto Custom, but had distinct styling. This style lasted just two years (1955-1956) before being replaced by an all-new 1957 car. This 1956 station wagon was found in Arizona.
(Photo by Jim Prueter)